These unique olivewood chess boards bring a strong vibrant and unique look for any room. These boards are hand inlaid in Tunisia with natural olivewood. Each board is unique with different grains and shading, making each item one-of-a-kind.
This design has a bevelled edging around the border of the playing surface, with additional olivewood pieces inlayed as if it were a mosaic. This board includes a storage box for small chess pieces, as well as small feet to cause the board to be raised. This version of the board features 2 1/4" squares and an overall size is approximately 28" x 28". Due to the natural variations and the rustic nature of these boards, the dimensions are not regular! The board is 4" thick.
It is extremely rare to find olivewood chess boards in these sizes, and unfortunately there are reasons for that - as olivewood is an extremely hard wood, warping and cracking is more common than what you would find in other wood chess boards and should be expected as likely for these boards. This means they are ideal as a presentation piece more than a playable board (although of course they can be played with!)
To care for these boards, you should regularly rub minerial oil on them to maintain rich colors and luster. You may find that expansion and contracting causes the grout between the squares to disperse - you'll need to rerub a suitable grout to fill these gaps. While a polyurithane finish may cause no further expansion or contraction, it would also cause the boards to potentially lose some of their natural luster.