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Desktop Art celebrating Pedro Flores' introduction of the yoyo in America with 5 historically significant Yo-Yos in exotic woods.
Desktop Art celebrating Pedro Flores' introduction of the yoyo in America with 5 historically significant Yo-Yos in exotic woods.
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Yo-Yo - The Wonder Toy’s Beginnings

In 1928 Pedro Flores, a Filipino immigrant, worked as a bellboy in a downtown Santa Barbara hotel. In his spare time, he hand-carved a small disc toy he called the Yo-Yo. On his breaks he would go out to the sidewalk and show passersby his toy and the unique tricks that could be learned. It captivated those who saw it! Americans loved the simple toy and Pedro Flores did not remain a bellboy for long.

Performer: Dazzling Dave  - http://www.dazzlingdave.com/
Performer: Dazzling Dave - http://www.dazzlingdave.com/

On June 9th, 1928, Flores set up the first American Yo-Yo manufacturing operation in the Granada Building in downtown, Santa Barbara, California. Within two years he was producing 300,000 Yo-Yos a day at a cost of 15 cents to $1.50 each and promoting the first ever Yo-Yo contests throughout the area.

The Yo-Yo Legacy Project Story

This project is a celebration of Pedro Flores and the 90th Anniversary of the Yo-Yo in America. It is also a tribute to my childhood love of the Yo-Yo and my lifelong passion for beautiful wood. How better to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of this wonderful toy than to create functional, desktop art with five historically significant Yo-Yos turned out of exquisite, exotic woods.

The warmth, texture, and pattern of the natural grain enhances the beauty and uniqueness of this art. The surfaces are smooth to the touch and “finished” to let us see the beauty once buried in the grain, concealed deep inside the tree. This gorgeous, hand selected wood celebrates the early production of wood Yo-Yos.

Our Exotic, Sustainable Wood Lineup


Yo-Yo Production

Each Yo-Yo, a functional piece of desktop art, is rough turned on computerized lathes to insure perfect balance. Next, there is a lot of hand shaping and sanding as well as the application of multiple layers of finish to produce each museum quality piece of art.

A solid metal fixed axle is then inserted into each disc and they are sent out for laser engraving of the date and logo on an Epilog Laser machine.

When they return, the two discs are put together, a string slipped on and each one is quality tested by the Legacy Guys to give you the experience of not only exploring the Yo-Yos visually and tactically, but also to play with them.

Reward Details

1st Edition Flores Yo-Yo Brochure

1928 Flores Yo-Yo in Bloodwood

This piece of art is the re-creation of Pedro Flores’ original Santa Barbara Yo-Yo. It has 1928 lasered on the front and the Yo-Yo Legacy Project logo on the back. It is the heart of the Yo-Yo Legacy Project and is created out of Bloodwood, one of the most beautiful exotic woods. The wood not only honors the 1928 Yo-Yo, but invites you to touch it, hold it and play it. It is “Functional Art” at its best!


Yo-Yo Legacy Trio

The three-piece Yo-Yo collection, with woods so beautiful they take your breath away, could be considered the Trinity of the Yo-Yo Legacy Project. At the center, the Pedro Flores 1928, Santa Barbara Yo-Yo in Bloodwood. Next, the 1954 Duncan® Imperial® in Birdseye Maple. The Duncan® Imperial® name is iconic - there is no name that is more connected with the Yo-Yo's legacy than Duncan®. The Imperial® is a “gotta have”, so here it is. Third, is the 1958 Lundberg Butterfly® in Yellow Heart. The Butterfly® was created by Wayne Lundberg, a Duncan® Yo-Yo demonstrator.

Wayne Lundberg reversed the two Imperial® Yo-Yo discs, widening the gap to make it easier to catch the Yo-Yo on its string. This development changed everything. By allowing the Yo-Yo to be easily caught, it opened the possibility for endless tricks and super charged Yo-Yo competitions. The Butterfly® design dominates Yo-Yos to this day.


Yo-Yo Legacy Quintet

The five-piece collection includes the 1928 Bloodwood - Pedro Flores, the 1954 Birdseye Maple – Duncan ® Imperial ®, and the 1958 Yellow Heart – Lundberg Butterfly ®. Added to the three piece collection is the 1965 Wenge – Isaacson Ball Bearing. Our fixed axle Isaacson commemorates the first Yo-Yo ball bearing invented and patented by Milton Isaacson (US Patent 3175326A).

The ball bearing was the next revolutionary step in the Yo-Yo’s evolution. Every tournament Yo-Yo to this day is indebted to Milton Isaacson's forward-thinking advancement. Something so simple changed everything- silent, unseen and inconspicuous, but revolutionary – an “inside job."

