I'm Scott Redford and I've always had a thing for wall clocks and color so in 2014, I started Goathopper in the NW corner of my one car garage. Goathoppers mission is to use reclaimed pallet wood to create handmade rustic wall art that doubles as a curiously cool clock. In addition to being recycled, pallet wood is an ideal medium because it's tough as nails, no two planks are alike and each has its own character rich story to tell. A little about me:
- I received undergraduate and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in Mass Communications and Business respectively.
- I enjoy kayaking and fishing for smallmouth bass.
- In the 4th grade I ate 23 servings of candied yams in 4 minutes. A Davis cafeteria record that stands today.
WHAT'S A GOATHOPPER?It is legend that in many Caribbean villages there used to exist a man called the Goathopper. For landowners, he would scour their fields and collect all of the dried goat dung, prized for its use as a fuel and in making coffee. As payment for his service he would keep 1/2 of the day's dung collection and offer it for sale on his route. Goathoppers were a cheerful and happy go lucky sort and were quick with an amusing joke or story. Our mission is to infuse the Goathopper's spirit into every handmade clock.
ONE CLOCK, ONE TREEAt Goathopper, we think it's important to walk the walk. That means giving back to our community and environment in a way that we hope will inspire others. In conjunction with our partner OneTreePlanted, Goathopper commits to planting one tree for every wall clock purchased. Our goal is to reforest the Amazon so that when Tarzan swings, another rope will be waiting for him. For the past several centuries, grazing, farming and logging and unplanned development have been hard on the ecosystem. Unfortunately, lobbyists have been successful in influencing the powerful to ease laws related to grazing and conventional land-exhausting agriculture. Protection to the ecosystem has fallen mainly to private or community groups.
WHERE WILL MY TREE BE PLANTED?Our focus is the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, also known as Mata Atlantica. It initially covered an area equal to 120 million hectares and stretched over 16 Brazilian states. Today, less than 10% of the forest remains in fragmented areas. Mata Atlantica is a critical component in the planet’s biodiversity yet it is still under attack. Tens of thousands of plant, bird and mammal species call the forest home. Many are indigenous and in fact, Mata Atlantica is home to 60% of Brazil's endangered species.
WHEN ARE THE TREES PLANTED?This varies depending on the time of the year. The best time to plant is usually during the rainy season when the soil is at an optimum state.
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