TV Channel 40/29 interviewed us and did a great job with the video, plus they shared it with other ABC affiliates. This interview made us well-known across the country.
They are hand-made quality wooden flags with carved stars and emblems. Our five-star rating exemplifies the quality; see our many customer comments.
In November 2018, Jeremiah asked me to make a wooden Betsy Ross Flag for his Dad; this was the start of our business. It grew from word of mouth through Facebook and along with our website. We are making them as fast as possible; they take about eight hours to build, which does not count the paint and glue drying time. We make them in my home in Bella Vista, Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas (NWA), near Walmart's home office in Bentonville.
We handmake flags in two sizes. Our Standard-sized flag is 3 feet wide and 19.5 inches tall, and our Small flag is 18.25" x 9.75". They should be displayed inside or placed outside in a protected environment.
Our flags have carved stars and emblems, not painted on the wood, with our quality craftsmanship. Our business is truly a fun grandfather and grandson business. Click here to see all the flags we offer. We also make quality custom flags too.
Many customers consider them as heirlooms. See what our customers say about them. We received so many testimonials and are very proud of them.
We are a grandfather-and-grandson team. Jeremiah was born in Rogers, Arkansas, and is home-schooled. He lives 20 minutes away and loves woodworking, plus he is fun to work with.
Several years ago, we made Bluebird houses and sold them. Then, we progressed to building rustic wooden American flags. It was Jeremiah's idea to create and sell our handmade flags. Jeremiah insists that he is the founder, and I work for him.
We started in late 2018 when Jeremiah was ten years old. We've made hundreds of flags since then, including donated flags. It can't get any better than this; I am a lucky Grandpa. Our flags enhance any home.
I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio; what a great place to be raised. After graduating from High School, I went to Hanover College in southern Indiana overlooking the Ohio River and graduated in 1965 with a major in math and economics.
My first job after graduating from Hanover College was with NCR in Dayton, Ohio. I started my computer career as a programmer, where I saw my first computer. Most kids today are touching them before they are one.
Fifteen months later, I received a letter from President Johnson to report to the Army. Because of my computer programming experience, I quickly enlisted to ensure that I would attend Signal Corps Officers Candidate School (OCS). This branch gave me the best chance to continue with my computer skills.
I graduated from Signal Corps Officer Candidate School in July of 1967, and my assignment was with the Army's Adjutant General's Command in the Pentagon as a data processing officer. I was in charge of a group of programmers redesigning the Army's computerized personnel system for all Army Divisions worldwide while switching from service to social security numbers, which was done ahead of schedule.
In implementing our new computer system, I took training teams to Germany, Vietnam, Hawaii, Okinawa, and several Army posts in the US. What an excellent assignment. I had some of the most rewarding years of my life and wouldn't trade it for anything. Another highlight was being selected twice as the duty officer for the whole Pentagon from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
After fulfilling my military assignment, I returned to NCR in Dayton. In 1972, my programming department moved to San Diego. I held numerous positions, including software development manager, and worked in customer support, assigned to major customer accounts: Reuters in London, Southwestern Bell, Lowe's Home Improvement, and JCPenney.
My last assignment was sales support for large Teradata Database Systems, a division of NCR, which was later spun off as a separate company. I moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas, in 2005 and continued to work remotely until January 2006, when I retired.
Jeremiah is nailing braces on the back of the flag. We love making them together.
Six months of tough training and 40 pounds lighter. We email each other almost every day and have a strong bond. They were the best of the best.
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When Jeremiah and I created our first flag for his Father, I knew we had built something special. It turned out so fantastic; it was beautiful and well-made.
We make flags with #2 pinewood, not plywood or pallet wood. We tried #1 pine, but it is too perfect, doesn't burn as nicely, and costs more. Making them in our home shop allows us to keep our prices lower than most. We will never mass-produce flags; plus, that would take the joy out of it.
Building a flag takes about eight hours and doesn't include paint or glue drying time; it's work time. Once we receive an order, we thank the customer and provide an estimated delivery date. We strive to have your flag ready in around two weeks or less. Around holidays and Veterans Day, the delivery time is longer. We rarely have time to build one without an order, and with over 90 designs in two flag sizes, this would be just a guessing game and create a large inventory.
