Makers Mark Lore

I would like to talk about my makers mark or touch mark.

This is my project signature.

This is my project signature.


I wanted to have a touch that would be easy with a chisel to mark my work. I had wanted to use DAV and needed a different way to do this. I remembered Celtic Runes and thought they would be easy to use. I would follow the lettering with roman numerals to represent the year made. So DAV13 would be
dav13
A fellow woodworker, that I have a lot of respect for, John (a Lumberjock) pointed something out to me. He emailed me and asked me why I did what I did. I told him it just felt right and looked good to me. He also brought to my attention placing them together has special meanings as well.
The D
Dagaz
Breakthrough, awakening, awareness. Daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty. A time to plan or embark upon an enterprise. The power of change directed by your own will, transformation. Hope/happiness, the ideal. Security and certainty. Growth and release. Balance point, the place where opposites meet.
The A

Ansuz
A revealing message or insight, communication. Signals, inspiration, enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming. Blessings, the taking of advice. Good health, harmony, truth, wisdom.
The V

Wunjo
Joy, comfort, pleasure. Fellowship, harmony, prosperity. Ecstasy, glory, spiritual reward, but also the possibility of going “over the top”. If restrained, the meaning is general success and recognition of worth.
When these runes are combined they create BINDRUNES.
Personal Bindrunes
The bindrune is compiled from your personal initials to form a kind of runic monogram. They are used to reinforce one’s personality and emphasize the positive qualities of the psyche.
I had not done this intentionally. But I do think it is very neat. I would like to think when I touch a piece of work I am leaving them a piece of me. I am wishing Hope, Blessings and Harmony.

A few links to Rune Lore.
http://www.runemaker.com/bindrune.shtml
http://www.tarahill.com/runes/
http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/
http://www.bmeijer.com/fun_stuff/runic_translator/index.html
http://sunnyway.com/runes/meanings.html
My point to all of this is, see what you can come up with. Leave messages in your work. You might have people looking at it years down the road wondering the meaning.
Here is a video I did sometime back on my shop sign.

Thank you John.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

8 Responses to Makers Mark Lore

  1. William says:

    I always try to check out your site on a regular basis Dave. My only complaint here is that I can never remember my password. I have a poor memory, so on other sites I set it up with a password that I can remember. Your site though I’ve never been able to figure out how to set my own username or password. So I post now as a guess. I apologize for that. Maybe I need to buy some post its and leave notes for myself. That won’t work. I’d have so many post it notes on my computer screen that I wouldn’t be able to see what’s on the screen.

    • David Bardin says:

      William I can reset your password at any time. TXT me and we can go from there. Your posting that is all that matters.
      Your memory is going old man. To much black walnut dust.

  2. DIYaholic says:

    Dave,
    You are always imparting snippets & tid bits of interesting information. It is kinda like trivia or an obscure JEOPARDY! question. I like it!!!

  3. William says:

    Very interesting. I will have to read up more on this when I get the chance. I am very interested in the messages left behind in one’s work. I’ve learned that throughout the history of man, so many works involved personal meaning to it’s creators. Sometimes it is something simple, and untold, that noone ever knows about. Other times it become so much part of the history that the lore of a particular project overshadows the project itself.
    I have often left messages in different projects. I have several projects I’ve made my wife or kids, for example, that have hidden compartments with hand written notes in them. If for some reason the pieces ever get broken, or repaired extensively (hopefully after I’m gone) they will find these notes that they never knew existed and they will mean a lot more to them.
    Thanks for linking to all this info on Rune Lore. That is going to be some great reading for me on one of those bad days when I desperately need something to do.

    • David Bardin says:

      Ah there you are old man. Good to see you.
      William you do have a way with words. We have had this talk about leaving messages in our work. You know I do the same.
      Some day they will be found.
      Time will tell.
      Thanks for coming over and posting, I know you don’t feel well.
      Get better my friend.

  4. JL7 says:

    Well Dave….clearly more information that I didn’t know……You seem to have no bounds on what you happen to stumble across….keep it up…..cool stuff.

    Jeff

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