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About David Nelson

David Nelson holds Fine Arts degrees from Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Illinois. He was a studio potter for 28 years with works in public and private collections, including the Smithsonian and the American Craft Museum, NYC.

A carpenter, cabinetmaker, and woodworker since 1996, David lives, works, and gardens in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC. 

About the Boards

Chessboards are made of a combination of domestic and exotic hardwoods. Made over the course of about two weeks, each board uses up to 1200 individual pieces of wood to create a trompe l'oeil or "fool the eye" 3d effect. The playing surfaces and dimensions of each board are up to regulation standards.

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