WinterTree Crafts Serving the WMA and SCA communities

*January 1st, 2020 Announcement:*
Winter Tree Crafts LLC is in the process of being sold to a new owner. After making armour for around 15 years, I am hanging up the hammers due to accumulated wear and tear on my body and joints to start a new career in Physics and Astronomy. I have spent the past several months working with the buyer to transfer WTC's intellectual property, specifically my gorget patterns and design, to their supplier and to iterate test pieces and batches to ensure that they met my standard for quality. The new owner will continue making and selling WTC gorgets, however there are no plans to revive WTC's custom spring steel armour at this time.
The last day to order a gorget made by Erik Schmitt will be January 15th. All outstanding orders (including group and bulk orders placed before that deadline) will be completed. As of Jan 1st, I should have sufficient inventory on-hand to cover anticipated orders. If I do run out of stock, lead times may be as long as 1 month. The reason for this is I have already begun working a new job and thus am not able to spend much time in the workshop.
Thank you to the thousands of customers over the years who supported WTC by purchasing its products. It is my estimation that somewhere around 3,500 gorgets, perhaps as many as 4,000, are out there bearing protecting necks and bearing WTC's maker's mark. I never imagined something like that when I began this business 15 years ago. While I will be stepping away from the business entirely, I am confident the new owner will continue the standard for excellent and reliable customer service and a well-designed and executed product.


"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