Monday, June 19, 2006

Best Wood for Pieces

What is the best wood to use for chess pieces? According to this chess retailer's blog, it depends. Apparentl, traditionalists prefer Ebony, while those with aesthetics top most on their list prefer Bud Rosewood.

The deep colours possible with Bud Rosewood are quite beautiful and the chess sets really have a warmth that people remark on and find beautiful. I’m not yet seasoned at this game - but I understand that there is little distinction made across retailers in differentiating between Red Rosewood, Bud Rosewood, and Redwood. Redwood is from the Californian Redwood, whilst the other two are synonymous and are from the root of the Rosewood tree, Bud Rosewood being the more often used term. Some customers just go straight for Ebony, I find it it also depends on the set - some just look better with the classic Ebony finish, or it’s cheaper Ebonized equivilent.

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