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Finger Tops

Flushed with the success of the big spinning top I posted about yesterday, I decided to turn a bunch of little finger tops to give away as stocking-fillers.

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They are made from sweet chestnut (it needs to be something dense otherwise the point gets squished the first time it spins off a table onto a hard floor). I deliberately experimented with different shapes and patterns. All of them work OK but some are harder to get spinning than others. After a bit of practice it is possible to get all five spinning at the same time. The colours are simply cheap wax crayon, mostly applied with the lathe spinning.

A few weeks later I made another, slightly bigger one from a piece of oak:

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This one spun more stably and for longer than the first batch, probably because it's slightly heavier (sorry the photo is so blurry; I couldn't keep it in focus as it danced randomly around the table).

Comments

Have you ever tried to make a reversing top? If you get the shape and centre of gravity correct, you can make them flip and spin upside down.
Do you mean a tippe top? Looks like a fun thing.
That's it! You often get them in Xmas crackers and they're great fun to play with.