Did you say fire hose?
That's right. Like you, we love a good story. We look for quality and character in the things we surround ourselves with. We make things. We worship Design.
Enter: fire hose. Once we were introduced to this rugged, resilient material, its many forms and its wildly unique aura... we couldn't put it down. We now know more about fire hose than we ever imagined. We're hooked!
The thing is – tons of fire hose winds up as land fill across the U.S. each month. Until now, most fire departments simply didn't have an alternative. Hose fails at some point and becomes unsafe. And, what can't be donated gets thrown out. (Which can also mean a hefty expense in disposal fees.)
So, we decided to try to do something about that. At Oxgut, we get decommissioned fire hose into the hands of great designers and artisans, where the hose is given new life. Our mats are a perfect example. They're a wonderful way to display the fire hose and appreciate its history, in a utilitarian way.
We're also big believers in working locally, participating in our community and giving back. As a company, we're committed to donating a portion of our proceeds to The Children's Burn Foundation. (Though that is not a part of this Kickstarter specifically, as per the rules.)
What are these funds going toward?
Being that salvage and repurposing are at the core of our business, we tend to be a creative and thrifty lot. But, in order to continue our work, we need to salvage more material, and purchase essential equipment and tooling:
- Custom tooling needed to separate the interior lining from the exterior lining of this double-jacketed fire hose.
- A used fire hose washer. (Yes, they really make those.)
- Drying racks
- A hose winder
- Storage space and shelving
- Operational Tracking and Inventory Systems
- A used Fork Lift
- A used truck
- Electric cutters, and other tools used in prepping this material.
We've got the process down, now we're ready to make it real, and real efficient.
What's in it for you?
Thanks so much for your support! All rewards include the cost of shipping. And every $1 helps.
Each mat will feature its own authentic personality. Coloring and stenciling will vary. But your mat will be rad. It will.
But what does it feel like?
Your bare toes will be perfectly comfy on a fire hose mat. Though we find we have to fight our dogs and cats for ours.
How do I clean my Fire Hose Mat?
Hose it off! Ironic, we know. But, think of what it's been through. Use a mild soap if you like. Or toss it into a large capacity washer.
We appreciate your help!
Please help us get the word out. If you know someone who might like this project, send it along to them. Or post to Facebook and Twitter! Every little bit helps and we really appreciate it.
Many thanks to friends who helped us get our video together! Sean Dagen, Shawn Myers, Drew Nelson, Caroline Schiff, Richie Gordon, Music Orange, David Potenza, Fred Abercrombie, Oakland Fire Academy, and the amazing Capt. Walsh, George, Roberto and Mike at SFFD!
Risks and challenges
One challenge, once we receive funding, will be to acquire more fire hose than we currently have on hand, and get the more efficient prep and wash station up and running quickly in a new space. However, we've already identified all of these elements, from the fire departments with decommissioned hose, to the machinery and the warehouse and workshop. Our designs and the manufacturing resources are in place and ready to roll.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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