Stackamals are beautiful 3D animal models that are built by stacking layers of laser cut wood on top of each other. The current range consist of a dolphin, a frog and a pig. They all come in easy to build self assembly kits with all the required parts. The frog and pig contain hidden storage.
One of the great things about Stackamals is that you have the enjoyment and satisfaction of building it, seeing the animals taking shape, and you end up with a tactile piece of art for your desk which is both beautiful and useful.
Stackamal kits come with all the materials you need. You build them up by stacking the layers of wood on top on each other. There are clear instructions with numbered parts to make it easy to assemble. Dowels are used to hold the layers in place and make sure they are correctly aligned to give a professional looking product at the end. On the larger models, glue is also used to hold the layers together (this is provided). You get the pleasure and satisfaction of watching the animal take shape in front of your eyes as you build it up.
Stackamals are a great gift for your friends, family or yourself. Instead of spending time in front of screens, Stackamals encourage people to get creative and use their hands. Or why not build it and give it to someone as a present for a more personal touch?
The dolphin consists of 8 layers of 2mm MDF, a split ring and a chain, and is totally glue-less – the pieces are held together by friction alone. It measures approximately 8cm x 2.5cm x 2.5cm. It is very easy to build and anyone older than 5 can easily assemble it – with parental supervision as there are small parts.
The dolphin is perfect for key-rings, pencil cases, school bags – or even as an unusual decoration to hang on the Christmas tree.
If you want to add a bit of individual character to your Stackamal, why not paint, varnish or decorate it? (Finishes are not included in the package.)
If you want your Stackamal to be featured on social media, tag it @stackamals for Instagram or #stackamals for Twitter.
I have grown up loving all animals and appreciating the beauty of the natural world around me. So that is why I liked the idea of making animal models made out of wood.
The stacking layers were inspired by the contour lines on maps. They give Stackamals a unique and stunning look as well as adding to the tactile feel of the product.
I decided to make a frog because we had just got tadpoles in our garden pond. I loved watching the tadpoles transform into frogs, giving me a love for frogs!
I created the piggy bank because as a little child I loved my piggy bank but struggled to get my money out. The Stackamal Piggy Bank has a new design, is easy to use and is secretive, whilst still preserving the cute piggy shape.
In July 2016 I won the national TDI (Technology, Design and Innovation) competition hosted by the MTA (Manufacturing Technologies Association). This then gave me confidence to develop the idea further into a commercial product. Then in March 2017 I won the Intermediate Engineering Award at the UK Big Bang Competition. The enthusiastic response to Stackamals was the final incentive I needed to launch the product. I used the prize money to pay for the initial factory samples.
The individual layers are laser cut, resulting in extreme precision and quality. The laser cutting process leaves behind beautiful burnt edges which add to the visual appeal of the Stackamals by contrasting with the paler birch plywood or MDF.
Stackamals are made in UK.