of What's Next
is no newcomer to yo-yos and manufactures a top notch line of BC wooden yo-yos.Brad
and Tom have collaborated for over 12 years in manufacturing many of the Tom Kuhn yo-yo models.
is a craftsman in the old tradition, and got his
start creating wooden carousel animals -examples of which are in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York.Brad's BC Yo-Yo line now encompasses a broad spectrum of the finest high performance yo-yos in the world including the Tom Kuhn Yo-Yo models.Tom continues to innovate and collaborate with Brad
in providing exceptional yo-yos to the discerning aficionado.
by: Brad Countryman
...Brad Countryman (BC) is the founder and owner of What's Next mfg., inc., manufacturer of BCÔ and Tom KuhnÔ YO-YO's.
was also the creator of the Hummingbird YO-YO's and founder of Hummingbird Toy Company, LTD
("HTC"), formerly Country Wood Shop, in 1979.BC achieved a series of successes throughout his
is a master craftsman, wood sculptor, designer with expertise in Business Management Cost Accounting, engineering and manufacturing of wooden products and components, Sales and Marketing and Product Development and Creative design.
As furniture designer and builder in the late ‘70's, and as he
started a family, he
began to look for fun children's things to build.He
built children's furniture, hobby horses and pull toys.The elaborate furniture designs and hobby horse constructed created a scrap wood problem.As a wood worker he
could not throw these pieces of wood away.The solution: The YO-YO
, as a gag item to sell locally.
In 1981, he
furniture, hobby horses and pull toys to the New York Toy Fair (worlds largest toy trade show) along with a few unpacked YO-YO's thrown over the back drop of his
...Countryman sold 70% of Hummingbird Toy Company in 1991 but remained with the company as Creative and marketing director until April of '95 when Hummingbird Toy Company closed it's doors.
Upon the closing of the old company, the local Chamber of Commerce was inundated with calls from Hummingbird YO-YO dealers trying to find BC and his YO-YO's
developed the complete line of BCÔ YO-YO's in '95.Shortly after starting What's Next, Dr. Tom Kuhn (renowned YO-YO inventor) granted Brad an exclusive license to manufacturer and distribute the well known line of Tom Kuhn YO-YO's.
and Tom have collaborated for over 12 years in manufacturing many of the tom Kuhn YO-YO's.
and What's Next mfg., inc. are dedicated to crafting the finest running, and looking YO-YO's available anywhere in the world.Brad
and Tom continue to work together in the search for the perfect YO-YO.