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Old 05-08-2012, 06:32 PM
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Default The branding iron guy

So, maybe a couple months ago, one of those Highland woodworking videos I was watching mentioned a guy outside of Detroit named Terry Desilets who makes custom branding irons. That's been on my to do list, and I guess the timing was right. I called him.
If you want the web, its Custom Branding Irons - Welcome to Custom Branding Irons LLC. - Distinctive marking for your craft!
Anyway, decided in short order he was an ok guy, we talked at length, and I ordered my iron from him.
It's exactly what I had in mind. perfect.
And we talked about trade shows in general, and WIA. I said from being there, WIA might be a better fit for him. He looked in to it, and has signed up.
He got into the brands because he's a decoy carver, and not the ten grand art things, but darn good looking, hunting decoys. And he hunts over his. To me, that's pretty cool.
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That's just a sample pic he sent me when I asked to see them. I liked it. I actually like it enough, I'm ordering one as a gift. My step dad recently has gone to some lengths to do some really, really kind things for us, and I know he'd just be thrilled to have one.
So, that's it in a nutshell. I think Terry is a decent cookie, and felt like sharing. He's not much into woodworking per se, just the decoys, but he's the kind of guy who would fit in here if he felt like being part of a forum.
If you happen to also want / need an iron... he's worth looking in to.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:39 PM
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Hey! Scaup out that canvasback!
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:31 AM
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Hey! Scaup out that canvasback!
I would hope that your great uncle (or whomever it was) would have smacked you for that, Audie.

Nice story, Randy. I looked into branding irons, and decided to go with a custom-designed laser-engraved inlay for my pieces. If I can get my $h!t together, I'll try to post a picture. The company is here:

https://www.workingwidget.com/10-custom_insert.php
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:39 PM
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Thanks for the timely info. I need a new electric brand as I changed my logo/web site name once I had already bought one...
Web site has NOT been launched yet, so that's a work still in progress.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:53 PM
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Has anyone experience in trying both electric and remote-heated branders (I worked for a spell as a hand on a cattle+sheep ranch, and know the letter, but that's quite a different situation.....)?

The former, I would think, are more elegant in that they're a contained unit; probably more uniform heating. The latter are not prone to the element going out, are more traditional, and for those of us who hate burning electrons, less expensive. But have they a tendency to provide a non-uniform brand?
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:48 AM
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Default Re: The branding iron guy

I think you're right. I thought I'd rather have the heat your own, but after discussing pros and cons, went electric. You use electricity, or propane. And that is basically what Terry said - more uniformity with electric. Though any brand will inherently have some non uniformity - just comes with the territory. You also get it a consistent temp, which you wouldn't with gas or fire.
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