June Show-'n-Tell

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  1. Jamie Straw

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    Sadly, the one bowl that I put my initials on a few months ago was presented at Show-'n-Tell with "Well, there's something scribbled on the bottom" or words to that effect:(. I'll come up with something, this thread is helpful.
     
  2. Bill Boehme

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    That wasn't very nice. If you feel that your hand isn't very steady when signing your work, you can develop your own distinctive "mark" instead of a signature like you use on a check. Here is How I sign my stuff. There are two basic styles ... one is to basically "brand" your work with a fairly deep burn. The other is more akin to writing ... in appearance, but it takes a lot of practice. After I took a class with Andi Wolfe where she taught us how to "write" effectively with a pyrography pen, I decided to attempt this more subtle approach and that is what the figure below shows. I use a low-heat and light touch with a fine point writing tip to create the symbol which is a bit easier than signing my full signature. Because maple is an easy wood to sign, I also added my signature. The only drawback is that if you mess it up then you have to "erase" it with sandpaper. The good news is that the burn is usually superficial.

    If you decide to use a branding type of mark, then use a high heat setting. Doing a good job of branding also takes some practice. I never could get consistent results with branding.

    Sometimes as you may have noticed, I remove all doubt about the identity of the creator by also using my regular signature. You will also note that my "writing" isn't all that great.

    My mark.jpg
     
  3. Gerald Lawrence

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    Like Bill I have 2 basic ways to sign , but I added something else. On most of my pieces I put 3 rings on the bottom or somewhere else as a representation of the Trinity. My signature has is 10 years changes. Tried paint pens (ugh), markers and then started practicing with a burner.
    1-026.JPG 1-026.JPG IMG_2783.JPG Oh just ignore those 6 dots . They have nothing to so with signature.
    oops Saw that new button Thumbnail or Full Image all images and hit it after entering on 1 pic. Learn and live I guess.
     
  4. Owen Lowe

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    Well, that situation was inappropriately handled by the presenter; poor choice of wording with no thought to how it would be received. A proper critique offers feedback with sensitivity to the creator AND has the understanding that their own viewpoint is merely an opinion.
     
  5. Jamie Straw

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    I've never intended to fully sign my work, but rather to use initials after a fashion. Perhaps I'll play with an initial-inspired "mark." Thanks for the detail, Bill!
     
  6. Jamie Straw

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    They look like little turquoise insets, was going to ask you about that. Re: the "full image" -- I actually prefer those to thumbnails (if they're not toooo big). Makes the post easier to read and look, read and look.
     
  7. Jamie Straw

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    99% of the time, this presenter is most encouraging and positive, so I forgive him the one lapse. Speaking of positive, my Main Mentor returned last week from his long out-of-state trip, just in time to come to the meeting it seemed. He was most complimentary of the bowls. Will be turning at his shop Friday morning!:cool:
     
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    Just save up and buy a laser printer. Then you can size your signature any size you want and get a perfectly clean signature every time. :)
     
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    Good looking bowls, Jamie.......I think you are firmly caught in the "vortex". :D

    ko
     
  10. Tom Gall

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    A well known turner and mentor from the Bucks Woodturners, Dave Hardy (recently deceased), always admonished us (nicely!) when our "masterpieces" didn't have our name on them. He said initials, symbols or marks didn't cut it. Someday when you are a rich & famous woodturner :) and someone looks at the bottom of your piece to find out the maker…..they won't know who the hell made it! Dave had quite a collection of wood turnings, some with initials or marks, and after 10-20-30 years he couldn't remember who the maker was. So, ... even if you are just giving all your bowls (turnings) to relatives and friends - twenty years from now don't you want them to know who made them? Or, ……maybe NOT! :D
     
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    I think that maybe it was more of a bad memory problem than an issue regarding how it is signed. :D

    While using a mark or a symbol isn't, by itself, sufficient to make you a famous turner, it won't hurt anything. And, if somebody liked something well enough to pay money for it then why would they like it any less years later if they can't remember who made it. For a well known woodturner who uses a symbol to "sign" their work, associating that mark with the name of the creator doesn't depend on the memory of just one person ... otherwise they wouldn't be all that well known, would they?

    I have a cowboy hat made by Johannes Michelsen ... his signature on this very thin turning is made using a bowl gouge while the lathe is turning. I would guess that is a skill that isn't learned overnight.
     
  12. Douglas Ladendorf

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    Oh boy Tom. Someone may be invoking Dave's name at the next meeting. I haven't figured out how to sign my work without it looking like a kindergartner. :eek:
     
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    Jamie it is Inlace . The faceplate screws left a nice pattern on a nice piece of wood so I drilled them and filled.
     
  14. Tom Gall

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    Doug, …..just print your name, a signature isn't necessary (it's not a check!)…… I can't decipher most signatures anyway! I did shows for 23 years and always included my name and wood species on every piece. I learned early on not to include the date or year the piece was made for sales purposes. :D
     
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    I don't know how my reply to Bill ended up in the "Quote Box".
     
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    Here is what happened. When you click on "Reply" you will see something like the following text in the editor box (in this instance, it's what I see since I'm quoting your post):

    [QUOTE="Tom Gall, post: 115780, member: 33137"]I don't know how my reply to Bill ended up in the "Quote Box".[/QUOTE]​

    Everything that is between [QUOTE] and [/QUOTE] will be inside the quote box. This indicates that you apparently inserted your reply just before the closing [/QUOTE] tag.
     
  18. Bill Boehme

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    BTW, I'll start worrying when I see my symbol on the bottom of a turning and can't remember who Made the piece. I'll quit worrying when I see my signature on the bottom of a turning and can't figure out who made the piece. :D
     
  19. Tom Gall

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    Thanks, Bill. I'll try to be more careful the next time. I think something funny happened when I hit "Preview" and tried to edit my reply!
     
  20. Jamie Straw

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    Preview? What Preview? I haven't seen that button on the new forum.:confused:
     

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