Testimonials from many satisfied clients discussing thier military shadow boxes display cases, medal display case, flag display case and more!

Dear Mark,

Sometime ago I ordered your shadow box for my father who was fighting colon cancer. He was excited for the gift and elated at the opportunity to display the accomplishments from his service years. Pop enjoyed working with wood; he appreciated your attention to detail. He and Mom spent hours working on it. I know it helped him escape the grips of cancer. Pop passed in October Mark, the box was the center piece at the viewing. It is now back on the wall near the dinner table. We think of him often and keep him, you and all our service men and women in our prayers.

Thank you for providing such a valuable service.
Chip Springer New Bremen Ohio

Mr. Olival, The shadowbox you put together for MSgt Bryan was amazing!  As was the turnaround time.  We were pleasantly surprised to find that you also provided the oak leaves for the mini medals

(since we sent the wrong ones).  That was something you didn't have to do but you did.  Thank you, I'll be recommending you to many of my coworkers.

MSgt Schlosser,  I truly appreciate you pointing me in the right direction.

V/r YN1(SW) 'Zee' Martin

Senior Enlisted Assistant to the

DoD Executive Secretary


We received the shadow boxes today. They are awesome! Thanks so much for your assistance. I will keep your information handy for future use.


Michelle Bell
Navy Reserve Officer Training Command
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI


Dear Mark,

I wanted to let you know that the shadow box which I recently purchased from you for my longtime friend who was promoted to Master Sergeant was received with a great deal of joy! Chief Martinez was over whelmed at the work that you put into the box and for that I am truly. Many of his fellow Airman also remarked on the high quality of the work which went in to the box.

Again thank you from the bottom of my heart!


Robert Hanley



The Flag case arrived yesterday.
It is a beautiful work of art.
The family loves it.

Thank you very much for your efforts.


Destrehan, LA

Hi Mr. Olival,

I wanted to thank you again! Today was Grampa's party, and he cried when he saw the shadowbox. He said it was the best present he had ever gotten and it made his day. Thank you again for doing such a wonderful job. It even outshined a new flat screen tv. :-)

-Andrea Benassi - Kingston, MA.



Just wanted to say thank you, I received my shadowbox yesterday and played around for about 2 hours last night getting my memorabilia displayed to my satisfaction. Getting the shadowbox so quickly was a pleasant surprise.The workmanship and care gone into creating the shadowbox is apparent, it is a great showpiece and well worth the price. You did an excellent job. I showed my wife the box when it arrived and she now understands why I ordered from you instead of going to a local hobby store and getting an off-the-shelf product.

I am very pleased to be able to showcase my military career with the beautiful shadowbox and plaque you created for me.


John Burrows

Gaffney, SC


Thanks for your quick work on our shadowbox. My brothers, sister & I (along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren) presented it to our Dad on Pearl Harbor Day which is also my mother's birthday. I composed a short presentation speech recounting WWII times, the sacrifices of the "Greatest Generation", and their lives, and they were completely thrilled. My wife and I had to do our part via speaker phone from Alaska, but the rest of the clan showed up. Dad is 89 now, but still plays golf every Wednesday with his buddies (just kids at 86 and 82).

Thought you might be interested in a few pictures of the event. Thanks again, the box was beautiful.


Tom Trosvig

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret)

Kodiak, Alaska


Good Morning, Mark

I just wanted to let you know that I received your engraving package on Monday, and it looks great! I appreciate your quality workmanship, and attention to detail. I also like how you send your clients an advance copy of what the engraving will look like, for final verification, correction, and approval. This coordination is valuable to both you and and your clients, and it's a nice way to do business. I also appreciate how fast you were able to complete the work, and then mail it to my home. I give you a

"10"! It was a pleasure working with you...thank you again. Since my office has other officers being reassigned in the near future, I'll be sure to use your engraving services again!



Several years ago, I bought a "Big House" flag display case from you, and I meant to send you an e-mail back then to thank you for this wonderful display case! The display case is beautiful! Everyone who sees it says that! I was surfing the web & came across your web site e-mail address and thought I would send you a couple of photos of the display.

I got the case to display the flag from my Father's casket. He passed away in 1998 and was laid to rest with a full military honors. He served aboard the Destroyer USS Porterfield (DD682) during World War II in the South Pacific. I have the display on a shelf over a model of the Porterfield I built for my father in 1990. As you can see from the photos, I mounted a photo of my father in his Navy uniform on the center divider above an engraved plaque that lists his Ship, Rank, and dates of his military service. He was very proud of his military service and your display case is an excellent way to display the flag and his service medals. It is the center point of my home!

Again, thank you for this outstanding display case, and keep up the good work!


John Detamore (Brunswick, Ohio)

I received the flag case display from you late last week. It is beautiful. I want to thank you for the fantastic work you did in creating this display case for my father's flag.