The 2018 – String Rocket is our tribute to NOW! This contemporary competition Yo-Yo design, most often formed out of exotic metals or colorful resin, is produced here in Padauk. The Legacy Project chose Padauk, a beautiful wood with rich color and incredible grain, to recognize how far the Yo-Yo has come in 90 years.

But stand by, there is always more to come as players and designers continue to push the design and performance capabilities. The Yo-Yo Legacy lives on.

2 Days with the Legacy Guys

Come and work with us in our Minneapolis, Minnesota studio. We invite you to join us for a 2-day tutorial on Legacy Yo-Yo making and lots of “how we got ready for Kickstarter” talk. All expenses paid including airfare, lodging, meals and a lot of fun! While you are here we will make a full set of the Legacy Quintet from start to finish. You will have a blast chatting and spending quality time with a couple of lifetime woodworking enthusiasts. Who knows, you could get ready for your own Kickstarter Project! How cool is that?

Join Us!

Help us make the celebration of the Yo-Yo’s history in America a reality by clicking the "Back This Project" button at the top of the page. Any pledge you make brings us one step closer to delivering this exceptional art.

Also, please help spread the word by sharing our Kickstarter page and linking over to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Any social networking you can provide will help us to reach our goal.

After all, we're in this together - thanks for putting your faith in us!

The Yo-Yo Legacy Collaborators

    

Risks and challenges

Receiving permission from the Duncan Toy Company was huge and encouraged us to keep pressing forward.

Another challenge was selecting the right wood for each of the reproductions. We believe we have identified the right woods and supply. If at the time of production a substitution is required, we will select a wood very similar in color and unique beauty.

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    1st Edition Flores Yo-Yo brochure

    1st Edition Flores Yo-Yo brochure was
    published in 1928 at the Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company in Santa Barbara, California. It is the first explanation, by Flores, on how to play the Yo-Yo. You will love this fully illustrated piece.

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    Early Bird Special-1928 Flores Yo-Yo

    This art piece is a re-creation of the 1928 Santa Barbara original Pedro Flores Yo-Yo in Bloodwood. This piece of history is at the very heart of the Yo-Yo Legacy Project. Its beauty invites you to touch it, hold it and play it. This is ‘functional art’ at its best!

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    1928 Flores Yo-Yo in Bloodwood

    This art piece is a re-creation of the 1928 Santa Barbara original Pedro Flores Yo-Yo. This piece of history is at the very heart of the Yo-Yo Legacy Project. Its beauty invites you to touch it, hold it and play it. This is ‘functional art’ at its best!

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    Early Bird Special Yo-Yo Legacy Trio

    A three-piece collection brought together for the first time. What could be considered the Trinity of the Yo-Yo Legacy Project, is a re-creation of the...
    1928 Flores in Bloodwood
    1954 Duncan ® Imperial ® in Birdseye Maple
    1958 Lundberg Butterfly ® in Yellow Heart

    This iconic trio sets the stage for production of nearly 2 Billion Yo-Yos.

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    Yo-Yo Legacy Trio

    A three-piece collection brought together for the first time. What could be considered the Trinity of the Yo-Yo Legacy Project, is a re-creation of the...
    1928 Flores in Bloodwood
    1954 Duncan ® Imperial ® in Birdseye Maple
    1958 Lundberg Butterfly ® in Yellow Heart

    This iconic trio sets the stage for production of nearly 2 Billion Yo-Yos.

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    Early Bird Special Yo-Yo Legacy Quintet

    A re-creation of...
    1928 Flores in Bloodwood
    1954 Duncan ® Imperial ® in Birdseye Maple
    1958 Lundberg Butterfly ® in Yellow Heart
    1965 Issacson Ball Bearing in Black Wenge
    2018 Stor-Leih String Rocket in Padauk

    Five beautiful and historical pieces of art brought back to life in one setting for you to enjoy.

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    Yo-Yo Legacy Quintet

    A re-creation of the...
    1928 Flores in Bloodwood
    1954 Duncan ® Imperial ® in Birdseye Maple
    1958 Lundberg Butterfly ® in Yellow Heart
    1965 Issacson Ball Bearing in Black Wenge
    2018 Stor-Leih String Rocket in Padauk

    Five beautiful and historical pieces of art brought back to life in one setting for you to enjoy.

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    Early Bird Special-2 days with the Team

    An all-expense paid trip to Minneapolis for two days of working with the Legacy Guys in our studio. We will create a full set of the Yo-Yo Quintet from start to finish and share a lot of talk about how we got ready for our Kickstarter project. Lower 48 United States only.

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    2 Days with the Legacy Guys

    An all expenses paid trip to Minneapolis for two days working with us in our studio. We will create a full set of the Yo-Yo Quintet from start to finish and share a lot of talk about how we got ready for our Kickstarter project. Lower 48 United States only.

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