Here is the actual build process:
We selectively buy #2 pinewood, cut and rip 1" x 12" x 10' into flag stripes based on the size purchased, and then cut them to their proper length. We glue all knots with premium Starbond CA glue so they do not fall out years later. We sand over the glued area to give it a smooth surface. Knots add to the rustic look that we want.
We trim the stripes to the correct length and burn them on all sides. After that, we determine which side looks the best, which stripe looks the best painted, and which will be used as white stripes. All stripes have a different appearance, even from the same board. We want the prettiest side on the flag front and, at the same time, the flag back to have a finished look. If neither side looks good, we make it into braces for the back of the flag.
We apply two coats of stain to the colored stripes and paint the ends, adding depth to the stripes and giving the flag a finished look. Once the stain is dry, we glue the Union and stripes together using the best glue on the market, Titebond III Ultimate. We don't skimp on quality. Four braces are both nailed on the back and for added strength. All the components remain in our wood presses for 24 hours.
Next, we attach a robust hanger system so it is ready to be hung. Also, we glue our aluminum plaque to the back; it gives it a professional look, and people will know who built this heirloom flag, along with our website address.
Lastly, we put several clear protective coatings on the flag and let it dry for approximately eight hours. All of these steps make A Beautiful Flag!
Click here to read more about our process.
He does a great job burning stripes and building our beautiful wooden flags. He loves working with his hands and learning new skills. How lucky can a grandfather get?
People ask why you burn the backside of stripes; isn't that a waste of time? Here are the reasons.
We use our Jet saw mainly to rip boards, creating flag stipes. It is a beautiful saw.
JET Dust Collector, 1.5HP with a 2-MICRON Canister Kit.
Our Kreg Precision Trak & Stop Kit has helped us build quality flags.
We are now catching sawdust from the saw's top.
We have donated our flags to active military personnel and veterans: LTC Army Apache Battalion Commander, Navy Seal, Air Force Lieutenant, two Vietnam Veterans, and a Coast Guard Veteran.
We also donated two wooden flags to our local Bella Vista American Legion post and flags to the Bella Vista Fire Department and the Bella Vista Police Department. To see more First Responders flags, click here.
We share our success and plan to continue as our business grows.
MORE FLAG DONATATIONS
We have donated wooden flags to active military personnel, including a Navy Seal, an Air Force Lieutenant, two Army Veterans, plus a Coast Guard Veteran.
We donated two flags to the Bella Vista American Legion and one to the Washington County Veterans Service Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We also gave flags to our Bella Vista Fire and Police Departments. See more flags regarding First Responders.
Our flags are built in Bella Vista, Arkansas, near Bentonville and Rogers. We are in Northwest Arkansas (NWA), next door to the Home of Walmart and around the corner from Bella Vista's famous vacation rental, the Cedar Lodge Arkansas Resort.
If you don't see the flag you want, Contact Us.
PLEASE NOTE THESE BEAUTIFUL FLAGS ARE NOT MEANT TO BE DISPLAYED OUTSIDE IN THE ELEMENTS.
Don & Jeremiah Lowe
On 7/30, Ott Bell (on the left) purchased a Thin Blue Line flag from us and gave it to Kevin’s Mother. Kevin was killed on June 26, 2021.
At the same time, Jeremiah and I gave a duplicate flag to Chief Hahn for their Police Station. Both flags had Kevin’s badge perfectly carved into the Union and an attached plaque. We believe in giving back.
We donated this Thin Blue Line Flag to Bella Vista's Police Chief, James Graves.
We donated this Thin Red Line Flag to Bella Vista 's Fire Chief, Steve Sims.
We donated a 2nd Rustic Wood Flag to Bella Vista's American Legion Commander, Dave Nieman. They plan on raffling this flag to raise money for their post.
Why do customers buy our flags?
The USMC Flag with the EGA (Eagle, Globe, and Anchor) emblem is one of our most popular military flags.
We love to build beautiful wooden flags together, and my Lab is always by his side. I am the lucky Grandfather!
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Member 30 Years
Disabled American Veterans