The Common Gavel

Presented by Brother Phil J. Croft, King David Lodge No. 93, West Vancouver, B.C. Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon (Canada) Pursuing the same metaphor, it might be said that the second great gift with which we are endowed at our birth is the gift of energy. Healthy children simply bubble and boil with it (as we grandfathers know all too well!) and Continue reading

The Chisel

The Chisel, whose principal characteristics(so says our Ritual), are its smallness and its sharpness; what gift at our birth can we think of as corresponding in its nature to the “diminutive implement of exquisite temper”? Our Ritual itself supplies the answer-Perseverance, that human quality which says “try, try, try again”; which says “let’s Continue reading

The 24-inch Gauge

Presented by Brother Phil J. Croft ,of King David Lodge No. 93, West Vancouver, B.C. Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon (Canada) The first implement placed in the hands of the new apprentice, we are told, is the 24-inch gauge, or as we should nowadays say, the two-foot rule; that common implement in the hip-pocket of every working artisan. Its purpose, we Continue reading

Working Tools in MM Degree (Ancient Workings) etc.

THE WORKING TOOLS IN THE MASTER MASON DEGREE (Ancient Workings) “The Working Tools of a Master Mason are all the tools in Masonry indiscriminately but more especially the TROWEL” In beginning, I will first provide you with the definition of the TROWEL as provided in The Lexicon of Freemasonry by Albert G. Mackey.  It is, in part, as follows; “An Continue reading

Working Tools of a Master Mason

THE WORKING TOOLS OF A MASTER MASON  The Working Tools of the Master Mason Degree, are the Skirret, the Pencil and the Compasses - characteristically and unmistakably the tools of the Architect, the Designer and the Master builder himself. THE SKIRRET. You are unlikely to discover the word “skirret” in any modern dictionary or encyclopedia - at Continue reading

Fellowcraft Working Tools

Fraternal Greetings Brethren In preparing this month's edition I have been grappling with the length of the paper I have chosen to share with you, feeling it was rather long , however, I have come to the conclusion that to split it would lessen it's message and impact on each and every one of us.  As such, it is now presented in its entirety. THE Continue reading

Chisel & White Gloves

Fraternal Greetings Brethren. Well here we are again at the start of a New Year, and in my Lodge, the start of a New Masonic Year, our Installation was on Jan. 5th. The topic this month is the “Chisel” and is the third Working Tool to be studied.  This paper was first presented in a 1972 lecture, however, 36 years later, I believe, it is still Continue reading

The Common Gavel etc.

The Common Gavel. Pursuing the same metaphor, it might be said that the second great gift with which we are endowed at our birth is the gift of energy. Healthy children simply bubble and boil with it (as we grandfathers know all too well!) and if it be true that, in the words of our ritual, "labour is the lot of man", then it is also true that Continue reading

The 24 inch Guage etc.

The 24-inch Gauge The first implement placed in the hands of the new apprentice, we are told, is the 24-inch gauge, or as we should nowadays say, the two-foot rule; that common implement in the hip-pocket of every working artisan.  Its purpose, we are taught, is :- "to ascertain the extent of the work in which are about to engage, and to compute the Continue reading