This toy is both harder than it looks and easier than it looks. These are the two qualities inherent in the classic Latin American children’s toy called a capirucho. There are many versions out there, but all offer the same challenge: flip a string-tethered cup upward so it turns in mid-air and lands on the end of a stick. Good capirucheros make this trick look simple, although I can assure you that it is not. I find that it takes more skill to play with a capirucho than it does to make one, even if you’re not experienced with a lathe. The design I came up with turns a little bit of wood into a lot of fun. The precise shape isn’t important either. Whatever looks good is good.
|Part||Material||Size (T x W x L*)||Qty.|
|Cap blank||hardwood||2 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 4"||1|
|Body blank||hardwood||2 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 7 1/2"||1|
* Length indicates grain direction
Turning gouges and chisels