BilletSPIN history

Welcome all new people! This will be a long post but will help you understand how this group works and some history behind it.

I am part owner in a family business called J Stadler Machine. My brother Dave, my sister Lindsey and I own it. We have about 30 employees and 18 newer mazak CNC machines. My Dad started the place back in 1986 and we took over in 2012.

I bought a lot of tools on ebay and one day in early 2015 I saw a set of dice that were CNC made and were bid up to $73. I was floored. I tracked them back to Kickstarter and have heard of Kickstarter because I watched Shark Tank a lot. I did more digging and started to understand the whole crowdfunding thing. So I designed some dice and launched a Kickstarter project called Billet Dice. As it was running I saw a top called a Forever Spin on KS. I was floored as it brought in over $400k. I started digging but could not find out much about these precision tops. I knew I could make some cool tops so I scoured the internet and finally found Pocket Top Talk.

Once I was finally approved I analyzed the group. I was so shocked that grown men were into these but it did not take long to understand. I saw the works of Joshua Dawson, Chris Dean, Mitch Lum and the Fiddle Foundary. I was blown away. I just appreciated the work that went into it. I wanted to be a part of this but I did not want to step on anyone’s toes. I wanted to try to make something different from everyone else.

Milling was my answer. I want to mill the crap out of my tops. I like modern so this was a good fit. I started designing my Kickstarter tops. As I was on the internet I saw an image of a eagle holding a globe in its talons. The light came on and I thought I would use that type of setting to hold the bearing ball on my kickstarter top. Well it was too weak so I had to beef it up. It turned out to look more like a jewelry setting that eagle talons lol.

Once BilletSPIN was up on Kickstarter I had a free weekend so I thought I would try making something else. I wanted to blend two materials seamlessly but not make them round. That would be different I thought! I started machining. I made about 6 of two similar designs and posted them on Pocket Top Talk. WOW, I was not ready for what happened next. Sold out pretty much immediately. I was hooked.

I LOVE designing and I LOVE machining. I just hit the jackpot. The job of my dreams. The wheels started turning and my wife and kids got soooooo tired of hearing me talk about tops and all my ideas.

I will be honest, the thing that amazed me the most were the people of this community. Mind blowing how generous, kind, honest and caring the people of Pocket Top Talk were. I was touched deeply by a few peoples generosity I started doing some GAW’s. Man I love those.

Anyways, the Kickstarted ended. I continued to make new designs. I had tons of requests (still do) to make customs. I thought hard about that. The problem is I make other peoples stuff for my day job. They send us drawings and we make it. I did not want this to turn into that. I love designing too much. So I came up with a plan. Make a new design every few weeks. My design. Make like 15 and post them to PTT. That keeps it fun for me and I will continue doing that until people get sick of my designs.

Well it worked. Each design sold out faster than the previous until one amazing thing happened. I sold out a design before I even made it! I had no pictures or anything. I just posted an order thread and was going to make 30 tops. Well all 30 were sold before work (day job) ended that day! I knew I had to do something. I was posting way to much on PTT and felt bad.

It was around August I started the BilletSPIN group. The group just took off. It was amazing to watch and be part of it. I got to know the other makers better. I also learned that Gavin Sexton has an incredible design sense that fits perfect with mine so when I would hit a block, he would help me out. Then there was Jim Skelton lol. WOW was that a game changer. Incredible man I am honored to have as part of the group.

So there you have it. If you got this far, congrats! Next thing I would recommend is reading the pinned post on the very top of the group. I am glad you found the group! You, yes YOU! Welcome and I look forward to getting to know you more in 2016 🙂 Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

-Rich Stadler-

The last of the BilletSPIN(kickstarter tops)

SOLD OUT!

Well my Kickstarter partner found some Billetspin’s. I have no idea where these came from but here they are! $15 plus $5 domestic and $10 international. Post in and the color. His PayPal is:

Hoffmasta@hotmail.com

Immediate payment required! This is all of them!

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SOLD OUT

Well I might as well post these too. $17 plus $5 domestic and $10 international. I think we have about 50 left. Post in and my sister will contact you with details.

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1000 Members!

Well we just broke 1,000 members!! Unreal. I want so bad to do crazy GAW but because this happened so fast and I have done quite a few GAW’s lately I have nothing left! I will rectify this when I get back from vacation. I am so sorry 😦

THANK YOU all for helping me spread the word and of course a big shout out to Jim Skelton for helping a brother share his massive following. What an amazing year 😀

Christmas GAW

Well now that the last top for the year is done I would like to address the group.

What a ride this has been! I started in March of this year and cannot believe how amazing this year has been. It has been great getting to know most of you. To date I have not had a single problem getting paid even though people got their tops before paying. I have seen some amazing things. People buying others tops and donating and raising money for people in need. I want to thank you for keeping the group clean where my kids can come and enjoy it. I look forward to next year and all that it will bring.

Now a lot of you know I am a man of faith and Christmas is a time that me and my family celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. I am not here to push my beliefs on you but I am just a message away if you want to talk about it. This year I made tops for the kids in our AWANA program at church. I made extra on purpose. I have 25 of these to giveaway. I know these are not for everyone but if you are interested just reply with Merry Christmas and I will random number generator the winners this coming Friday.

I will be on vacation from Christmas Day until late January so I will not be on as much.

Thank you once again for the amazing year. You are an amazing group of people and I am honored to be a part of it 😀

Merry Christmas all!!

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How did you find out about BilletSPIN?

GAW- I got to know. I will give away a top, not sure which one yet. To enter please respond with how you found out about the group. I will let this run until mid next week and draw the winner with RNG. Thanks!!

LINK THE FB THREAD

[350 comments later]

12/17/15

WHO IS READY?? I am going to pick the winner now! They will get to see the design process of the first top of 2016 and also get a free one of that top. If they enjoy the design process they can even be a small part of it! Lets have some fun!!

#24 is the winner!!

Now to find out who that is

Congrats Freddy Norman!!! You are the winner. Awesome GAW all, thanks so much 😀

Payment updates

Miracle Top all paid for so again I just want to thank the group for their honesty. Kraken has just a few stragglers. I will continue the two week payment window next year but I will tell you it is a royal pain to keep track off. It is the least I can do though for such a great group of people. I have one more surprise for you all this year once the tungsten is finished up. Nothing much but just something from my heart. Have a great week all and thanks again!

I hope it never comes to that but it might. I like the two weeks because I try to make new designs every two weeks. This way I should be caught up on payments before the next top launches. I am going to change it though a little so that you cannot get the new one if the last one is not paid for yet. That will help me a lot. We are working on a new system to keep track of orders which will help also.

12/11/15

I still have a few that owe on the Kraken Top. Today was the last day of the two weeks so if you could please pay or message me if there is an issue. I left my list at home so I don’t have the names in front of me or I would message. Thank you!!
Also, if you claimed in for the tungsten before I called it sold out you are good to go and can pay. If you have any questions, please message me! Thanks all for the amazing support!!

I have faith the few that are left to pay will. No worries at all 😀

Stadler/Schipp Collab Auction

AUCTION: This was a test collaboration between myself and John Schipp. We want to see if there is an interest in a full collaboration. This is a one of a kind piece. 1.23″ diameter bronze over copper. 1/8″ ceramic bearing ball. Anti-snipe rule in in effect. Auction will last until noon tomorrow (central time). Bidding starts at zero and use $5 minimum increments. Shipping is free to anywhere in the solar system.

Check out John on Instagram (Harpuahound) and check out his Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/HarpuahoundJohn-Schipp-142036999…/…

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