Every invention was first just an idea - someone's good idea. That's how they ALL begin. A sudden inspiration, or a well-thought-out solution, all those good ideas somehow got turned into something useful. Of course, not every good idea becomes an actual invention. And in fact, many of the good ones don't even get off the drawing board. But every invention that does get off that drawing board, has an interesting story behind it.
The story of the Drummer's Wing Nut Wrench, begins in the 1980’s out of sheer necessity. My name is Doug Berglund, and this is the story of the wrench.
As a drummer, playing 4-6 nights a week for months on end, I was frustrated with the time and effort it took to make sure all the bolts on my kit were securely tightened. There is nothing worse than a cymbal stand, cowbell, or tom-tom shifting (or worse: falling) in the middle of a show. And then once I’d get them all on tight enough to withstand the pounding, it would take forever to get them un-tightened, pulled apart, and eventually packed up again.
I looked everywhere and asked around, but nobody was selling a wrench that could firmly clamp down on both wings of a wing nut. Pliers can't do it, and using 2 drumsticks (you know what I'm talking about) just doesn't cut it. It's gripping BOTH wings at the same time that makes it a solid grip. Everyone I talked to seemed certain that they had seen one before, but no one knew where. And no one could find one in their tool box or kitchen "junk drawer" at home.
So I tried making my own wrench. After numerous drilling attempts, and close calls with an acetylene torch, I finally came up with a workable tool that could tighten and loosen bolts with certainty. The idea I had in my head, was now was a tool in my hand. Crude, but effective.
Fast forward to 2013 when I saw a news report on 3D printing. I was amazed at the things those printers could do. To my surprise, I found out that the High School I teach at (you gotta have a steady gig) had a 3D printer in its Industrial Ed. department. I found a student who could draw up and write out the wrench in digital format. We printed out some plastic prototypes (very cool), and the two of us presented the idea to a team of international patent lawyers.
But the question remained: how do we actually produce the wrench? It had to be functional, durable, and reasonably priced. AND made in America! After asking around, one of the guitar players in my band suggested I enlist the talents of The Guitar Factory's Marty Schulte, a brilliant aluminum guitar designer and builder from northern Minnesota. Marty's skills were just what we needed. So from there we began CNC manufacturing the Drummer's Wing Nut Wrench out of lightweight aircraft aluminum. I gave out a few to some drummer friends to test (each one certain they had seen one before – yet none could say where) and the response was remarkable. That feedback was the impetus to jump-start Crabby Tools into action. The next summer we started manufacturing in earnest, and the rest is history.
Today, this tool in my hand can now be a tool in everyone’s toolbox. The Drummer's Wing Nut Wrench is the perfect multi-purpose tool. Check it out. It also works great with ceiling hooks, eye-bolts, thumb screws and every fastener imaginable. It will make your life easier.
Seriously, this is an incredibly useful tool. And for the price of 2 pizzas or dry cleaning a comforter, we are proud to offer it to drummers and tool lovers all over the world. Last year I bought a pipe cutter to replace the water line for my fridge: $10.00! I used it once and I will never use it again. But you will use this wrench over and over again. After years of road-testing, experimental 3D printing, and state-of-the-art CNC machining, this wrench has been updated, upgraded, modernized, and improved. It's the perfect wrench for you. It's the perfect gift for the tool-lover, or drummer in your life. What? You don't know any drummers? Check out the Crabby Monkey FaceT-Shirts.
Wear one of these, and you're bound to meet drummers.
Enjoy the wrench. Play with confidence!