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Paul Pomerleau

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1221 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: signature signing logo initials question

Hi everyone, I am really new to the woodworking environment and am currently working on my first project using hardwood, and I absolutely love the way it handles and feels. So much better than the pine that I have used in the past.
I am making a couple of small gifts and was wondering if putting my logo on the back of it, indicating that I made it, would be considered tacky.
The logo is just a graphic representation of my initials, nothing too fancy, it would just be applied discreetly to the bottom using a fine tip sharpie marker, then the finish put on over it to protect it.
Do you guys do this to your gifts ?

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada


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nailbanger2

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#1 posted 1221 days ago

Not tacky at all, it shows pride in your work. I do, however, make them search for it. The bottom is a favorite place, or the back iif it’s a piece of furniture destined to be against a wall. Sharpie’s are good, I use a stamp set from HF that’s not very good (but then neither am I). Some people inlay a penny for the year it was made.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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pvwoodcrafts

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#2 posted 1221 days ago

I sign and date my work.

-- mike & judy western md. www. pvwoodcrafts.com pvwccf1@verizon.net

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#3 posted 1221 days ago

I don’t usually sign my work becasue it’s made for my household. However, soemtimes I’ve made gifts for family and I’ve thought about what happens to that item 20 years down the line? If that toy is passed down to the next generation wouldn’t it be nice if there was some recognition that Uncle Jeff made it? I’ve got to go out and buy me a stamp.

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Lee Barker

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#4 posted 1220 days ago

Sign sign sign. Your great grandchildren might be on Antiques Roadshow with it.

Kiindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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nate22

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#5 posted 1220 days ago

It’s not tacky at all. If I were you I would. I haven’t done it to any of my beds that I make but I should. Because you never know whos going to see it and they might want one.

-- K & N Furniture Middlebury, In.

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lew

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#6 posted 1220 days ago

Sign it and date it!

If you use a “Sharpie” type pen, beware that a shellac finish is alcohol based and will cause the sharpie image to run. Don’t ask how I know this ;^(

Lew

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

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1220 days ago

Sign. Of course, sign. There was an excellent discussion on this topic a while back. Some wise gentlemen made some comments that hit home with me. I hope someone can find the post.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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dbhost

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#8 posted 1220 days ago

Sign and date it. Or better yet, get a makers mark (a branding iron with your name) and date it with a Sharpie.

Think about it this way, big furniture makers almost always stencil, or at the very least, affix a label with manufacturer information on it to the piece. This runs the gamut from China Hutches, to pallets. It just makes sense to let future generations know when a piece was made, and by whom.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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ChuckC

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#9 posted 1220 days ago

I always forget to do this but when I make something that’s a gift I’m always asked by the recipient to sign and date it.

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knotscott

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#10 posted 1220 days ago

I use a stamp and embed a penny from the year the piece was made to mark my work. If it’s tacky, I don’t care…we’ve got lots of company! ;-)

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

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skippyland

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#11 posted 1220 days ago

Sign & date! When I first started this thing I had the same question and doubt, but after a while you’ll see that it makes sense. I have an electric brander from WC for larger items or a fine gel pen for small items…don’t forget the month /year!

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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closetguy

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#12 posted 1220 days ago

Always sign and date your creations.. It may not mean anything to you today, but it will mean the world to future generations of family members.

I’ve never been a fan of logos on my items. The logo argument centers around brand recognition. However, unless you are planning on cornering the world market, brand recognition is a moot point. Most customers value the signature of the craftsman or artist more than a logo. In the early days of doing shows, a lot of my stuff was not signed. I had many customers asking me to sign an item when they bought it. I think the signature validates the authenticity of “handmade”, “handcrafted”, or “Made in USA”, etc…..

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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Verna

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#13 posted 1220 days ago

I always sign and date. It shows I have pride in what I’ve made—I’ll take the blame or the credit for making it—hopefully the credit!!

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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DaddyZ

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#14 posted 1220 days ago

DITTO !! Sign & Date any way you can !!!!

I have branded my name (homemade brands) & 1/4” Letter punched & sharpie Pen, all 3 work IMHO!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Jack_T

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#15 posted 1220 days ago

It certainly not tacky to sign your work. If you are giving something to someone or selling something to someone you should be at proud enough to have your name associated with it. If you are to embarassed to have your name associated with something you made consider it practice, throw it in the firewood pile and make another one to sign.

Separately, it is also a good form of advertising for those who are trying to make a living at this. Once a piece leaves our shop it takes on a life and journey of its own. Where ever a signed piece goes people can know who made it.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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