I had gotten into family crests a while ago, but, after long hours of searching, I couldn’t find my family’s crest. I had read that you don’t HAVE to conform to whatever crest is out there for your family name. If so inclined (like me), you can design your own family crest representing your family’s unique history. After researching and designing the crest, I woodburned it onto a 20×30 piece of pine plywood and colored it in with colored inks and wood stains. I gave it to my folks as a gift, and it’s hanging over their fireplace mantle.