Guernsey vs Jersey Chess Set

La Table des Pions. 

This chess set has been in the making for two and a half years, with over 300 pieces made as the set went through various redesigns.

“An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.”

(Paul Valery)

In this case, I abandoned the discarded early pieces in places that people (possibly you) might find might find them, then go to the website and see what it is about.

Why is the chess set called ‘La Table des Pions?’ 

This was inspired by the ‘Fairy Ring’ at Pleinmont in Guernsey.

The Guernsey Chevauchée took place in the 1800’s to check the state of the island roads. Officials on horse back were attended by local folk on foot, and ended at the ‘Fairy ring.’ This is in reality a dug out table that the footmen, serfs, or ‘pawns’ sat at to eat. 

The little pions of the chess set represent the islands everyday folk;

The crapauds and the donkeys, together at the table.