I'm a huge lover of chess. I remember learning how to play chess in grade 7 or 8 because there was some sort of chess club during recess. I loved it but haven't really played since until a few months ago when I had a sudden urge to play.
I started making this chess board a long while ago. After I had most things done, I couldn't figure out how to make the special pieces. I got stuck on that for a week! I decided to make little symbols on them using pins. If I think of a better way to make them, I'll take the pins out and give the pieces a makeover.
P.S. It really makes me angry when I ask people to play (for example my mom) and their excuse is "I don't know how!". She makes it seem as if it's the most complicated thing in the world. It only takes a few minutes to learn!