In late 2001, I began painting as a hobby to make use of my spare time. I eventually developed an array of styles and artistic concepts that included the use of sand, broken glass, wax, broken records, and other creative mediums. Later, I launched my first website, www.perrison.com, to showcase some of my work. My artwork has been featured on over 20 events in the Metro-Atlanta area.

In 2008 I entered Kennesaw State University where I expressed interest in joining Omega Psi Phi. The chapter Alpha Delta Nu, was established on campus in Spring of 2008. I met the Charter members after their probate was over and went on to cross in Spring 2010, as the deuce of the Alpha line. While online, my task was to make a shield for the chapter out of wood. I had some experience with woodworking at that point, but it soley involved making frames for my canvases and other small projects.

In 2012, I made a chapter shield for the graduate chapter, Chi Gamma Gamma (which I am a member of) and for Tau Delta Delta chapter at Valdosta State University. Both of these shields were the first to be made with lights. The TDD shield was first used during the Tau Mu Mu Chartering ceremony seen here.


Many people began to express a personal interest of having their own shield and I began to fill requests for them and post pictures online for others to see.

I have an entrepreneurial mind and the idea of shield making and woodworking steadily became an idea to make use of my talents and provide a source of income.


When I look at some of my completed projects, or even current projects, I realize there is no quick and easy way to do anything. Sometimes I have the perception that one shield is more time consuming than another, or that one shield involves less detail. This is rarely the case. Each project has its own challenges, and no matter how many times that I make the same version of a particular item, the item does not have to look the same, but it has to looks its best. The mindset that keeps me focused is that whatever I make, it must answer the question, β€œ Can this look any better?”. If not, then more work has to be done or a design change has to be made.

Working The Wood

Wood can be used to make some very nice looking things. With so many types out there, the possibilities are endless. Pine is my preferred wood of choice at this time. It is durable, easy to make things with, and easy to obtain. The downfall to Pine are invisible voids and knots in the wood. Meanwhile, such inconveniences add character to a finished project. I willingly accept these natural traits in the wood. Woodworking is a science that requires constant scholarship. There are power tools and hand tools. Power tools entail using different bits and blades, which require the observance of optimal speeds to cut the plethora of wood types available.

I typically use three different grits of sandpaper, plus other sanding tools to reach the interiors and crevasses. Once all of the cutting, engraving, and sanding is complete, the labor intensive part is over and I revert back to β€œart” mode. Each painted item is primed with gesso before paint. I seriously object to painting directly on wood. There are others out there who do, and when the piece gets scratched, off goes the paint. I only use artist grade paints. These paints have a heavy body and are flexible and will never fade. Most all of the colors that I use are mixed by myself, rather than come straight from the tube. This insures that not every projects color will have the same hue and still meet the desired look. After staining or painting, either polyurethane or soluvar is used the paint after it cures.