10 responses to Amish Craftsmanship: Making A Wooden Top (Video)
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    M.H.G.
    Comment on WOODEN TOP (February 4th, 2016 at 08:41)

    WOODEN TOP

    It is almost a lost art!

    It takes great skill to do this…
    Results: A cute wooden top, that will last forever!
    It is an amazing video!

    (My Aunt use to live in the Mountains of Tennessee
    & she carved birds, tiny tops & such out of wood)

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    Jeff
    Comment on Love Those Tops! (February 4th, 2016 at 08:43)

    Love Those Tops!

    I was fascinated by the video and how Henry makes the tops. I am in Shipshewana often. Would it be possible to find out where The Turning Point is? I can’t find it in any listings. Thanks!

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    Verity
    Comment on Crafts (February 4th, 2016 at 14:24)

    Crafts

    Reminded me of the story I read about a man who was using traditional methods of silver refining, and, when asked how he knew when the silver was “done”, said “When I can see my face in it.”

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Great spin! (February 5th, 2016 at 17:18)

    Great spin!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the video. I absolutely love watching items being crafted, especially from wood.

    I still have my Dad’s (he’d be 104 this year had he not succummed to heart disease at 54) two old wooden tops. I use one of them on the Christmas tree. The other still has the actual string he used to spin it (with a little wooden rectangle on the end of the string). There is an art to “throwing” it, which I never mastered (is there a video you know of to teach THAT skill?)

    Watching this has been the highlight of my day! Thanks, Erik!

    Alice Mary

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    Dawn L. Martinez
    Comment on Amish Craftsmanship: Making A Wooden Top (Video) (February 5th, 2016 at 18:58)

    I really enjoyed watching the wooden top being made & then seeing the end result. Thank you!

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    KimH
    Comment on Top tops! (February 5th, 2016 at 20:44)

    Top tops!

    Awesome video.. Thanks so much for sharing it! Love it~

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    Urs Christen
    Comment on Wooden Toys are Quality Toys (September 13th, 2016 at 18:46)

    Wooden Toys are Quality Toys

    It is always cool to see that there are still craftsmen out there that make wooden toys.

    It looks like Henry is still making wooden tops, because there is a new youtube video that got posted on March 2 of this year! Here is the Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Uobt-f2YY

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      Jeff
      Comment on Wooden Toys (September 14th, 2016 at 12:00)

      Wooden Toys

      Urs,

      If you are ever in Northern Indiana, you should stop by Owl Toy Craft in Topeka just south of Shipshewana. If you love handmade wooden toys, this is the place to visit! Owl Toy Craft is a family-run Amish cottage business run out of a small warehouse behind their home. All the toys are made there by the father, son, and daughter, with the other daughter helping with sales. There is a small showroom there where their toys are displayed. They specialize in farm and construction toys made of local hard maple. Some of the toys are somewhat large. They also sell games and small toys. These are all toys that the Amish children like to play with. The toys are simple and nowhere near the “high tech” of today’s toys, but they are beautifully made. That’s what makes them so pure and special.

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    Jeff
    Comment on I Found Henry! (September 14th, 2016 at 09:44)

    I Found Henry!

    I was in Shipshewana and found Henry and The Turning Point! He has his business set up outside under a canopy in the Courtyard of the Arts on Morton St. in the downtown area. He has his lathe and tools there and is still making the tops. I purchased 3 of his tops, and they are really wonderful. He is very happy to show you how to spin the top. He loves when people come up to watch him.

    I told him about – and showed him – the videos of him on the internet, and he was unaware of them. He realizes that he is hard to find and will start doing some advertising. He spends his winters in Florida (where he also makes his tops) and is generally in Shipshewana over the Spring/Summer. He may take a week off to do a show here and there. He said that he would love to teach someone to do this because he won’t be around forever. He has some pain in his hands from working the lathe all these years and has to go for massage therapy.

    Henry enjoyed showing me his lathe (that he said he built himself) and his tools. He showed me one tool that a friend made for him. He really loves making these tops, and he does such a beautiful job. He still makes them exactly as you see in the video. The tops are now $15 each and very much worth it when you see the time and love he puts into each one.

    If you’re ever in Shipshewana, it would be great to add Henry and The Turning Point to your itinerary!

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