I made this piece as a thank you to my in-laws. They let us stay at their place both before and after our moves.
My wife's great grandfather was part of an American agricultural outreach program to the USSR and their allies during the cold war. He toured 10 cities over a period of about 18 days. Each flag is a different city that he visited. The legend in the upper left-hand corner provides the cities and dates.
The legend was made with an old typewriter font I found online, and was printed on normal paper. I brewed some tea, painted the paper with the tea, and baked in the oven for about 10 minutes at 125 degrees. I inlayed that into the piece.
The actual piece is hung as two separate pieces, the split is along the old Iron Curtain. Everything on the right is the USSR and their allies, and the left is the Western allies.
The piece was made from yellow pine, and stained dark. I used my router to cut out the water and the legend inlay.