Apr 2

To quote a famous songwriter…What a long strange trip its been! :=) After 31 years of designing and producing our own original designed hand sewn footbags and juggle balls, we can honestly say something that not many in the business can… we have blazed our own trail and followed no one in what we created. At first selling one or two footbags down at the Eugene Saturday Market meant we could order pizza that night. After a few years we started getting more and more business and eventually employed up to 10 local sewers not including the partners of Reed Gray, Dennis Ross and Jim Fitzgerald who combined hand sewed more than 100,000 footbags and juggle balls in our “made in Oregon” phase of the business. In the late 1980′s and early 1990′s  Flying Clipper was producing thousands of handmade juggle balls for both Brian Dube and Klutz juggling, every one handmade in Eugene. Did you know that more handmade things come out of Eugene Oregon than any other city in the country? We were part of that movement.  Footbag and juggle ball sales were at full swing for our made in Oregon products. To be truthful I am a living example of someone who has given all to his craft. If I knew then what I know now, I would have stopped sewing much earlier than I did. I now suffer greatly with repetitive motion problems and arthritis in the shoulders and arms. Just ask another famous hand sewer of juggle balls, Fergie about that, I am sure he would agree. However because of the high cost of labor in today’s competitive market, Flying Clipper decided to go offshore to begin producing products under our strict standard for quality for the wholesale market. We still produced our made in Oregon products for craft shows such as the Oregon Country Fair which Flying Clipper is part of and has been part of since 1984. Flying Clipper can also say that our original designs are the most copied around the world. If you go to Wikipedia and search the term “footbag” you will see a Flying Clipper original patented  design offered as what a typical freestyle footbag looks like (the patent has run its course) . There is a good chance that Flying Clipper made THAT footbag!
Its great to be able to say that we are still putting out new products to meet an ever changing market. We can safely say that we are experts in how to design and produce handmade balls. I think we are changing peoples minds about handmade balls and the cross over between footbags and juggle balls is now becoming part of the culture with hands and feet jugglers such as the great Peter Irish and Jorden Moir who both enjoy using Flying Clipper products for their performances. It has been a long strange trip…but there is more yet to come. A big thanks to all of our long time supporters out there, you know who you are and we salute you!  Please join us in saying Happy birthday Flying Clipper!!!

Jim Fitzgerald, Dennis Ross, Reed Gray at the 1984 Oregon Country Fair

Jim Fitzgerald, Dennis Ross, Reed Gray at the 1984 Oregon Country Fair

Mar 31

Flying Clipper is again pleased to be part of the 37th annual RIT Spring Juggle-In happening at the Rochester Institute of Technology April 11-13th. Some fortunate juggler will win a 5 ball set of Phat Tyre Pro 90 juggle balls with a logo pouch helping to promote juggling, the festival and our fantastic Phat Tyre juggle balls. Much thanks to the RIT crew for allowing us to participate in their 37th year of the festival. Happy juggling to all from Flying Clipper, the home of Invention!  If you require further information, check out the RIT facebook page for all of the details.

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Phat Tyre Pro 90

Phat Tyre Pro 90

 

Mar 27

Bill Coad continues posting new multiplex juggling records using Flying Clipper handmade balls. This one is for 10 ball quadplex and he manages 100 catches to set a new record. Bill could use other balls for his record attempts but he understands our commitment to producing a juggle ball for every discipline of juggling. We appreciate Bills’ efforts and we are sending him our latest offering of 8 new 32 panel 2.55″ RECYCLED rubber filled juggle balls. We have designed these beauties to fit Bills style of juggling and we hope it will help him achieve his next record. Thanks Bill and keep up the good work.

32 Panel Recycled Rubber Filled Juggle Balls

32 Panel Recycled Rubber Filled Juggle Balls

 

Mar 19
Humboldt Juggle Festival

Humboldt Juggle Festival

If you are in the are in the area the Humboldt Juggle Festival is the place to be. The word about last years festival was WOW that was fun! The festival runs from April 11th thru the 13th at Humboldt State University. Flying Clipper is again pleased to be a small part of the festival by offering a 5 ball set of our Phat Tyre Pro 90 juggle balls and a logo pouch for the annual raffle, promoting both juggling and our great line of handmade juggle balls. Hats off to the festival staff for putting on a great event and allowing Flying Clipper to participate.

