I use a few of my grandfather’s tools (early 1900’s) e.g. wooden planes, cramps, squares and mallet, which have his name stamped on them. The letters are approx 1/4″ (6mm) high and look as though they were stamped with a bespoke name stamp – not by stamping individual letters as they are so regular and lined up exactly. Looking at other wooden tools from the same era, it seems as though it was usual for craftsmen to identify their own tools in this manner.
I would like to get hold of a stamp for my own name that I could use on my various projects. Has anybody any idea where I could get one made? I’m in then UK by the way.
A quick search on the net for customised hand stamps brings up a number of companies in the uk offering this service although I would think they would be a lot more expensive than just using individual letter stamps.
The Joiner and Cabinet Maker published by Lost Art Press. Part of it is a reprint of an 1839 book targeted at a young man looking at becoming a joiner or cabinet maker apprentice. It also has a section on the historical context. I found it very interesting.