Spinning Tops


After seeing some walnut spinning tops designed by Klein Reid, I thought I’d have a go at turning some myself. Originally thinking it would be a easy excercise, I soon discover that it was full of problems.

While it was easy to make beautifully turned objects it was another thing to maintain a perfectly symmetrical object for optimal spinning. Even more challenging  was the tops neck (or handle) which was prone to snapping on the lathe. Requiring a sharp tool and a delicate hand. As you can see by the pictures, my success rate was low, however an enjoyable process in which I am sure I will revisit later or subconsciously intertwine into a future project.




  • February 7, 2012 at 1:03 am // Reply

    An interesting little project. Do you now have a collection of spin less tops?

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm // Reply

      yes. spin-less indeed.

  • February 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm // Reply

    Thanks a bunch for the tips, and your web page definitely looks really good. Just what wp theme are you utilizing?

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