We went to visit and see how things were going two weeks later. The handle and the shield is all one piece. These pictures show him working on the shields, the logs rough cut, and the tools of the his trade. Elder Trotter was trying his new sword out swiping it through the air and sliced the cord that holds it around the waist. Here the cord is being replaced. When Elder Trotter explained how it got cut the man just smiled, like boys will be boys and replaced the cord.