I would not have picked this man to carve our seals. His selection was smaller than those I had seen in other shop windows. The style of characters on his seals was traditional which I did not like. But Xiulan went straight to his booth, which was outdoors at the entrance to an alley. She questioned the carver about the stones he used for the seals and assured me he was selling only the best quality stones. Xiulan had promised to find me good seals at good prices, and she had made up her mind that this was to be the shop where I bought my seals. We agreed to a price of 100 Yuan for each seal, and to come back in 45 minutes to pick them up. The seals were beautiful, the carver was charming and a good businessman.
I'm glad I trusted Xiulan's judgement about the seals.
Created digitally, using PSP 9, Photoshop Elements 2.0, and digital scrapbooking files (like Ekits) from Cottage Arts.