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Artisan Crafted Peruvian Wood Leather Chess Set, "Colonial Octagon"

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Colonial knights and castles, kings, queens and pawns challenge one another in a chess match. Adorned with finely tooled leather, this extraordinary chess set is handcrafted by Peru's Wilfredo Rios. He works in mohena wood, similar in grain to mahogany. Drawers on either side are equipped with a lock and key to hold the chess pieces between games.

  • 4.64 kgs
  • 10.2 lbs
  • Chessboard: 6.5 cm H x 55.5 cm W x 55.5 cm D
  • Chessboard: 2.6" H x 21.75" W x 21.75" D
  • Largest piece: 13.3 cm H x 3.2 cm Diam.
  • Largest piece: 5.25" H x 1.3" Diam.
  • Smallest piece: 7 cm H x 3.2 cm Diam.
  • Smallest piece: 2.8" H x 1.3" Diam.

  • Mohena wood, plywood and leather
  • Equipped with a lock and key
  • Playing pieces included
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andes
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Now in his eighties, Wilfredo continues to work, handcrafting each piece of his furniture with traditional techniques. He says simply, "My art is my life." In his early teens, Wilfredo learned the art of leatherwork in a workshop where most of the employees were profoundly deaf. Through the years, he worked his family out of extreme poverty and eventually opened his own workshop. He has taught many artisans but is most proud of passing this traditional Peruvian art to his brother Abel and his son Jose. Both Abel and Jose are also Novica artisans.

Wilfredo's Novica sales are his only source of income. He is in his eighties, lives alone and struggles to provide for himself. He still thinks of growing his workshop and is thankful for the dignity and income that come from working with Novica.

Wilfredo Rios has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $600 and the most recent for $2050. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of raw materials for his crafts business.

This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.

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"Impressive handmade chess set"

This is a beautiful chess set with a raised board/case that houses the pieces when not in use. The leather insets are magnificent and the woodwork ornate. The pieces are a little top heavy so I drilled deep holes in the bases and melted hot lead into them for more stability and a better solid feeling. Still, really value this set.

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"Beautiful chess set!"

Beautiful chess set, great service from Novica

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1 Testimonial for Wilfredo Rios

Jennifer C

We just received our beautiful stool yesterday. We like it so much we ordered the five table set immediately. Mr. Rios is a fine crakftsmen, and we look forward to having more of his work.