Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba
I participate in a woodworking forum which requires full names, so even before this there is little anonymity left.
Im up in the air about signing or a makers mark to some degree. There is little history of woodworkers taking credit for their work in such a way until the 20fh century, but it is typical to take credit currently. I like the studio markings that some use (markings of a cabinet shop, ect).
There is little history of woodworkers taking credit for their work because they were consider tradesmen rather than artists. Medwed's commendable reticence aside, that was then, this is now.
I'm sure you are more familiar with the various ways of marking your work than I am, but you are doing nobody any favors by not marking your work. Signing it with a pencil may be traditional, but it's not as permanent as it could be and, in the modern day, work like yours deserves better. Think of that poor guy at the Antiques Road Show in 2250.
I have had this discussion with artists in other contexts. I can tell you, categorically, to mark/sign and number
your work as well as keep a record of what you have produced. Even if you don't see any need for it now, it's pretty likely that someday, you'll be extremely glad you did.
I can attest that the hidden, inset brass plate is much more attractive than a stamp or a brand. From what I have seen of your style, I think it would work particularly well. But you really should be doing something.