Birdseye Maple and Black Walnut Premium Chessboard.
A Birdseye Maple and Black Walnut Premium Chessboard with 2-1/4″ squares of American Black Walnut and Birdseye Maple with Padauk and Holly delimiters. The chessboard measures 20-1/2″ square. This Premium Chessboard was designed and crafted by Bill Lisica. The chessboard is in like-new condition and is accompanied by its original certificate of authenticity and a custom-made protective brown soft cotton slip-case. The back of the chessboard is marked with its unique serial number, 10978. Our complete line of Antique, Custom and Luxury chessboards can be found here.
The famous Birdseye Maple of the Sugar Maple, tree used for the squares of this chessboard, superficially resembles the wood of a burl, but is something else entirely. Birdseye Maple is not technically a distinct species of Maple, but rather, it’s a figure that’s occasionally found in Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple) trees. The eyes reportedly caused by unfavorable growing conditions for the tree. The Maple attempts to start numerous new buds to get more sunlight, but with poor growing conditions the new shoots are aborted, and afterward a number of tiny knots remain.
American Black Walnut is found in the Eastern United States and is a favorite of turners and cabinet makers the World-over.. More information on American Black Walnut can be found at http://www.wood-database.com/black-walnut/