We are a grandfather and grandson team . Jeremiah is my 13-year-old grandson, born in Rogers, Arkansas, and home-schooled. He lives 20 minutes away and loves woodworking.
Several years ago, we made Bluebird Houses and sold them. Then we progressed into building rustic wooden American flags. It was Jeremiah's idea of creating and selling these handmade flags. Jeremiah says he is the founder, and I am his employee.
We started in late 2018 when Jeremiah was ten years old. It can't get any better than this. I am a lucky Grandpa. Our flags are very nice for the home and home decor. They are quality wooden flags from a small company.
I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, what a great place to be raised. After graduating from High School, I went to a small college in southern Indiana, Hanover College. I graduated in 1965 with a major in math and economics.
My first job after graduating was with NCR in Dayton, Ohio. There I started my computer career as a programmer where I saw my first computer. Most kids today are touching them before they are one.
Sixteen months later, I joined the Army in 1966 after receiving a letter from President Johnson. I quickly enlisted to insure I would go to Signal Corps Officers Candidate School (OCS) because of my computer programming experience.
After graduating from OCS, I was assigned to the Army's Adjutant General's Command at the Pentagon as a data processing officer. I was put in charge of redesigning the Army Division's computerized personnel system, which was used by all the Army divisions. This excellent assignment due to my previous job as a programmer.
In implementing our new computer system, I took a training team to Germany, Vietnam, Hawaii, Okinawa, and to 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.
After fulfilling my military assignment, I returned to NCR in Dayton. In 1972, my programming department moved to San Diego. There I held numerous positions, including manager in software development, customer support, assigned to major Customer accounts: Reuters in London, Southwestern Bell, Lowe's Home Improvement, eBay, and JC Penney's. My last assignment was sales support of large database systems. I moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 2005 and continued to work remotely until January 2006, when I retired.
Jeremiah securing flag stripes with the Union. They are well made.
We love building our beautiful handmade wooden flags here in Bella Vista, Arkansas. How lucky can you get working with a grandson?
When my Grandson, Jeremiah, and I created our first flag for his Father, I knew we had something special. It turned out so fantastic; it was beautiful and well made. They are built with pinewood, not plywood or pallet wood, and made here in the good old USA! They take about 7 to 8 hours to create. We provide an estimated delivery date at order time. We want you to have your flag in around two weeks or less.
Here is an overview of our 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 precisely to their proper length. We glue all knots with CA glue, so they do not fall out years later. If necessary, we sand over the glued area to give it a smooth finish. Knots are not bad; they add to the rustic look that we want.
Then we burn the stripes on all sides. After that, we determine which side looks the best. All stripes have a different appearance, even the sides of the same board. We want the prettiest on the front, and at the same time, the back of the flag has a finished look.
We apply two coats of stain to the colored stripes except to the bottom. Of course, we want the top and ends painted, so the flag looks finished, but why all the sides of the long sides? Painting those edges gives it 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. All the components remain in our wood presses for 24 hours. Four braces are nailed and glued to the back for added strength.
Next, we add a robust hanger system so it is ready to be hung. We want you to place your flag on the wall without any added effort, plus we glue our thin aluminum plate to the back. It gives the flag a professional look, and people will know who built this heirloom.
Lastly, we put several clear protective coatings on both sides of the flag and let it dry for approximately eight hours.
All of these steps take time and are what makes A Beautiful Flag!
For over two years, we offered just one size flag, the Medium Flag. During this time we had requests for both smaller and larger size flags. We are excited about these new sizes.
Emblems available in all sizes, plus we do Custom emblems for an additional fee on all sizes.
Our business grew from word of mouth, Facebook, and then through our website. We are making them as fast as possible, and they take about 7 to 8 hours to build. This time does not count paint and glue drying time. We make them in my home in Bella Vista, Arkansas, in Northwest Arkansas (NWA), near Bentonville (home of Walmart) and Rogers.
Our well-constructed flags are 3 feet wide and 19.5 inches tall. They are designed to be displayed inside but can be placed outside in a protected environment. Just watch them closely, so they are not damaged.
Our flags are different because of the carved stars and emblems, not painted on the wood, along with our quality craftsmanship. We quickly realized that people loved them so much that they wanted one of their own. This business has become a fun grandfather and grandson business. Click here to see all the flags we offer. We make quality custom flags, too.
Many customers consider our flags as heirlooms. See what customers say about our flags. We received so many testimonials that we had to create multiple testimonial pages. We are so proud of them.
Thanks for looking at our website!
Don and Jeremiah Lowe
77 Eddleston Drive
Bella Vista, Arkansas
P.S. We frequently receive comments on Facebook saying how much people love their flag. Sometimes it has been a year or so after they purchased it. We love these comments and show our handmade flags loved way after the sale.
My Grandson 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 do you burn the backside of the stripe? There are two reasons.
We build top quality rustic wooden flags!
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, flags to the Bella Vista Fire Department, and the Bella Vista Police Department.
We share our success and plan to continue as our business continues to grow.
Resides in a Navy Seal's San Diego Home
Jeremiah holding a 50 Star American Flag he built.
Very nice article!
Don Lowe, Vietnam Army Veteran, holding a Marine Corps flag recently completed.
Assembling the flag components
Jeremiah doing what he likes the most, burning stripes.
Removing excess glue
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 gave two flags to the Bella Vista American Legion, plus we donated one to the Washington County Veterans Service Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
We also gave flags to our Bella Vista Fire and Police Departments.
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.
PLEASE NOTE, THESE BEAUTIFUL FLAGS ARE NOT MEANT TO BE DISPLAYED OUTSIDE IN THE ELEMENTS. If you don't see the flag you want, Contact Us.
Don & Jeremiah Lowe
Our Shop Supervisor. Bailey loves our beautiful handmade wooden flags.
On 7/30, Ott Bell (on the left) purchased a Thin Blue Line flag from us and gave it to Police Chief Lynn Hahn for 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 carved into the flag along with 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 our first rustic wooden flag to Bella Vista's American Legion Commander, Brad Kennell. This flag hangs in their entrance way.
Don Lowe donated a beautiful 50 wooden flag to the director, Ben Dykes.
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.
They requested people to send in their photos of what they will be doing on Memorial Day. I sent this in on 5/29/21 and wasn’t sure they’d publish it. I included some text and they included part of it. The next day they published our photo in their slideshow.
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Veterans of Foreign Wars
Member 30 Years
Disabled American Veterans