Top #21 “Kraken”

Ok all, design is done for the next top. Schedule got messed up due to my sons accident so I apologize. I am making this one this weekend. This will be my most complicated design but similar is assembly to the Aperture and Sharknado so if you like those, you will like this one. Doing some small stuff I have not done before and this will be a fresh look. This is NOT the order thread but I wanted to give you a heads up. Three pieces, 1.23″ diameter and I am waiting on some material so I am not 100% on which materials will be available. Price will be $150 plus standard shipping prices. 1/8″ ceramic ball. I “should” have the first part off early afternoon on Friday and will post up the order thread with the pic of the first top.

I did not want to run tops consecutive weeks like this but had no choice. I will do another 2 week payment plan and if you have not paid me yet for last weeks, you can still order this one with the two week payment window! I understand how it goes. Have a great Thanksgiving and I will talk to you Friday!

I am really pumped and I added a design element that I am REALLY excited about. It is a small detail but should really make it pop!

Spin time was NOT my focus here. Just crazy amounts of machining and looking cool spinning and sitting still! I have to run 4 machines to make this one. Going to be a lot of work and I hope you all like it!

One more thing, if you like stemless this will be one to keep an eye on.

one last detail, I know I do not have a lot of material so I will not be able to make anywhere near the quantity of last weeks design. I will have a better idea on Friday.


stem and inner collar done, 2 more set-ups to go! Hopefully a picture and order thread coming in 4-6 hours

Well third op all set-up, now for the last one. The od is done and looks….. 😉

How’s that?


just wait… 😀

still tweaking. Should be another hour!

Please read entire post before responding!

Orders are on hold as of 9pm central time. Everyone who ordered before this point will get what they ordered but I make no promises from here. If you do post in after now please hold off on payment until you hear from me.

OFFICIAL ORDER THREAD: Please read this entire post before commenting. This will be a three piece top with a 1/8″ ceramic ball. Your material choices are:
Collar-Stainless Steel, Copper or Bronze
Inner Disc- Stainless Steel, Copper or Bronze
Stem- Stainless Steel, Copper or BRASS

Price- $150 plus $5 domestic and $10 international shipping. (Shipping is $5 and $10 total no matter how many you order)

I will be making these today and tomorrow and will for sure take orders until noon tomorrow. Feel free to order as many as you like.

For those that want to order one please follow these instructions:

1) reply with “in” as well as material combinations for Collar, inner disc and stem
2) Pay total to (paypal)
3) Message me with the address you want it shipped to!
4) If your name is not connected with your Paypal, be sure to put your name in the notes on the transaction so I know who it is!

PLEASE try to not change your mind on material combinations. This is more of a problem than you know.

Due to the holidays and the economy, I will give a two week payment window. As always, the tops will ship Monday even if you need the two weeks to pay. I trust you all!

Please keep this to an order thread only. I will post a spin video thread where you can make other comments. It just makes things much easier to keep track of!

Sorry for the long post, have a great day and let the madness begin!!


My latest creation

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Spin vid for the newest one. If you want one, see order thread! 

there is a hole in it and the 6 holes intersect!

This one will spin very similar time to the Aperture.

I will be making a stemless version of this IF I have time. Lot of new people in the group and a lot of orders already. I will do my best!

I am trying to get all the orders done right now, running slow. I am not sure I will even have time to make any stemless at this point

I am going to have to put a hold on this one until later tomorrow. Everyone that ordered will get what they ordered but I make no promises after this point. Thanks for the overwhelming support of this one!!

I will do my best for you all. I will keep you posted. Will know more by noon tomorrow


Got a slight wobbler. $100 shipped. 1st one to claim it gets it 


Brass stem





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Br/Cu/brass. Yummmmmmm 

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No stemless all. Sorry. I tried but I still have a ways to go to get caught up. Just not enough time 

Last but not least cu/SS/cu

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Flutter sale. First come first serve. These are between a flutter and wobble. $100 shipped 


Only making a few more. I am shot. All the orders I committed to are done. If you haven’t heard from me in the next hour I apologize but you are not getting one. All that will be left are the wobblers 😀

lol, crazy hours when I do them so I try to give me a week rest in between runs. Two more weeks and I do it all again with the Tungsten!

