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 Post subject: Hand Carved Kenyan Soapstone Set
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:09 pm 
Hi there folks! My sister and brother–in–law recently returned from a safari holiday in Kenya and they brought me back an exquisite little hand carved soapstone chess set. I’ve included pictures below, clickable and linked to fuller–sized versions of them.

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The pieces took me a while to grow accustomed to, especially as the two minor pieces and the rook look bizarre and a little bit confusing: at first I mistook the bishop for the knight! I have the setup correct now, but feel disappointed with the knight: it looks like a slightly slimmer version of the pawns and makes things a little confusing in a match if you leave the board for a while.

Beautiful, though, I hope you agree, and I feel really pleased with the set!


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I wonder how much it's worth


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 Post subject: Re: Hand Carved Kenyan Soapstone Set
PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 6:54 pm 
Hey I know that this is an old post but if you are still a part of this site can you help me

I bought the exact same chessboard here in Uganda for my partner today...got home and every time I touch it the color stains my hands turning them blue

So upset because I thought I found the perfect gift for his birthday. Wondering if you had a similar experience?? and if you were able to use something to seal the turquoise color??

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Hand Carved Kenyan Soapstone Set
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 4:17 pm 
randomer123 wrote:
Hey I know that this is an old post but if you are still a part of this site can you help me

I bought the exact same chessboard here in Uganda for my partner today...got home and every time I touch it the color stains my hands turning them blue

So upset because I thought I found the perfect gift for his birthday. Wondering if you had a similar experience?? and if you were able to use something to seal the turquoise color??

Thanks


AFAIU the soap stone itself doesn't stain, but the surface treatment. It might be that the it's oily paint or something. Sealing it or waxing it might work, but will make your set darker and more shiny, which you might not want. I basically think this is a set more for display than for playing with.


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