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Table (open): 27 cm H x 47 cm W x 47 cm D
Table (open): 10.75" H x 18.5" W x 18.5" D
Closed: 24 cm H x 47 cm W x 16 cm D
Closed: 9.5" H x 18.5" W x 6.25" D
Tallest piece: 9.5 cm H x 2.5 cm W x 2.5 cm D
Tallest piece: 3.7" H x 1" W x 1" D
"It is always our dreams and our belief in life that give us the best results, no matter how difficult the dream or how sore our feet get during the journey."
The artistry of I Ketut Sandi has been featured in numerous periodicals and on Oxygen TV. He is also featured in Keepers of the Arts, a beautiful hardcover book available through Novica.
"Every time I think about my childhood, I remember that what I really wanted to do was what I am doing now. But because times were hard, I tried to learn how to do other things, like painting and normal statue carving – all to be able to make ends meet. In the end, however, what finally worked for me was to make my chess tables. It is always our dreams and our belief in life that give us the best results, no matter how difficult the dream or how sore our feet get during the journey.
"I started to learn how to carve in 1968 and began my full-time apprenticeship in 1981. I studied under a master carver who taught me how to be more creative, even with ordinary figures. His creativity sparked my own; it was then that I had the idea to create chess sets, not only in the Western style, but also in a style that reflected Balinese culture.
"I tried to sell my chess tables at art fairs, but couldn't make enough money to support my family. So I tried to sell them on my own, walking up and down the streets of nearby villages. After a while of hard times and sore feet, I was introduced to Novica. I was very happy because the people at Novica were appreciative of my ideas. Soon, I was able to take care of my family, send my children to school, and focus on making even better quality carvings.
"I have now spent 17 years of my life crafting chess sets, and finally consider my efforts a success. My wife, Wayan Putri, and 15 helpers now work with me to create these sets. We all learn together and work together happily, and continue to invent new designs."
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Dear Ketut Sandi, it was such a pleasure to meet you and your lovely wife. I will always treasure our day together - the photos of you two smiling and laughing together serve as wonderful keepsakes of an unforgettable time! I continue to purchase your exquisite chess sets as house-warming gifts for friends...what more beautiful and interactive art could exist? ;) Best wishes, Catherine
I was most impressed by the beautiful work done by I Ketut Sandi. The first chess set I ordered came so well packed and the quality of the work outstanding, I ordered two more sets.
I received my package on Friday. Thanks a million!! I was Extremely pleased with the chess set. I will be ordering a lot more items from your site. Good Work.
I purchased the General chess set from Ketut Sandi for my son. It was georgeous!
I absolutely fell in love with the hand carved chess sets the first time I saw them. Months later I purchased one for my father's 50th Birthday and anxiously awaited its arrival. When I opened the box at work there was quite a stir as everyone wanted to come and admire it. (Several coworkers have visited and order from NOVICA as a result of seeing the set.) For people who care about beauty and quality, I highly recommend I Ketut Sandi's workmanship. K. Wood, Seattle, WA U.S.A.
I just received my ""The Sea"" chess set and love it! It was the best Father's Day gift ever. It came very securely packaged and is well crafted. I'm sure it will become a family heirloom. Thanks Mr. Sandi, and thanks Novica.com.
My new hand-carved jewelry box by I Ketut Sandi is an elegant addition to my bedroom. I love its dark tones and waxed finish. Obviously handmade, it would make a handsome gift to someone special. Many thanks, Ketut.
My new jewelry box, by I Ketut Sandi, in a dark hand-rubbed wood is very Old World-looking and makes a very elegant addition to my bedroom decor. I am so impressed with the artistry of the carved tiger on top and with the flawless way the box is finished. Anyone would be proud to own a beautiful as well as useful object like this.
I want to thank Ketut for his beautiful work on the two chess sets I ordered. His work is just so outstanding. I was amazed when I opened the first box and saw the beautiful carved chess set. I finally put it back in the box and opened the second one. I was amazed at how exquisit these sets were. I bought them for my two sons for Christmas, and let me tell you they are going to just love them. Thank you from a very satisfied customer.
To I Ketut Sandi, Yesterday I received my Combat Master's Game Bali Carved Chess Set. The chess board is beautiful with very intricate detail. The wood and the finish is also very beautiful. I was very impressed and pleased with the craftmanship exhibited. I would like to know if you carve chess pieces that have more intricate detail. Also, I would like chess pieces that display the grain of the wood like the chess board does. If you have any available, I would be very interested in viewing them for possible purchase. Thank you, Gayle Nebel P.S. I appreciated the time and care you took to protect the set for mailing.
