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Signing your work

I'm starting to learn to turn bowls and I've heard mention that it is an important habit to start signing your work. My handwriting sucks - I get writers cramp just from signing credit card receipts for lathe accessories.

So do you folks sign your work? What do you use? Do you have some kind of template to not screw it up?
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-15-2010, 09:02 PM
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These look nice

http://www.azwoodman.com/branding-irons.html bill

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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I sign my bowls and peppermills and anything else I make with an old craftsmen woodburner. On the bottom of my bowls, I usually cut two shallow grooves about 3/8" apart. I sign in between. The lines give me something to follow. I print each letter, not cursive. I use my cheater glasses so I can see closeup.
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I use a Dremel Engraver. It does take practice to learn to write neatly with it but it's worth it. I've also use pyrography pens and permanent markers. I prefer the Dremel for most things.
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I use a Dremel engraver like John does but mine is no where that neat.
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I have a rubber stamp that I use on all my pieces. I stamp it before adding the clear coats and it works out great for < $10.

I also like to add a penny from the year the piece was made...probably not practical for bowls, but works well on furniture.

My stamp is very similar to this one:
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Hey John,
I have one of those engravers. Not sure which is older, it or the woodburner. I never thought of using it. Guess I'll have to give it a try.
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John, thanks for the tip about the Dremel - even better since I actually have one. I am a bit confused though - from what I've seen of some of your work lately I thought you'd need an electron microscope to sign it.
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I use a Dremel, or a Foredom and sign and date in script. Clients like it.










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I didn't mention that the bottom images are woodburned and the top ones engraved. One thing I like about the engraving is it isn't so bold. On my handmirrors that's nice because it's sort of subtle. If you want it to stand out rub colored wax into it. I use either black shoe polish or some of the metalic waxes that go by the name Rub-n-buff. You can get gold, copper and silver. If your going to use the waxes you need to sand better and fill in any pores in the wood before engraving. A good example of a bad wood for this is oak. The wax will not only fill in the engraving but also the pores in the wood and it looks terrible.
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