Just about any woodworker who has had to make something more than once knows about story sticks. A story stick is a stick/scrap/leftover piece of wood upon which the woodworker marks dimensions for their creation. Anything can benefit from a story stick... humidor, rocking chair, dining table, etc.
Retailer Lee Valley has improved on the technology in what was at first simply an April Fools' joke: Story Tape. The blank measuring tape. Brilliant! Despite its tongue-in-cheek roots, the Story Tape can function as a symbol of the simple pleasures of woodworking.