I carved this chess set over the course of roughly four of the ten fire seasons during the time I worked with USFS, NPS, and BLM (while working in the Tahoe National Forest). This job would take us (crew of 20-ish souls) to all kinds of assignments throughout the northwestern U.S.A. Seasons would traditionally span 6 months each year averaging anywhere from 500-1000 hours overtime each season. During the in betweens I took up carving this set. It is hand carved Pinyon Juniper from the Eastern Sierras and White Spruce from a fire assignment in Alaska. The board I made from an Oak Burl from a fire in the El Dorado National Forest. That job was an integral chapter of my life that has truly been one of the most beautiful and toughest experiences of my life. For me the chess set draws on the dynamics of that crew life (two ten man modules coming together for a common cause, yet a healthy competition and fierce battle of strength and wits between.. Team work is a beautiful thing) It was special beyond measure and I’m thankful to the mentors, comrades, American River IHC, Tahoe IHC, Arrowhead IHC, Folsom Veterans Hand Crew, and each of these great agencies!