I've purchased a bunch of new materials to play around with and made up some prototypes. I have posted them to a free website and will probably end up moving a few of them to my site. The materials, in my opinion, are really nice. I have some more stuff in the works and will post those soon also. I'm working on a tortoise shell wand right now with ivory tips. My daughter suggests some tortoise shell dice with ivory dots. I'm also quite fond of the animal horn material. The stock is just beautiful. The dice stacking cup has gotten some nice comments from people I've shown it to, the pictures don't do it very much justice. I think ball vases would look great made out of some of this stuff too.
The coin dropper is an old design of course, but streamlined and made to close tolerances for smooth and silent operation. The clip can be reversed allowing it to be clipped inside your coat rather than waist as it is pictured. This delivers 4 coins into 3rd finger curl palm very effortlessly allowing you to come out pointing, etc. Any suggestions are welcome.
The okito boxes.. I've made dozens of prototypes, experimenting with weighting them, different materials, etc. There are a few designs that I think are really nice. The ivory ones with the brass innerds have a great feel. My wife is scrimshawing some of the ivory. I've aquired some nice free machining bronze too and worked out some designs for more standard versions. After I settle on a final design for these I'd like to have them made locally in small production runs. I think the bronze is much nicer looking than brass and should age nicely. I'm making everything with nice radius' on them. It gives them a great feel and makes the moves very smooth and quieter.
I posted these on another website, and for some strange reason the thread was deleted. I can't imagine why. Thanks for looking. Cheers.
Todd Lassen http://www.dropshots.com/day.php?userid ... e=20060413