Rockstar Volumes: Where the Craving for Climbing Collided with Woodworking
It was Mark Twain who famously said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” That being said, you could consider our team hard at play, then…
It all started with team of master woodworkers and expert craftsmen, each with a passion for rock climbing. With access to a workshop filled with state-of-the-art equipment and CNC routers, it was only a matter of time before we began to explore the art of manufacturing volumes for rock climbing gyms. We stepped boldly into the 3rd dimension, getting creative with depth, design and shape, drawing inspiration from the places we had climbed in our lifetimes—Rumney Rocks, the Red, Chattanooga, Red Rocks…
By day, we designed, built and installed custom cabinets and built-ins. By night we experimented with different volume finishes, ultimately settling on Gym Rock Lite, which is a durable, textured and highly-customizable paint offered by Rockwerx.
By day, we repaired and restored furniture and designed custom mouldings for our customers. By night, we discovered how varied bolt hole patterns not only made our volumes increasingly versatile, but also more secure for mounting.
And this was all just for the pure passion of woodworking and climbing. But, true to Twain’s words, that passion ultimately translated into profit when we were discovered by several local climbing gyms. Soon, the Rockstar Volumes logo was imprinted on volumes in climbing gyms across the Northeast, and our products had become well-known for their aesthetics, durability and security.
Beyond our volumes, many climbing gyms discovered that our CNC routing capabilities were a perfect fit for gym decor and branding. The desk we built for Central Rock Gym’s Manhattan location is one of our proudest pieces.
We also started manufacturing our famous Crash Couches, which have quickly become the lounge furniture of choice for local climbing gyms and climbers alike. Our Crash Couch can be built to work with a wide range of popular crash pads, and we also partnered with Asana to offer crash pads specifically to go with our Crash Couch.
But we didn’t stop at volumes or Crash Couches. When Covid-19 hit—and hang boards, holds and other home training gear quickly sold out en masse nationwide—we jumped on the opportunity to craft the Rock-Stah hang board, the Maverick—our smaller, more portable hang board, and Pinch Blocks. And as climbers scrambled to gather the materials needed to build their own home climbing walls, we quickly realized that, well, we could just design and build those walls for them. So we did. The Rocket Wall and Rocketeer were built, and in such a way that would enable us to ship them anywhere in the lower 48 states. Rockwerx loved the idea, and began to re-sell our Rocket Walls, and we’ve since shipped walls as far as California.
So, what’s next for Rockstar Volumes? Who knows. The value of being a small shop gives us the flexibility necessary to respond quickly to changing trends and emerging needs. The world is uncertain right now, to say the least. We’ve made ourselves available to meet the training demands of climbers everywhere, whether they’re still staying at home or starting to get back out to the crag. Wherever you are, and whatever your climbing goals, we have a product that’s perfect for you. Shop our selection of gear online…or at least request a free sticker and rock the Rockstar Volumes logo on your Nalgene. All the cool kids are doing it…