Frequently Asked Questions :

Do they really work?

What are they made of?

What kind of finish is on it?

What kind of paint do you use?

Are your boomerangs better than traditional ones?

These are too pretty to throw! You don't actually throw these DO YOU??

How long does it take to learn to throw and catch one?

How far does it go?

Can kids throw them too?

How young can you be to throw one of your boomerangs?

Do you do custom work?

Do you think of the shape first or do you make the art first and then make it fly?

How did you get in to making boomerangs?

What is your favorite boom?

What are the most expensive pieces that you have sold?

When you are throwing, you seem to get in tune with your environment. What are you doing?

How do you mount the booms on the wall?

What celebrities have your booms?

How does it come back?

Have you ever been to Australia?

What is the history of boomerangs?

 

Do they really work?

Yes they do. Through years of research I have found fantastic shapes that fly amazingly well.

What are they made of?

I use the best wood money can buy. I use Aircraft Finland birch that is ten layers of cross laminated perfection… no knot! No voids or patches through every layer of wood. I have it imported from finland and then cut up the sheets. It is the best because it is hard, light and flexible. It holds paints and finishes very well. I prefer it over the countless other materials that can work with boomerangs.

What kind of finish is on it?

12 layers of the highest quality varathane and 5 layers on the back surface. I find this gives the best look and functional durability as well as ultra-violet light protection.

What kind of paint do you use?

I use a combination of colored wood stains and acrylic paint. I saturate the stain into the wood with multitude of layers to keep the color strong and give great depth. The acrylic is also given multiple layers and washes to give a stunning look and eliminate color fading.

Are your boomerangs better than traditional ones?

Yes they are superior in many ways. Obviously they are fine art on your wall. They also look better in the air! I design my boomerangs to be thrown with an ergonomic natural energy. Using angles of release, spin, and follow-through to compliment the natural way our bodies move. Most traditional sport booms require you to throw with an odd, uncomfortable, and possibly damaging energy.

These are too pretty to throw! You don't actually throw these DO YOU??

Yes I do. That’s the fun of it. The trick is to find a groomed grassy field like a soccer field with no obstacle. You don’t throw in a parking lot. As my friend says “only the dingy ones ding up the art, but the smart ones fly them on soccer fields and then throw them on the wall! It’s a sports car mentality, I own a gorgeous 69 Camaro (my first car!) that I take out and drive on special occasions in safe places. I don’t drive it off road or park it around shopping carts. It is a functional work of art and should be enjoyed with caution and good sense. Many of customers also purchase some thrower booms that they can enjoy on undesirable areas. I sometimes include a couple of these on custom “show piece orders”. I also like to carry a couple of these beater upper booms.

How long does it take to learn to throw and catch one?

It’s real easy to learn and generally takes about 15min to throw and catch with proper instruction. It takes a couple of hours of exhilarating practice to get consistent catches with more controlled flights.

How far does it go?

Most of my designs fly out approximately 30 yards and back in a circular pattern.

Can kids throw them?

Mine do!  Yours can too! If they are able to throw a baseball from across the street they will do fine with the easy throwers.  Ten year olds and up seem to do well with hand-eye coordination.

How young can you be to throw one of your boomerangs?

Most 10 year olds can successfully throw and catch with about 15 minutes of practice.

Do you do custom work?

Yes, I love to do custom work! Do you have any interesting ideas? Click here to see my custom boomerang page.

Do you think of the shape first or do you make the art first and then make it fly?

Most of my designs require me to work with the shape and the art at the same time while incorporating my “rules of flight” (Safe, durable, proportional, easy to throw and catch, stable enough to hover upon return). It’s an extremely complicated puzzle that fascinates me. It’s like a musician that has to write the lyrics at the same time with the music… very complicated but fun. The famous art designer Mc Escher understood this with his work with tessellations.

How did you get in to making boomerangs?

After seeing a demonstration I started making my own at the age of twelve. The first six I made didn't work well but the seventh one finally came back. I continued making many designs into my teenage years until I was discovered for the romantic comedy movie (Bagdad Cafe) in which I acted and threw boomerangs. At this point I transitioned from a ceramic sculptor to a full-time boomerang artist committed to pioneering a new form of art. Click here to read the full story.

What is your favorite boom?

I enjoy throwing so many....but I find that if I only had one boomerang on a deserted island it would be the Original Koi. It is magical to me and I feel energized when throwing and catching it.

What are the most expensive pieces that you have sold?

I have sold a variety of custom scenes for $5,000.

When you are throwing, you seem to get in tune with your environment. What areyou doing?

When I am on the field, I pick a place of safety first, where I can throw safely from others and also not injure my booms. It’s hard to talk about it in words. But the throwing is largely about feeling my environment… I settle down and completely relax to feel and test the wind. I always have to recheck the wind on every throw… I must turn on my awareness to the point that any slight changes can be adjusted for and used to my advantage. Each boom is different and can even fly slightly differently in altitudes or areas. It’s about flow and balance. It’s a dance of energy … yours with the boom and the environment. I wind (interesting the spelling is used) up energy and feel where it must go… yet I am aiming at myself… it’s strange to project a powerful throw, only to aim at myself. If one shoots an arrow or hits a golf ball, there is a power trip that one feels as the energy goes out… and its fun. But this is different. Because after throwing with lots of spin and flow and follow-through away from me but yet aiming at me… now I must track it. Do I have to move? Or stay?  Where do I move? Is it going 2 feet forward and to the side? What happens is that you must really pay attention to it because I am now the follower of its energy. I then melt with it spinning in my hands and then my body often twisting to absorb the energy. It is like a baseball player having to absorb the energy with a catch; only you need to account for the spinning too… oh yea and no glove! (Some boom throwers use a glove). It’s like a pair of dancers. The leader winds up some energy and sends it to the follower to fly….And then at some point the leader becomes the follower to be at the exact right place to connect with the energy. It’s a very centering process. If you don’t relax and feel your environment and really flow, then you will be doing a lot of running. And that’s ok too… exercise is good .With this sport you get exercise running around more that you realize. The beauty is something to behold as well as the sunsets as your booms are dancing in the air is very rewarding.

How do you mount the booms on the wall?

For instructions on mounting boomerangs to your wall click here.

What celebrities have your booms?

David Letterman has the Original Kio. Dom DeLuise has a parrot fling from when we did a TV show together. Dennis Weaver bought a buffalo scull from me at an art show in LA. No-hit baseball legend Kevin Gross has a couple. The great football player Eric Turner bought a large selection from me so he and his son could throw together. Gary Marshall also has a Kio fish. Carol Duvall has a dolphin set. Jim Cummings (the voice of tigger from winnie the pooh) bought a dragon and took private lessons.

How does it come back?

A boomerang needs to have 4 essential elements: spin, lift, drag and gyroscopic stability. Spin creates gyroscopic precession forcing the boomerang to turn back to the thrower. Lift is created using Bernoulli's principle and Newton's laws of motion also factor in to the equation. Please check online for further information.

Have you ever been to Australia?

Not yet. I would love to and plan to. Interestingly enough, my work is banned in Australia because they are intimidated by my high quality product. However, customers have bought suitcases of my work and smuggled them into Australia for the purpose of selling them to American and Japanese tourists.

What is the history of boomerangs?

It’s hard to say because boomerangs have been around for thousands of years on every continent. There are two types of boomerangs; the returning boomerang for fun and sport, and the non-returning Killer Stick used as a weapon for small game. The aborigines of Australia are credited with inventing both the non-returning Killer Stick and its cousin the boomerang. Although the two sticks share similarities, the Killer Stick is much heavier and larger than the more acutely angled returning boomerang.