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Department of Defense and Agency Plaques

Fig. 1 - Shown above are different styles of our dimensional wall plaques for the Department of Defense. Most of the plaques shown are carved in 3-D bas-relief, the rest are carved in 2.5-D flat relief. Shown are multi-colored and gold & silver painted, bronze-plated, and 24K gold and silver-leaf gilded plaques. Any of these plaques can also be ordered in 2-D flat relief with giclee printed vinyl on an acrylic base.

We will be closed Memorial Day, May 27 in honor of those servicemen and servicewomen who gave their life serving our country. We will reopen on May 28.


Fig. 2 - The Pentagon, which contains the Offices of the Secretary of Defense, the JCS Members and many of their supporting organizations. Several of our plaques are mounted on walls in the Pentagon.


Welcome to the DoD and Defense agencies plaque page of the website of The Wood & Metal Plaque Company, a division of Art Sign Works, Inc. that specializes in designing and manufacturing custom plaques.

This page shows wall and podium plaques of the seals and crest for the Department of Defense (DoD) organizations including  the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the  Secretaries of the services, and Defense agencies. It also shows sets of the six armed forces seals starting with photo IP-1160 on the photo Gallery below. Photo Galleries and descriptions of  plaques of  over 2000  service & unit seals & crests , logos, ship & division Plaques, medals, insignia, medallions, pennantscommand and crew list boards, retirement & award plaques, etc.  for the six armed forces (USN,  USMC,  USAF, USA, USSF,  and USCG) are shown in the six other Galleries in this section, which can be viewed by clicking on the underlined link above or by clicking on  its name listed horizontally immediately below the  gold masthead above. 

Fig. 3 - This plaque features the DoD seal, carved in 3-D bas-relief from Mahogany. The plaque is artist-painted with long lasting sign enamels, and clear-coated twice. We an make this style plaque in any diameter from 14 inches to 96 inches.

If you have just entered our website and you want an overview of our company and all our products, please start with our Home page ( tab upper left header), which has a listing of all plaque types in the silver box on the left side of the page.  Other web pages and photo galleries can be visited by clicking on the titles and pull-down menus in the gold masthead at the top of this page. These include  the Federal and state executive and legislative branches of government, military, local Government (county, city & village) and police, sheriff and fire department wall plaques (including badge and shoulder patch plaques) . 

We  design and carve a wide variety of custom and personalized hand-crafted wood and metal dimensional wall and podium plaques of seals, emblems, logos, badges, insignia, memorials and awards. We offer the highest quality materials and workmanship, great customer service, short turnaround times (typically 30 days from order to shipment), and factory-direct affordable prices to government, commercial, non-profit and consumer clients. We also offer wholesale prices to retailers and re-sellers, and discounts for buys of 3 or more identical plaques. All our plaques are manufactured in the USA  by Americans using American-made materials. We have many styles and materials, and can make plaques in sizes from 10 inches to 10 feet in diameter.


Fig. 4 -We make podium plaques of all sizes and styles, including easily detachable ones for portable podiums.


We make attractive and authentic custom carved plaques from natural wood, artist-painted High-Density-Urethane (HDU)  composite, and bronze, brass, nickel-silver,  aluminum-plated  and 24K gold and silver-leaf plaques of all sizes and designs for the US military, We make custom crest and seal wall and podium plaques. These plaques include organization and unit identity, command boards,  unit/individual recognition & awards, and  personnel retirement and memorial plaques.

In this gallery and the five Armed Forces Galleries, we have  a total of over 2000 photos of wall plaques and signs that  we have made of military seals, crests, emblems, badges, insignia, medals, flags, and shoulder patches. We also make base entrance signs, building signs, way-finding signs, command boards, podium plaques, wall signs, ship signs and door signs.


Fig 5 - General Milley, Chairman of of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), is standing in front of one of our plaques (star with wreath) at a Gold Star Family ceremony .


If you have questions on a specific type of plaque you are interested in, or you want information on our plaques or prices, you are always welcome to call Christie, Regina or Liz at 951-698-8484 or you can email us at and we will respond quickly.




