Experimental Design Study pt.1 - The Micra Multiform

March 11, 2021

For 2021 I started to focus on doing more releases in tighter clusters. The demand and growth has been nice but I realized that more and more people are in the market for higher end products. I have even noticed that more companies are producing yoyos in titanium. I always said I would move on to other projects once other companies started producing the products i felt was missing in the market. The previous triple zero release was a massive success, and it was the largest run I have ever done. I feel like everyone who wanted one got one, even if it was only just.

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000 BTM - The Triple Zero Bimetal

February 02, 2021

The demand for the Triple Zero was the highest I have ever seen since the original Evora. Two years ago I challenged myself to design something that was a bit different than the rest of the Luftverk releases. It was during a time where I moved to a new city and went through some of the worst depression I had ever experienced. I think looking back at that experience though, it did help shape my design philosophy behind this very yoyo.

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The Evora Rebirth Pt. 2 - AMS2488, Ultramatte & Anodized

January 16, 2021

I remember the day I released the original Evora. There were existing yoyos out there made from aluminum and plastics, but very few were made from Titanium. Even when companies made titanium yoyos it would be a one and done kind of deal - as the difficulties and quality control needed for titanium was much more risky from a business standpoint. I approached the original Evora project thinking it would be a one run project - up until all 60 original units sold out in under 5 minutes.

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Learning Yoyo Design - Refreshing My Old Taig Lathe

January 10, 2021

The year was 2006, I was pretty young back then and as a kid I was pretty active on the forums. I had a weird obsession about how different yoyos felt even more so than learning tricks itself. I think a lot of people who like collecting are similar - they tend to appreciate the feel of multiple yoyos which entices them to build up a library that represents their own taste. In 2006, this was less of an option.

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5 Year Anniversary Evora

November 22, 2020

I was planning to run these anodized, but so many people requested them in raw titanium. Its crazy to think its already been 5 years since I released that yoyo, I think that really changed my life. Looking back, I ended up moving to Prague after Worlds in Tokyo. Traveled all over Europe before moving to the west coast of Vancouver.

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2020 Ultima - All The Color

July 04, 2020

2020 we can all agree has been a strange year. I ended up back in Ontario after living in Vancouver for about a year - and the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world. I was stuck at my parents home for a bit but for me, it was somewhat what I needed. I think the years before were such a whirlwind of career change, mental health struggles and general stress of living somewhere new it was a welcomed change. I started seeing a therapist which deepened my understanding of my own thoughts and feelings. In a profound way I look at humanity in a very different light. There are still so many things I need to work on, but putting my head down and getting another release done was a much much longer process this time around - it has been half a year since my last release.

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New Website for a New Decade

July 01, 2020

Just finished the brand new website. I made the original website in 2015 - back when things were a bit more primitive and my design/photography was a bit lack luster. I like to believe I've improved over the years although I question it sometimes haha. Last year I updated the packaging for the entire line, so it was only a matter of time before I also redid the website.

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Responsive Refined - The Daytona SB Highwall

January 14, 2020

I left West coast Canada in December but only temporarily - I left most of my stuff there. Moved back home with the parents for a bit after the start up I was working for went under - I saw it coming though, and it was a crazy well timed event that landed me back home. The slowness of releases in 2019 were a good indication of how busy I was, but also trying not to force creativity when my mood isn't the best. A few issues cropped up when I left Vancouver, mostly my deteriorating mental health. More often than not my projects become ways to cope with how I feel weather its cars or coding or doing yoyo releases.

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ULTIMA BTM - Return of the Competition Titanium

July 21, 2019

My flight from Toronto landed literally two days ago. For those of you who don't know, I moved to Vancouver a year back to I guess "settle down" and get an adult life. The years of traveling and living in hostels eating pasta needed to end eventually. I went to school, got a job coding and tried to live a more normal 9-5 life. But that also meant I lost a lot of time running Luftverk too - which many will have realized I dropped off the yoyo world for a bit. Going back to Toronto was a strange feeling especially after more than a year.

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Alpina XP47 & XP55 - 2019 Slimline Pocket Throw

February 10, 2019 3 Comments

The last few months have been a balancing act of a full time programming job and maintaining Luftverk. I look back at how I did things when I was traveling - I'd set up shop and design, release then ship products from wherever I was. Back then it was a challenge because of space. But now it's more of an issue with time. Realizing that I dedicate 8 hours of my day to work, 8 hours for sleep, an hour for a morning workout leaves about 7 hours to keep myself alive (cook), keep the S13 running, and also work on yoyo projects. All this in the statistically least affordable city in North America. To say it's been a handful would be an understatement, but at the same time it feels genuinely great to be so busy with new opportunities. When designing the Alpina, it was spread across an entire month instead of a week when I had more time - which also gave me headspace to work out smaller details.

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Anodized Triple Zero - Last update for 2018

December 09, 2018

I start my new job as a software developer tomorrow. That's probably the weirdest most unsuspecting thing to come out of 2018. Every year I attempt to guess where I will be at the end of the next year. Most of the time its in a different city, or country. But starting a brand new career path is definitely a massive curveball.

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Triple Zero - A New Beginning

July 31, 2018 3 Comments

Life is funny. No matter how hard we try, things never seem to work the way we want them to. And at the same time when everything goes wrong new opportunities arise. As cliche it sounds, that is exactly what happened after I arrived in Vancouver. After driving for nearly 9000 miles. 

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