Polish chess sets
Poland is lucky still to have flourishing carving and turning crafts, mainly in the the Souyth (Small Poland) and close to the Beskidy mountains. The folding boxes are always made by applying pyrogravure nets - and sets are profusely decorated with pyrogravure. older sets are nicely handpainted - very old sets are rare.
A much better set by a professional carver in Jelena Gora - still on the basis of prepared square blocks - but carved with a plan - the pawns are all indviudalized as musicians in a folk orchestra! Please note the opposite colour hats on the bishops - pieces are whittled in maple, one side natural , the other side burnished. The most spectacular part of the set - a kind of treasure chest housing it plus the collapsible board - are shown under Boards.