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About Uncarved Block


Uncarved Block was started in 1996 here in Armidale, NSW.

Until 2008 Uncarved Block was run by Ben Christian. A handful of local climbers helped design and produce the holds. Back then the holds were made of fiberglass resin and filler.

In 2008, I purchased Uncarved Block and started producing the holds out of polyurethane.

99% of the time Uncarved Block is now a one-man operation, mostly because polyurethane is easier and faster to work with than fiberglass and eliminates a few very slow and tedious steps of hold production. I also have some local climbers who help when I ask for it.

If I am not actually producing holds, I am shaping new holds, replacing old molds, making new molds or experimenting with different methods for designing and creating new holds.

From 1995 to 2005 I worked only long enough to raise funds to go climbing and spent 6-8 months out of every year climbing in Canada, USA, and Australia. With a business to run now and a family, being a dirtbag climber is unfortunately not a priority anymore.

I can be hard to get a hold at times. If I am not producing holds I am answering email, updating the website, trying to keep up with social media, balancing the books, paying bills, ordering materials, sourcing materials, making phone calls, answering the phone, and all the other things it takes to make a business run. Producing holds gets the priority over everything else, so your patience is appreciated.

Todd Free


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