I make wood spinning tops. Starting in August 2017 they are available for sale. The first offerings are shown below.
Wood tops don’t spin as long as metal tops because they weigh much less. And wood tops tend to flutter and wobble compared to metal tops because wood is far less “evenly dense” than metal. To help you understand how my wood tops spin, I have made some videos as examples of good, and poor, spin quality.
Each top is described below and sells for $50 shipped inside continental US.
1. Two piece Padauk rotor over Katalox (“Mexican Ebony”) stem. 2.5″ approx diameter. Ni3S4 bearing. Test spin 2:10 minutes. Spin quality 9/10 (because nothing is 10/10, and this is wood.)
2. One piece parquet of hard white maple and walnut. 1 3/4″ diameter. Ni34S 7/32″ bearing. Test spin 2:13 min. Spin quality 9/10.
3. Two piece African Blackwood over (maybe) Orange Osage. (I picked up the stem wood in a scraps pile at Exotic Woods, so it could be anything.) 1.5″ diameter. Ceramic bearing. Spins smoothly for about 2 minutes.
4. Two piece Cocobolo over Padauk. Just less than 2″ diameter, ceramic bearing. Spins well for about 2 minutes.
5. Big (nearly 3″) two piece Katalox over Maple burl with ceramic bearing. Spins reasonably well with a little flutter (7/10) for 3:32 in test.
6. Two piece rare Manzanita root burl over Katalox stem. Burl has voids and lots of cracks, but surprisingly spins smoothly for a couple of minutes. 1.5″ on a ceramic bearing.
PM me on FB (drphilgandini) or email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these tops.