Artist of the Day / Jim Arnold

One of the great things, for me, about doing this ‘Artist of the Day’ (which I just realized is a 365 project) is finding all these artists, and even art forms that I wasn’t aware of.

“International Award winning chess set artist Jim Arnold specializes in creating the most unique, fun, and playable handmade hand carved wooden themed chess sets the world has ever seen. He only uses bench chisels and small detail chisels in creating his chess set artwork.”


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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7 Responses to Artist of the Day / Jim Arnold

  1. sbmacinnis says:

    These are great. Makes me want to take up chess again!

  2. I know what you mean. But I can’t think more than one step (or move) ahead–about anything!


  3. Chess is a great game. Too bad the Computer Overlords are now just about unbeatable.

  4. unexpectedlighting says:

    Mike, have you found yet? Just jaw-dropping stuff.

  5. WOW that’s amazing stuff. But, no 10 times life size chess sets?

  6. How about it Jim! Anything like that in store?

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