Rope Makes The Wood Go Round

The Top – or Gasing, in Malay – was one of our favorite childhood toys.  The body was made of wood that has been turned in a lathe machine, and then later a piece of nail was hammered into the pointed end of the body.   A thin-gauge rope was wound rather tightly around the nail and then up onto the sloping part of the body.   The free end of rope usually had a bottle cap attached, to provide good anchoring for the fingers.   A smart throw-out and whipping action of the wound-up toy onto the ground would send it spinning, like a gyroscope.

Yep, the rope did make the wood go round !   BTW, it is said that the best wood was that from guava tree.

With some practice, the spinning top can be coaxed with the rope to jump onto one’s palm – albeit a bit ticklish.

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