It spins! It whistles! And it hops! Truth be told, it’s hard to imagine a more basic toy than a top. In Dumaguete, where it’s called kasing, one need not look too far to see children (little, large and of every age) spinning their tops at home, in school, or in any other place you could name. Everyone derives excitement and fun from setting the tops in motion, then watching as they rotate and revolve this way and that.
Our bamboo tops are loving crafted and smoothly finished by an artisanal craftsman who resides in our local hill country. While a-spin, their design is such that they whistle and hum in a manner reminiscent of a bamboo grove on a windy day.
Wonderful traditional toys that these are, they evince steady dedication to craft, an enduring sense of childlike wonder, and not least of all, a working grasp of airflow and acoustics. They’re a must-have for the spirit of playfulness that lives in us all.