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Curiosity, a LJ Summary ~ Signing your work.

by EPJartisan
posted 10-02-2012 05:15 PM


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grfrazee

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 05:33 PM

Usually I use a Sharpie, especially for small, oddly-shaped things like turnings. If I owned a logo burner, I would use it for furniture.

I try to sign all of my work, but occasionally forget if I’m in a rush to finish.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 05:55 PM

I use a woodburning iron to burn my signature in most of the things i make. I typically name the piece too.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 10-02-2012 06:24 PM

Name, town and date in pencil, somewhere inside a drawer or carcase.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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BenI

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#4 posted 10-02-2012 07:37 PM

I use a Sharpie but I haven’t built anything to actually sell yet. If/when I build and sell, probably use a pencil or something less obvious but still evident.

-- Ben from IL

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Roger

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#5 posted 10-02-2012 11:43 PM

I burn my own “stamp” on most o my stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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jmartel

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#6 posted 10-03-2012 12:08 AM

Just picked up a woodburner from Michaels today to sign stuff with. With a 40% off coupon, it was only $18

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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patron

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#7 posted 10-03-2012 12:10 AM

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 01:15 AM

I don’t yet. I am trying to decide what I want exactly.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Gatorjim

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#9 posted 10-03-2012 01:50 AM

I’m going to brand mine I have the design ready just need to bite the bullet and get it made.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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HillbillyShooter

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#10 posted 10-03-2012 01:55 AM

Electric branding iron from Woodcraft with name, city and date.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Druid

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#11 posted 10-03-2012 05:35 AM

I use a “branding iron” (that my wife ordered for me from Lee Valley Tools) to put my name onto projects, and I use a penny to date the piece as shown in one of my projects at . . . http://lumberjocks.com/projects/48529
A 3/4” forstner bit will create a recess which is a perfect fit for a penny. For a full set of Coin-Sized Forstner Bits try . . . http://www.leevalley.com
It’s interesting to see the various methods being listed.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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shipwright

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#12 posted 10-03-2012 08:36 AM


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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OmegaRed

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#13 posted 10-03-2012 11:45 AM

Here’s what I have been using on little projects here and there. Pretty cool, but then again I designed it so I should like it!

-- "(...) The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull's-eye which confronts him(...)"

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Sodabowski

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#14 posted 10-03-2012 11:52 AM

I will use both plaques and engraving for my pens once my hardware setup is done.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Sodabowski

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#15 posted 10-03-2012 11:53 AM

BTW maybe Martin could add some kind of pool stuff to ease stats like these :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Tennessee

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#16 posted 10-03-2012 12:03 PM

I use a branding iron, but I think I like patron’s the best. That inlaid moon is very cool…

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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Puzzleman

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#17 posted 10-03-2012 05:00 PM

I user a rubber stamp. Stamp it onto the bottom / back of each item that leaves the shop. The stamp has my company name, city, state, phone number and website. I want people to be able to find me to get repeat orders. Can’t count the number of sales made because someone saw my product at another’s house and got my info off the back of the product. I also date the back of each item with the exact date it was completed. This is due to being CPSIA compliant.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler, http://www.hollowwoodworks.com

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Gshepherd

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#18 posted 10-03-2012 05:03 PM

Sharpie, By hand seems more of a personal touch…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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mafe

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#19 posted 10-05-2012 04:54 PM

Branding Iron.
Made me a Japanese inspired logo years back and bought a branding iron.

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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BHolcombe

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#20 posted 10-28-2012 04:12 PM

I print my name with a testers gold paint pen. I believe my furniture to be considered ‘Studio’ furniture and I feel a signature by hand best represents what it is.

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Mark Smith

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#21 posted 11-03-2012 05:01 PM

I’d like to get a brading iron, but my problem is I named my business based on what names were available for websites. I wanted a .com website with my first name and the only thing I could find available was markscustomwoodcrafts.com. Every other combination of Mark and woodworking was taken with the .com extension. So the problem I found was my business name doesn’t fit on any of the branding irons. Well the name would fit, but I’d like to have the website on it too, or at the least the full business name along with the City and state. I’d like to have enough info on it so if somebody sees my work someplace, they could find me based on the brand. Anybody know a company that has larger branding irons?

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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Manitario

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#22 posted 11-04-2012 04:00 AM

I woodburn a logo and stamp the date onto my projects

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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exelectrician

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#23 posted 11-04-2012 05:05 AM

Didn’t think my stuff was good enough to sign, except my workbench. My signature is hidden under a removable panel.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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knotscott

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#24 posted 11-04-2012 11:33 AM

I usually use a rubber stamp and a penny from the year the piece was made.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Bob Kollman

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#25 posted 11-04-2012 01:12 PM

I don’t sign my work as of now. If I die they will go “can’t find any work from the great artist Bob.” Then it will become a great where’s waldo kind of moment:)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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hunter71

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#26 posted 11-09-2012 04:33 PM

I brand most things. I like the brass hand held type and heat it with my torch. I love to inlay penny’s, but getting them seems to be a challenge, especially early in the year. When caught by someone and forced, I will use a sharpie.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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greg48

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#27 posted 11-09-2012 11:40 PM

A sharpie works for me, but I usually leave a small poem, scripture passage, or prayer/blessing with name and date in an inconspicuous place to be found at a later date, if it’s found at all. My work is not noteworthy or artistic, but it is a piece of me, and I leave them around like bread crumbs.

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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Dark_Lightning

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#28 posted 11-10-2012 02:05 AM

I leave my DNA on mine, generally in the form of some blood. But I’m not in the DNA database yet (not a convicted criminal), so people are on their own for finding me, so far.

I’ll probably end up like David with an inlaid feature. That’s pretty cool. It may end up looking like my avatar, which is going to be tough to do.

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Raymond Thomas

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#29 posted 11-10-2012 02:22 AM

I don’t mark or sign my projects yet (mostly small turnings). I haven’t decided whether I want to do that when I grow up or not.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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BentheViking

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#30 posted 11-10-2012 04:10 AM

I really find the necessity to sign all pieces. Most stuff I’ve done so far i’ve used a set of metal letter punches but they are HF cheapies. Eventually I’d like to get a brand because it seems like thats an easy way to make something look not home made

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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RichardH

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#31 posted 11-10-2012 06:44 AM

I usually use a pilot sharp ball point pen to sort of carve in my logo, date, and type of wood. Once I have a nice indention, I usually have to go over it several times to load it with ink.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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RVroman

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#32 posted 11-11-2012 07:21 PM

Branding iron for the occasional flat work, but as I primarily turn I sign/date/type of wood on the bottom with a wood burner and a writing tip.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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ward63

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#33 posted 11-17-2012 03:02 PM

Rubber stamp that I had made when I was 10yrs old. Cost 90 cents or I use my Hanko.
If I remember.

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#34 posted 11-21-2012 11:14 PM

I use a set of seals that were made for me in china and tiawan. The red in stamp you see on scrolls and such. One from when I was single, and one with my married family name. I have always signed my art and woodwork that way. Unfortunatly it has the effect of causing some people to think it was made in china…. but they can figure it out someday. ;)

-- Who is John Galt?

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