Super Friends Kendy from Taiwan just dropped this great video that’s well worth a look…from the animated intro to the burly tricks, this might be my new favorite gang of kendama players. Plus, they’re superheroes. So, you know, they’ve got that going for them.
The Kengarden hosted their first Kendama Battle of 2013 at Dolores Park in San Francisco, with attendees including Lex from Kendama Co, Thomas Holzer from swisskendama, and SacKendama. There was also a huge yoyo player attendance, including Duncan Crew’s Paul Escolar and Sonny Patrick from AntiYo!
The new champions:
– Paul School
Advanced Grand Royal Champion Boss
Best trick / Most steeze in the kneeze
Kendama Co just released their new project. They have been hand turning out kendamas in Colorado for months now. Each Kendama is turned from cherry wood harvested in the Appalachian Mountains.
There is lots of controversy around “the first US made dama”. Lemme weigh in my 2 cents. Yes kendamas have been made in America. PAW, random kid in Georgia, Up Town Joe, some guy in Florida, and a guy from Woodturner Magazine. The point is that this is the first mass production of hand turned kendamas that are available to the public. The first full American kendama brand. Everything else is in China. Sweets, Shinzhu, Tribute, and every other Dama brand from America. So as far as the first American kendama I say Kendama Co takes it.
It’s been a dream to have American Kendamas for a long time now. Big ups to Kendama Co for making the push
The Kengarden gives us some more wood-on-wood action with this great kendama & bilboquet video.
I’m now officially freshly bummed about my dogs eating my awesome custom bolero that I had made by the guys at The Unit all those years ago. (Anyone know what happened to them? Can’t even find them online anymore.) It was amazing. Had my name carved in the decoration and everything. Now a Google search can’t even find them anymore. Anyone know where I can get a good bolero or drum-style bilboquet?
Guy Wright busted out this kendama trick, and coincidentally I spent about an hour today working on juggling/body moves with a kendama. But frankly, this trick is cooler than pretty much everything I was working on.
The good folks at Terra Kendama have struggled to keep up with demand for their unique kendama model, The Pill, since they introduced it. People just couldn’t get enough of them, and they couldn’t make enough to keep up with demand.
So it’s pretty awesome for everyone that they’ve announced they have finally sourced a production house that can maintain their level of quality, and help them produce The Pill in large enough quantities to meet demand. Finally!
These should be available soon…keep an eye on Terra Kendama for details!
And if you’re new to The Pill and don’t quite understand how these work, here’s a fantastic video showing the possibilities of The Pill from The Kengarden:
Plenty of bangers plus some quick-shots from my trip to California and around Canton. I wanted to create a higher energy kendama edit and took inspiration from the music video for the song DIE SLOW by HEALTH. All rights to HEALTH.
When I asked Drew why he likes to make toys, he said that he believes design should be enjoyed. “Toys are disarming because you just want to play with them,” Drew says “and that element of play can lead to a strong bond with the object that you might not see from a more static sculpture.”
It’s great to see Drew being recognized outside of the yoyo community for his extraordinary creativity, and we really can’t wait for his flatpack yoyos and kendamas to become available. See below for a video of Drew’s flatpack kendama in action.
The folks over at Kengarden just posted this fantastic video…great tricks, good laughs, and it’s amazing how much all skill toy folks seem to get equally silly when they hang out together. Great stuff!
The International Juggler’s Association has announced the dates and opened registration info for their 2013 festival. To be held in Bowling Green, Ohio, the 2013 festival will be July 15th – 21st on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Festival packages start at $119/person for under 18, and $169/person for 18 and older, and there are also special workshops available with Steven Ragatz (Cirque du Soleil) and Jay Gilligan (University of Dance & Circus, Stockholm) for an additional fee.
Bowling Green, Ohio is located 80 miles south of Detroit and 120 miles west of Cleveland. Low-cost dorm housing is available, starting at $30/day for a shared room.
The IJA Festival is a full week of workshop, shows, special guest performances, informal teaching sessions, games, and hundreds of people throwing stuff at and around each other. If you’ve never been, it’s a fantastic trip for anyone interested in any kind of skill toys or object manipulation.
Visit the IJA festival page for more details.