Chess Box

DESIGNER: Benno de Grote
RELEASE DATE: 8.29.2022
EDITION: 35 Copies Released
SIZE: 5.25" x 5.25" x 2.75" (0.824 SPH)

Benno de Grote's "Chess Box" is a celebration of two of our favorite pastimes: puzzles and chess. A large and well-built puzzle box, none of its secrets can be observed simply by looking at it. Once you've figured out the rules of the game, you've got 30 moves ahead of you. However, that will only get you to "check." It's going to take further maneuvering to reach "checkmate" and claim your crown.

Made of laser-cut okoume wood with a contrasting ebonized ash and bright maple exterior finish, Chess Box took a lot of work to assemble. There are over 50 individual pieces that went into its construction, with the chessboard squares carefully laid out by hand to recreate the iconic grid we all know and love. Chess Box is an excellent addition to any collection, and would look great displayed alongside the Hanayama Rook, Bishop, and Pawn chess piece puzzles.

This will be a split release between our July and August updates, with 35 copies coming this month and a similar quantity to follow next month. Chess Box is shipped in an unsolved configuration.

Our work is handcrafted to very precise tolerances and must be kept within the range of 40-60% relative humidity at all times. Failure to do so may cause inoperability or permanent damage.

Please read the Caring for Wood Puzzles guide to ensure proper fit and operation. We recommend an occasional polishing with Renaissance Wax to keep wood puzzles in top condition.

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