Tony Reynaldo

Tony Reynaldo

Tony Reynaldo’s guiding principle in life is to, “Give back more then you take.” His life bridges an almost 20 year exposure to climbing all across the country and working in the outdoor industry. The climbing industry has been tremendously supportive of his philanthropic efforts, everything from his “Will Climb For Food” series to his “Do Work Tour” rebolting efforts. Tony has recently made a significant contribution to his local climbing community by building “Kinetic” a bouldering gym that fills a deep need for a good training facility in Columbus, Ohio.  His sponsors see him as an asset and ambassador for their companies, not because he sends 5.14, but because he uses his guiding principle in life to give back to climbing and inspiring others.

His day job as a design professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio consists of coordinating the Design Foundation, doing innovative research and pursuing a passion for inspiring his students. He has also done numerous workshops and lectures around the country and in Europe captivating audiences with an energetic teaching approach.

Tony is also one of the leading climbing holds designers with over 13 years of experience and a portfolio of 3,000(+) designs sold throughout the world. His user centric design approach blended with his climbing experience allows him to create functional and aesthetic forms that he hopes inspires setters and climbers around the world.

This blog will chronicle Tony’s adventures, contributions and offer insight into the design process for climbing holds.


Tony Reynaldo: August 2010 Blog


So the blazing furnace of the summer heat this year drained my motivation to climb and travel. So I turned my attention to working on the Design History course that I teach at OSU and shaping some new ideas I had in my skull for Daniel at So-iLL Holds.
I realize while writing this post that the new hold ideas came from the history research I did over the summer.  The Tapeworms (see photo below) and Organic Slopers  (see 4 set photo) are screaming Art Nouveau which at that exact time I carved them I was re-vamping my lectures and reading a ton about Mucha, Horta and Gaudi.  
I guess one could find influence from a bunch of the movements I was researching or maybe it could also just be the obscene amount of slush puppies I consumed to combat the massive heat-wave. Either way I hope the boys at So-iLL are psyched on the new designs that will be in production soon. Needless to say I am psyched!

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