Coat of Arms production
At our e-shop, we not only bring history to life through coats of arms, but also bring exclusive art objects into your home. These high-quality coats of arms are crafted with high precision and exquisite detail on a CNC machine. Read how these beautiful pieces of craftsmanship are created.
The first step in the process of making coats of arms is the selection of the material. We use plywood or MDF of various thicknesses, which are chosen according to the size of the finished product and the individual parts. Plywood/MDF is a stable homogeneous wooden material, which is very suitable for CNC processing and for the production of coats of arms or emblems due to its stability.
The wooden plywood is then carefully sanded to make it smooth and free of any unevenness. The surface is then painted twice with a high-quality Austrian Adler paint. It is then covered with a stencil foil and the material is ready for the next step - cutting on the CNC machine.
Carving is a critical part of the process, as great precision and detail must be maintained. The Stepcraft M.1000 CNC machine ensures precise carving according to our computer-designed crest models. Preparing the models for CNC machining is time consuming, but it is the most important part of the manufacturing process.
Once all the parts are cut, they are hand-cleaned and hand-painted to the desired look. This hand finishing ensures that each coat of arms is unique and has a distinctive touch that cannot be achieved through mass production.
Each coat of arms comes with a dowel and a clip for hanging on the wall. This means that once you get your coat of arms, you can easily hang it up.
Crest making is a passion for us. In every step of the process, we strive to maintain historical accuracy and quality craftsmanship. We offer a wide range of coats of arms, whether you are looking for national, historical or other coats of arms. Each coat of arms is the result of meticulous work and reflects our passion for history and art.
You can find these coats of arms in our category Wooden National symbols.
The handmade production of each flag involves several necessary steps as well as the use of several tools and machines. In order to achieve the desired rustic style of finish as well as the overall high quality of the flag, it is necessary to follow a proven process in its production, which is described below.
It all starts with getting the material. If it's a new wood flag option, getting it is easy, I just go to the lumber store :-). For the old wood variant, getting it is a bit more complicated. It has to be old and soft wood (e.g. spruce, pine, birch, ...), but of sufficient quality in terms of strength and sufficiently dried. The wood must be free of rot and almost free of wood-boring insects. Nails or various metal objects in the wood do not matter, on the contrary they make the flag more interesting. The wood most often comes from barns or various buildings, but also occasionally from pallets or used to be just stored for former use.
After selecting a suitable material, it is necessary to remove all metal objects such as nails, screws or various staples and hinges from the wood. Sometimes the wood is so old that it contains hand-forged nails.
The next step is to sort the timber by width and length. If the boards are too narrow, it is necessary to plane the edges and then glue them to the desired width. The boards that are wide enough or already glued together are cut to the required width and then length for the specific parts of the flag. This is followed by planing on both sides to remove large unevenness and rough surfaces that would make it difficult to burn with fire.
The wood is deeply tanned using the Shou-sugi-ban method, which causes the individual layers to recede, thus hardening the surface of the wood. Only the parts that will be visible on the flag are tanned. So each part of the flag needs to be examined and a choice made as to which side is more suitable and has a nicer texture for the final look.
After the wood has cooled down after tanning, it is brushed. The brushing is done with a brush sander with a nylon brush. Brushing removes the charred layer of wood, leaving the harder layers of wood black and raised, while the softer layers are light and recessed. This process brings out the beautiful and original texture of the wood.
The individual parts of the flags are ready to be painted, which is done on all sides of the parts with quality Adler toy-certified paint. The paint does not yellow, does not degrade and is resistant to direct sunlight. The paint is also designed for outdoors, but due to the rustic style of the flags (pinholes and cracks), it is inappropriate to place them where they would come into contact with water. The paint shades are listed in the RAL standard.
In all previous production steps, some parts of the flags may be discarded, primarily due to failure to meet our standard for quality and appearance. Discarded parts may be modified for smaller parts if the defective part is removed in the downsizing process, but usually the parts are discarded completely.
The last step is to assemble the flag. The individual parts of the flag are compared and selected for a particular flag so that they fit together. The flag parts are joined together with wooden strips and screws. Since theoretically the flag can dry out over time and thus create small gaps between the parts. There should be no major drying (especially indoors), the parts are properly dried, but it depends on the temperature and humidity of the environment in which the flag is placed and also on its fluctuations. Wood is, after all, a natural material that can work based on the properties of the environment. To keep the flag looking great, there is a possibility to remove any gaps (by loosening the screws and knocking the individual parts together).
The final step is to burn the Woodflag logo on the back using a tag. Each flag comes with a dowel and staple to hang the flag on the wall.
This is how we produce original and high-quality flags for you from new or old wood. It is not a massive production, it is mainly a piece production using hand tools. We place great emphasis on aesthetics and also on the quality of the final product.
You can find these flags in our category Wooden Flags.