Sean Hollick / Optimist
You own PUR Climbing Holds, whats the name mean?
Now you have a foundation and a climbing hold company, so what's your real job or are you independently wealthy?
independently wealthy then Id be able to buy the 1000 pounds of silicone I find myself in need of right now.
Explain the foundation to us, what it does and how the hold company links into that?
I have taken my kids on and off over the years to the local climbing gym and one day we just all clicked and decided how awesome it was to climb as a family. Very quickly we decided to take a 18x30 foot bonus room in our basement to build a home woodie and after spending a fortune on holds decided that with my art background it might be fun and cheaper to just make some holds ourselves. As it turns out it was fun, but cheap no so much hahah. At that point we thought it would be a fun project to start a hold company and be able to help raise funds for the foundation at the same time a win win situation!
I sent a lot of emails out to people who were doing what I wanted to do, and much like the climbing community I got a lot of suggestions and pointers. The climbing community is very welcoming and I have always been amazed by this. While there isn't a lot of material how to get going there is enough to get started and if you have the determination and desire to make something happen I think anything is possible.
I talked with whomever would share any info with me and I read Three Ball Climbings booklet on how to make holds, watched every youtube video on hold making i could find. I was fortune to meet some great people early on that guided me in the right direction. While some people guard techniques and materials they use as "trade secrets" I'm of a different mind. I think what sets hold companies apart is the designs they come out with. Hopefully if the day comes a young shaper/hold maker asks me how to, I'm more than happy to share whatever information I have and am glad to pass it on. In the end really all your saving people is a lot of trial and error and dollars on material, the heart of the holds are not so much what polyurethane or pigments you use, but the art of releasing the shape from the block of foam.
Who do you have shaping for you right now?
I would like to be a company that can provide a forum of sorts for people to express themselves through the art of hold shaping.
What medium are you pouring?
You're a new climber aren't you? You loved it so much you figured you'd make some holds
Anyone you want to thank?