The Original Gum-Nut Spinning Top
The Original Gum-Nut Spinning Top
The Aussie Gumnut Spinning Top. A beautifully hand crafted wooden toy and sculpture designed by two Australian Artists.
The Aussie Gumnut Spinning Top. A beautifully hand crafted wooden toy and sculpture designed by two Australian Artists. Read more
A collaboration of two Australian artists to design and produce a souvenir, a true-blue token of their great land, it's flora and fauna.
As two craftsmen and Artists, we have over the years lamented the fact that it’s such a struggle to find a gift or souvenir to take home to loved ones that is a true piece of Australia.
So many suitcases go back to the airport stuffed with cheap plastic snow globes and mass produced soft toys. Items manufactured in foreign factories, with no connection to our amazing country.
Surely there must be something that we can come up with that is tactile and beautiful, enjoyable and fun, something for a child or a grandparent .
For two years we chatted and sketched and doodled.
A tribute to the Australian Eucalypt.
Habitat to so many of our iconic native animals.
For another year we made gum-nuts, we dreamed of gum-nuts, we searched out gum-trees, the perfect nut, the perfect leaf. We learned what we already knew... We really really liked the Aussie Gum-Nut.
Late one night it came to us... "A spinning Top"
As parents we reminisce about growing up pre mobile phones, internet and computer games, we entertained ourselves by exploring, imagining, and making.
Our motto, no BATTERIES, no PAINT, no PLASTIC.
The pure simplicity of a spinning top! Such an appealing item. The satisfaction gained from learning to make one spin. The delight provided by its unpredictable dancing.
A Gum-Nut Spinning Top!!
For the next year whenever we would meet to collaborate on a project we would compare gum-nuts. Over a hundred different prototypes were made and passed from hand to hand. Gum-Nut Spinning Tops became the topic at meetings, dinner parties, anybody who came anywhere near us in a professional or social capacity were invariably handed a prototype to play with, often without explanation, just to see what they'd make of it, what would they do with it? Would it spin!!?
Finally we landed on our magic profile, the perfect balance in our minds of that classic gum-nut shape and an enjoyable spinning top with just enough challenge to engage all who pick one up.
Production capacity has been limited. Our next step is to employ help to produce enough Spinning Tops to take to the retail market in profitable quantities.
We would love to be able to make our little piece of Australia, our small Sculpture, available on a much larger scale. We have a vision of people spinning our Gum Nuts all over the World !! : )
This is where we are asking for your help.
Help us to realize our dream, to make our great Australian Gum-Nut Spinning Top the Aussie Icon it deserves to be!
We love wood... It's natural.
All our materials are carefully selected. Our priority is that they are: Plantation Grown, Reclaimed or Recycled.The fantastic thing about wood as a material - it's a completely renewable resource. It's growth benefits the environment - our planet Earth, our home.
We absolutely oppose the use of rainforest timbers and wholeheartedly encourage the planting and use of sustainable plantation timbers.
We live in a world where so many things are disposable and transient. We are surrounded by plastic!
A treasure that will last and bring joy to our children and their children.
Help us take our work to the next level and receive the very first of the Australian Gum Nut Spinning Tops. shipping remains the same small flat rate no matter how many you order and if you order the ten pack you'll also receive an exclusive "Acorn Spinning Top"
Pledge 1 - "One for the Road"
Pledge 2 - "First to Spin"
Pledge 3 - "One good Turn deserves another"
Pledge 4: "Two's company... but three's more fun"
Pledge 5 - "One of a kind"
Pledge 6 - "Six Pack"
Pledge 7 - "Big Top"
Pledge - 8 "A Perfect Ten"
Huge thanks to those that helped us put our vision to film!
Ben Harding, Media Magnet
Richard Pleasance, Composer
And spoken by John Flaus.
To find out a little more about us you can visit www.aussiegumnut.com
Risks and challenges
Spin out of control.........!
While we have multiple sources of sustainable timber and multiple manufacturers lined up and ready to go, availability and timing of others services is never completely guaranteed. We do however feel extremely confident and the very worst case scenario would only result in minor delays in delivering the products. We certainly don't think it is likely but if it were the case we would communicate with our backers at every step with updates and news.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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