I ordered a chess set for my husband and was thoroughly impressed with the craftmanship and beauty of the piece. It was carefully packed and even gift wrapped (without having asked for it). My husband was thrilled with the gift and it's a wonderful treasure to add to our family.
I ordered the General's Battle chess set, and I knew from the pictures that this would be the pinnacle of Christmas gifts. It is even more beautiful and detailed than I expected, and I am absolutely thrilled with it. Thank you for creating the perfect gift! I know my dad will treasure it.
Thank you very much for the beautiful carved jewelry box. It is lovely on my teak dresser. Best wishes to you and your family.
The Buddha Wisdom Chess set is absolutely beautiful, and well worth every penny! I'm so glad I ordered it; and I just know my husband will love it! Thank you so much for such quality craftsmanship and fabulous customer service!
I bought one of Ketut Sandi's chess sets for my husband's Christmas present last year. He has expressed a desire to collect especially artful chess sets, and Sandi's set is the first of his new collection. We love playing with it or just looking at it--it is a unique, functional, and beautiful piece of art.
I purchased Lion's Head a while back and for some reason had never posted a review. It is a beautiful, finely carved wooden box that is perfect for storing sacred, precious items. Not only that, but the box is a true work of art. Its craftmanship is superb, and the quality of the wood is incredible. I really love it and it's been one of my favorite purchases from Novica. I would highly recommend Ketut Sandi's work to others, too.
I received my order yesterday, and I was simply stunned when I opened it--the workmanship is incredible. The box is beautiful, and the detail is exquisite. Thank you so much for such a lovely, carefully crafted object--I love it. I received the box very quickly, and it was wrapped in several layers of insulation to prevent damage. The pictures on Novica.com of the item were completely accurate--thanks so much to Novica for being able to offer me a fabulous item at such a good price, and to the artist I Ketut Sandi for creating something so lovely. I can't wait to see what else I Ketut Sandi creates!
I recently purchased a Wood relief panel 'Deer in the Forest' made by I Ketut Sandi for an Anniversary present for my wife. We were amazed at the detailed carvings in this piece, it is beautiful and admired by all who have seen it. I look forward to purchasing more items from I Ketut Sandi; you are very gifted, I greatly appreciate your artistry. Thank You.
Port St. Lucie, FL, USA
We received our ""fighting tigers"" chess set in time for Christmas, and we LOVED it! I can't imagine the time and effort it took to create such a beautiful piece. We will definitely be ordering more items by I Ketut Sandi......such a talented artist! Frank and Jennifer Dichazi
Robin & Matthew
Port St. Lucie/FL/USA
We recently purchased the ""Fighting Tigers"" chess set and we are extremely impressed by the workmanship of the artist, Ketut Sandi, his detail in each piece is incredible. Thank you.
Fallbrook, Ca. USA
After searching the internet extensively for the ""perfect"" backgammon set, I decided on Innner Secrets because it looked very unique and interesting. Although not promised for Valentine's Day, it did arrive just in time and I gave it to my husband today. We are both so impressed with the outstanding workmanship, and are honored to have such a special set to admire when we play our daily matches. You'd have thought he'd let me win the first game - NOT! Anyway, I was incredibly impressed with the whole order process - packaging, shipping and regular updates from Novica on the arrival schedule. We're already planning to select a chess set from the I Ketut Sandi collection. Thank you so much!
