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Don Broussard

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796 days ago

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No, not the bourbon.

I am interested to know whether other LJs put identification by way of a brand or plaque or label to identify you as the craftsman who built a project. I am thinking of having a brand made to mark projects, but I don’t want it to be seen as a vanity mark.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#1 posted 796 days ago

I usually stamp my name and the year into my project somewhere, but it always seems a bit clumsy and crude, so as my projects get better I’d like to do a better looking Makers Mark

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

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#2 posted 796 days ago

It is not vanity. It’s your work, it’s the children of your hands, sign your work proudly.

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#3 posted 795 days ago

I ues a branding iron to mark my work.I bought it on Rockler on sale last year after my wife bugged me to get one to mark my work.

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#4 posted 795 days ago

I’ve tried several methods from signing, to having a stamp made, to stamping with steel lettering. A while back I finally got a simple branding iron and I am quite happy with the results.

I agree it isn’t vanity. You sign your correspondence, why not the things you create?

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#5 posted 795 days ago

I don’t view it as a vanity thing at all….just a historical identifier (helps in the case of theft too!). I use a rubber stamp in an inconspicuous location prior to adding the clear coats. It was $8, is super easy, and looks a lot like a much more expensive brand stamp. I also like to add a penny from the year the piece was made.

My stamp looks like this but has my name:

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

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#6 posted 795 days ago

I thought about ordering from Makers Marks in England. It seems like it takes forever to order and get the order, from what I’ve heard. I read a review on on a blog somewhere here, and the guys paid about $2 each, from what I remember, and they seem very nice.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#7 posted 795 days ago

I use an electric branding iron and brand my name, month, and year it was built.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 795 days ago

A friend prints mine on a decal with his computer. I clear coat a place add decal, clear coat over it. People seem to want this. Who whould want a painting without the artists name???

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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#9 posted 795 days ago

Signing your best work is not vanity at all.

It’s part of it’s identification and history. And it’s your work.
I wouldn’t bother signing stuff like stained pine country style crap, yard art and flower boxes.

I use a branding iron to “sign” my work somewhere inside a cabinet but I’m not always happy with the results. If you don’t brand it right the first time, there’s no going back. Found that out the hard way. Now I practice on a scrap piece first.

I really like the decal idea. Might be time to retire the old branding iron.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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#10 posted 794 days ago

I write my name with a wood burning pen and month/year of creation. I also don’t think it is vanity, if my signature is on something, it means it is the best I can do at the time, I own the craftsmanship, and am proud of it


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#11 posted 794 days ago

I am having a custom woodburning iron / branding head made with a logo I came up with a while back. Until then, I have a small label that I print out that self sticks to the work piece, and then whatever clear finish is on the piece goes over that.

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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Don Broussard

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#12 posted 794 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. I like the idea of marking projects in an inconspicuous place with my mark and the month and year of delivery. If I could combine a few of the ideas you included in the comments, I would like to have a clear, self-stick decal made with a wood burning font. I wonder if there’s such a thing as a “wood burning font”?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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