Fig. 6 - Previous joint-Chiefs-of-Staff (JCS). The DoD, JCS, and four of the Armed Forces seals plaques are on the wall.



We offer custom carved 2-D, 2.5-D, 3-D and engraved dimensional authentic wall plaques of all sizes, from 10 inches to 120 inches in diameter, which are made from multi-color painted carved High-Density-Urethane (HDU), wood (cedar, redwood, mahogany, oak, maple, cherry), and metal-coated HDU (brass, bronze, copper, silver-nickel, and aluminum).  We will work with you to design and build the exact wall plaque you want. We can customize the size, shape, carving relief, text, materials, and color scheme of any plaque shown on this page, and we can make a custom plaque for ANY artwork you may have. Send us a drawing, a photo or a rough sketch of your seal or crest, and we will design and make a carved dimensional plaque to your specifications. .

Fig. 7 - New Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS) Seal/Emblem, with Five Services Represented

We  have a large library of existing 3-D and 2.5-D computer models that we use to carve these plaques, which greatly reduces graphic artist labor costs.The various styles of the plaques we make are described in our plaque  STYLES section (click on "STYLES" on upper gold masthead to access pulldown menu). All our plaques are manufactured in the USA by American craftsmen.

We can also combine materials on a plaque. We often use Mahogany plaque boards and carve 3-D HDU appliques which are either multi-color painted or metal-plated, to mount on the Mahogany. We can cut out text and artwork from thin sheets of aluminum and mount  these on 2.5-D Mahogany or cedar plaques with raised text and art; we call these metal-clad wood plaques.  The contrast between the shiny metal and rough dark wood is striking. We often gild  V-carved text of Mahogany plaques with 24K gold or silver leaf. We can also gild  areas of painted HDU plaques, usually raised text and art.

We also make separate cut-out metal, stained wood and painted HDU letters. We can provide a 3-D bas-relief cast bronze and aluminum memorial or living person plaque featuring the face or figure of an officer or enlisted man, etc. if we are provided a good photograph. Although we show primarily painted High-Density-Urethane  plaques on this page, we can make any plaque out of natural wood (stained) or put any of several types of metallic coatings/color schemes on them . We can also mount digitally printed long-lasting full color giclee vinyl (photos or very elaborate painted or digital art) as an applique on any HDU or wood plaque. For Command Boards, we make photo frames with glass covers where photos and names can be easily replaced when there are personnel changes.



Fig. 8- Shown above are artist-painted plaques of the five armed forces seals we have made. We also make the Space Force seal (not shown in this picture). These can be purchased separately or as a set. We have several versions of these (metal, artist-painted HDU, mahogany, printed giclee vinyl on acrylic). Typical sizes range from 12 inches to 60 inches in diameter.


Our  plaques have wide variations in prices, depending on size and style. Fig. 12 below shows our three basic relief styles, 2-D flat relief , 2.5-D multi-level relief, and 3-D bas-relief. These can be made of different materials, including natural wood, artist-painted High-Density-Urethane (HDU) , metal-coated HDU, and acrylic. Our STYLE page describes these in detail.  All 5000 photos of plaques on this website has a Style Category listed in the second or third paragraph in the text description under the photo (click on the photo or title to expand the photo and read the text to get the price code of that plaque, then look up the price for different size plaques with that style on the Price List at the bottom of the PRICE  page). Fig 13 below provides a summary of prices for various sizes and styles of our most popular plaques.


Fig 9 -2-D printed Giclee Plaque on Acrylic

2-D Giclée Economy Plaques. Our lowest price economy 2-D  giclee printed plaques (example shown in Fig 9 on the right) feature digitally-printed full-color giclee vinyl appliques mounted on a  round  or rectangular  solid wood or acrylic base. The retail prices for this type of two-dimensional (2-D) flat custom plaque are as low as $100 for 10 inch diameter plaques.  A set of 6 matched 10 inch diameter service Sintra (or acrylic)  plaques has a price of $550 plus shipping. The same style plaques in a 18 diameter size have prices of   $170  each.  A set  of six 18 inch diameter matched service Sintra or acrylic giclée plaques  has a price  of $900.

