Recently I’ve been thinking of changing my logo.  The current one was made a couple of years ago when I was trying to capture a focus on just do it yourself projects.  I was contacted by John Zhu, and  asked to hand draw a logo.  This was my opportunity to imagine something a little different.

After some reflection I came up with two primary topics that influence me the most right now.

  • Japanese Woodworking
  • Military Design

I’m luck enough to own a Japanese Whaleback Saw, and did a video on it a little while back describing details of it.

When I went to the Atlanta Woodworking show the people I met knew me as the guy who had that massive Japanese saw.  So starting with that I came up with a logo based around it.

Japanese Whaleback Saw logo

New Logo

For this request from John I thought I’d have a little fun.

Whaleback Saw Logo Rough Sketch

Whaleback Saw Logo Rough Sketch

Inking The Logo With A Sharpie

Inking The Logo With A Sharpie

Time to get rid of the pencil marks after inking.

Erasing The Pencil Marks

Erasing The Pencil Marks

I’ve never really done any watercolors so I thought I’d try my hand at it.  I started with a light coat of raw umber color and layered it for a darker color.

Brown Watercolors For The Handle

Brown Watercolors For The Handle

Lamp black was used for the saw blade using the same layering technique.

Watercoloring The Whaleback Blade

Water Coloring The Whaleback Blade

I liked the way that turned out, but it seemed to be missing something.  I started layering red mulberry paper using white PVA glue.

Layering Red Mulberry Paper

Layering Red Mulberry Paper

Finished Business Card Sized Logo

Finished Business Card Sized Logo

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