Phat Tyre Pro Juggle Balls

Phat Tyre Pro Juggle Balls

Feb 27

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Flying Clipper is pleased to announce another donation of Tossaball Hybrid juggle balls going to the IJA Youth Eduction Program which empowers young people in a fun, healthy, and rewarding environment, while spreading the joy of juggling. To learn more about this program and follow it’s progress, check out the YEP website. We thank the IJA for its efforts to spread juggling around the world and for allowing Flying Clipper to participate.

Tossaball Hybrid TX Juggle Balls

Tossaball Hybrid TX Juggle Balls

Feb 20

 

Bill Coad does it again by setting a new world record for 6 ball duplex juggling using our Dirtbag footbags. The size and weight of the Dirtbag is perfect for certain categories of multiplex juggling.  Flying Clipper has designed a ball exclusively for Bill. These balls will arrive by early March and we will be anxious to see what Bill can do with them. Our promise to our juggling followers is to have the perfect ball for every type of juggling. We intend to keep that promise. Thanks Bill and keep up the good work.

Dirtbag Footbags

Dirtbag Footbags

Feb 20
Northwest Arkansas Juggling Festival

Northwest Arkansas Juggling Festival

Flying Clipper is again pleased to be associated with the Northwest Arkansas Juggling Festival this season donating a five ball set of our new Phat Tyre Pro 90 juggle balls along with a logo pouch for the festival raffle. This years’ festival runs April 11th thru April 13th in Fayetteville Arkansas. We love the grass roots efforts of juggle festivals. Its a great way to hone your craft as a juggler or introduce new people to the fun of learning to juggle. Thanks to the directors of this festival, jugglers will also learn about our new Phat Tyre line-up of juggle balls.

Phat Tyre Pro 90

Phat Tyre Pro 90

Feb 15

Flying Clipper is pleased to announce our raffle gift to Mondo XXV Festival for 2014 being  held February 28th through March 2nd, 2014 at Concordia University’s Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information please visit their website at http://www.mondofest.org/festival. Someone will pull the winning raffle ticket for a five ball set of our fantastic Phat Tyre Pro 90 juggle balls. The Phat Tyre Pro 90 juggle balls are quickly becoming favorites among many top jugglers. Flying Clippers innovation on these beauties stems from feedback from pro jugglers. That’s why we say…when jugglers speak… we listen. Keep the feedback coming and see what we come up with next. Happy juggling to all at this years Mondo XXV festival.

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Phat Tyre Pro 90

Phat Tyre Pro 90

 

Feb 12

Flying Clipper is teaming up with Spin In A Prop Gathering festival March 13 to March 16 at Jackson Ranch, The Dalles, Oregon.  Check out their festival page on facebook:

“This is a skill-share and knowledge exchange gathering for all levels of prop manipulators. All props welcome :)
This gathering will also display construction and art workshops for those interested in learning how to build a cabin or large scale art installation. Participants will get to experience 2 full days and nights of amazing workshops that include: Poi, Hoop, Staff, Double Staff, Levistick, Juggling, Cabin Construction, Art, Yoga, Belly dancing…and more! There will also be performances, fire spinning, and music”.

Flying Clipper is donating a five ball set of Phat Tyre Pro 90 juggle balls with a logo pouch that one fortunate participant will win in the festival raffle. We want to thank the Chris Kelly and the festival for allowing us the fun of promoting juggling as well as our great line-up of juggle balls.

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Phat Tyre Pro 90

Phat Tyre Pro 90

 

Feb 4

Since 1983 we here at Flying Clipper have forged our own path along handmade ball design. After more than 30 years of manufacturing we are happy to be creating a new line of hand made balls using our own original designs and employing recycled rubber and recycled plastic pellets in our efforts to make the best balls available in today’s highly competitive market place.  The response has been so good that we will be adding several new models this season, solidifying our line-up. Creating a juggle ball for every type of juggling from stage/performance balls to high numbers and multiplex juggling disciplines is what we are all about . From our now famous Tossaball Hybrid juggle balls to our new recycled rubber filled Phat Tyre juggle balls, ALL of our balls are completely machine washable. We encourage prospective customers to do a little research and find out what other jugglers are recommending and then come see us here at Flying Clipper. We know you will be glad you did. See you in Clipperville!

http://www.flyingclipper.com/home/fly/smartlist_134/tossaballreg_juggling_balls.html

Toissaball Hybrid

   Toissaball Hybrid

Phat Tyre Pro 90
Phat Tyre Pro 90

 

 

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