St. Michael is viewed as one of the chief leaders against the forces of Heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. This artful depiction is a lovely reminder of the strength and power of this courageous and mighty saint. Wood craftsmen begin with hand-chosen poplar and cut it to the desired size. From there, they place oak slats across the back of the board to create a wood base that is second to none. The thicker board (1.25 inches) is like the board of a hand-painted panel icon. The finest 100% cotton, PH-neutral, archival museum-quality papers and canvases are used. The prints are made in a controlled lab environment, using a special process which took over a decade to perfect. Finally, a series of custom sealants protect the image from fading and sun damage by forming a barrier to outside elements. The Icons are not laminated.