Shields for Imaginative Play by Nestwood

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Shields for Imaginative Play by Nestwood

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For their shields and swords, Nestwood uses a combination of acrylic paint, leather for the handles, and a protective coating of polyurethane to preserve the paint. Each is drawn and hand painted. No two are the same, ever. Each is made in Rangely, CO by the devoted parents of an active and imaginative 7 year old and are inspired by medieval and fantasy stories and legends. 
 

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Nestwood explains how they came up with their brightly hued shields. 

                Several years ago, we went to a Renaissance Faire and while looking around one of the things that caught our eye the most were wooden swords, and with our son being only 3 at the time, of course he wanted one desperately, but it wouldn’t likely survive the day with our kiddo. Both my husband and I have an eye for things that will last and with our rowdy boy who has always been in love with the idea of knights, pirates, and all things medieval. With the way that he tends to beat on things we knew we needed to create something durable, but it took time because we had to move, and on his fifth birthday he was gifted a monogrammed shield, sword and treasure box- which all our nieces and nephews adored and “borrowed” frequently. All of them came to visit a lot over the summer and with kids there can be conflict and one sword and shield a piece let them work out their aggression and have a blast at the same time, and were out in the sun away from the television and video games. These were the only toys that would keep them going for hours and away from electronics, so we’ve decided to spread the fun. We adore painting and making everything unique and we never quite know what will develop when we sit down with a sword or shield, nor what colors or theme they will take, each one takes several hours to complete and requires a lot of fussing because we like them to be just so- we want them to be used to play with but also as decoration if a child wants it so they need to be something special and unique and something that will suit only the child who owns it.