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, my assignment was to the Army's Adjutant General Command at the Pentagon as a data processing officer. I placed 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. Unbelievable that my strategy worked.
In implementing our new computer system, I took a training team to Germany, Vietnam, Hawaii, Okinawa, and the US. It was such 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.
Jeremiah is my 12-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 flags, so he is the founder, and I am his employee.
This all started in late 2018 when Jeremiah was ten years old. It can't get any better than this.
We love building our beautiful wooden Flags (36" x 19.5") here in Bella Vista, Arkansas. When my Grandson, Jeremiah, and I created our first flag for his father, I knew we had something special. It was so beautiful and well made. They are built with pine, not plywood or pallet wood, and made here in the good old USA! They take about 7 hours to build and sell quickly. Once you place an order, we provide an estimated delivery date.
Here is a brief overview of the build process:
We buy pinewood, cut and rip a 1" x 12" x 10' into flag stripes. Then we burn, stain, and glue the stripes and Union together using the best glue on the market. We keep the flag in our wood presses for at least 5-6 hours, along with nailing and gluing the back braces. Next, we put a clear protective coating on the flag and let it dry for a few hours. Finally, we add a robust hanger system, so it is ready to be hung.
Many customers consider our flags as heirlooms. See what they say about our flags. We received so many and continue to receive them, that we had to create multiple testimonial pages. We are so proud of them.
Our business grew from word of mouth, Facebook, and then through our website. We are making them as fast as we can, and they take about 7 hours to build. We make them in my home in Bella Vista, Arkansas, which is in Northwest Arkansas (NWA), near Bentonville (home of Walmart) and Rogers.
We burn the wooden flags with a propane torch; no two flags are alike. The burnt stripes can appear differently, even from the same board. Jeremiah loves doing the burning and does a great job and is a big help. Most of all, I love working with him on these beautiful wooden flags. I am a lucky man to have this experience.
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.
They are different from most 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.
Thanks for looking at our website!
Don and Jeremiah Lowe
77 Eddleston Drive
Bella Vista, Arkansas
My Grandson does a great job burning stripes and building beautiful rustic American wooden flags. He loves working with his hands and learning new skills. How lucky can a grandfather get?
My four year old Grandson, Creek, is a future flag builder.
Jeremiah holding a flag he built.
Very nice article!
Don Lowe, Vietnam Army Veteran, holding a Marine Corps flag recently completed.
Assembling the flag components
Jeremiah helping his grandfather nail the back support braces.
Removing excess glue
We donated our first rustic wooden flag to Bella Vista's American Legion Commander, Brad Kennell. This flag hangs in their entrance way.
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.
We donated this Red Thin Line Flag to Bella Vista 's Fire Chief, Steve Sims.
We donated this Blue Thin Line Flag to Bella Vista's Police Chief, James Graves.
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