WinterTree Crafts Serving the WMA and SCA communities

*Updated Production Information for 2018*

I am still making lots of gorgets, but remain on hiatus from custom armour at this time. Please see the "Production queue" page for more information.

Due to the volume of gorget orders as well as many other demands on my time, I have been entirely unsuccessful in getting an inventory of gorgets back on the shelves. Every time I get a few on the shelf, ya'll buy them all in a few days. (I know, I know, fortunate problems to have). Therefore when you order a gorget you should expect it will be placed on the queue for the next production batch and will ship upon completion. Lead time has been averaging about 2 weeks. Bulk orders will take a bit longer.

Thank you all for your continued patronage and patience.


"Erik's spring steel armour fills the bill for the Western Martial Artist interested in period armoured combat. It's not just strong, well-made, and affordable - it looks medieval. And it's crafted by someone who's a truly ethical and reliable businessman. You simply can't go wrong here."

- Christian Henry Tobler, Selohaar Fechtschule

"Winter Tree Crafts is Erik Schmitt's love affair with armour, and that passion shows in his attention to his customers. The armour is what you ordered, when you ordered it, and is durable, comfortable and based on historical designs. But the extra touch is Erik's attention to staying in touch with the client, giving them updates and checking in after the fact to see how the harness is holding up. It is that something extra that means a lot. If you are looking for those critical safety components for fencing, such as gorgets, or early 14th century harness, WTC and Erik are good place to put your trust."

- Gregory Mele, Chicago Swordplay Guild

"Our group has used Winter Tree gorgets for several years now.  Erik provides great customer service and fast turnaround.  We never hesitate to recommend his work." 

- Shay Roberts, Academy of Arms