All done! WOW I am exhausted. THANK YOU for your overwhelming support! I am very humbled. Everyone that got their addresses back to us will have their top shipped on Monday. This was my biggest run to date! I will be making the tungsten tops in 2 weeks! Have a great night and thanks again! -Rich- 

Tungsten Worry Coins

So I have some blank Worry Tokens left over from my Kickstarter project. They are high polished Tungsten carbide. It is a cool thing to carry if you have never felt the crazy weight of Tungsten. They can be laser etched which is what we did for the Kickstarter but you would have to get that done. Anyways they are $25 each plus $3 domestic and $8 international shipping. Post in if you want some!

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I will get a count but I should have about 15 left

Ok, counted them and have more than I thought. 29 more from here.

“Miracle” Proto GAW

SUS this is a prototype that spins great. I totally forgot about it! Some minor differences compared to the actual model. This is FREE! To enter respond with a 4 or more line poem but keep it clean. I will draw the winner this afternoon! 

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Michael Moore If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickinson

David Goldman In!
Round and round, spin spin spin,
Thanks for the SUS, I hope I win!
If I do, my jaw will drop,
As this will be, my first big boy top!

Aaron Jordan Nothing in life is permanent
dont stop and stare, keep spinning dont stop
great groups of people bring joy and comfort
for this, there are miracles to share from one to the next

Josh Lakenan Spinning, turning, round and round.
Copper and steel, perfectly bound.
Gliding, motionless, never stop.
Precision machined, Stadler top.

Willy Demis Machining is the envy of this garage tinker
Though budget constraints keep me a dreamer.
The beauty of worked metal resonates from within
From the earth to the lathe, that pretty thing spins!

Will Cutler How can a time be so preserved?
In copper and steel Rich Stadler did carve.
These moments in life that can be so pivotal,
often turn out to be the miracle.

Shaul Stone Set off like the wind,
You little metal made to spin
Like planets
and dust
the tides
and human lust
twirl, you top, twirl
and you will never see the bottom
of a heart
of a soul
of a small handmade universe by you kept whole

Peter Sand I’d prefer to enter a german one but here we go:

Life is fast and life is short
The bad things they come free to us
But sometimes there’s a glance of hope
Some people call it miracles

Ana Florencia Steindler Capture the time
in a spin.
Capture the essence of beauty.
it’s art
it’s essence of forever
encapsulated in a twirl
it’s calm and sweetness and letting the world
as the turn comes
to a stop.

Kingston Scott Feil Psalm 144-1
Blessed be the Lord my Rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for Battle

Gavin Sexton Name poem
R- Ravishingly sexy face! Roll model!
I- Integrexy intelligence! Inspiration.
C- ‘Cause Corvettes, bro!
H- Has mad Mazakery skillz! Hearts and hugs.

Christian Unger Yeah, I´m IN:
“God of tops I call you,
my thoughts are with you now
choose my name, I´ll promise
I´ll spin it, yelling: WOW!!!”

William Piotrowski Oh Billett top, Oh Billet top!
You spin around and do not drop!
Until your spinning starts to slow,
Then to the ground your top will go.

Matt Woodrow This top is awesome
That they say
But I dont have one
So I’m here to say
If I don’t get this
And you do
I will come and take it from you you you! !

Randy Domingo In

Jon Wade With a flick of the wrist
my fingers twist
the faster the turn
the more lessons I learn

Marcus Young Roses are red
Violets are blue.
I only have 1 Rich Stadler top.
Let’s make it two !

Mike Gallwey I’m not a poem guy.
No I’m not.
But if I win this top,
My heart will stop.
I really like Stadler tops!

Pete Thompson Roses are red
Violets are blue
I’ve got a knife
Get in the van

Hunter Morera Roses are red violets are blue give me this top and I will love you!

Larry Gauthier OK Richie Rich.. Here we go.. I bought a nice top, made the others seem like slop. Spinning and spinning ..I’ll show it off at lunch. Your toy means joy, although it may sound coy. Thanks for the cool things you make, win or lose, a smile we will all take.

Jake Epstein Roses are black
Violets are black
Dogs are black
I think I’m Stevie wonder

Bryan Dickson There was a young man who could spin,
He would comment on posts with “in”,
He sent off his money,
And the postman delivered a shark fin!

Phil Blaszak III Haikus are dumb
Sometimes they don’t make sense

But that was only three lines.

In the end
When someone says
It’s over
It gets better

Vincent Roney There once was a bit who admired all tops,
His wife had a baby and told him to stop,
He continued to look at each new top with desire,
Wondering if she would notice a new aquire!

Josh Batcher Until we find the reason.
The truth will have to do.
We can only know so much.
So there’s always something new.

