A few years ago I made a bunch of dreidels out of white cedar. They were a real pain to get properly weighted so they didn’t always land face up on gimel. In the end, they were somewhat biased, but they sure did spin great. Well, sort of. I used cedar because it’s soft and easy to carve. Without much weight, however, they proved somewhat finicky to get twirling. I’ve still got quite a bit to learn about crafting that perfectly balanced, easy riding top, but after making quite a few this week I’ve learned quite a bit.
For this How To, I wanted to keep it as simply as I could. I carved tops out of a single piece of white pine (initially I tried sticking a handle/point through a sumac as in the image above, but found these to be more difficult to get properly weighted). I experimented a bit with the length of the tip and handle and found that most would spin as long as the handle was short enough. Check out the video to see how they twirl.