These  prices  assume we have made a previous plaque of the same artwork design  ( featured in one of our Galleries of over 5000 photos, including photos of 3-D plaques), or if the plaque requires  new artwork, that the client  provides a print-ready JPEG photo or colored drawing of the artwork for the plaque. These prices for giclée plaques are listed as   styles 1.4.1 ( Mahogany veneer base) and 1.4.3 (Sintra base)  in Fig 13 below.   Examples of giclée plaques are shown in photos IP-1130 and IP-1295 below and on Fig 9 on the right.  Many examples are shown on our 2-D Giclee Plaque web page. A set of five or more service/Agency  plaques has a discount of 10% compared to these individual plaque prices. We use high-resolution photos of our 3-D carved artist-painted, metal-plated, or stained wood plaques, rather than line drawings from the internet; from a distance they look exactly like our 3-D carved plaques, except they are flat instead of 3-D. They are  gorgeous because of the very high quality glossy color printing.

Fig 10 - Carved 2.5-D Multi-Level Raised Plaque on Mahogany Substrate

Carved 2.5-D  Multi-Level Raised & Engraved  Plaques. Our  carved 2.5-D multi-level or engraved  hand-crafted and artist-painted plaques have prices about twice that of the 2-D flat plaques with giclee printed art. An example of a plaque with this style is shown in Fig 10 on the right. These prices  depend on the size, material, carving complexity, and number of colors. Prices for  custom carved  18  inch diameter 2.5-D artist-painted HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $300 to $400.   Prices increase with size, with large plaques (4 ft to 10 ft in diameter having prices of several thousand dollars.  Fig 13 below gives prices for carved  plaques of various sizes, materials, carving and coating styles, and number of colors. About 80% of our military unit plaques are carved in 2.5-D multi-level flat or engraved relief,  using  High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. These are very popular and look great. Many times the artwork provided to us for custom military plaques does not benefit from 3-D bas-relief rendering, and we recommend a 2.5-D raised relief carving which looks nearly as good and has about  1/2 the price. Our 2.5-D relief plaques carve much faster and take much less time  to paint than 3-D bas-relief plaques, so they have lower prices. Most of our military and many of our government,  university and corporate plaques are carved in 2.5-D raised or engraved relief. 

Fig 11 - Carved 3-D Bas-Relief HDU Plaque

Carved 3-D Bas-Relief Plaques. Our premium  plaques are carved in 3-D bas-relief,  using  wood (usually Mahogany, Cedar, or Redwood), or High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. Examples of this style of plaques are shown in Fig 11 on the right and Figs 3, 7 and 8 above.  These carved 3-D bas-relief artist-painted plaques have prices about three  times that of the 2-D giclee plaques and twice that of 2.5-D raised relief plaques. These are  very high  quality plaques, which usually feature  seals, badges or medals,, and are often ordered by higher level commands in the military services, federal and state government agencies,  and the courts.  Prices for 18  inch diameter 3-D artist-painted or bronze, brass or silver-plated  HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $450 to $650 each. Prices increase with plaque size.  Fig 13 below  gives prices for carved 3-D plaques of various sizes, materials, styles, and number of colors.  These high-quality 3-D relief plaques may require  from 12  to  24  hours of machine carving time,  and then 4 to 8 hours of artisan work  to hand-sand and artist-brush paint or metal polish them. They are unique works-of-art for our most discriminating clients.

Fig 12 - We make plaques in three different styles of relief, as shown above. Engraved plaques are in the same price category as 2.5-D relief plaques. Prices increase from left to right.

Fig 13 - Price List for our military, intelligence agency, and federal, state and local government and court round plaques.

