The first prototype was taken to kenchanhalli to be played by the kids. They were happy to see me back at their playground waiting to open my bag. They were all excited to see the new designed top and they started spinning it
kid winding the rope (image below)
Take off position (image below)
Spinn off and land (image below)
The kid pull's up the spinning top and spins it in his hand
Top secret unveiled (image below)
What, how, why..
Excited to know what it was, the kid spins the small top
he finds it difficult to spin with the broad handle
At this stage i started working on the industrial lathe machines just to get the feel of the place and idea of manufacturing techniques. Every minute was precious out there in terms of learning and value for money.
wood in its rough state ( halle mara/soft wood)
my first experience on the wood lathe (image below)
javid carving on the wood lathe(image below)
initial prototypes on basic form(image below)
Figuring out the joinery for the tops using magnet locking system.
the magnet locking joinery did not work because it couldn't take the initial high impact and force of the top landing on the ground. The more powerful magnets where getting very expensive for production standards.
Introducing the spinning board to the kids was like adding another level of challenge to their existing play pattern.
The board was used as a target. The board has three three rings, depending on the ring in which they spin the top they score points accordingly. (Inner/mid/outer -ring)
Spin in the ring is another play level where the kids detach the rings from the spinning board and throw the rings at different distances and target one ring and spin the top in one of the rings and score points depending on the size and distance of the rings.
The maze board is a level for skilled players, the top is spun on the outer ring and while it is spinning the player lifts the board and moves the top to the center ring.
In the first stage I worked on the safety aspect of the tops where I used nail tips which has spring fitted suspension.These nail tips were designed for smooth spinning on different kinds of floors (rough, muddy.smooth etc.)
Precisely engineered suspension nail tip made on the lathe machine,
these nail tips were designed to resist high impact. (image below)
spinning top with safe suspension nail tip.
The high speed metal top looks like a regular top but it is hollow from the inside and it has a metal ball inside.
While the top is spinning the metal ball spins much faster inside the hallow space of the top, increasing the speed of rotation.
Fan on top
The fan on top is a regular shaped top with a fan fitted on the top.
I am a product design student of srishti school of art design & technology.(final diploma project)
At present i am part of the Bamboo Culm Channapatana project, developing a range of hand crafted products which is an initiative of Atul johri designs