Wooden chess board traditional handmade chess set with storage board - thuya essaouira morocco best gift for christmas, thuya burl box. This lovely wood chess set has been crafted from timbers from both thuya and the juniper trees. It has been hand crafted in essaouira, . Essaouira is an area of morocco which is renowned for it's woodcarvers and their intricate craftsmanship. It is also the perfect gift for travelling.Cleverly crafted with four compartments to hold the chess pieces, which swing out when the top is adjusted. This design ensures the chess pieces are secure within each compartment. This stunning wooden chess set has been carved from juniper wood and wood from the root of the thuya tree. Thuya and juniper trees grow in the atlas mountains of algeria and morocco. This beautiful chess set would make an ideal gift for a man or woman. Thuya wood is a firm and dense wood, with a high oil content. It has a distinct cedar-like smell. It is an exotic wood that the greeks named thuya, meaning sacrifice.
They also used an oil distilled from the'burl' of the tree as incense in their religious ceremonies. The burls from the root of the thuya tree are also as beautiful as they are fragrant.
The colour varies from a rich, golden brown to nearly black. The patterns in the burls vary from swirls, to'island' shapes. The ancient greeks and the romans also crafted beautiful thuya furniture from the burl, which resembles burr walnut. Juniper is an evergreen shrub found on the high atlas mountains in the tree grows to a height of 2-8 m. This very dense type of juniper is even referenced in the bible as being a precious wood.
Juniper wood products are also sought after for their distinctive fragrance. This is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.
In addition, this chess set would also make a wonderful wedding gift, or to celebrate a school or university graduation. 22cm x 22cm x 6cm. This item is made of wood and thuya.