Chess set made by Boy Scout at Sinquefield Invention Lab
now on display at World Chess Hall of Fame

A metal and wood chess set designed and built by a Boy Scout at the Sinquefield Invention Lab now is on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis.

Chandler Francis, a 17-year-old who lives in Blue Springs, MO and is a Life Scout in Troop 49 in Nelson, MO, made the set during the summer of 2018 to earn his Metalworking merit badge.

The Sinquefield Invention Lab, which is located at the Great Rivers Council’s Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation near Laurie, MO, was established in 2017 “to facilitate hands-on education and invention of new ideas and technologies, while utilizing problem-solving skills, creativity, and imagination in a team environment.”

The Metalworking badge requires learning about alloys, metalworking techniques, and safety. The Scout chooses one of four options – sheet metal mechanic/tinsmith, silversmith, founder, or blacksmith – and then must complete a project.

Francis (pictured) used the Invention Lab’s Epilog laser to create the wooden board for the set, and, with the assistance of camp counselor Justin Tattich, made the metal pieces at the reservation’s nearby blacksmithing pavilion.

While the badge requires Scouts to forge two objects — one with a decorative twist and one with a hammer-riveted joint – Francis created all 32 pieces needed to make a complete set using a variety of forging techniques.

“We congratulate Chandler on being featured at the World Chess Hall of Fame,” says Doug Callahan, Scout Executive of the Great Rivers Council. Callahan says the camp and council are “proud to have helped him in this endeavor, and we hope his creativity inspires other Scouts.”

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October 2018