In this episode we look at the definition of what the masonic apron represents. Of the many emblems of Freemasonry, none is more iconic that the lambskin apron.
Aquila, better known in Masonic parlance as the Roman Eagle, was considered in ancient times to be a symbol of strength, courage, and immortality. The signa militaria[i] of the Roman military under Gaius Marius (104 BC), the war standard was made of silver or bronze and served more as a holy war relic than mere […]
Masonic tradition informs us that the lamb skin apron is more ancient than the Golden Fleece. Ancient being the operative word, just what exactly does that implication imply and how is the Golden Fleece remembered in more contemporary times as it may relate to the apron given to the newly raised entered apprentice? In Greek […]
I have always admired artisans, most especially Masonic artisans. The Beehive has posted articles about David Naughton-Shires and the Masonic Art Exchange and the Masonic stained glass windows of Ryan Flynn – among others. So it was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to interview Patrick Craddock of The Craftsman’s Apron. In Colonial […]
“A beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.” The above quote is the description of Masonry that is most often given to the initiate in order to describe the nature of the institution. It is so oft repeated that I suppose many Freemasons don’t give much thought to its meaning. However, […]
Near George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate? George Washington’s apron is on display until next week (May 19th). From the Mt Vernon Patch: The historic site is located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Mount Vernon is open seven days a week, every day of the year, […]
The other morning, I was enjoying my daily shaving ritual. As I lathered the shaving soap with my badger hair brush and spread the rich, white lather over my jaw, I thought about how my morning shave had become a daily routine of renewal and purification. When I took my razor in hand and removed […]