The approximate prices for our custom wall and podium plaques are shown  in Fig 13 above. You can click on Ctrl++ on your PC to zoom in on this table  or use your two fingers or your mobile phone screen to enlarge the image . You can also  download a PDF zoomable copy of this table which is more readable by  clicking on Wood & Metal Plaque Retail Prices.   These are APPROXIMATE and TYPICAL retail prices, because our actual quoted prices are based on details of  the design of your custom sign or plaque,  including  its actual size , carving and painting  complexity, number of colors, and packaging requirements for shipping, etc. This purpose of this approximate price list is to give our  customers comparative prices of different sign / plaque  sizes, material, and design complexity to help them choose between design alternatives.  Always call or email us for a quote if you want a firm exact price for your custom sign or plaque. Sets of 3 or more plaques are discounted 10% each, if ordered at the same time. Wholesale prices to qualified resellers are substantially lower than the prices in Fig 13.

Fig. 14 - This photo shows three security agency bronze-plated wall plaques carved in 3-D bas-relief from High-Density-Urethane. The artwork, border and text are polished, and the backgrounds have a dark bronze patina applied which is hand-rubbed into the art and border. The text below is made of individual carved HDU letters which are bronze-plated and polished. Both plaques and letters have imbedded studs which are epoxied into holes drilled in the blue board.


This Gallery contains 200 photos and designs of wall and podium plaques of the seals, emblems, logos, and crests  of the Department of Defense, its agencies, and its support organizations. Over 1700 photos of plaques we have made for the six services  are shown on five other webpages (USN,  USMC,  USAF/USSF, USA, and USCG) in this Military section. Military plaques for foreign nations, NATO, and the UN are shown on the Foreign Military Plaque page.  

 This photos of plaques in this Gallery is organized in the following sections, listed in order top to bottom on this page (click on gold underlined text link to go directly to that section or page):

  • DoD and Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) Seals -  top of page, begins with photo IP-1000.
  • Sets of 5 Service Seals and Memorial Plaques- begins with IP-1159
  • Unified Combatant Commands - begins with IP-1348
  • Intelligence Agencies - begins with IP-1400
  • Support Agencies - begins with IP-1680
  • Operations Centers - begins with IP-1880

Please use the pull-down menu for plaque " TYPE " in the gold masthead above to go to the Federal Government plaque gallery or any of the  24 customer-oriented photo galleries of the 8000 photos of the plaques we have made.   

Fig. 15 - This photo shows a 60 inch diameter plaques of the defense Intelligence Agency Seal/Emblem. .This plaque is carved in 3-D bas-relief and artist-painted in long-lasting sign enamels. It is clear-coated twice, and can be mounted either indoors or outdoors. We can make these round plaques up to 10 feet in diameter, or as small as 10 inches in diameter.


Please call or email us for a price quote on a specific plaque. We will work with you to design and build the exact plaque you want. One of our knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Representatives, Christie, Regina, or Liz, will respond to your request promptly. Call us at 951-698-8484 or email us at Or, you can fill out and submit our on-line Request a Quote  form. We will be happy to make your  plaque, and we are confident that you will be pleased with it. We take great pride in every product we make for our valued clients. We offer a 2 year warranty on all our products, and our indoor plaques will last many decades without degradation.


Fig. 16 - This photo shows the plaques of the seals of the five armed services which support the Indo-Pacific Unified Command .We carved these plaques in 3-D bas-relief


You can view the bottom of the page using the slider on the scroll bar in the right margin. You can click on a photo or a title of a photo below to see an expanded view and a description of that plaque. You can return to this page by clicking on Return to List on the bottom left of each plaque title or description, or by using your back browser button. You can go to another Section or Gallery page by clicking on an item in the pull-down menus in the gold masthead at the top of the page. 

You  can search for a specific plaque type (e.g., "FBI" ) by entering the key word in the search box in the upper right of the gold masthead. You can view a list and use the navigation bar for all 24 Gallery types by viewing the silver box on the left side of the HOME  page. You can view a description of different plaque styles by going to the STYLE section listed above in the gold masthead.  To request information, request a design and a quote, send a file, or to place an order, click on the text (e.g., "contact ", "quote", "file" or "order")  in the far upper  right of the gold masthead at the top of this page.  All prices are given on the "PRICE" page in the menu in the gold masthead. 

