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A Simple-hearted Seal Cutting Craftman Comes from Confucius' Hometown

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My name is Kong De Zhou. I was born in Qufu, where the Chinese greatest educator and philosopher Confucius was born 2570 years ago. My workshop is located in the pedestrian street on the east side of Confucius Temple, and I receive many tourists from China and abroad every year.

With the development of economy, I began to do business online and registered this online store with the help of my friends. In this advertisement, you can see my personal photos, seal engraving patterns, my shop, my classes for people who come to our city to experience Chinese culture, an interview on me by our local tevision station and a book containing my information which is called Homologous Culture Show.

During the new opening of my online store, various seals will be published one after another. Their prices will also be very favorable. Welcome to purchase. My hometown is a small cultural city with a long history, and I love it. If you have the opportunity to visit, I'd be happy to be your tour guide for free. Confucius once said, "It's a pleasure to have friends coming from afar." Welcome to my hometown, Qufu, China. Thank you.

“Kong De Zhou: Make friends with stone, and impress people's hearts”
(By Shandong's Neighboring Culture 2018-01-17)

Not long ago, my friend and I visited the Speechless Seal Store in Confucius' hometown. That is the first time I met with Mr. Kong De Zhou, a folk artist who is 33 years old and looks very elegant. When he introduced the material and characteristics of the stone seals, he was very confident, and everything was explained clearly in a quiet and relaxed voice. When I asked to have a look at his imprints of the seals, he turned out a photo album, which was full of his works of recent years, with thousands of imprints in different styles, such as seal script, regular script, official script, seals of names, idoms, or drawings.

With the task of our compiling group, we interviewed Mr. Kong and exchanged ideas closely. We saw Mr. Kong's spirit of hard study, ingenuity and excellence, as well as his excellent service for customers.

Mr. Kong De Zhou begun to study from Mr. Kong Fan Hua, a well-known folk artist in QuFu when he was young. Mr. Kong always remember his teacher's teaching: "To carve a piece of seal is just like to be a man, only when you have a good personality can you engrave out a good one". In the days after left his first teacher, Mr. Kong got the guidance of Mr. Han Tian Heng, a famous seal engraver, and Mr. Tian Yun Zhang, a calligrapher, to improve his skills through online courses. He participated in the correspondence course of seal engraving and calligraphy in QuFu Normal University and graduated with excellent results.

Speaking of 16 years’ experience in seal engraving, Mr. Kong De Zhou was full of emotion: "QuFu is a famous historical and cultural city. It receives more than 300,000 Chinese and foreign tourists every year. Its unique cultural products add better and better tourism experience to the tourists. QuFu Municipal Government attaches great importance to the development of cultural products, especially the seal carving process, which is well-known all over the world, with annual sales reaching hundreds of millions Chinese Yuan.“

"My workshop is located in the street between Confucius Mansion and Confucius Temple. During the peak season of tourism, my disciples and I have to work 15 hours a day to meet the needs of customers,"Mr. Kong said:"But no matter how busy I am, I will remember my teacher's teachings and carve carefully, so that every piece is a fine product and customers are 100% satisfied."

Just as Confucius said: "Virtue will never be alone, there must be neighbors". After more than ten years of efforts, Mr. Kong De Zhou's store has become a gold-lettered signboard, recognized and praised by both Chinese and foreign customers. Mr. Kong said, "I have already opened an online store on Taobao in China. Next year, I will register an international online store with the help of my friends and sell the seals abroad. The aim why I do this is not just to make money, but to better spread China's excellent tradtional culture."

Speaking of his career ideal and vision, Mr. Kong De Zhou said passionately: "It is my career ideal that To make friends with stone, and impress a good memory in their hearts. The small square seal shows a long-standing traditional culture of China and conveys the benevolence and righteousness of Confucianism. I have been working in this area for 16 years, if calculate by carving ten seals a day on average, 30 years later, my works will reach more than 160,000 pieces. This data and its significance are to bring cultural enjoyment to about 100,000 guests. This is the source of my happiness and the value of my life."

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Last updated on May 10, 2022
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Question: Which kind of character do you use in your carving?
Answer: Basically, I use seal script fonts. That font was invented in the Qin Dynasty of China more than 2000 years ago, which is quite different from the modern simplified Chinese characters in form.
I can also engrave other fonts, but it will be limited by the material and size of the seal, please contact me in advance.

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Question: Can you engrave English letters, Japanese Kanji or other language symbols? and Could you carve my personal signature or a picture?
Answer: Generally speaking, no problem. I suggest you contact me in advance and communicate everything well. Because for some seals, the material is relatively rough and not suitable for fine carving. In addition, complex carving will take more time, I have to charge you some additional fees appropriately.

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Question: How do you translate my name into Chinese characters?
Answer: Actually, the Chinese translation of your name already exists, so I don't need to translate it specially anymore. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Xinhua News Agency and Foreign Research Agency of China have completed the translation of names and place names of various countries. Most of the translated names are transliterated. According to their pronunciation syllables, select appropriate Chinese characters.

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Question: If I don't want an official translation name, can you provide me with a suitable Chinese name?
Answer: If you want a personalized translation, please tell me some basic information about you, such as occupation, personality, hobbies, etc. So I can combine these with the pronunciation of your name to provide you with a suitable name, trying to balance the original pronunciation of your name, personal information and the meaning of the translated name. The service is free.

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Question: When I print my name on paper, are the characters white or red?
Answer: Generally speaking, if the material permits, I will engrave your name in red. In terms of technical terms, this is Yang Wen, meaning that the characters are prominent, the red ones are on the white background. Sometimes there are stones or characters that are not suitable for red fonts. I will carve them into white fonts. Everyone has their own preferences. If you have special requirements in this respect, please let me know in advance. For me, they are the same. It is worth mentioning that in the Han Dynasty, most of the Chinese seals were in white fonts.

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Question: Can you engrave my English name (or other language letters, characters, personal portraits, logo) on the same seal as my Chinese name?
Answer: Yes, but it's important to note that this is limited by the complexity of your name and the size of your seal. I suggest you contact me in advance. On the other hand, in this case, I may need to charge you some extra handicraft fees.