Handmade Premium Solid Hardwood Chess Boards
Summerville-New England Chess Boards
Summerville-New England is an engineering based
premium grade solid-hardwood chess boards. Driven by the singular goal
producing the very finest chess products, the boards are completely
fabricated in New England with remarkable precision and attention to
From the scrutinizing selection of lumber through final hand rubbing,
board is handled with levels of care and expertise uncommon in today's
Andrew Summerville, a national award winning
and master builder, has created a line of chess boards of impeccable
form, and balance. Boards that are
designed and built to be the focal point of your chess room. Boards that properly define the battlefield
of chess... boards that present your chess
pieces as the works of art that they are.
Buyers have provided consistent positive feedback
regarding both the quality and appeal of the boards.
Michael C. of Lisle Ill purchased the Cape
Elizabeth board. He writes, "If you are
looking for an impressive and striking chess board, I highly recommend
Summerville-New England. You won't be disappointed."
A. from San Francisco writes, "I have just received my Monk Chessboard
from solid American Walnut and Rock Maple and could not be more
heirloom quality chess board is a work of art. There are not the
words to describe how lovely it really is. It is a birthday gift for my
he is beyond delighted with it."
S. of Williamsville, NY
writes, "I possess about $60,000 worth of
chess sets. The Summerville board (is) the only one that I display in
Summerville-New England uses only premium grade
hardwoods. "Due to our stringent
standards, we custom mill to our own specifications, then season and
site so that even the entire raw material operation is under tight
control. By combining traditional
tireless research and development and continuous improvement, SNE is
offer an unparalleled quality guarantee that covers stability of form
guarantees no cracking or separation for a period of five years with
care. These boards are truly heirloom
quality and will last for many years to
come with proper care." US Patents
Summerville-New England currently builds four
models, each available in 2.00, 2.25, or 2.50 square sizes. Cape
Elizabeth is the flagship
board, beautifully refined and balanced and exhibiting heavy inlays of
Gabon ebony, it is a board fit for a king.
Behind the Cape Elizabeth
is our Old Quebec board for
appreciate simplistic beauty of French Country, offered as a tribute to
Summerville's French ancestry. The Moose
River board offers a
rustic appeal that works perfectly with the tastes of
many. And last but not least, the very
popular Monk board, created
in honor of those that love God.
When you're ready to move up to a solid-hardwood
board, and only the best will do. Think
England, America's finest chess.
The next two photos feature the Monk chessboard
The following photos highlight the Cape
Manufacturing Process of Summerville-New England Chess Boards
The lumber is properly harvested, air cured, and kiln dried to provide
the finest quality wood products obtainable. Each piece is carefully
qualified before entering the manufacturing process. No veneers are
used, and the boards are fabricated only from solid premium hardwoods.
The platform or "frame" is fabricated of premium solid American Walnut.
There are two "peripheral inlay" options (the inlay that surrounds the
playing surface), the light-wood option is solid white ash, the
dark-wood option is solid ebony. The solid strips (approximately an
eighth of an inch in thickness are hand laid and bonded into carefully
machined seats; they are then brought perfectly flush with the surface
and finished accordingly. A second option on the larger sized boards is
a solid ebony frame inlay. Inserting frame inlays is a difficult and
time consuming process, but results in a truly exquisite finished
product. Platforms include corner splines in a contrasting solid
Walnut. (see photo below) These pieces serve to strengthen the critical
frame corners, and provide exquisite beauty and detail.
Playing surfaces are the result of extensive research and development.
The surfaces are "quarter-sawn" which means that the grain on the top
surface is radially exposed as opposed to plain sawn hardwood.
Surfaces are made from solid premium American Walnut and Rock Maple.
surface is fabricated using Summerville's TruDiamond
construction process. This process is designed to hold surface flatness
and to prevent warping to a high degree of correctness. Summerville's
TruDiamond construction also minimizes reflected stress to the support
Once completed, the playing surface is carefully placed into seats
within the supporting platform, and mechanically attached to the
platform using Summerville's TruFreedom surface mount technology. This
technology allows the playing surface to expand and contract with
normal changes in relative humidity, without being bound or
constrained by the support platform. The technique further addresses
otherwise unbridled tendencies for warping and cracking. Summerville's
TruFreedom mounting technology holds the playing surface firmly in
place while providing these benefits.
Summerville-New England chessboards are finished by using only
natural oils. No stains, lacquers, urethanes or the like are used.
The objective is to provide a beautiful natural finish that is not highly reflective, and
therefore not bothersome to
the players. Multiple applications of premium BriWax, a natural blend
of Beeswax and Carnauba wax provide the final surface treatment. Note
that BriWax can be reapplied by the end user periodically to keep the
board looking like new! Clear, toluene free BriWax is available online
sure to follow manufacturer's directions and precautions carefully!
Heavy Felt Pads are carefully placed in triangulated fashion so that
even if placed on an uneven surface, the board will not move during
play. We understand that such a minor thing as chessboard instability
during a game can be aggravating and can impact your performance.