This Australian Wildlife Chess Set was designed and cast by Pete and Louise Smit, at their Samsonvale Queensland foundry.
Only 50 sets will ever be produced using the ancient “Lost Wax” process. The pieces were cast in solid bronze and should, literally, last forever.
Chemical patination was used to obtain the two contrasting finishes.
The Chess pieces and the board will require no special care. A rub with a good quality furniture polish containing beeswax every 12 months will, however enhance the patina and protect the board.
PAWN – The uniquely Australian Platypus, with it’s readily recognisable duckbill, fills this role.
CASTLE – The bold Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo with it’s raucous screech is the sentinal.
KNIGHT – The Kookaburra with it’s rollicking laughter takes this spot.
BISHOP – The flashy Frill Necked Lizard delivers the sermon from hid pulpit.
QUEEN – The delightful and most easily recognised of all the Australian wildlife, the Koala fills this regal role.
KING – The laid-back macropod, the Kangaroo, still remains the true king of the Australian Bush.