I am a wife, mother to four sons and grandmother to nine grandsons. I love spending time with my family. I have been a track and speed development coach for the past 35 years and love working with my athletes and helping them achieve their goals. Growing up I always enjoyed doing crafts with my mom and my love for crafting has only grown.
In the fall of 2016 my youngest son, Chase, asked me to make him a wooden flag that looked like it was “old”. He sent me a picture of what he was wanting and gave me the measurements and said “I know you can figure it out, just use dad’s tools”. So, I went to the store and bought what I thought I needed (wood, glue, stain and lacquer) and got to work. This was my first flag (see picture above) and my first ever experience with woodworking. I’ve been hooked ever since!
All my pieces are now made from reclaimed and/or burn pile wood. I have been extremely fortunate to obtain my old wood from family, friends, athletes, parents, church members and those I meet at shows who are willing to trade their old wood for a flag. Because the wood is unique, each finished piece is unique and different from the next. It truly excites me to see each finished product. I can honestly say no two flags are the same and each person has their own unique wooden flag.
I truly respect the red, white and blue of our country’s flag and feel honored to make these flags. I can honestly say I build these flags from start to finish. Recently, one of my athlete’s parents offered me wood from their old barn with the catch that I had to tear it down. With the help of a few family members and a former athlete, we tore the 78 year old barn down and the wood is just amazing. From tearing down the barn to cutting each piece of wood, I perform the whole process through completion.
So, what first started out as a special request from my son has now grown into a business. I love spending time in my workshop and making these flags. I still do 75-85% of the work alone but am fortunate enough to get help from my husband, Steve, my dad and a few of my athletes. It is a business I love that still allows me to spend time with my family, coach my athletes and build a product that I am truly proud of.