This is an original design for a patron who requested a knight’s shield to display. It is fully functional defensive armor for various axe, sword or arrow affronts.
The ‘Knight of Sword and Cross Shield’ was created in spruce. The frame was cut and glued, then a design was sketched. Next the design components were chiseled and sanded. Then the shield was stained in Prairie Bench Storybook and finished in polyurethane. The rivets or ‘clavos’ were fired from bolts and the heads were ground. These are to dull the opponents’ blade in battle. A handle was fired and bolted to the back. Finally, the shield is branded and hand numbered.
Designed in spruce. 32″ tall. Finished in Prairie Bench Storybook. #17-03-11-BL
This Gothic Dragon shield was carved from spruce slats glued up at a 5° pitch. The design was from a friend’s tattoo. We added the depth and border. The bolts are hand ground steel and torched. The finish is Prairie Bench Storybook with a touch of dark walnut and polyurethane. This battle shield has an iron handle wound with natural rope for grip.
Prairiebench.com teams with Sawitall.net to create a blend of old and new world decor. We’ve combined a medieval shield with a computer carving; the Bear Shield.
After a few tests we were surprised at the outcome. We’ve done three using old planks for defensive equipment then adding some plotted whittling. After, we glue the slats together and finish with PrairieBench Storybook finish. We’re going to add one more special feature with some glow-in-the-dark paint. Check back for more photos… once the dust settles.
32″ x 22″ glued spruce
Finished in Prairiebench Storybook and polyurethane
Iron handle with sisal wrap
This medieval style crest was created on spruce planks molded and sanded to size. The client uses a stallion image over a castle and their initials. Ideally suited for over a hearth or threshold to indicate the household.
Each plank was carved individually by our friends’ at Sawitall.net for custom signs and 3D cnc work, then we assembled, glued, and pressed the pieces together. Then the shield was cut out and reinforced with struts. After sanding and shaping, it’s finished in polyurethane and Prairie Bench Storybook. Approx size 32″ x 24″