Building on fond memories from playing chess as a child, a burgeoning local woodworker has found a new way to connect with the game
Stephanie Fan and her brother learned chess from their grandfather at a very young age, with an eye not just on the game but also on the prize.
“He promised to give us a pony if we could beat him, so we tried really hard to learn the game,” she recalled.
They never got a pony, but those special times, and a love of games in general, helped inspire Fan to return to the game as an adult in a new way – crafting her own chess sets.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fan worked in the food and beverage industry for nearly a decade before moving to Lexington in 2015. “I’ve always loved working with my hands,” she said. “After we moved and I stopped working, I needed something to fill that creative void.” After…