Volume 5 Issue 7
February 1999


Dave Loomis wrote the following about a Chop.

A chop is a raised and or engraved seal, like a monogrammed ring, that is rubbed on an ink stick or dipped in paste or liquid ink and impressed onto a document in place of or in addition to the signature. These chops are collectible works of art in their own right, being a short piece of ivory, with the Chinese characters carved, in reverse, into one end, rather like a rubber stamp. They serve as both a formal signature to a document as well as a notary's seal that the document was in fact signed by the purported signee. I believe in Chinese custom, if not law, a chop has more validity than the actual signature.

Potato Chop

Go to your local library. Find a book on characters from the Orient. Then, get a large baking potato. Cut it in half. Have your cubs carve out from the potato half an oriental design. They can use plastic spoons or plastic knives. If you do this craft with them bring all the utensils to do the carving and COLLECT ALL of them when the Cubs are though. Get a stamp pad and have the Cubs do their "chop signatures." If they decide to make kites this month, perhaps they could decorate their kites with their stamps.

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