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Forum topic by Howie posted 09-27-2010 02:31 AM 1331 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2010 02:31 AM

Just wondering if others do this. I have a branding iron and only use it on the items I’m partial to.

-- Life is good.

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 02:33 AM

I use a sharpie. Sign and date (month/year) always in an inconspicuous location.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 02:49 AM

I’ve signed just about everyone I have built.. If I build, especially for a customer, some of them have asked me to, and some have not, but I do anyway just because I always have…Usually on the bottom, or some out-of -the -way place on the project….Just something I got used to doing, and now I can’t stop..AAAARRRGGG…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 04:30 AM

I try and sign all my projects, for memories if nothing else. I am asking Santa for a Branding iron with “Mr Jim built this.” with my full name below. I always sign it in a descreet location if i can.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 05:01 AM

For the plaques I made, I branded them on the back with my company name and phone number, and inset a Canadian penny with the year they were made.

That way they couldn’t say my work wasn’t worth anything…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 05:50 AM

I rarely remember to sign my projects. I wish I did. There are several that I want to go back and sign and date – even with just the year. I may be dreaming, but I would like to think that a few generations from now, someone will really like to know what I made and when.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 06:18 AM

My beginning pieces I used to burn the date and my name. Then I went to the sharpie marker, and would love a branding iron for signing and dating my work. I would like for future generations to remember my passion in their keepsakes of things I’ve made.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 06:39 AM

I sign all my work MM and the date. MM stands for Mary McKee, my late mother. Every time I sign a piece with her name it makes me feel good (and not just because I’m finally finished!). In my larger carved pieces, horses and carousel figures, I always created a secret cavity in which I placed the front page of the newspaper from the day when the cavity was sealed, a personal note and a photo of myself working on that piece. Maybe in a hundred years, when one of my rockers is finally on it’s last leg, that cavity will be opened and the woodworker will be in for a little surprise. What a girl made this!!!!!! Yep, that’s right my friend….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#8 posted 09-27-2010 07:28 AM

I have a branding iron, and will brand what I am happy with, and date with a sharpie. Stuff that I am not quite happy with, gets no brand.

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

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#9 posted 09-27-2010 01:37 PM

I have an $8 oval shaped rubber stamp that I use in an inconspicuous place….didn’t want to spend the bucks for a branding iron. It’s pretty convincing from a glance. I also like to mount 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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#10 posted 09-27-2010 01:54 PM

Cathyb I think that is a great idea. When I brand it’s always in a inconspiculos location and like Pete,if I don’t care for it, it gets no brand. I do think I’ll start incorporating the sharpie idea.
Thanks everyone

-- Life is good.

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#11 posted 09-27-2010 02:14 PM


-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#12 posted 09-27-2010 02:28 PM

Just my initial usually hidden ,burned in with burning tool.

-- In His service ,Richard

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#13 posted 09-27-2010 02:44 PM

I used to sign with a sharpie on a 1/8” piece of veneer, then epoxy it on after the finish dried. Now I brand them with my logo. When I built “gone to the dogs”, the customer called me back to tell me that it wasn’t finished. But it was, just not signed, (forgot to), It’s branded now. And yes for those branders, I had to sand the space down, brand the logo, re-apply the finish, and then re-present it back to my friend. For any first time branders, you have to brand before you finish. If you don’t, then you’ll see why.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#14 posted 09-27-2010 02:48 PM

Thought I’d throw this in real quick, I read from one of the popular woodworking mags, a guy would build a guitar, prick his thumb with a needle, then thumbprint the inside (in blood), sign his name across it in ink, then apply finish over that.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#15 posted 09-27-2010 02:55 PM

When I first started carving, I didn’t sign or date my work.

I advise everyone to sign their creations, don’t be bashful.

After 30 years or more you’ll wish you had.

I won a branding iron in an LJs contest last year, & now I use the branding iron,

but I still have to add the date.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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