Every maker should have a mark. The most popular makers marks are the makers initials. In my case, I have incredibly common initials- SS -(not to mention ones with some truly awful historical connotations). That being the case, I chose a pictogram for my personal maker’s mark. It’s a flaming hammer with the handle shaped in a stylized S. It’s a bit more complicated than the average but it’s much easier these days to have more complexe stamps made than it used to be. (In my case, I could even make it myself.)
In metalsmithing, as in fine crafts in general, marker’s marks are a kind of signature for the maker. It’s a way for the maker to say that they made the piece and protect their intellectual property rights. Some identify companies, some identify individual makers. Some companies with have marks both for the company itself and the specific artisan who produced the piece. Collectors and antiques dealer love finding makers marks as the mark of a famous maker can increase the selling price of a piece and helps establish the provenance of the item.
River Rose Protogrove, ADF
River Rose Protogrove is a Druidic group local to Portland, OR. As with anything Druidic, the stereotype is to use something Celtic, given that historically, Druids were the Pre-Christian Celtic priesthood as well as their educated elite- lawyers, judges, bards, etc. There’s nothing wrong with that except that it often means that certain design elements and symbols are used so often that they’ve become a cliche. So, I prefer to do something else entirely. That said, there is a subtle Celtic influence as the style of the rose is strongly influenced by Scottish Arts & Crafts designer, Charles Rene MacIntosh.- one of my personal favorite designers.
Conspiracy Dice Logo
If you’ve looked around the site at all, you’ll see a number of reference to the Conspiracy Dice Game. That’s because I created it. You can find out more about it at ConspiracyDice.com