The colours of the flag are mainly derived from the shield of the Amsterdam coat of arms. According to the city authorities, its origins could go back to the coat of arms of the Persijn family, which once owned extensive land in the capital. These colours, as well as the crosses, can be seen on the flags of Ouder-Amstel and Amstelveen. The flag was officially adopted on 5 February 1975, although it was already in use before that date, being seen, for example, on the cover of the daily programme of the Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam in 1928. Before its official adoption, a flag with the city's coat of arms in the centre of a red, white and black horizontal tricolour was also unofficially used.
New wood variant
Flags made of new, unused wood without holes or cracks. They are more accurately processed and thanks to that the individual parts fit together better.
Old wood variant
Flags made of old used wood in rustic style. Cracks or nail holes are an integral part of this material.
Handmade Wooden Flags
Our handmade flags are a truly unique and original addition to the home, cottage or as an unusual gift. The rustic flags are made from burnt old or new boards using the Shou Sugi Ban method, which gives each flag an original pattern and texture to the surface of the wood.
The flags are treated with a high quality paint that resists direct sunlight with no signs of yellowing or colour degradation.
The wooden flag is designed primarily for indoors. It can also be placed outdoors, as long as the flag does not come into contact with water. It can be hung on the wall, hanging hook included with each flag along with a dowel.
What is the Shou Sugi Ban method?
We use a method called "Shou Sugi Ban" to make our flags. This method of woodworking originated in Japan and involves burning the raw soft wood until it is deeply charred. The charred wood is scraped and cleaned to remove any black charring. The result is a deep texture between the hard (dark) and soft (light) grains of the wood that enhances the natural grain of each piece of wood used in the flag.
Shou Sugi Ban hardens the wood and greatly improves its water resistance. The method was used as a cladding for traditional Japanese buildings.
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