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08-25-2008 05:35 AM

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I am planing on creating a logo for myself. My thought is to custom design a branding iron. I have some stuff drawn out but would like to know other alternatives that I may have not considered.
Looking to see how you sign your work. Do you burn it, Carve it, stamp, etc….
would like to see pictures if possible.

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#1 posted 08-25-2008 05:47 AM

My wife kept is simple for me…..for my birthday I got a branding iron that simply says

Handcrafted by
Adrian McNabb

I was hoping to get a date stamp too but the bank account said no…

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#2 posted 08-25-2008 05:55 AM

Sharpie with signature and date prior to finish.

Someone told my wife that the signature and date are important because it provides a “history” for the piece. Apparently collector look for this sort of thing- not that anyone would be collecting any of my work :^)

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

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#3 posted 08-25-2008 06:20 AM

I have taken and etched my name in with a dremal and filled it with wood putty of a contrasting colar and sanded it down. It looks good but I would like to get a branding iron in the future.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 08-25-2008 11:26 AM

Sharpie my name and date and shop location, but asking for the custom branding iron for xmas or bday this year…

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#5 posted 08-25-2008 01:18 PM

If you’ve got the funds, splurge and get the branding iron w/ your signature on it (with a date stamp). That would be pretty cool. I think it’s more personal if you stick with the Sharpie marker. No two signatures will be EXACTLY the same, making your handcrafted/custom pieces even more unique.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#6 posted 08-25-2008 01:29 PM

I have a branding iron, similar to yours, with the date. I also sign under it with a sharpie.

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Al Navas

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#7 posted 08-25-2008 02:11 PM


This is what we use: A 2-inch (1.995”) medallion with our logo on it – and my signature goes under it:

To apply to the project I use a 2-inch Forstner bit to drill into the wood carefully, and glue the medallion in place with 2P-10 adhesive/accelerator instant glue.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#8 posted 08-25-2008 03:02 PM

Sharpie…but I’m thinkin’ about doin’ the penny thing too.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 08-25-2008 03:17 PM

Branding irons are good if you make things large enough for the iron. I prefer a good old sharpie. I sat down one day and drew a lot of different designs, before coming up with the one I use now.

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#10 posted 08-25-2008 03:27 PM

hmmm…maybe when I get good enought to admit I built something…:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 08-25-2008 03:46 PM


I sign with a stylized logo of my intials and the year in Roman Numerials.
I use either a Sharpie or a wood burning tool.

-- 温故知新

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#12 posted 08-25-2008 11:51 PM

I should probably sign all my work but I only tend to sign the pieces i really like (which being highly critical of my own work isn’t much).

When i dosign i burn the logo you see in green to the left (its my intials D P) then sign and date with sharpie.

I really need to start signing everything oh well i’m kinda lazy that way too.

Have a great day….......

PS when you design a logo make sure to keep it simple, too much will only distract from it..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 08-25-2008 11:59 PM

I usually used my engraving tool, I’ve used this signature for many years.

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

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#14 posted 08-26-2008 03:44 AM

Very good ideas. I will probably include my full name in my logo, since My initials would mean noting 100 years from now. Not saying that my work would last that long, but you never know. Like the penny idea, very clever. I like Al Navas’ logo, looks very professional. Keep suggesting, Thank you Very Helpfull every

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#15 posted 08-30-2008 02:57 AM

Al Navis, where did you get the medallion made up? That’s awesome! I’ve been a Sharpie guy so far, but the dremel, penny, roman numeral ideas are all cool too. I spent an hour designing my branding iron with Craftsman Fonts I found online for free (i.e. Chelsea Studio, Willow, Bala Cynwyd, Adresack, Avignon, and Nickley).

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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