Thank you,

Jackie Thompson (Raytheon - Garland)

Thank you for the exceptional job you did on my shadow box! Everyone (including me) was astounded when it was finally unveiled and presented to me at my retirement ceremony. Your product, which magically and quite beautifully, fits a 30-year career into a single box, will truly be the centerpiece for all my military displays...for the rest of my life.

Thanks again for your prompt response, outstanding quality, and excellent customer service! I will heartily recommend you to all my friends...you deserve the business!

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year in 2004!

Col Sam Reed, USAF [ret.](Stafford, VA)

I wanted to let you know that I got the frame yesterday from you and it arrived in excellent condition. The pictures online don't do justice to your work--it is beautiful! My son will be so pleased when we present it to him with the flag and certificate in it from the Capital. Thank you for your part in making this "return from Iraq" gift to him so special.

God bless you,

Betsy Reash (West Jefferson, NC)

Just wanted to let you know that I got my shadow box today and all I can say is "WOW"!!! It is very sharp! You did an excellent job on it and I can't wait until my ceremony to show it off! I am very pleased with it and I am so thankful that I had you make it. Thanks again and I will highly recommend you here at Tinker!


Jim Freeman (Tinker AFB, OK)

To my great surprise the flag case arrived today--you're fast. Thank you very much, everyone really loves the case--it's very beautiful-- and it shows off our flag and other memorabilia perfectly.

Thanks again,

Rya Keahi (Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School)

The display case arrived in plenty of time for Christmas and we are very, very pleased with it. It looks wonderful with my Dad's burial flag, service photo and medals in it and my Mother was overwhelmed when she saw it. My husband does woodworking in his spare time and was going to make a display case but we ran out of time and I decided to order it from you. Since my husband is quite meticulous when it comes to woodworking, I was afraid he would be critical of anything I purchased but, it was quite the contrary, he found your product to be very, very nice!

Thank you!

Mary Sink (Raymond, IA)

Just wanted to thank you for the VERY nice shadow box that you sent. It arrived today and is better than I expected. I cannot thank you enough for the nice, professional looking product that you sold me. Consider me one VERY happy, satisfied customer.

Continued success and best wishes,

Ron Middlekauff (Sacramento, CA)

I wanted to let you know that my husband was completely surprised with the Father's Day gift that you made for me. The workmanship was exquisite! The flag and display case was everything that I had hoped it would be. You did a beautiful job! I thank you so much. This will be handed down with each generation.

Thank You,

Rachel (Delray Beach, FL)

I would like to thank you for the beautiful display case that you made for me to display my Grandfather's flag and Army ribbons, picture,etc. We lost him recently and I wanted to do something to keep him close to us. This was definitely the thing. I was, at first, a bit leery of sending these things all the way to Virginia, as I am in Arizona, but I couldn't be happier that I made this decision. You did a wonderful job. Thank you so much.


Peggy Goldie (Mesa, Arizona)

I just wanted to say thanks again for putting together the shadow box. The retirement ceremony turned out quite nice, and everyone remarked on how beautiful the box was.

Mary Reynolds (Pentagon, Washington D.C.)

The display case I ordered from you arrived on Wednesday. First, I want to thank you for delivering it so quickly. I unboxed it and examined it and have to say that I am extremely pleased with it. It is of very high quality and I am certain that this will be something that my family will cherish for generations to come. I wanted to thank you most sincerely for the wonderful work and for the tremendous service you have provided to me.

I wish you the best and again thank you very much,

Greg Taylor (Phoenix, AZ)

The box you made for my dad is so wonderful and touching at the same time. I was at my mom's house when it arrived, and I opened the box for her. It is the most beautiful box I've ever seen. She wasn't sure how she would feel when it arrived. When she saw it, she said my dad sure would have been proud of that box. Too bad he couldn't have seen it himself. The flag was folded so nicely and all the medals are spectacular. I never knew my dad had so many medals. I knew he was a great dad, though. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the tribute to my dad. We love it! It brings tears to my eyes.

With warmest regards,

Rosemarie A. Sawyer-Corsino (Kansas City, MO)

The box looked great!!! Everyone was very impressed and Col Watkins was very grateful. I am too. Thank you so much for the expert craftmanship, timely response, and friendly manner.

Lt Col John R. Allen (Andrews AFB, MD)

Received the flag case today and was it worth the wait! Both of the attorneys in my office commented on what a fine job you had done. I rushed it home to my mother and when I showed it to her, she cried. How appropriate to have gotten it right before Veterans' Day!! Your craftsmanship is remarkable, and the time and care you took in the placement of the medals and memorabilia really shows! Count me as another delighted customer! Thanks so much! If you ever need a reference, just let me know -- I'd be delighted to sing your praises, and, even more important than any thing else, I know that my father would deem it a fitting memorial!

Debbi L. Gray (McMinnville, TN)

I got the display today in the mail and walked it straight over to Ken's desk. He was overwhelmed and speachless. All he could do was say wow and stare at it. Thanks again for your outstanding craftsmanship.

