Please feel free to send me any and all comments, stories, construction/decoration/throwing tips/tuning techniques, etc, and I will help you share your information with the rest of the Boomerang World! I'm going to open this publication up completely to everyone and anyone who would like to share and learn from each other, in order to make boomerangs an even more cool, enjoyable activity. As for now, to help ease into this brand new online boomerang resource, please enjoy a republishing of "The Boomerang News" Issue Number One from 1994, as constructed and edited by Ted Bailey. Just click on the PDF file below, and join me in my "Boomerang Time Machine," and let's visit the Boomerang World as it existed back in 1994....
Art Boomerangs are an interesting product in the boomerang world. On the one side, they are highly valued as display pieces in many collections, but, on the downside, throwers have a tendency to back away from getting them, as they are afraid to damage them on the throwing field. I DO NOT make Wall displays that are to simply hang there and look pretty. THESE ARE BOOMERANGS, and, as such, are meant to perform as working, functional flying pieces of Art, not simply images on an airfoiled canvas. Anyone who purchases my Art boomerangs and then never throws them, has completely missed the point of their true beauty. Non-throwing customers I can simply do without; it's a complete and utter waste of my time to make them anything.
This past weekend, I had quite a few Art boomerangs purchased from both old and new customers, and from all over the world. My recently carved "Elvis" boomerang will soon depart for Germany, while simultaneously, the Pink Floyd boomerang heads to Colorado, and the Surfer Girl is bound for Dallas, Texas. In addition, the cute "Mr. Avery The Cat," boomerang will soon arrive in the Great State of Oregon, nearly 4,000 miles West of here.....It's a good feeling to spread my Art across the Globe! It's good for me, it keeps me actively producing more, and it's really good for the world of boomerangs too!
Here it is, Inaugeration Day, and, despite the USA swearing in what is sure to be the biggest political mistake in our history, I've managed to stay focused on my boomerang production instead of dwelling on our country's situation. It's only January 20th, and I've now completed a total of 5 Art boomerangs. That's one every 4 days on average, which is the same pace I closed out 2016 with. I sort of stuck to a bit more simplistic subject matter for the most recent two boomerangs, however. My friend, and fellow BoomSmith, Dave F. in Grants Pass, Oregon, requested a cartoon version of his newly acquired rescue kitty, Mr. Avery Ginger. This was an easy request to fulfill, for two reassons: 1. I enjoy doing Art for Dave because not only is he a friend, but he is also extremely reliable as a Customer, and 2. I love to do caricatures of animals, and I usually do them quickly. As you can see, the Mr. Avery Boomerang came out with absolutely no paint runs or other problems. It flies super-nice as well!
The other boomerang, one I just wrapped up today with, is what I call a "Word Art" genre boomerang of Elvis Presley. This one was a request by Gary Broadbent for his Next Door Neighbor, though, should they back out of buying it, I'm very confident I can easily sell it to someone else. Again, I painstakingly managed to avoid smudges or ink runs on this boomerang too.....It really IS a beautiful thing. Whereas the Mr. Avery Boomerang was crafted from 4mm 8 ply Aircraft grade Finnish Birch, this Elvis boomerang was made from Aircraft 3mm 6 ply. It too is a superior flying boomerang, both easy to toss, and master. Both boomerangs are real "Ego Boosters," having come out so flawless in the art execution.
This is my first Blog Post of 2017! It's Tuesday, January 11th, and I've already completed 3 Art Boomerangs for the New Year! The First one was actually a follow-up to a similar concept I'd used for "Glover Airlines," where used an interior view of a commercial flight's cabin to display my skills and using a vanishing point approach to my cartooning artwork. That boomerang was gifted to long-tine friend and Boomerang World Champ, Gary Broadbent. The current Glover Airlines boom, which I made as more of a "Private Jet," may or may not ever be put up for sale. As of right now, I like the way it came out too much to let it go!
GLOVER AIRLINES PRIVATE JET
Roller Derby Queen (lefty)
"DARK SIDE OF THE MOON" PHENOLIC STRAIGHT SHOOTER