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High Speed Carvers

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Passion. It is what drives you to get out of your comfort zone and do extraordinary things. When you find your passion fulfilling your deepest desires, you want to share it with the world! Our desire is to make people happy by sharing our talents in the form of beautiful art and the sculpting supplies we manufacture to make those sculptures come to life.

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Our journey began in 1994

Our company is made up of Larry (behind the camera), Debbi (on the rock) and our mascot Humphrey (in the daypack). We are a manufacturer and distributor of professional sculpting supplies and fine art worldwide.

Over the years we’ve developed several brands specifically for professional sculpting artists and carvers made by and for us in the USA helping put Americans back to work. For over two decades, our family owned company has been supplying high-quality products to professional sculpting artists and carvers worldwide to help give them that competitive edge.

Debbi with Humphrey in the great divide
Larry and Debbi

Debbi LerMond

Debbi is a lifelong entrepreneur and equine sculptor. After leaving Hallelujah Bronze, Inc., she took a hiatus during which she met her future husband in the mid-90’s. Together they founded a sculpting supply company called Unbridled, LLC. After a few years, Debbi felt the brands she represented didn’t live up to her high standards so she created her own sculpting clays and precision high speed carver. You can usually find Debbi in her studio sculpting a horse. In her spare time, Debbi likes hiking and looking for Sasquatch in the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. Give her a call K7DAL on 146.52 simplex next time you’re in her neck of the woods.

Larry Backstrom

Larry is a software and electronics engineer for nearly 40 years. In the mid-90’s, he left his high tech job to become an entrepreneur. While riding his hunter warmblood horse, Larry met his future wife. Together they founded Unbridled, LLC, a sculpting supply company. Over the years, he helped developed an epoxy sculpting clay based on Debbi’s requirements. When he’s not working, you can find Larry hiking and biking in the Cascades of the Pacific Northwest.

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EAK item No. 19

Bur Extractor Tool is designed to help you remove the smallest of burs from your Vortex F5 Carver. We found very small steel needle nose pliers works best. These heat treated steel needle nose pliers is the perfect tool for removing the small burs like the FG-33½ or FG-¼. These needle nose pliers feature a nonslip comfort grip and a drop forged construction for added durability.

1) Twist Vortex F5 cap to the open position.
2) Grip “shaft” of bur with Extractor Tool.
3) Carefully nudge the bur from the spindle.
4) Replace bur by wiping the shaft clean.
5) Seat bur completely into the spindle.
6) Twist Vortex F5 cap to the close position.

Why We Use Ceramic Bearings

Ceramic Bearings are ideal for the Vortex F5. They are superior to common steel bearings in many ways. Ceramic is the ideal material for obtaining higher RPM (faster speed).

Ceramic balls need less lubricant and have a greater hardness than steel balls. This contributes to increased bearing life. Thermal properties of ceramic balls are more superior than steel resulting in less heat generation at higher speeds.

Ceramic bearing assemblies use ceramic balls but they are constructed with steel inner and outer rings. Ceramic balls weigh up to 40% less than steel balls. This reduces centrifugal loading so ceramic bearings can operate up to 50% faster. Also, the outer race groove exerts less force against the ball as the bearing spins, reducing the friction and rolling resistance. The final results, ceramic balls allows the bearing to spin faster and uses less energy to maintain rotational speed.

By not having to insert burs by bear down on a hard surface like other carving tools, radial bearings can be utilized instead of angular bearings. Radial bearings are better suited for carving on their sides. Angular bearings which are primarily used in a vertical position and drilling.

Permanently Lubed for Life Turbine Bearings

Within the nosecone of the Vortex F5, there is a turbine bearing assembly. The bearings are permanently lubed and never need oiling. Warning: using an in-line mist fog oiler or placing drops of oil or cleaner into the hose may cause damage to the carver and void the warranty.