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The Making of a Chess Piece: Morroccan Style

comments (8) December 5th, 2011 in blogs, videos

CustomMade CustomMade Staff, contributor
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Video Length: 6:53
Produced by: Stuart King Video, woodworker.


"Custom" is the latest advertising tag word. In a media environment where the word "custom" is being thrown around everywhere, it has become difficult for the customer to really know what custom is. 


For those of us who live and breathe custom woodworking, however, we know that it's much more than an advertising gimmick or the latest fad. It's an art, a passion, a way of life. It's a challenge that you set yourself, a vision that emerges from an unformed piece of wood, a visual or tactile inspiration.


That's why this week I wanted to share with you an inspirational video of a custom woodworker keeping it simple and staying true to his art. This is what custom woodworking is all about — no gimmicks, no BS, just raw talent.


Watch this talented Moroccan woodworker make a chess piece using two hands, one foot and one very basic tool (while sitting on the side of a busy road). This would have been a familiar site in ancient times but not so much in 2011...unless you happen to live in Marrekesh.


Please leave a comments with your thoughts and impressions.


This article is by, the internet's largest marketplace for custom made goods. 




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Comments (8)

jaal4 jaal4 writes: As a mechanical engineer ,we have to use many types of tools like sawing, grinding and a series of mechanical tools.we also use lathe machine.In these machine , for cutting and grinding we use
Cutting tools.If it made by soft metal, have a big possibility of breaking.

we have small company named M-craft.we are dealing with construction,
Cutting tools, hand, and garden tools and much more.
Posted: 8:32 am on January 9th

sstout sstout writes: Definitely an inspiration -- wish we could watch him make the whole set! And yes, how does he sharpen?
Posted: 11:57 pm on December 28th

Schmudd Schmudd writes: Having seen this guy, I'm ashamed of feeling I need an equipment upgrade in my shop. Told the wife I could make better wood projects if I had better machinery. If she ever sees this, I'll have to get rid of everything I have now!!
Posted: 8:28 pm on December 15th

Ben_Hur Ben_Hur writes: Oh yeah... now I feel really ashamed I am not able to sharpen my chisel...
Posted: 5:35 pm on December 9th

DaltonPaull DaltonPaull writes: "This is what custom woodworking is all about — no gimmicks, no BS, just raw talent."

Not really raw talent - I'd say he's honed some skills.
Posted: 11:05 am on December 7th

CustomMade CustomMade writes: Glad you like it. We did too. He makes it look so easy. I like the floating ring! I'll share more cool videos when I find them.

Posted: 10:45 pm on December 6th

ezek1el ezek1el writes: Wow its impressive. This is a very good video. As you said ScottSh, his chisel must be razor sharp to be able turn that piece of wood that easely.
Posted: 6:41 pm on December 6th

ScottSh ScottSh writes: Wow, this guy is better with his feet than I am with my hands.

I wonder how he sharpens the chisel? It looks mighty sharp.
Posted: 11:15 am on December 6th

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