This classic toy is made in Vermont from local, sustainably harvested maple, milled just nine miles from where it is assembled. Not only will your yo-yo last, the forests will too. (
This is the yo-yo you wish you had as a kid, built like they were at the turn of the twentieth century, albeit with some improvements. Unlike most yo-yo’s, this version by Maple Landmark sleeps well every time. Tricks for which you thought you needed a fancy, "modern" yo-yo are possible. You’ll be able to "walk the dog," "go around the world," and even "rock the baby" with a little practice.
While the yo-yo's design is just over a hundred years old, the toy itself is not. Kids in ancient Greece were playing with them 2500 years ago. In a coming-of-age ritual, youths sacrificed terra-cotta yo-yo’s to the gods. While it is unclear which gods (Zeus? Poseidon? The yo-yo gods?), we encourage you to dust off your skills, and rediscover this ancient game of skill.
To clean, wipe with warm soapy water and let air dry. Never soak the yo-yo or put it in the dishwasher. The prolonged exposure to water or heat may cause it to warp or crack.
In the 1970s when Mike Rainville was just fifteen years old, he started a woodworking business on the family farm. While his father raised dairy cattle and produced maple syrup, Mike tooled around in the wood shop, making cribbage boards from wood scraps.
Today, he employs thirty-plus Vermonters in his Middlebury workshop. His company, Maple Landmark, is very serious about sourcing materials and services from the Middlebury area, and 99 percent of the company's operating budget goes back into the local economy.
Maple Landmark sources the majority of their wood from just one mill, nine miles down the road in Bristol, Vermont. The mill is owned by Thomas C. Lathrop, who learned forestry and milling from his father and grandfather. Much of the lumber, including the maple wood used to make this yo-yo, is harvested from within the county, using sustainable practices.
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