An example custom shield with economy boss (chosen by the client) and linen stitching.

Shield Blanks waiting to be built

An update: turns out I had more wood than I thought.

1x Poplar experiment. Could be up to 36″ in diameter, good for someone up to 6’4″ tall. 
2x 33.5″ aspen. Good for 5’5″ to 5’11”
4x 35.5″ aspen. Good for 5’9 to 6’3″ tall

The smaller shields are going to be donated to the Cyprus Classical Academy silent auction. I will paint one with the Cyprus Logo, and the other in purple, white, and gold, and call it Vikings Squared.

Leave a comment or drop me an email if you’re interested. Tons of pictures of prior examples below the break, as well as a few details on materials.


All edging in the future will be 1oz goat hide, rather than 2-4 oz deer hide, unless you want the thicker stuff for Reasons. The binding material is hide glue; stitching is linen. Handles are hand-carved oak. Rivets/boss fixturing is copper, handle fixturing are iron rose-head nails. I’m starting to get better boss material in, and have a line on some custom bosses from a manufacturer that are the right dimensions formed from 18ga mild steel, so as to be closer to the size and weight and materials as what my instructor measured himself while travelling to museums in Europe.

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