Thanks for stopping by the Red House Shields page. I’m committed to building shields that firefighters across the U.S. will be able to wear proudly for many years to come. Please have a look around my galleries and let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to build a new front for you.
Red House Shields Owner/ Lead Craftsman
Bryan Purtle was hired as a firefighter on the Kansas City Fire Department in 2003. On January 13th of 2010, one of his city-issued shields was ‘well-done’ after a house fire, and a few leather-working firemen taught him some basics in leather-work. With his creative touch, influenced by the long fire tradition of leather helmets and fronts, it didn’t take long before firemen were asking him to make a shield for them, and Red House Shields was born.
Over the years, due to its high quality and uniqueness of style, Red House Shields has become something of a household name among firefighters, and has played a vital role in the ever-evolving landscape of custom helmet shield artistry. The blend of modern custom designs with 19th century fire department culture and tradition has established Red House as one of the most desirable helmet front sources for firefighters nation-wide.
In 2011, Bryan began to run the Red House as a full-time small business, and he has personally hand-crafted hundreds of shields that now find their home on the helmets of firefighters in every State of the U.S.A.
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-Just wanted to say –Killer Work, will be contacting for a couple for my brother and I
SBFD and LA City. Along with showing site to guys at the house next tour.
Thanks Chris. Definitely let me know when you guys are ready for me to get going on your shields.
Great looking product!.. The best I have seen.. Just sent my specs for my very own Black Knight. Thanks for the fast reply brother!
YOur shields are AWESOME looking! Hopefully I’ll be working at Charlotte in a couple of years, I’ll have to get a shield when I get settled in. I’ll definitely be looking at getting one of yours. Keep up the good work!
Thanks, man. Let me know when you need one!
Just got my shield (Steelers/Throwback) last night. It was a gift from my son. It is by far one of the most awesome presents I have ever gotten. Fantastic work my friend.
Glad to hear it, David!
What are the measurements on the blk knight sheilds like the one you have in the example sheilds ( 3 types of sheilds)? Looking for something different but not huge and take over the helmet BIG !!! Ski
They fit all standard helmets. They’re usually 6 to 6.25″ tall and anywhere from 4 to 5 inches wide depending on the style. I can do special requests too.
How long is the wait? I just transfered to a new station and a shield.
We are several months backed up. Probably 5 months or longer. Thanks…
Hey brother, was trying to send you an email to get on the list but cannot find your email address. Can you reply or post it so I can send you what I want? Thanks man
disregard.. I found it…. LOL
How long until you are making shield’s again
Brian, I am currently 107 on you list. I know I am a ways out but out of curiosity are you back to making shields?
I’m about to update the list with projected times…
Thanks for your patience…
Thanks brother. look forward to the end product.
Blown away! Such amazing work. I definitely want one. I’ll even come help sweep the floors or something if it helps speed things up for you!
Just wondering if you are taking any orders right now. I received a new leather helmet for Christmas from my wife and I’m decking it out with only the best. I saw your shields and I definitely want one. Let me know and I’ll send you all the details.
Please check the How to Order page for details. Thanks!
Are you accepting new orders? I just received a new leather helmet for Christmas from my wife and I would love to order one of your shields for it. Let me know and I’ll follow up with the details.
Dennis, please check the How to Order page for info. Thanks!
Hey i am stunned at how great your shields look. I sent you a email in hopes that i can order one . Now that i know your shields are out there i have to have one.
Thanks, Rich. Please read the How to Order page for details.
B-E-A-UTIFUL WORK MY MAN SENT AN EMAIL
Can you build Shields for Phenix Helmets? I love your work! Awesome! Also, I live in California and I’m a HUGE SF Giants Fan. Could you build a team themed shield? Thank you.
Sure can, Charles. Thanks for writing. Actually, I’m working a SF themed shield right now…
I would like to have a motorcycle seat with a shield look. Is that something you are interested in?
I’ve never done motorcycle seats, Brandon. Maybe that’s something I’d consider down the road, but as of right now, keeping up with shields is going to have to suffice. Thanks!
It says on your home page you are no longer accepting orders. What gives homie?! Hope the shop opens up soon!!
We’re open for a few orders now, and we’ll open for 50 more in August. If interested, please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.