Quoc T Ho Oh that prototype
Cause grown men to do things
As I’m about to wipe
Wipe away the effects of last night’s wings

Mike Coit Cold metal tube
Spun by the Rich-ster
Turned into magic
That makes us all Richer

Joshua Moreau Lettre a Maman

Ça y est maman , je suis au concert , ce dernier cadeau que tu m’eus fait avant que le cancer ne t’emporte
Je me suis abandonné au gré des nottes qui chatouillaient agréablement tout mes sens
Je dansais a n’en plus pouvoir , oubliant mes futiles soucis
Je te promets maman c’était un concert magnifique , j’aurais tellement souhaité que tu sois là pour l’apprécier autant que moi

Puis vint un moment où les notes se mirent à sonner faux
Des notes sourdes et répété suivit de chants stridents , un tout autre registre musical
Il s’agissait du registre que personne ne veut écouter et même ne jamais entendre parlé
Je n’eu pas compris ce qu’il ce passait maman , ces cris de joies se sont transformés en cris d’effrois
Cette magnifique mélodie s’etait faite remplacé par la mélodie de la violence et de la peur
Cette même mélodie qui se mit a se rapprocher devenant de plus forte et désagréable
Les instruments musique de mon groupe préféré s’était fait remplacer par d’autres instruments , des instruments mortels

Jusqu’à ce moment , maman tout est arrivé si vite .
Je n’eut jamais vu tel instrument d’aussi prêt , un long tube de métal creux , pointé en ma direction
Je n’eut pas peur maman ne réalisant pas ce qu’il se passait .
Alors j’entendis cette dernière note , je n’eus plus la force de chanter , je n’eus plus la force de danser , je n’eus même plus la force de tenir debout les yeux ouverts …
Maman je n’eus pas peur , je n’eus pas réalisé , mais je sais maintenant que je suis en chemin pour te rejoindre .

I’m sorry i’m almost bilingual but i couldn’t find the words that suits as well as in french … This is something i wrote for the Paris attacks .
Hope you’ll enjoy

Matt McCafferty Quick one,

‘Twas the day of delivery’

(or A Visit from the mail man)

by Matt McCafferty

‘Twas the day of delivery, when all through the house
not a top was spinning, not even 96.
The mailbox was clear and empty,
in hopes that the mailman soon would bring plenty.

When out at the mailbox there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my couch to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.

The sun on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the lustre of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a postal truck as I shed a tear.

Brian Keith I was thinking a thought, which I that I was thinking, and something came to mind. If leaves were blowing away from their trees and one happens to fall in the gutter would it care that it was left behind? There’s a bum on the corner who sees this and worries that he has done the same. Yet, maybe he’s only a bum for now, but destined for fortune and fame.

Kiabod Afshar I need that top,
The lust won’t stop.
That beautiful copper
Is a show stopper!

Chris Dean Rich is the man behind the lathe
Rich is the man that works like a slave
He works hard for his family, that’s what I see.
Maybe one day he can give me lessons in CNC

Jake Coy Oh thy shinny spinning thing 
Far more than your hoodrat bling  
Offering solace in incremental time 
As the minutes pass me by 
I wonder if it is all a lie 
Surely we must not obsess over trivial thoughts 
For I have found what I once sought 

Toby Pardue I own several tops,
this I cannot deny.
But if I win this one,
I’d absoluetly die.

Kris Bex Haiku are simple.
String together sounds
Meaning can not always be found.
Stadler Tops, refrigerator.

Steve Heidemann Ode to the Top

Angular momentum, some call it spin
Is what is needed to make physics win.
some geometry and an eye for art
Makes these things break my heart.
But a firm grasp and a twirl
Will send my mind a swirl
Trying to make sense
Of all the nonsense

Yi Huang This outer shell carries no gild,
This outer shell is copper filled.
Bright and composed, this copper rim,
Like a steel crown with a copper brim.
This core of steel give it an iron will.
A reflection of its maker’s skill.
It dances in circles with clarity and certainty,
As it wishes to dance for eternity.

Cris Tarr Round and round and round it turns
Where it stops, only the patient learns
You set yourself up, and let your Stadler spin
Lose track, hear the clack, and start all over again

Rich Stadler over


Congrats David Goldman!

Top #20 “Miracle”

Keep an eye out for my next design. You should see an order thread hopefully Friday night!

Oh, I am loving it so far!!

first two piece with this style of machining.

Going to really try to make this the coolest stem I have ever made also

Collar will have some milling but not too over the top. Should be a solid spinner and look cool as heck!



