Hand Carved Soapstone Animal Chess Set - 15" Board - Smolart
Hand-carved from soapstone in Kenya, this chess set features 32 delicate pieces in an animal theme on a 15-inch square board. As each piece is hand carved from natural stone, please allow for some variations in color and design.
Meet the Artisans
Our Soapstone is carved by the artists of SMOLArt a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts. The name, a shortened version of Small, Medium, and Large Artists, refers to the size of the soapstone products the artisans make, not their stature. Established in 1990, SMOLArt is a member of the WFTO, and as such assures that the artisans are paid a fair price for their work. In addition, the organization support community development by contributing to projects that improve living conditions, education, and health of their members and the village at large.
Thank you for shopping The Village Country Store, authorized dealer for VHC Brands, Victorian Heart Quilts inc., and Fair Trade Artisan Gifts and Crafts.
Orders will be shipped within 48 hours of placement unless specifically stated. Orders are shipped Monday through Friday. The warehouse is closed on holidays and weekends. Orders placed on weekends and holidays are processed the next opened business day. Orders are typically delivered within 2 weeks. Please consult tracking numbers for up to date information.
We offer Priority Mail for US and International orders. Please note international orders may get charged Duty and Taxes by your the country of destination. You are solely responsible for any duty or taxes.
Returns - The Village Country Store
There is a 15% Restocking Fee on all orders! This is the manufacturers policy upon which we must all abide. No exceptions.
Our policy lasts 14 days. Within 14 days of purchase you can return your goods, no questions asked. If 14 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
To be eligible for a return, Items must be unopened, unused, be in the same condition that you received it, unlaundered, in their original packaging with law required tags still attached, in a resell-able condition, and if sold in sets, must be returned in sets. THE RA NUMBER MUST BE MARKED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE PACKAGE, or package will not be received.
Please contact us for a return authorization number (RMA) and shipping instructions. Please include the paperwork you received with your order or a print out of your email confirmation to enable us to process your return.
If you are shipping an item over $75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance.
Please notify us by email firstname.lastname@example.org - we will determine if we need the item returned. A replacement will be set.
ADDITIONAL INFO: No returns are credited if there is no original packaging, no tags, or product has been soiled, subjected to any animal usage, has been laundered, or there is any unpleasant odor or smell from usage or the environment in which an item was utilized (bedroom, kitchen, etc with cooking smells, smoking, perfume etc.).
Unless an item is wrong or has a manufacturer defect, you will be responsible for the cost of return shipping to our warehouse.
Our manufacturer charges a 15% restock fee for products returned due to Buyer Remorse/Change of Mind.
Items on Clearance or Liquidation cannot be returned.
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My friend recently lost a beloved relative so the gift was a reminder of another guardian angel to watch over her. She liked the meaning, the sculpture, and knowing about the artist and cause. Also I had a question when I was ordering which was rapidly and personally answered. I will shop again for the lovely products at the Village Country Store.
Thank you Fonda for such a heart felt compassionate review. It is so deeply touching. What a loving friend you are to feel your friends profound loss and to help ease the sorrow of her loss by sending her a momento of her guardian angel watching over her. It was thoughtful, kind and gentle. Thank you for your beautiful review of our store. We are grateful for the time you took to review the angel soapstone. Thank you Fonda, so much. ...and we hope to see you again soon. ♥ ~ Michele/Shopkeeper
This sculpture is beautiful! I love the natural coloring (mostly white, bits of brown). Good quality. Good size if you don’t want something too big. Also, I love that it’s hand-carved, one-of-kind.
Hi Kathryn! What a beautiful choice in soapstone sculptures! ...and what an outstanding 5 Star Review of the Double Heart 4 inch Natural - featuring a representation of two hearts intertwined. ♥♥ Thank you so much! Your purchase of the fair trade handcrafted artisan soapstone helps those in developing countries with water, education, medicine and education. Thank you for being a part of the fair trade movement and thank you again for shopping The Village Country Store. I hope to see you again! - Michele Adams/Shopkeeper
Love the product! Will definitely buy again. Packaged well, excellent and quick efficient service! TheVillage Country store has been added to my regular shopping places.
Thank you so very much for your outstanding review M. Smith! I am so thrilled that you love your elephants ... and equally happy that you have added The Village Country Store to your regular shopping places. Fair trade simply cannot exist without our customers, and I am so grateful for you! Thank you for being part of the fair trade movement. I hope to see you again soon! and Thank you! ♥ - Michele Adams/Shopkeeper
This sculpture is a gift for my son and daughter-in-law who just welcomed twins to join their three-year-old brother and is even prettier than in the photos. Beautiful, thank you!
And not only that, but I got a personal email after the purchase from the shop owner. What a meaningful and memorable touch. I would recommend this seller wholeheartedly.
Lisa! Thank you!!! Your review is amazing and we couldn't be happier. OUr soapstone sculptures are so stunning and I am so happy you found the perfect sculpture for your family. ♥ Thank you for your note on our 'good manners' (the personal email note) from 'me' the shopkeer! - I love your review, thank you again and again and again! ... and mostly... Thank you for joining the fair trade movement where every purchase makes a difference in the developing countries with food, water, education, medicine and the basics of everyday living. I hope to see you again soon. - Michele Adams/Shopkeeper
I purchased this statue for my son and DIL's anniversary. They have twins and one is a bit bigger than the other so this was perfect! The statue promptly arrived, well wrapped, and it is just gorgeous. They were thrilled with it and felt it was very classy and beautiful. The other comments about the coloring - I just don't get. This is a natural stone so of course there are variations - it's not manmade! This one has little flecks of color in it which I feel added to its uniqueness and value. Honestly I'm shocked at the low price and really happy with my purchase.
<p>Hi Carol! Thank you for your wonderful and thoughtful review of our soapstone statues! They are all unique, with slight variations as they are handcrafted by our artisans. Thank you for explaining why these (Soapstone Sculptures) may be different than what is pictured - due to the very nature of soapstone and the inherent characteristics of handcrafted products. I am so happy you are delighted with your purchase. And your honest and thoughtful review helps others when deciding upon their purchases! Thank you! ...and thank you too for being a part of the fair trade movement. I hope to see you again! Thank you! - Michele/Shopkeeper</p>