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1689 days ago

I was wondering if anyone marks their completed work. I’ve heard of some folks using a sharpie to sign their name in, or even a branding iron with their ‘mark’.

Who does this, and what do you use?


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#1 posted 1689 days ago

I use a branding iron.

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#2 posted 1689 days ago

I also use a branding iron with my name. Thinking of adding a dollar coin recessed next to my name.


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#4 posted 1689 days ago

Branding Iron, and date with a sharpie.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#5 posted 1689 days ago

I usually just inlay a coin with the curent year.

Just a note: I found out this year that the dollar coins have the date and “E Pluribus Unum” on the edge of the coin…once it’s recessed you can’t see the date.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 1689 days ago

I just started inlaying a 1” wood medalion that I got made up from Highland WWing. Looks very slick. I will foot the bill to get my logo on the next batch. Ends up being about $2.50 per piece.


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#7 posted 1689 days ago

I do. I use a water slide decal with my logo and sign my name and date with a Sharpie. I think it’s nice. I even have customers ask for me to sign it – which is a nice ego stroke!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#8 posted 1689 days ago

branding iron and burning pen….........inset current coin with year side up

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 1689 days ago

i sign mine with a fine line sharpie and i will write what wood it is on the bottom. i do not date my stuff because i have found that by dating a piece it may turn away a buyer. people always want whats new, so i tell them i just made it , even if it’s a few years old.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#10 posted 1689 days ago

I have a branding iron on order with a logo for my workshop, which I plan on burning in, then signing and dating just below. The branding iron is / was a gift, that is just taking a while to get here…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#11 posted 1688 days ago

I have a branding iron that I use (in an inconspicuous place) before the final coat of finish goes on.

In most cases, I also use a Sharpie to write the date under the brand, but test this with a piece of scrap first … some finishes cause the Sharpie inlk to smear.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 1688 days ago

I’ve been using a Sharpe. I just have to be reminded. I like the idea of putting the coin in.

-- He said wood...

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#13 posted 1688 days ago

Since my first windsor I have taken the time to put down a coat of polyurathane and stick a documented note on the bottom of each chair. I run a couple coats over that for the finish. Windsors had brands under them but the rare ones had paper company logos. I also keep a record of when, where and who the chair was for with my personalized signature. I also put what kind of chair it is and when it was made and what it is made of and what the finish is. People seem to like that since I am in the heirloom business.
The chairs that I have sold so far have had great success and others have commented on the logos. I use and old english font and cut it in an oval shape stick it on the chair. The paper is the good kind like you would write a resume on. It is the same with the furniture. I have not got a web site or a big shop yet, but word of mouth got me a couple orders.

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#14 posted 1688 days ago

I use the branding iron I made.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#15 posted 1688 days ago

I use a Sharpie to sign my initials and a Roman numeral year, e.g. mmx.

Occasionally, I’ll sign a piece with a bloody thumb print. :)

-- 温故知新

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