From the fire to the frame: Napa fire captain creates art from fire hoses |

“We turned it into a business when we saw how popular it was with folks, even non-fire people,” said Chagonjian. It turns out that the flags “have a lot of meaning to a lot of different people.”

The firefighter estimates his flags have helped raised more than $150,000 for various causes and nonprofits including the Boys & Girls Club, the Salvation Army, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and for firefighters who have lost homes in the wildfires.

“It’s kind of a cool thing,” he said of the money raised.

Each of the flags made by Chagonjian is made up of cut fire hose pieces which are flattened and then nailed into flag “stripes.” Depending on the section, the hoses are painted either blue or red. Chagonjian then laser cuts stars for the flag.

He also custom makes each frame using wood and a finishing technique called torching.

Chagonjian does the work in a garage shop at his home in Napa. His tools include a laser cutting machine, chop saw, nail gun, router, and other equipment.

“I make a few different sizes,” ranging from small to large, said Chagonjian. According to his website, prices range from $100 to $399.

The medium-sized flag (24 inches by 40 inches) is the most popular, said Chagonjian. “It’s got a hose coupling in it which is pretty neat. It’s a good size for hanging in the house.”

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