Barn Wood Flag - hand hewn

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Project by rtbrmb posted 05-14-2022 01:18 AM 410 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a local barn wood salvage company and I went there last year & found a hand hewn beam that someone had sliced a tapered piece off the face. It was about 6’ long (6” wide) and tapered in thickness from 1” to about 5/8”.

I have a good friend, at work, that was turning 50 so I pulled the old hand hewn piece out of my rack and when I looked it over I had my doubts I could do anything with it.

This Betsy Ross flag was the outcome- I think it has a lot of character. Along with the old hand tooling marks – there were a lot of old mounting holes that added to the character. it measures ~13” tall & ~24 3/4” wide

I have made over 20 flags in the past few years & this one was the most time consuming but I like how it turned out.

The stars were carved (mostly) with my CNC- but where they wrap over a rounded edge I had to use a chisel.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 05-14-2022 01:42 AM

that makes me proud to be an american man !!!!!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 05-14-2022 10:17 AM

Nicely done flag, I like the rustic look and the age that it showing.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 05-14-2022 12:01 PM


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 05-14-2022 01:23 PM

Nice job from a Proud American.


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#5 posted 05-14-2022 01:32 PM

Great job! That is one of the best I’ve seen.

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#6 posted 05-14-2022 02:12 PM

Wonderful work. I love the character. Much like Ole Glory she’s been a bit battered but she’s still hanging in there!

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#7 posted 05-14-2022 07:38 PM

i wanted to make a betsy ross flag but smaller. like a cheeseboard size. your flag has a lot of class and history behind it!!! since i do not have a cnc router, i will have to settle for wood plugs for stars. that flag is something to be proud of as an american !!!!!

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