I received the relief panel "" Elephant Parade with Monkeys"". It was so well packaged and wrapped that I took a picture before I could open it. "" Oh, Oh my God...how beautiful"" These were my words when I opened...the best present I ever gave to myself. Ketut you are blessed with this wonderful gift and I am so blessed to have this piece of Art in my humble home. It is my first piece of Art I never dreamed I would ever have a treasure. It wont be my last if I can help it. And I hope to be able and give some of your work to my family and friends. Everybody that would receive one piece will treasure it for live, God know`s I will. Thank you from KY
Dear Ketut Sandi, Received the backgammon carved board ""Inner Secrets"""" and inspired by your wonderful workmanship and attention to detail. I shall enjoy this for a long time and be proud to show it to my friends--Thank You. Even the packing of the box was done with great care and I enjoyed the decoration that was placed on the inside on the wrapping -- how thoughtful! Will tell everyone what a great artist and craftsman you are. Thanks again. Robert Poskus
El Paso, Texas, US
There are no words to describe how beautiful the chess set I bought is. When I recived it I spent hours just looking at the details and the craftsmenship that went into carving this work of art. When I saw your chess sets, they cought my eye because I was looking for one for my best friend. He loves chess and frogs and I wanted to get him a set made from wood. Finding those three items in the same set was extremely hard let me tell you. I have been looking for four months for the perfect set but had no luck. Finally I ran into your sight and fell in love with the sets. However, I did not hold my breath because I thought finding one with frogs on it would be a miracle. Well, you made a miracle happen and I thank you for that. I know my friend will love this set for the rest of his life. Very Happy Customer, Adrienne Mounsey
Granille, MA USA
My new coat rack is a beautifully made piece of art. The design, the intricate carving, and the overall craftmanship is wonderful. Thank you MrSandi!
I bought the ""classic"" chess set as a gift for my fiance. We were both amazed by the intricate work. We had never seen anything like it before. We will enjoy it for years to come. Thank you!
I have just received my Rama chess set and it is absolutely GORGEOUS! The details are amazing and the woods are great. The packaging was first-grade and it arrived in perfect shape. I will be back for more and so will my friends! Thank you!!! Sylvain in Canada
Man oh man!! I was so excited to recieve the Flowers Chess set from Ketut Sandi. The craftsman ship of the pieces and the board itself are amazing. I enjoy not just playing but looking at each uniquely detailed piece. You guys are nuts!!
Stow, Ohio U.S.A
the box you carved for me with the deer is beautful. I keep my pins in it, thank you so much, I love it. Marilyn
Today I received my ""Paradise"" jewelry box. I can't believe how lovely it is; it's even more beautiful than the photograph. Ketut Sandi is a talented artist, and I highly recommend his work to anyone contemplating a purchase.
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Dear Ketut Sandi, Yesterday I received the chess set I had ordered as a present for my sister. The artistry and the craftsmanship is outstanding. Both my sister and I are amazed at the fine detail work that went into creating this set -- intricately carved pieces are so delicately featured and contain so much character. The chess board itself is a masterpiece of carefully fitted pieces, smoothed and finished to perfection. It far exceeded our expectations! You also packaged everything beautifully and with great care. We thank you, and thank you again. Warmest regards, Rena D.
We purchased the wood chess set, 'Anantaboga Dragon,' as a gift for a very special friend. We trusted that it would look as beautiful in person as it did on the website. And our trust was rewarded. The detail work was superb, the wood was beautiful and the piece was exactly as described and portrayed. Thank you so much for allowing us to express our friendship with such beauty and artistry.
I recently purchased the Wood relief panel, 'Giraffes in the Forest' It arrived very quickly and was packed with great care to avoid damage during transit. The item itself is absolutely delightful and reflects the skills of a very talented artist. Many thanks
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
I purchased the fighting tigers chess set. It just came today - and it is absolutely lovely! The carving is extremely well done and both the board and the chessmen are quite beautiful. It is a wonderful piece! And it was packed so very carefully.
Jacksonville, Illinois, USA
Until now, I've admired Mr. Sandi's beautiful carving only on-line. Finally I dared to buy a wood relief panel of distant volcanoes viewed through an hibiscus. When the panel arrived today, I was curious, of course, if it would be as spectacular as the on-line picture indicated. Yes, it most certainly is. It is exquisite. My wife and son shared my delight. What a divinely inspired power of vision and portrayal, you have, Mr. Sandi. We thank you, from the heart, for ""Mountain Hibiscus.""
Keyser, West Virginia, United States
I just received the Mermaid Marriage, backgammon game. The packaging was the best I've ever seen. There are no words to describe the artistry of this piece. It is absolutely beautiful. The detail is exquisite. I would recommend this to anyone. Mr. Sandi is one talented man!!
Hello Mr. Sandi, Thank you for carving this amazing ""Long Journey"" wall relief. It is just beautiful and so detailed everywhere you look. From the elephants tail to the mountain or clouds to the frame itself, all are meticulously detailed. Wow! I just put this on my wall in my office which is Afrio/Indo themed and I can't wait for my family to see and appreciate it as I do...especially the elephants. I can't wait to bring another of your wonderful works of art into my home. -Melanie in Pennsylvania USA
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