*Announcement - August 2013*
I will be taking a hiatus from comission work and custom work for approx. 18 months. I am getting married and we have just purchased a piece of land in Brattleboro, VT on which we are going to build our home and a new shop. Acting as a general contractor and owner-builder for the new house and shop will be taking up every waking moment of my time for the forseeable future, and thus I cannot take any new orders until the construction is more or less complete.
During this time no new deposits or custom orders will be accepted, however, gorgets, bucklers and belts will still be kept in stock, though I will only be putting in a few days here and there in the shop so orders that can't be filled from the shelves may take a week or two to ship out.
Thank you all for your patronage in supporting me in my profession and allowing me the opportunity to make a living with my hands. Our new shop will be 3 times the size of our current one, so look forward to some pretty cool stuff in 18 months.
"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