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Man creates plaques, specializing in military insignias

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Jay Christian of Round O has been working with wood all of his life, but found his niche four years ago when he started to create plaques and sell them to the public,

Christian, a 63-year-old disabled veteran of the War in Vietnam, creates all types of plaques, but he specializes in plaques with military insignias. “I got a call a couple of weeks ago, and a guy asked me if I made plaques with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) insignia. I told him I had one ready and he said he was coming to pick it up. About an hour later, he shows up, and I asked him where he lived. He told me he came all the way from Savannah, Georgia to get it. I took that as a big complement.”

Christian is selling his plaques at R&D Flea Market on Highway 651 near Cottageville. He also has a shelf of plaques available at the Old Bank Christmas, and Bakery on East Washington Street. “I’ve just got my military stuff there. I am just very grateful that she (Cindy Corley) let me put them in there, because Washington Street is very well-traveled,” Christian said. He added that he also sells the plaques out of his residence at 570 Rowe Lane in Round O (843-835-5313.) Christian said, if no one answers, just leave a message because he always returns all calls.

It usually takes about eight hours to complete one of his military plaques. “I don’t charge for labor, though. I just do this as a hobby, and charge $30 per-plaque. I’m just a disabled vet trying to make an honest dollar to help make ends meet.” Christian, who is a USMC veteran, said he specializes in plaques with the military insignias on them. “I was in the USMC, one of the few, one of the proud.”

Some of his plaque themes include: A buck and doe; ‘Gone Fishing,’ which features a large-mouth bass; I love fishing for walleye; I love teddy bears; a squirrel pictured within a leaf; I don’t call 911; A welcome plaque with a picture of a lighthouse and sea scene; The more people I meet, the more I like my dog; A sport dog lives here; Napkin holders, many of them featuring functioning clocks; Remember our veterans; Honor our veterans; support our troops; God Bless our troops, featuring a Marine at a cross; Never falter, featuring a Marine with a flag; Freedom is not free; and the Marine Corps, U.S, Army, U.S. Navy, U.S Air Force; and U.S. Coast Guard. Several other kinds of plaques are also available for purchase.

Christian said the Christmas season is his business time. “Now, they’re going like hot-cakes. I can’t keep them. It happens every year at this time.”