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Making a Wooden Basketball

Making a Wooden Basketball

Normally, basketballs are made from rubber. But DIYer Cammie’s Garage works in wood, so he decided to see if he could make one by turning layers of maple into a sphere instead. It didn’t take the stain perfectly, but it’s still pretty cool. He previously made a sweet wooden football.

How Rubber Balls Are Made

How Rubber Balls Are Made

Ever wonder how they make basketballs or other bouncy rubber balls? It’s not as simple as just blowing up a rubber balloon. Science Channel’s How It’s Made visited a ball factory to walk us through the fascinating process, which includes making an inflatable bladder, then wrapping it in nylon thread and a segmented rubber skin.

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Photo-Iridescent Basketballs

Photo-Iridescent Basketballs

Stephon Marbury’s Starbury brand makes these unique basketballs, which are extremely light reflective. They display cool patterns when viewed by the naked eye, but when photographed or recorded with a flash or directional lighting, they glow brilliantly in your images. Available for a limited time from Touch of Modern.

Smiley Face Basketball

Smiley Face Basketball

This basketball is sure to bring a smile to every player’s face, driving down the court for a dunk, or grabbing a rebound off the backboard. This Urban Outfitters‘ exclusive design from Chinatown Market features the iconic 1960s Smiley face emblazoned on a yellow B-ball. It’s also available in a 3M reflective version for night games.

Wilson X Connected Football

Wilson X Connected Football

Wilson’s high tech football has a tiny built-in sensor which works with a mobile app via Bluetooth to track throw distance, velocity, spiral efficiency, spin rate, catches and drops. A variety of games and challenges help improve your skills on field.

Kickball Ice Cream Maker

Kickball Ice Cream Maker

It’s just like every other ice cream maker on the market, except you need to kick it for 20 minutes to stir and freeze the ingredients inside. If it weren’t for the plastic bits on the end, we’d try ice cream dodgeball too.

Leather Head Suede Football

Leather Head Suede Football

A beautifully handcrafted football with the rough suede side out. It’s a little smaller than a pro football for easier throwing – and yes, it’s meant to be thrown, not just put on a shelf. Expect it to patina over time.

AryaBall

AryaBall

Think of the AryaBall like one of those Russian stacking dolls – but for sports. This clever toy manages to pack a football, a flying disc, and kid’s baseball/golf ball inside a soccer ball. For a little extra, you can have a combo bat/mini golf club.

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