In 2012, SPYY team member Ed Haponik took a one year oath to play only a single fixed axle, wooden yo-yo. He completed this goal as of 12/31/12. His efforts were documented on 365yoyotricks.com and in several of his clip videos, and have helped to inspire a resurgence in fixed axle play.
This yo-yo he has used is once again available in a very limited run. Made of a denser grade of red oak than the last release, this version adds a few grams of mass and sharper engravings. It’s creation was a joint effort between two master craftsmen of the yoyo world: Colin Leland of TMBR and Steve Buffel of SPYY.
These yo-yos have been hand tested by Ed and all come strung with hand made string by Ed himself. A truly one of a kind and very special yo-yo available from www.yoyoexpert.com
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A video featuring SPYY team member, Sebby Brock (Amplifier/Dynamo) and his friend Tucker Holland (BvM Round 2). This is why we love you Sebby!
Ed wraps up his year-long journey with his purpose built wood SPYY EH. Here’s his summary of that journey as portrayed through www.365yoyotricks.com
This Pro Series throw is a culmination of everything we’ve learned over the years about all-out performance and balance. We pushed our design and manufacturing limits to produce this ultimate example of optimized weight distributions and mass centralization. The resulting shape is surprisingly organic and stunning in appearance, while it’s playability is extremely empowering and long spinning with exacting precision.
“This machine kills tricks” is a statement we’ve adopted for this release, as it accurately describes the feeling one gets while manipulating this no-compromises “machine” through a series of moves! SPYY fans will no doubt welcome this throw into their arsenals of competition level hardware.
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“one year ago (or close to), i began playing exclusively with an old-fashioned, wood-axle yo-yo made by spyy in calgary, canada.
this might not sound like a big deal, but as a pro yo-yo demonstrator, it’s meant shunning hundreds of yo-yo’s in my collection, most of which spin much longer and snap back much less readily than this more archaic model. fortunately, steve buffel threw his heart and soul into the process of making me the best wooden yo-yo possible, and while stretches have been tough, most of the year has been a joyful blur.
i don’t know what i was looking for in this challenge, beyond a better sense for how and why i play yo-yo, and i’m even less certain of what i’ve found. i’m surprised to realize the relationship i’ve developed with this one yo-yo. on a tactile level, it’s hard for me to remember how others feel flying through the air (i’m sure it won’t take long for me to remember some 1/1/13). it’s pretty awesome that by now, i’ve spent far more time throwing this yo-yo than any other. i’ve soaked it with sweat (and a little blood), and it’s generously given me a few splinters, but on the whole, i’d say we understand each other pretty well.
i’m coming up on the end, and i thought i’d take some time playing under the trees to contemplate how i feel about the journey. please forgive the cheesy-flakiness of my sentiments; as a cheesy flake, i’m afraid there’s not much alternative. the song is “l’estasi dell’oro” by ennio morricone and performed by [major pun, wait for it...] yo-yo ma.
major thanks go out to steve, without whom the idea behind this year would have died as an unfulfilled embryo, and also to colin leland of tmbr toys, who is helping us share it on a broader scale. thanks also to all of the players who insist on playing wood, either for reasons as clear and day or just because it somehow ‘feels right’.” – Ed Haponik