For more information on design options, prices and delivery times, please call us at 951-698- 8484 or email us at, and our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives Christie, Regina or Liz, will be pleased to help you.


Christie, Good Morning. Just wanted to reach out and say Thank you again for the military seals they look amazing. I have attached a picture of our Veteran Wall so you can see it all put together with the seals. Thanks   M.Z., | Administrative Assistant, Home Depot

Good morning Regina, We received our order for the logo plaques and I just wanted to thank you. The logo plaques  turned out beautifully and my supervisory team loves them. You and your team did a wonderful job and we look forward to do business with you in the future. Thank you so much for everything.
Shannin, Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD)   DOTE (US Military)

Christie and Regina, I wanted to share with you pictures of the monuments that your service emblems were placed in.  They look great!  Now you can tell folks that you have the approved DOD service emblems.        J.O., Alabama

 Regina, We received the two (large stained mahogany) crests for the Army War College today- they look great!  We are extremely impressed with the quality and overall appearance.  They are exactly what we were hoping for. Thanks again- Dave D.,CIV USARMY AWC (US)  

Hi Regina, The plaques are outstanding. We had an unveiling at our Memorial Day service at our plant.They will be on permanent display at our Veteran/POW/MIA area.    Thank you,, R.A., Boston P&DC, Boston

Good Morning Ms. Valenzuela,
I just wanted to say that we've received them (Coast Guard wall plaques) and are very pleased with them. Thank you for all the assistance. Very Respectfully, J.J., USCG Station 

Kevin, We received the 2 wall plaques (Navy and US Seal) and they look great! Thanks for getting us the product we need--very nice work! "BWF, Dept. of Navy

Paul , That would be fine (to put our Air Force Base sign on your website)....Also, Christie was exceptional to work with...outstanding customer service! J.K., Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

Christie, We received our sign today...looks fantastic! The bolts all aligned, and it is installed--man, heavy sign--but looks beautiful--you guys do great work! J.K., Tinker AFB

Awesome!!!! The Military Seals were excellent!!!! Great job to the team!!!!  I’ll send a photo for your gallery.
Thanks, Daniel .H., Facilities Team

Hey Regina,I rcvd the seals (for the President and VP of the US)  and they look great.  Thank you very much.  Can you send me an invoice/receipt for the second/final pymnt charged to our card?  Thanks. T.B.,

Regina, Wow! The product is incredible! Thank you so much for all your help. It was a pleasure working with you. ..Very Respectfully,Cam 

Hi Christie, Well arrived, thanks for all. Very Nice product ! Congratulations to your firm. See you. Michel M.

Regina,    We received the seal this morning. It looks great!! Thank-You so much for expediting the order & having it here before the "no later than date". Thanks again, you have exceeded our expectations!!!! A.N., Technical Director

Christie,   The box with the sign you all created for me came today.  I have to say....AWESOME!  Perfect! Paint job is just fantastic!  Really well done!    Well done!    Ed

Dear Regina, Received the (US) Great Seal plaque today wanted to let you know how pleased I was with work I am thinking about ordering a similar size plaque of the  Great Seal of the President of the United States I suppose you make those as well?  is the price the same? do you have a photo you could e-mail me ?  thank you again for a fine piece of Art Great Job! Best , Larry Zimmer

Good morning Regina, I rec'd the plaque yesterday and it is a work of art!  Kudo's to the artist! lol!... Thanks for all you do!     Semper Fidelis, Hal 

Regina… Our plaque is awesome! Thanks, Mike Mulcahy

Art SignWorks,  Received the military seals yesterday and I want to tell you they are absolutely stunning. They were perfectly packed and ups never made a mark on the box. Thank you so very much. They will make a perfect addition to our social quarters. I know our veterans will thank you also. Again my thanks to you and your craftsmen for God and Country    David B., 1st Vice commander, American Legion, Virginia

Regina, Sign arrived today. I am very pleased with the finished product. Design, workmanship, and customer service all exemplary. Happy Holidays! S. D.

