About this project
A Whale Stapler
The whale stapler is a custom designed hand cast resin whale stapler.
The kickstarter funds will be used for materials and start up costs necessary for an initial production run.
For the past year I've experimented and researched to determine the very best way to produce the whale stapler.
Durable and Functional
The heavy weight of the resin combined with a strong spring in the stapler mechanism ensures an accurate and effortless stapling experience. I also use a stapler mechanism that doesn't have that annoying spring coming from the roof of the magazine that is superfluous and a source of many stapler malfunctions.
The whale stapler is ergonomic and compact. It holds a half strip of staples and measures approximately 5.5 inches in length and is 3 inches in height.
How The Whale Stapler is Made
Models of the whale stapler parts are first designed and hand carved in basswood. These models are then used to produce silicone rubber molds. The finished stapler parts are cast in the molds in durable urethane resin. These parts are then attached to a high efficiency stapler mechanism. (I wish I could make the stapler mechanism by hand too, but some things are best left to metal stamping machines). The stapler is then hand painted, the eyes are attached, and adjustments are made to ensure that the finished product is the most durable and staplerable whale stapler ever.
Every supporter can choose among three whale stapler species:
North Atlantic Grey
Please note that Sea World Orca and Sargasso Pink are still in development and the final staplers will look better once I find the best paints for these. I just had to post this information quickly while the kickstarter project was still active.
Believe the Hype
The video was filmed using an early wooden prototype of the whale stapler and a sort of lumpy early test version in resin. The final whale stapler for delivery is sleeker and svelter but still feels like a true handmade stapler, not some mass produced whale rolled off a conveyor belt.
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The Flow Zone Best of Kickstarter: "The Whale Stapler. Need we say more?"
A Savvy Tweeter: "This whale stapler may just be the best Kickstarter project ever launched."
The Kickstarter Tumblr: "Attaching two pieces of paper has never felt so majestic."
A Whale Stapler Supporter: "I came for the whale and stayed because it stapled me here."
Featured on Svpply
Brooklyn Based: "Genius? Ridiculous? Unclear."
DOOBYBRAIN.COM: "Very adorable"
Another Savvy Tweeter: "What the fuck is going on here and why do I want one?"
Risks and challenges
I have completed all research and development for the whale stapler. The design, materials and method have been rigorously tested, and the whale stapler is ready for production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There is a mix of male and female whale staplers, but the problem is it's really hard to tell the difference by looking at them. Really the only way to know for sure is to get two, wait, and see if a third one appears.
It is a whale and a stapler.
I noticed on the video that it took two attempts to get the stapler to work. Will I encounter similar problems with my whale stapler?
No! The video used a very early prototype based on a poor quality officemax stapler. The whale stapler staples so effortlessly that most people, after pressing on the whale head, are surprised to look at their paper and see a staple there!
The whale stapler is smaller than a real whale. It holds a half-strip of staples and measures about 5.5 inches in length and 3 inches in height.
Yes, the whale stapler is fully aquadextrous, and specimens have even been sighted in the deepest recesses of Lake Baikal and forgotten storage room filing cabinets. But they most prefer an accessible desktop environment and regular exercise.
Not any more. The original version did, but it kept getting jammed with staplers and seaweed.
No whales were harmed. But I'm sorry to say that one whale stapler was harmed filming the ocean scene. But fear not, the stapler underwent a exhaustive restoration and is once again fully staplerable.
What does the Whale Stapler eat? Is it a filter feeder or does it need a steady diet of giant squid?
As you may have discerned, the whale stapler does not include a whale torso nor the back-end of a whale. Accordingly, the whale stapler has no digestive system. Thus, you must only feed its head.
Let's say sometime in the future, when whales are all extinct, an alien spaceship arrives at earth seeking to communicate with whales. Realizing the problem, humans send an earth spaceship back in time to find something to placate the aliens, who unless s
Thanks for your important question. I assume that the aliens are smarter than us, because they found us first. It is still doubtful, however, that they will be technologically advanced enough to achieve a paperless existence, which is just one step below pure thought and/or worshiping nuclear weaponry. The question then turns on whether these are normal aliens, or whaliens. To put it another way, in the future, every whale will be a stapler for 15 minutes, and vice versa.
who unless satisfied might destroy our world. If the time travelers visit 2013 and return with whale staplers (instead of actual whales), would the earth be saved or destroyed? In other words, is your stapler sufficiently realistic to fool intelligent ali
David, your question was so long and complex, I had to post the end of your question as a separate FAQ. See my answer above.
Still didn't fit. This is part 3 of your questionovella.
Pledge $2 or more
Thank you! Your support will advance the cause of whale staplers worldwide. I will send you a link to a free download of "Sounds of the Whale Stapler," the video soundtrack by Michael Tapper of Yellow Ostrich.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $26 or more
A whale of a deal! I will send you a hand-cast whale stapler from the very first production run. Plus a download of Sounds of the Whale Stapler.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
A hand carved wooden whale stapler. Made from hand finished basswood. Plus a download of Sounds of the Whale Stapler. Caution: Don't set on fire.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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