Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Gift Idea - TWH Models

Still looking for a Christmas present? Although I'd rather you bought a shield or strap from me, a model fire truck is a good idea too.

TWH has a sale now, for three apparatus: a tiller, pumper and tanker - $199. I've got a couple of their models, and they are awesome. This is a great price. I'm in no way affiliated with them, just passing it on.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gift Certificates

Gift Certificate for Gift Certificate
Don't forget about our gift certificates!   While it may be too late to have a fire helmet shield or radio strap made for December 25th, you can still get a gift certificate from to put under the tree or in a stocking.

Email, or phone 571-882-1717  for more info.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Volume Discounts and Special Pricing

Custom Fire Helmet Shield
Custom Helmet Shield
We offer volume discounts for multiple purchases on the same invoice.   That's additional to the buy 4 get 1 free offer (for custom fire helmet shields only).  

Volume discounts are also available for custom radio strap purchases.

Additional discounts are available for charitable causes.   If you have questions email us at or call 571-882-1717.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Custom Fire Helmet Shield Special - Buy 4 Get 1 Free

Buy 4 custom fire helmet shields and receive a 5th one free.     Your design or ours.   They can all be different or similar, it doesn't matter.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Custom Fire Helmet Shield Process

Sketch then completed shield
Sketch Process - Completed Shield
When folks order a custom fire helmet shield, they usually have an idea of what they'd like, sometimes they have a general concept with colors and shapes.   Some even have their owns logos, patches or designs already done.   No matter what the case I work with them to customize it for a fire helmet shield.  

Customer Provided Patch and Completed Helmet Shield
Customer Provided Patch 
There's no additional cost for artwork.   I'm often ask to provide a sketch before a customer orders,  unfortunately I don't have the time to do so - making a logo can take several hours.    After ordering you're placed in a queue for work.  When your order is up, I'll do a sketch of the shield and send for approval.  After that, I'll begin to carve the leather.

A fresh design just added to the front piece of the helmet shield
Custom Logo Just Added
We use premium cow leather for our shields.     Leather thickness is measured in ounces and each ounce is approximately 1/64th of an inch thick.   Our shields have two pieces of leather:  The front is approximately 13-14 ozs, and the back is around 4-5 ozs, they're stitched together with 100% cotton thread - it will not melt.  Stitching is done primarily for appearance, it finishes the shield nicely.     Black shields are dyed, and then then color is added using a special pliable leather paint.   Different color shields are painted using the same special leather paint - several thin coats are applied, then the images and letters are colored.

From start to finish, it takes 6 to 12 hour to complete.  The stitching is done with a machine, but everything else is done by hand.     Even if you order multiple helmet shields with the same design, there will be small differences in each shield.  Each one is unique.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Black Friday Deal (It’s early I know) gift certificate special:

$80 for a custom shield gift certificate - save $20*.   This certificate is for one custom carved fire helmet shield - we’ll do the art work, or use yours.

Custom Carved Shield Example

$60 for a basic shield gift certificate -  save $15*.  This certificate is for one basic shield top text, number and bottom text.

Basic Shield Example

Prices include delivery to US.  

*Certificates can not be redeemed until after Christmas.  Delivery will be approx. 4-6 weeks

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Shipment of Leather and Brass Today

Today I received a new shipment of radio strap leather, and solid brass fittings.  It's not too late to order for a Christmas delivery.  

Some available stamped designs

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Gift Certificates Now Available

Not sure what your firefighter would want on their shield or strap?   Get them a gift certificate from for this Christmas and let them decide.   Now available.

Gift Certificate From Gift Certificate

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas Gifts for Firefighters - Top Five Ideas

It's that time again - Christmas is just around the corner - 48 days to go!

What do you get the firefighter in your life for Christmas?  Or as a treat for yourself!  Obviously I'm a bit biased here - I'd like for everyone to order a custom shield or strap (or both) from me - yes there's still time.    However I realize that there are other options!

As a firefighter, I've come up with a few things that I'd like this Christmas, or can reccomend, hopefully they'll help you with your shopping.

My top five list:

Custom Helmet Shield
1. Custom firefighter helmet shield or strap from (yes a shameless plug).  Just about all of our gear is the same.  Aside from a few helmet stickers, there's very little that differentiates us from others on the fire ground. When we're all dressed out, it's hard to tell us apart!   If you don't like my work, there are many other options available.

Gaelic Brigade Motorcycle T-Shirt

2. Anything from    I love this place - prices are reasonable and they've got great shirts.   Of course, if you're not a fan of Boston, this may not be the place for you

4' Steel Hook with D handle
3. A personal tool.  Never leave home without it.   My favorite a 4' all purpose steel hook with D handle.  I'm not a fan of fiberglass.   I've had mine for several years - this thing is indestructible.  Check out All Hands Fire to see their stock.

TWH Model Tiller

4.  A model fire truck.   Yes it's geeky, but every firefighter should have one or two or a hundred!  Code 3 collectibles is no longer in business.  The best models I've found are made by TWH. You can shop for them at

Cairns New Yorker
5. Last, but certainly not least - a leather helmet.  These are pricey: depending on options, one can run you close to $700 new, but they are fantastic.