Eric Smith: welder and metal worker extraordinare. It's the Crimson Omen from the Gears of War video game series done in steel! Eric designed it on computer and then precision-cut it out of a sheet of metal with a water jet. The picture does it no justice: this thing looks positivalutely gnarly up close and in person. Eric knew that I'm a big fan of the Gears of War franchise, and I am both thankful and humbled that he went to the effort to make this.
Now I just need to figure out how to fittingly display it. Any ideas? :-)