How I Mark My Work:

After a few of my tools ended up in other people’s tool chests (by accident) during classes, I decided to mark all my tools and the projects I build with a “pair of compasses,” which is the Lost Art Press logo.

I did a lot of research into the different makers of steel stamps a few years ago, and I settled on And I have nothing but praise for the company, the customer service, the quick turnaround and the final product.

You can send them anything to make your logo – I sent them a scan of the compasses from Joseph Moxon’s “Mechanick Exercises.” They took that .jpg and converted it into a rasterized image that could be scaled and turned into a steel stamp.

A couple days after submitting my scan, the customer service rep sent me a proof of what my stamp would look like.

I was completely skeptical because of the high amount of detail in the proof. I called the guy and he insisted that the stamp would look like the proof he sent.

So I gave it the green light (yes, I paid full price and blah, blah, blah).

The stamp arrived a couple weeks later, and I went mad stamping everything – everything – in the house (241-KIDS never found out, whew).

If you are looking for a good maker’s stamp, I recommend without reservation.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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6 Responses to How I Mark My Work:

  1. So Chris do use your stamp made in Peter Ross’s class fo your projects only?

    • My bad Chris. I ass u me(d) you had made one beings they show a stamp with C. Schwartz on Roy’s web site at Peter’s class. Guess they are just using your name to draw more students.

  2. abt says:

    There are art gallery personnel that will tell you to mark everything you make for yourself. You just never know…

    Nice tip Chris.

  3. Niels says:

    totally sweet. perfectly timed post, sir!

  4. Rob says:

    Is this stamp for wood, metal tools, or both?


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