Dave Loomis wrote the following about a
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.
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