CMSgt Budd K. Willis (San Diego, CA)

Wanted to pass on to you that I received your great product. I ordered it on a Thursday and it was in my Post Office box on Tuesday. That's incredible considering that I'm in Japan and your in Virginia. I have already told several individuals about your great product! Once again, Thanks!

Ed Jones (Japan)

I received the shadow box in the mail yesterday. It looks great! Thanks for putting a quality product together for us on such short notice. The retirement ceremony is next week so you helped us to be well prepared for the most important presentation in an individual's entire career. Thanks again for your outstanding craftsmanship. I WILL be seeking you out again in the future and will refer you to friends.

CMSgt Budd K. Willis (San Diego, California)

We presented my father with the flag case complete with medals and photo yesterday - he was very moved. The case was beautiful. We all appreciate your prompt service and attention to detail. You made it a very nice e-shopping experience.


Tracy Kunzler (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

The three-star General and everyone else absolutely loved the shadow box. Thanks a bunch for doing such a good job in such short notice. I will be coming at you to make my Brigadier General bosses shadow box soon. Your work will be hanging in all the General Officer's homes before long (smile). I anticipate everyone now asking for your info.


Jacqueline R. Jones (Pentagon, Washington D.C.)

It's very hard to present someone with a momento that would somehow sum up one's career after close to thirty years in our Navy. One would think it not possible. Well my friend, you've done it and brilliantly! There is no question of your workmanship, attention to detail, and it appears, the love of your art. Others who see it will, no doubt, be in awe as well. I'm deeply appreciative of this distinct, beautiful piece of work that chronicles my Navy history, and I will cherish it always. The ease of using e-mail exclusively to coordinate the construction of this very special memento and the timely delivery was spot on. As far as I'm concerned, you are the shadowbox maker and my recommendation to others will reflect just that.


Randall P. Shetzler (London, England)

I just received the two mounted shadowboxes in the mail today and when I opened it, it brought tears to my eyes. I'm so pleased that I can't wait to give them to my two children. They will be surprised and so happy to have this memoir of their Dad who passed away in 1982. Mark, your work is absolutely fantastic! To think this was all done by phone. You have put so much love into the shadowboxes and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

God Bless

Marianne Willard (Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania)

I just wanted to say thanks for the great job you did on my father's shadowbox--he broke down sobbing when we gave it to him (I've never seen him cry before in my life ---and I'm 27!) This Xmas has been one of the most special ones we've celebrated with our family because of the great job you did! Again, thanks so much and have a great holiday.

Matt Adams (Florida)

That was the most touching gift I've ever received. I appreciate your hard work and artistry. It's a beautiful piece and will find a prominent place in our home.

Jerry Adams (Florida)

I received the display case on Monday, and I just wanted to let you know that it is fantastic! What a nice piece, very professional. Also I gave your name to several of my USMC buddies, and some cop friends, and I think you'll be hearing from some of them soon. They all loved it! Thanks again.

Gilmore (Massachusetts)

Thanks for getting the case to me so quickly. Beautiful job!! It looks just like I wanted it to. I'm very happy with it. If I hear of anyone else looking for a flag case, I will definitely refer them to you. Thank You.

Domenick G. Pisciotta (ElCajone, California)

Let me say that the case is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! The workmanship is outstanding!!! I was looking at many other display cases I found on the internet and was considering several others as well. But I'm glad I chose yours! It was money WELL SPENT!!! I am very pleased with the purchase. I'm in the process of moving into a new house, and this display case will no doubt be the center of attention! Thanks so much for your quick response and such a fantastic product!

John P. Detamore (Medina, Ohio)

I just brought one of your Smallhouse 3x5 cases to my office for the flag given to a retiree. When I said, "Here is the display case I promised," I was immediately corrected with "Wow, that's no box, that's a real work of art!" Great work. Thanks again.

Steve Ward (Dover, New Jersey)

Greetings, just wanted to let you know we received the oak shadow box and are VERY pleased. We will recommend your work highly. Thank you again for getting it here on time. It's beautiful!

Tom and Ginny Cothern (Marysville, Washington)

Just wanted to let you know that I received the flag case, and am very happy with it. Thanks so much for getting it to me so quickly...you may have just made me a hero, and if not, then you at least saved my career!

Pat Uptmor (USAFE)

Got the case (sword case) last week and it is great! Thanks for putting a lacquer finish on it like I wanted. You do fine work. Thanks again.

Duke (APO AE 09140)

Great (Excellent) job on Col McLoughlin's shadow box. We are certainly satisfied. Thanks for getting it done when you promised.


Bob Shaw (Pentagon, Washington D.C.)

Hi Mark,

I just wanted to let you know that I received the engraving and everything looked great. My husband was speechless (which doesn’t happen very often) with the display case and I just want to thank you again for helping me with the details. It was a great gift for my husband, an honor to my father-in-law and will be a treasure to pass down to our sons! Kind regards, Joanne Nemeth (Valrico FL)

Kind regards,

Joanne Nemeth (Valrico FL)