I think this is a wonderful idea, and decided to start doing it myself, so I ordered a special Forstner bit in the size of a United States quarter. But for my first such "signature," I thought I'd set a coin in my shaving horse, which is, to date, my favorite woodworking project. However, when I went through my spare change bucket looking for a quarter from 2007 (the year I built the horse), I found that the two state quarters minted that year were Wyoming and Montana. Now, Montana's design is pretty nice, but honestly, Wyoming's leaves something to be desired...
An unembellished bronco rider? Really, Wyoming? This is all you could come up with?
Compare this to Montana:
Very nice, in a rugged Georgia O'Keefe kind of way.
While I was going through the quarters, I also found the ones for Texas:
...and New Mexico:
...the two states to which I claim spiritual (and actual) citizenship, having lived in one or the other for all of my life, and I got to thinking that maybe I should use one of those instead, even though they bear the wrong dates. After all, the notion of laying claim to Home Ground is writ large in my life, and using a coin from one of these two states says something about me.
So here are the choices:
On the plus side for signing with the proper date coin: Well, it's the proper date.
On the minus side: They aren't that exciting to look at and/or I have no real connection to the states.
On the plus side with going for one of my two "Home Ground" states: I am all about spiritual connection to place.
On the minus side: The New Mexico and Texas coins have the wrong date.
Making a choice about this affects the direction I go with future signatures, in that whichever I go with, I should probably be consistent and use the same template from now on. So, as you see, this is a heavy decision to make--which is why I am allowing you to weigh in on it!
So help me out by going to the poll widget on the sidebar and casting your vote. I reserve the right to make the final decision, but I'd like to hear your opinions on the matter. Thanks a bunch, and cast away!