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05-26-2010 04:42 PM

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I have been admiring several folks ‘signatures’ recently.


Curious how everyone signs their work? Branding iron? Just signed? Logo? Something more clever?

In 300 years how will your work be identified?

-- Chris

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 05-26-2010 04:47 PM

In 300 years, folks will identify my stuff with the question, “Why would anyone keep this piece of crap for that long?”

Or…”Wonder what this material called ‘wood’ is.”

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 05-26-2010 04:47 PM

when my work starts meeting my highest standards then I’ll start signing my work.


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#3 posted 05-26-2010 04:51 PM

I either burn it or use a sharpie

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 05-26-2010 04:57 PM

I figure my work will either stay within my family, or end up in a trash heap somewhere… For now I am using a sharpie. HOWEVER, I have been commanded by SWMBO to design and get a makers mark / branding iron made. To which I have hinted that if I provided the design, it would make a fantastic Christmas or Birthday present…

Handegemacht vorbei …
Hecho a mano cerca …

You get the idea, I hope…

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#5 posted 05-26-2010 05:21 PM

How did the Green Bro’s sign their work? Not saying I’m against it, just saying that if I have enough skill for it to matter who the piece was made by, people who care will probably know who the piece was made by.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#6 posted 05-26-2010 06:02 PM

Previous topic on signatures.

-- 温故知新

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#7 posted 05-26-2010 06:45 PM

I bought a handheld branding iron with my name on it. I don’t like it. You cannot just press it down. To make full contact you need to roll it on the wood so that every part makes contact with the wood. However, it is very easy to miss a portion or over-heat another portion. If I ever get another, I will get one designed for use in a drill press.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 05-26-2010 07:27 PM

Generally if I make something a bit (or a lot) Iffy, I’ll sign it ; “Grizzman” or “A1-Jimbo” or “Karson Krap” or maybe “OutPutted”. I’m told these guys get a lot of repeat business based on these signings.
But when it comes down to the creme de la creme of my infrequent masterful creations they are signed”Made in Texas, USA”

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 05-26-2010 09:36 PM

Don’t remember where I saw this but a tool box was engraved in latin with “beware of the dog” random, I can see someone finding this in an antique store and taking it home to find out what the latin means….

-- Chris Adkins,

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#10 posted 05-26-2010 10:23 PM

I had this and an OSHA safety sign in my tool box for years. I can’t find the OSHA sign any more, guess the government didn’t like being the BUTT of the joke.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#11 posted 05-27-2010 06:58 AM

If I could remember my name I could sign them, the LOML keeps calling me S*head but not sure if that wood be good for a signature. I am with Jim on this one, when my work becomes worthy to me.

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#12 posted 05-27-2010 08:18 AM

I sign and date all my boxes with a sharpie and then apply finish over that. Always works.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#13 posted 05-27-2010 03:25 PM

I use a electric branding iron, but richgreer is correct. You need to roll it slightly. I think the heat warps it a little. Then you burn it, then you try to sand it, then you get POed. Your not going to find my work in a museum anyway. Maybe in a relatives closet or basement.
With your brand on it, no one will say “What clown made this!”

-- You can't trust a dog to guard your food.

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#14 posted 05-27-2010 03:32 PM

I also use an electric branding iron.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 05-27-2010 07:33 PM

My kids gave me a branding iron for Fathers Day a couple of years ago … if I didn’t use it, someone’s feeling would be hurt!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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