I've been in my studio all day, hand crafting Chuka Chuks.

I drill, fill, glue and stick every ball, yes, I hand make them. Quality control is my favourite role, I get to put on some DJ Monkey Bolt tunes and play with fresh Chuka Chuks. Just to make sure they work..

It was so great to take a break, check out our video on Youtube and see that we've had just over 1100 views in 4 days! Pretty good going I reckon.

Two years ago I started working toward producing Chuka Chuks. It was an idea that I wasn't madly attached to but after a few meetings with an entrepreneur in Seattle, the ball started rolling and I was getting excited. He had a company in China that he worked with and off we went, down the path of off shore manufacturing. The prototypes came in every 4 months or so. Every time it felt like it was going to be the moment I'd been waiting for.. the perfect Chuka Chuks. Every time they were close but one major problem.. they kept breaking. That's why in a lot of my gigs and older videos the Chuka Chuks are covered in white electrical tape.

After 5 prototypes we ended our relationship. Almost ready to throw in the towel, I found a company in Australia who manufacture Yoga balls. Super high quality gear and they're in Australia! They sent me samples that arrived 5 days after our first phone call! These samples were 100 times better than anything I'd ever used before. Chuka Chuks were back on the drawing board.

The only down side.. they couldn't fill them with ball bearings. The China company was making them in two halves, filling them with bearings, then glueing them together. In Australia it's a rotation moulded ball, so it comes out as one piece, one super strong piece.

So then it's up to me to drill, fill, glue the hole and stick the sticker on the glue. I'm getting very good at it.

I should get back to it for a couple of hours before bed.

Thanks for reading. If you got this far!

bye for now,

Joel

3 comments

  • Pretty Sticky

    Pretty Sticky Adelaide

    I didn't realise that you actually make these yourself - that's fantastic! I'm also much more confident in the durability of the plastic knowing that it is Australian-made using seamless technology.

    I didn't realise that you actually make these yourself - that's fantastic! I'm also much more confident in the durability of the plastic knowing that it is Australian-made using seamless technology.

  • Joel Salom

    Joel Salom Mullumbimby

    Thanks Pretty Sticky. The seamless technology is unbelievable, the strength and general durability is such a relief after dealing with off shore two piece inferior rubbish. phew!

    Thanks Pretty Sticky. The seamless technology is unbelievable, the strength and general durability is such a relief after dealing with off shore two piece inferior rubbish. phew!

  • Raku ('Soulman O'Gaia')

    Raku ('Soulman O'Gaia') Mullumbimby

    So that is how it all panned out... i guess where there a wiill there's no stoppin' ya! Nice one...

    So that is how it all panned out... i guess where there a wiill there's no stoppin' ya! Nice one...

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