Hi. I’m Scott Carpenter, the proud founder of Carpenter Trade LLC. Back in 1999 I was making sneakers, having been inspired by a cobbler who was independently making custom running shoes rated to be the best in the world. He taught me the many advantages a craftsman has over large corporations in making a superior product. With my design background, trade skills and love for the game I was confident that I could pioneer a new kind of baseball glove that utilized these advantages.
After first going to work at a Rawlings glove factory, then researching the evolution of the glove at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, I began my business in Cooperstown in 2001. I refined my gloves by the repeated cycle of making, adjusting, and remaking every part of a glove. After years of this cycle and crafting several hundred custom gloves entirely by my own hands, I mastered the art of glove design and glove craftsmanship. My extensive research has led me to three beliefs on the next steps of glove evolution. The best gloves of the future will be made of synthetic materials, they will be lighter, and they will be more ergonomic and personalized to the individual hand. Carpenter Trade is proud to be leading the industry in all three of these areas with a glove that a growing number consider to be the most advanced and the best in baseball today.
This venture began as a labor of love. I’ve never paid players to wear or endorse my gloves and I’ve never done advertising or marketing. With little more than this website and word of mouth this alternative approach has achieved encouraging results. Several pro players have told me they are turning down high-paying glove contracts from top brands because they prefer the advantages that my gloves give them. In 2011 the Baseball Hall of Fame acquired a game-used Carpenter representing a new stage of glove evolution as well as the first all-synthetic glove ever to be used in a Major League Baseball game.
I’m now excited to be able to expand the business in 2014 through a partnership. We will be offering new models, more options, and gradually increasing our production without sacrificing the quality and craftsmanship that we have always been known for.