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Father, son put up barn wood flag in time for Fourth of July

Published: Friday, July 4, 2014 12:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 4, 2014 12:28 a.m. CDT
(H. Rick Bamman – hbamman@shawmedia.com)
Jim Schaefer and his son teamed up to build a 12-foot-by-8-foot wooden American flag near Route 47 and Charles Road in Woodstock. The family has the addition – built from recovered barn wood – on display in time for the Fourth of July. Schaefer poses with (from left) his grandson Brandon Schaefer, family friend Cole Norbrock and his grandson Andrew Schaefer.

WOODSTOCK – A corner of rural Woodstock got a little more patriotic in time for America’s birthday, thanks to a well-thought-out Father’s Day gift.

Adam Schaefer, 32, of Harvard, had noticed the wooden barn quilts hanging on McHenry County farms. As Schaefer helped his dad refurbish his barn near Route 47 on Charles Road, he thought about how to best punctuate the project in a way his father would appreciate.

An Army veteran, Jim Schaefer is a proud American who always has a flag flapping over his yard.

“He’s a pretty patriotic person, so I thought instead of a quilt, a flag,” Adam Schaefer said.

Schaefer gathered the wood a year ago, presenting the idea to his father for Father’s Day. The two got around to bringing it to fruition about a month ago.

They worked together to size the wood and nail it together. Adam sanded the surface down and painted it to give it a distressed, vintage feel.

He’s satisfied with the final product, he said, and would like to build others in the future.

“It looks small right now up there,” Adam Schaefer said. “But exactly what it looked like in my head is what it came out to be.”

With help from family, Schaefer installed the 12-foot-by-8-foot, 300-plus-pound flag on Sunday, in time for the Fourth of July.

It so far has been well-received, Jim said. Not long after it went up, a motorcyclist stopped and saluted. Others have commented that they enjoy the splash of American pride.

The experience has been rewarding for Jim, who said he’s grateful for his son’s efforts.

“It tugs on your heart strings,” he said.

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