drop is a set of spinning tops made to add a small element of wonder to their home: they are at once carefully-crafted wooden display objects and unexpected, understated toys that transform when engaged.
Because of the position of their center of gravity, the tops change shape and move around when spun; there's a comfort in their predictable unpredictability. Thus, using them is an exercise in relinquishing control and just being in the moment.
This project was an exercise in micro-manufacturing, i.e. in-house batch production. Repeatability and scaleability were big factors to consider.
The project was jump-started by an accident, when I dropped one of my turned pieces and it began to spin; when in motion, it looked like a sphere.
From that discovery, I wanted to make spinning tops that would change into spheres
At first, I tried to replicate the droopy-apple form of the object, believing it was the only way I'd get the same sphere-in-motion effect.
After accidentally removing too much of the flare at the tip, I found that this new flare-less form worked better aerodynamically for my purposes, and was faster to make.
With weeks of tweaks and practice, I developed a system where I could quickly produce three almost-identical tops at a time.