OFFICIAL ORDER THREAD: Please read this entire post before commenting. This will be a two piece top with a 1/8″ ceramic ball. Your material choices are:

Collar-Stainless Steel, Copper and Bronze
Stem- Stainless Steel and Copper

Price- $125 plus $5 domestic and $10 international shipping. (Shipping is $5 and $10 total no matter how many you order)

I will for sure make enough for all orders placed before noon 11/21/15 central time. Feel free to order as many as you like. For those that want to order one please follow these instructions:

1) reply with “in” as well as material combinations for Collar and stem
2) Pay total to (paypal)
3) Message me with the address you want it shipped to!

Due to the holidays and the economy, I will give a two week payment window. As always, the tops will ship Monday even if you need the two weeks to pay smile emoticon I trust you all!

I will post pics on separate threads as I make them. You should start seeing the pics late tonight. Please do not post in unless you are buying so if you need to see pics first, please wait until I post them. Also it makes things so much easier if we keep this to an order thread only. Feel free to start another thread with comments!

Sorry for the long post, have a great day and let the madness begin!!


Here it is!! Spins VERY smooth. Stem took forever to program and the cycle time is ridiculous but I think it was worth it

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This design will work on a stemless version too so I might pop off a few of those.

Folks, if you all don’t mind. I am going to name this Top the Miracle Top. With everything that has happened in my life just recently it would be a great reminder to me as I am so grateful my son is still with us. I think of what my life could have been like right now. 

Alright all, heading home for some rest. I will be in real early tomorrow to get some other combinations run. Thanks so much for your confidence in me, I hope I did not disappoint!!


Well my daughter Evyn is in to help today so she will me manning the computer while I make your tops! I will make the other combinations shortly and post pics. Going great so far. Thanks for everything! 


Noon is here, you can still post in but don’t pay until you have confirmation from me that I was able to make your top. Everyone that posted in before now is good to go and can pay.

Here are all six combos! 

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I got two that had issues at assemble. Both spin great but have chips stuck between stem and collar. $80 shipped each



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601 members!!!! Crazy how fast the group is growing.

Well I have a ton of time later this week so I am going to try to make the second design (of three for the year). Very complex with a TON of milling is my motivation. Stay tuned.

Have a great week and thanks again for all your support of the Miracle Top!! Everything is packaged and heading to the PO this morning!

About 80 packages 😀


400 Member GAW

400 members!! WOW, giveaway time!! Let’s have some fun with this one BUT please keep it clean. Remember, my kids are on here 😀

To enter, post a selfie. Now everyone that posts a selfie is in the contest for the regular prize (winner picked by random number generator) BUT the one that posts the best selfie gets the grand prize! I will be the judge for that 😀

Prizes, well they are a secret but you will not be disappointed. Contest runs for one week so 11/12. One entry per person.

Thanks for all the support, this has been a crazy year 😀

Oh, the grand prize will be the biggest thing I have ever given away so do your best!

Continue reading “400 Member GAW”

Sand Dollar Spin Contest

SPIN CONTEST! This is for the one piece Stainless Sand Dollar. To enter post a vid of your longest spin but it MUST spin Upside down. Longest spin wins a top from last weeks design. Contest starts now and ends on Friday. Good luck!!

You have to use this top upside down

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Josh Rodriques 4:34
Aaron Jordan 6:07

Releases for the rest of the year

I am going to try something new and give you guys a schedule.
11/13- New three piece top with an assembly I have never done before. This method will allow me to do a style of machining never been done to this point. I will have a set amount of these and that will be lower than previous runs. These will be $150 plus shipping
11/28- Two piece Tungsten (60/40 tungsten copper) tops. Focus will be on long spin but will have mild milling done. Price will be $160 plus shipping
12/11- Another three piece complex top. $150 plus shipping
That will be it for the year and I am on vacation until the end of January then so you might not see another one until early Feb. Let me know your thoughts on having a schedule! Thanks all

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Tungsten tops coming this Thanksgiving

Just a heads up, Thanksgiving weekend I will be making Tungsten tops. I get a big cost savings by ordering a lot of it so I am. This is good for you to help keep the costs down but I will have to sell a lot of tops lol. If you have ever wanted a Tungsten top from me, start saving.

No design plans yet other than I want this to spin a long time so the design will be more plain but that will help keep the cost down. Smooth and long is the plan. I will also do a run in between but will keep it smaller. Anyways, there is an update for you. THANK YOU for all you support, as always you rock!! Have an amazing week!

I forgot, this will be a two piece and 1.25″

I am thinking it will be $160 plus shipping