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Taiwanese Craftsman Keeps Traditional Toy Spinning

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 04 September 2012

The key to making a whipping top, Yang said, is to first find the central point of each piece of wood. This is to ensure the balance of the top so that it will spin steadily, he explained.

Despite being petite in stature, Yang can produce tops with diameters ranging from 10 centimeters to 60 centimeters.

Meanwhile, Yang's products have been distributed around Taiwan, with some exported to Japan and the United States.

The craftsman also expressed regret over the fact that very few Taiwanese children play with spinning tops nowadays. They instead go for video games, he added.

"I've encouraged children in Daxi to play with spinning tops," Yang said. "Some of them have taken my word."

 

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