hey all, i was hoping the crew could maybe help out with some add’l info on this rosewood fixie i have. it’s a beaut (pics!), and the finish has an iridescence almost like cat eye or moonstone. i grabbed it a while ago when i was just getting back into the swing of throwing and only buying wood fixies, but the provenance i know of is this:
I purchased it from a guy, who had purchased it from a former master carpenter and fine furniture maker living in Texas at least 20 years prior. This guy also made rare wood yoyos as a hobby. In a conversation between these two guys years later, the furniture/yoyo guy said he didn’t make furniture anymore - he made fishing lures. I guess he’d gone fishing with his buddies and carved a massive lure as a joke and threw it in the water on his line… it made a big splash, but everyone was impressed by the detail and all of this massive lure. Afterwards he started making legit lures for his buddies and other people. But, demand got so big he stopped making furniture and started making lures full time.
That’s what I know. It seemed like a fish tale… this is a gorgeous piece though. I’ve done research and didn’t find much, but seems like every furniture maker made yoyos.