From Volume 5 - Issue #1 issue of RodMaker magazine:
Most of my customers like having their name on their custom rod. I
usually do this for them but I also like to give them the option of
signing it themselves. Having their exact signature, which they
created, on their rod is agreeable to many.
There are two ways to do this. You can have them sign their
name on a piece of clear tape and then transfer it to the rod.
Wrap trim bands over each end and then apply color preserver and
finish as usual.
Another method I have been using lately is to have them sign
their name on a piece of paper. Then I scan it into my computer
and reproduce it in white against a dark background color. I
print this out at my printer's highest resolution and on good
quality paper and affix it to the rod with 3M 777 spray adhesive.
Then I coat it with Krylon Artist's Fixative or #1311 Matte
Finish and apply a coat of color preserver and then finish as
usual. It's a real custom touch that many appreciate.
~ Jim Pemberton
If you have any tips or techniques, send them
along! Help out your fellow rodmakers!
~ Publisher, FAOL