‘What’s With the Weird Cat Logo?’

FinalLogo“What’s with the weird cat logo,” asked someone on Sunday – and I have received other iterations of said question in the last seven months.

In short, as you might know, I love both cats and woodworking, and while it might not be readily apparent, my cat logo covers both.

As I was thinking about a suitable logo years ago, I racked my brain for something that said “woodworking” at a glance. I collect small glue pots, so that seemed a possibility. But a drawing of a glue pot could just as easily be read as a cooking pot…or an unidentifiable object, given its two handles. So I considered Joseph Moxon’s brace drawing, but it’s used on the cover of the Lost Art Press book “The Art of Joinery,” and the Lost Art Press dividers (aka “a pair of compasses”) logo is also from Moxon. Goodness knows I’m already completely indebted to Christopher Schwarz and John Hoffman – I had no wish to borrow/steal/copy even more. So I stopped looking, and used only type. After all, I was using my LLC entirely for freelance work (which I wasn’t actively seeking at the time), so I bought the font 17th C Print (because Shakespeare), wrote out “Rude Mechanicals Press” and futzed around with the spacing a bit, then called it a day.

But when my world changed in December 2017, I had to rethink things. I mean…what’s a publishing company (however small) without a logo? Something has to go on the bottom of the book spine! (It doesn’t, actually.)

So I turned to my favorite page (because cat) in “The Practical Woodworker”…

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…scanned and isolated the stylized animal…

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…posterized it…

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Then cleaned it up and removed almost all of the hatching (shown at the top of this post), because it would unfortunately not replicate well rendered small (say, on the spine of a book). I rather love the hatching, though – I might keep it if in the future I need a larger logo.

And soon, thanks to Andrew Brant, I’ll have a vector file that’s cleaned up more, with even line weights and smoother curves, so I can then order a small stamp for my furniture work. My logo – obscure though it may be – is far more easily parsed than my scrawl of a signature.

Related: “I, one Snug the Joiner…”

About fitz

Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.
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12 Responses to ‘What’s With the Weird Cat Logo?’

  1. mrogen says:

    I like it. By the way one of my cats, the black one, loves to lick my bottle of hide glue. He’s quite the character. I have to hide it on him. Ever experience that?
    Michael

  2. mrogen says:

    Fitz, Here is one of our wacko cat. The other is a Buddhist.

    On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 8:14 AM Rude Mechanicals Press Blog wrote:

    > fitz posted: ““What’s with the weird cat logo,” asked someone on Sunday – > and I have received other iterations of said question in the last seven > months. In short, as you might know, I love both cats and woodworking, and > while it might not be readily apparent, my cat ” >

  3. Todd D Reid says:

    To bad you couldn’t leave the circle and flowers around him. Love my cats too! I’m glad you found this logo. Cheers!

  4. Greg Merritt says:

    I thought for sure that it was a cat-themed @ symbol. 😃

  5. J.C. says:

    It would make a great wax seal stamp too.

  6. rons54 says:

    Put that on a tee shirt, (or the smaller one on a polo), and I would buy one. I’ve always loved oak leaf themed carving, so I am loving the original as well. You have excellent taste.

  7. Tom Levandusky says:

    Three words. Hats, Tees, Stickers

  8. potomacker says:

    Feline ouroboros

  9. I thought it was a rat…….. just joking. I know you love cats.

  10. neitsdelf says:

    I thought it was kind of Escher-y, but then I realized it wasn’t.

    Andy.

    P.S. “… with even line weights and smoother curves” – don’t make them too even, I like the undulation.

  11. mjstauss says:

    I think you need this carved into the scroll of a windsor chair, too!

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