TV Channel 40/29 interviewed us and did a great job with the video, plus they shared it with other affiliates. This interview made our handmade wooden flags well known across the USA.
This was the second TV Channel 40/29 interview done for us; another great job. We appreciate their interest in our company.
Several years ago, 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 well-constructed quality 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, and watch it closely, so they are not damaged.
Our flags are unique with the carved stars and emblems, not painted on the wood, and 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 our flags as heirlooms. See what our customers say about our flags. We received so many testimonials that we had to create multiple testimonial pages. We are so proud of them. ... more.
We still maintain our low prices even with skyrocketing lumber prices.
We are a Grandfather and Grandson Team. Jeremiah is my 14-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 lovely for the home and home decor, and they are quality wooden flags from a business.
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, Hanover College, and I 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 numbers to social security numbers.
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.
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, eBay, and JCPenney.
My last assignment was sales support for large Teradata Database Systems, a division of NCR, 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; they are hand-made. We love making them togethe
I learned more in six months than in four years of college.
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.
I was proudly wearing my uniform. My wife said I was too skinny; I wouldn't have attracted her.
We love building handmade wooden flags here in Bella Vista, Arkansas. How lucky can you get working with your grandson?
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, from the good old USA! We tried #1 pine, but it is too perfect, doesn’t burn as nicely, and costs more.
The build process takes about eight hours to create and only counts actual work time. Once we receive an order, we thank the customer and provide an estimated delivery date. We want you to have your flag in around two weeks or less. Around holidays and Veterans Day, the delivery time is longer.
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 to their proper length. We glue all knots with premium Starbond CA glue, so they do not fall out years later. If necessary, we sand over the glued area to finish it smoothly. Knots 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 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 nailed and glued to the back 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. We also 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 make A Beautiful Flag!
Click here to read more about our process.
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 helps us precisely cut our flag stipes to the correct length.
Now catching sawdust coming off of the top of the saw blade.
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 stripes; isn't that a waste of time? Here are the 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.
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.
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
Our Shop Supervisor. Bailey loves our beautiful handmade wooden flags and the threats provided.
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.
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 flag components
Jeremiah doing what he likes the most, burning stripes.
Removing excess glue
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Member 30 Years
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