Hi Christie, Well arrived, thanks for all. Very Nice product ! Congratulations to your firm. See you. Michel M.

Hi Regina, The plaques are outstanding. We had an unveiling at our Memorial Day service at our plant.They will be on permanent display at our Veteran/POW/MIA area. Thank you,, R.A., Boston P&DC, Boston

Regina, Kim and I wanted to thank you and the Art Sign Works staff for the great job on our plaque. It looks great and we couldn't be happier. We'll definitely recommend you to others! Thanks for all your help. Wes

ASW; We love, love, love it...we just got our plaque and it is fantastic! We enjoyed working with you on this. S.D.

ASW; Just got my plaque and it's great, thank you so much for your careful attention to the details. Frank F, NY

Art SignWorks; The plaques are awesome, we need another please. Thanks for the great service and answering all my questions. C. Chang

Hi Christie, Let's go for 36 x 36, we are excited!! You have been a GREAT help in assisting me... Fantastic customer service. I will fill out the form shortly. Thank you. Peter G.

Christie, The plaque is just beautiful! We are really pleased. Doing something like this over the internet isn't always so successful, but Art Sign Works creates an excellent product and the customer service is terrific.Thank you so much for all your help and for the wonderful design and execution of our new plaque. Shelley and Gary

Hi Christie/ Kevin, Received the plaque today and it looks amazing. Great job !!!. I like the way the HDU material captured the logo design. I will send photos after it is hung.Thanks again. Frank V.

Hello! We received our plaques last week, and they are absolutely beautiful! You exceeded our expectations, and everyone is thrilled with the final product. Thank you so much, we really appreciate everything you did for us, especially your patience. We will certainly use you in the future, and we will definitely recommend you to others. Thanks again, M.T., Volunteer/Event Coordinator Austin, TX

Christie and Kevin, It arrived yesterday and I have one word: WOW! It’s absolutely perfect – thanks for all your help!-  K.J.L.

Kevin – Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ! The job you did for us was superb – the actual finished product greatly exceeded our expectations. Also, thank you for having it delivered on-time. It’s truly appreciated.-  Karen J

Kevin, We received the 2 wall plaques (Navy and US Seal) and they look great! Thanks for getting us the product we need--very nice work! "BWF, Dept. of Navy

"Hey Kevin, We just received the DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) Seal you made for us - it is perfect! Thank you for your effort and great customer service", RM, Chapel Hill , N.C, "Kevin, Our plaques all arrived in one piece and look fantastic. We couldn't be more pleased.. Thanks again for such excellent (and timely) craftsmanship." Best, DS

Christie; ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!! I obviously came to the right people!!! I am sincerely pleased! Not to knock the run-of-the-mill carved wooden ones that can be obtained through most military insignia supply stores or websites, but how can something like that offer compete with this!?! It looks as if it was cast in solid metal! Beautiful job! I am very happy with it and more than pleased ! Thanks so very very much! B.H.

Christie, I just got the plaques and they look great. My Commander is extremely pleased with them, so expect more orders from us in the future. Thanks, S.C, MSgt, USAF

 Christie- The plaque was delivered and has already been hung. I want to say that it awesome! Art Sign Works did a great job. I've attached a picture to show it off. With that being said, can I get quote on another project?... Lt, US Air Force

To Kevin, Christie & Everybody at Art Sign Works: We just received our finished plaque today and we are giddy, overwhelmed, and ABSOLUTELY THRILLED with it! You have exceeded our expectations in every way. Great work! We hope to send you a picture after we get it mounted. Thank you so much for your fine work & craftsmanship. All good things, Michael & Barbara N.Y., N.Y.

Christie, They loved the plaque! We are just waiting for the approval for the funding to go through! Quite a few people from other bases loved them also. Thank you,C.K., AFB, Illinois