Many years ago, I used to make American style Windsor chairs. With softwood seats, it was easy enough to carve my initials in the underside of the seat to mark the chairs. For hardwood work, I never was very good at carving letters in small sizes.
Alexander has a wonderful name stamp with the J and A joined at the hip. Makes for a small, distinct impression. It’s quite nice.
For many years I have tried to come up with some catchy pairing of my initials PF and made a few feeble attempts to design something. Always dumped that project.
Like many folks that troll through RoyUnderhill’s place, the Woodwright’s School, I had the great pleasure of meeting Peter Ross while I was there. http://peterrossblacksmith.com/
We spent a lot of time comparing notes & wounds from working in living history museums, and talked a lot about our crafts. Peter showed me some name stamps he’d been working on, he teaches a class through Roy’s school in making name stamps. http://www.woodwrightschool.com/name-stamps-w-peter-ross/
I took the easy way out & bought one instead. It arrived last week. “Follansbee” takes some effort to strike, but it will work out fine. It works very nicely on the maple in this plane, but I wiggled when I hit it…
So now I can actually mark my stuff, after all these years of anonymous woodwork.