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