Wooden Chess sets

Folding & Decorative Wooden Chess Sets

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Whether it's a quality chess set for a birthday, retirement, special day or for yourself, then we have the perfect gift for you.

Whether you are looking for a decorative set as an ornament, gift or to play, a competition set, a board, clock or just a starter set - then we have the ideal item for you.

Browse our Site for Decorative Chess Sets made from a selection of chosen woods. Some of the sets have inlaid boards, as well as alphanumeric notation and additional carvings on the board. All boards fold and many also have additional inserts for storage of the pieces. If you are looking for the more Traditional Staunton Sets, Staunton Pieces and Solid Boards , then we have the pieces available as well as solid boards, a range of Tournament Chess Sets with folding boards and weighted pieces in a range of sizes and Magnetic Travel Sets


We also have other items such as roll up Plastic Chess Pieces and Boards, Backgammon and Backgammon, Draughts and Chess Sets and Chess Clocks

For such a greatly-loved game, there is a great range of folding wooden chess sets designs. Browse the pages of this web site for more information. Different woods are used on the various folding wooden chess set designs.

To create the squares on the board , different woods and different techniques are used. On the more expensive boards, the squares are created by intarsia or marquetry techniques. By carefully selecting light and dark woods, these are then veneered on to the box to give the chequered squares effect. On the other boards the squares are created by a combination of natural wood colour and stained wood To finish off the design of the boards of the folding wooden chess sets, many of them have decorative carved borders and edges , in addition to alphanumeric notation. In addition some of the chess pieces are enhanced by brass inlays, additional carvings or pyrographic markings.

Folding wooden chess sets are very popular – and all the folding wooden chess sets that we offer are hinged in the centre of the board, so that when it folds back on itself, it creates a box where the chess pieces can be stored when the game is not being played, as well as adding to the portability of the sets. Many of the folding wooden chess sets that we sell are bought for personal use, but they have such universal appeal that they are also perfect gifts for any special event including birthdays, Christmas, and retirements, Of course, even if you are not a player yourself, you can still purchase one as a decoration for your home – and learn to play when or if you have the time!

Complementing our folding chess sets are a range of Staunton chess pieces, rigid boards and chess clocks.

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What other board game can do this. Chess is known as one of the most enjoyable game in the world. It not only challenges logical thinking but also helps to exercise the brain. It also gives a welcome break from digital games.



The game of chess appeals to all ages and has long been recognised as a classic, timeless game. Even now in this electronic age, there is still something magical about playing the game with traditional wooden chess sets, and facing your opponent head to head across the board, as you mastermind you plan to outwit your opponent. It's something that cannot be replicated in any of the electronic variants of this traditional game.
Our wooden chess sets have hinges in the middle which enable the halves of the board to fold like a box and keep the chess pieces securely inside. The inner area is covered with a felt lining. Several of the designs also included a moulded insert which helps to hold the pieces and limits movement in transit. The wooden chess sets have beautiful dark and light squares (for example black and white, brown and cream and occasionally green, burgundy or blue and cream) . The border area around the edge of the board can also be enhanced with additional carving or pyrography. This makes the wooden chess sets an attractive piece of handicraft as well as a game board. Most wooden chess sets have chess pieces which are hand crafted with similar attractive hand-made additional wood work details. In our range of wooden chess sets you will find chess boards made from different woods. These bring a great touch of elegance and individuality to the design of each of our wooden chess sets. Additionally the pieces are variously enhanced by additional carvings, and occasionally with the wooden chess sets inclusion of brass inserts.
Clicking on the link on each of the wooden chess sets shown on the main page will take you to a separate product information page. This will give you additional details regarding the woods use, the size and weight of the chess sets and any special characteristics of the set.
If you require the more traditional weighted chess pieces then we have individual chess pieces which are sold without a board. We also have different sized rigid boards which are available with our without matching chess pieces.
Completing our range are a novel 3-player chess set, backgammon sets, plastic chess sets and chess clocks.

In addition to chess sets, we also produce badges, rosettes and sashes for the party market. Perfect for birthdays, hen night parties, stag nights - you can add whatever personalised details you require. We make them ourselves so you can be assured of a personal service and a quick delievry.

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Our hand made chess sets are popular gifts throughout the year - Christmas, Fathers Day, Birthdays and Retirements - but they are equally popular as personal purchases - for both new and established players - as well as for purely decorative purposes. For more information on our wide selection of chess sets, boards and pieces browse here - or BUY NOW 

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