The wooden base (reclaimed timber of course!) unscrews, separating to reveal that the brass inlay is actually two large brass discs. These conceal a string cleverly hidden in a string chamber together with spacer bearings. These components you can twist and turn and ‘Hey presto!’ transform the small globe into (we believe) the worlds finest YO YO!
The wooden hemispheres are hand turned, and twenty six separate gores are needed to cover the two hemispheres, this total combined with another 17 other components means that a staggering 43 individual items are required in order to make this small item of just 2″ (50mm) diameter. Once the gores have been applied, they are hand coloured before lacquering. The gores illustrated here were first published by L.Spies in 1830 (his original gores were for a larger globe). Because the components are both hand and machined turned, the Oy Oy performs/spins beautifully! Interestingly enough, with a conventional YoYo there is a trick called ‘going around the world’, the trick consists of throwing the Yo Yo (representing the Sun) outwards and before it has fully unwound, pulling it upwards and over your head to make a revolution around your body. This trick was possibly conceived by a past Pope who believed that the sun revolves around the Earth! With the Oy Oy, one can go with Copernicus and swing the Earth around your body which symbolises the Sun. It is also possible to ‘sleep’ the Oy Oy by untwisting the string to one turn only at the axis.
Yo Yo is a registered trade name, we have decided not to register the word Oy Oy as we hope other makers will make other designs (eye ball on a retina stand?) and hopefully help make the word Oy Oy a household name.
Other Oy Oy’s are being planned, watch this space!