Which is Easier?

People often assume it’s easier to cut a seal with fewer characters rather than one with more characters. One possible reason for thinking this way is that some seal carvers charge by the character. While it’s true that carving more characters takes more time, there’s something else to consider. I find it easier to make a good design with more characters because they offer more options. With fewer characters it can be hard to fill the space or make an interesting design—especially on a larger stone. It can be a real challenge to do a good design with only one character on a large stone. Just because it’s easier to cut doesn’t mean it’s easier to create.

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