From The Marketplace: American made gifts for history lovers

“It is my hope that my customers will take away a bit of knowledge of the history of the particular flag they’ve purchased, and perhaps that will inspire them to learn more.”

— Art Pinney, Patriot Wood

 

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When his two children were very young, Art Pinney enjoyed working as a photographer because it allowed him to work from home and take care of his kids during the week. After his youngest child started kindergarten, Art quickly realized just how precious (and limited) quality time spent with his children really was.

Deciding to transition away from photography, Art began spending more time honing his skills in woodworking. He enjoyed all kinds of carpentry—from simple projects, like helping his kids build birdhouses, to more challenging tasks, like building a cherry wood bed for his daughter or crafting a zebra wood treasure box for his son. He started making flags while he was between jobs.

Starting out with just a few flags, Art gradually expanded his repertoire to include dozens of designs—everything from early American colonial flags to individual state flags to patriotic and other recognizable emblems.

“I love history, so I enjoyed learning about each of the flags I was creating,” Art told The Marketplace.

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Studying the historical origins of the flags sparked his desire to ensure every one of his flags was sized and designed as accurately as possible.

“It’s important to me to capture the spirit and character of the flag through my art form/craft while staying true to the design specifications of each flag,” Art said.

In a blog post earlier this year, Art described the first wooden flag he built.

“I made my first US flag wall hanging from discarded pallet wood. It had a simple but folksy look to it. After I was finished, I liked how the flag looked, but I’m a perfectionist, so I began to think about all the ways I could improve upon it and make the final product even better. I wanted the flag to have a less rustic feel and more of a clean, exact look. The paint colors needed to be a true representation of our country’s flag. The dimensions of the flag needed to be exact.”

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Wanting a flag that could be displayed both indoors and outdoors, Art was concerned the pallet wood he used for his first creation might not hold up well in all-weather conditions. From that point on, he began handcrafting his flags from red western cedar wood, finished with durable exterior paint.

At the suggestion of his son, Art decided to start selling his American-made flags, a decision he said has changed his life for the better.

“I give credit to my son for leading me to make a business of selling my flags, because he is the one who said to me one day, ‘Dad, you could sell these! People would buy your flags!’” Art said.

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As important as it was for Art to make a living with his business, Art explained it also became the means of teaching his children the value of hard work.

“Hard work pays off,” Art said, adding, “I want to lead by example and teach my children to aspire to achieve their goals and dreams.”

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As for Art, he said he’s happy to be doing something he loves while keeping American-made craftsmanship alive.

“I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to transition away from that business and into another, still doing something I love. I am blessed to be living the American Dream!” Art said.

To learn more, visit Patriot Wood at The Marketplace by TheBlaze.

 

Blaze TV hosts Glenn Beck , Chad Prather, and Steven Crowder weighed-in with similar but different thoughts on the fascism associated with canceling Dr. Seuss.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Dr. Seuss books that have been cancelled due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity.

Chad Prather approached the issue from a comedic perspective, stating that "Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment."

Steven Crowder explained that Dr. Seuss books were banned for being offensive and insensitive to some. So Steven decided to parody the six banned children's books with progressively titled and hilariously inappropriate versions.

Read the full story from TheBlaze News here.

'We DON'T destroy books'

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?" - Glenn Beck. Download the podcast here.

Chad Prather's comedic take on why Dr. Seuss got canceled

"Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment'"- Chad Prather. Download the podcast here.

Dr. Seuss BANNING Bonanza! New Progressive Book Titles Revealed! 

In this 7+1 segment-- Crowder uncovers, new, unreleased Dr. Seuss titles that will be released in the near future (parody). Download the podcast here.

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"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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