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Forum topic by EPJartisan posted 688 days ago 2023 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I got curious what everyone else did on here for signing their work.. so I searched and for some reason became interested in summarizing the findings: from every forum I could find in the search function, making sure tha I am not counting individuals twice, but also adding among multiple categories individuals who currently use multiple methods. Individuals who have changed methods are only counted in their current method category. I have included myself already under carved and stamped

As of : Oct 1, 2012 ~
Burner / Branding Iron ~ 20
Ink / Sharpie / Pen ~ 21
Carved / Etched / Stamped ~ 8
Stamped Ink / Laser Printer Iron-on (1)~ 4
Inlay (2) / Plaque (2) / Decal (2) / Penny ~ (4) ~ 8
Nothing ~ 3

The methods also seem to be:
Logo – mostly burning
Signature – mostly sharpie or pen
Date is most often not included in burning or carving, and most often in sharpie/pen and inlay.. the inlaid penny is a great idea I read in one string.

I also thought the essay.. I mean post (lol) by Mark A. DeCou in this forum string was great. I sign all of my work, because they are my legacy and I want to be remembered…so I take the time hand carve and (or get lazy and hand stamp) my logo onto my woodwork… logo and date onto all my art work.. but never my signature.. because if they have to remember my logo they will have to remember me.. else what is the point? if it works for silver smiths.. it works for me.

So if you have not posted what you do to sign your work.. please post and I will include you in the numbers above and change the date to most recent update. If you have already posted and want to share again (though I will double check names) if you would be so kind as to add “repost” in to your forum post. If not.. enjoy a bit of info about our LJ community. Thanks

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#1 posted 688 days ago

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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#2 posted 688 days ago

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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#3 posted 688 days ago

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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#4 posted 688 days ago

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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#5 posted 688 days ago

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 688 days ago

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

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#7 posted 688 days ago

-- 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 688 days ago

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

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#9 posted 688 days ago

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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#10 posted 688 days ago

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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#11 posted 688 days ago

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 . . .
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 . . .
It’s interesting to see the various methods being listed.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 688 days ago

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#13 posted 687 days ago

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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#14 posted 687 days ago

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

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#15 posted 687 days ago

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

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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