back in the autumn of 2011, i was having a bit of an existential yo-yo crisis. i was part of Team SPYY, which promoted one of the highest quality aluminum yo-yo companies ever... and yet i was mainly exploring the old fashioned fixed axle yo-yo's of a bygone era.
i confided in Steve Buffel, the owner of SPYY, that i'd like to try going "all fixed" for a year, to see where i went. though i knew this could constitute a departure from SPYY, Steve magnanimously offered to make me a 1-off custom wooden throw, designed for the quest.
i threw that yo-yo, which we called "the eH", in reference both to SPYY's unapologetically Canadian style and my own initials, for a year straight, documenting my progress on my blog and on 365yoyotricks.com
by the end of 2012, a number of friends had asked if we would be releasing the yo-yo, but Steve really didn't have the infrastructure in place to make a ton of em. we fielded the idea to Colin Leland of TMBR and Andre Boulay of yoyoexpert.com. Once again, I was impressed by the generosity of my friends, both of whom immediately appreciated the story behind "the eH", and threw themselves into it.
the combination of Steve's original design, Colin's approach to old-world wood craftsmanship, and Andre's love for the yo-yo business and community worked out to be pretty magical, and every year since we have re-released "the eH" with minor adjustments. the current model again features Colin's remarkable wood-thread axle design, allowing for a semi-adustable gap. the updated minimalist engraving looks terrific on the white oak. i sincerely think that this is the best fixed-axle yo-yo you can find anywhere.
this experience has helped to keep fixed-axle fresh and exciting for me over the past few years. all i have to do is keep playing amazing wooden yo-yo's, and it is my pleasure to get to continue to be part of this story and this partnership.