Hard Maple and Honduran Mahogany Signature Chessboard.
A Hard Maple and Honduran Mahogany Signature Chessboard with raised 2-3/8″ squares of Honduran Mahogany and Maple with a solid Honduran Mahogany frame, Walnut corner inlays and a Padauk delimiter. The chessboard measures 22-1/2″ square. This Signature Contemporary Chessboard, with its unique raised playing field, 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. Our complete line of Antique, Custom and Luxury chessboards can be found here.
The Maple used is a traditional hard maple (sugar maple, rock maple, hard rock maple). In the North, during the cold nights and warm days of late winter, the sugar maple is tapped for its sucrose-containing sap, the source of maple syrup. Until the turn of the century, the heels of women’s shoes were made from Maple, which also has been a favorite of American furniture makers since early Colonial days..
Honduran Mahogany goes by many names, yet perhaps its most accurate and telling name is Genuine Mahogany. Not to be confused with cheaper imitations, such as Philippine Mahogany, Swietenia macrophylla is what most consider to be the real and true species when referring to “Mahogany.”An incredibly important commercial timber in Latin America, Honduran Mahogany is now grown extensively on plantations. It has been widely exploited, leading to its inclusion on the CITES Appendix II in 2003. In effect, this limits the international exporting of the lumber to certified sustainable sources. This is also why many lumber retailers located in the United States are unable to ship Honduran Mahogany outside of the country. Substitutes sometimes used are African Mahogany or Sapele. Honduran Mahogany’s workability, combined with its beauty and phenomenal stability, have made this lumber an enduring favorite.