custom aprons

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by choppersteve03, Jun 18, 2011.

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how many bros. have custom mm aprons

  1. yes

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  2. no

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  1. CajunTinMan

    CajunTinMan Registered User

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    Ok thanks. I got my father a very ornate one
     
  2. jeffself

    jeffself Registered User

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    Look up brotherhoodaprons.com

    The late brother William Ellis ,his wife is still making the handmade aprons and keeping the business going


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  3. scialytic

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    That is sad news. I am glad that his Lady Widow is continuing their service to the Brethren. He designed and made my apron for me. I wanted an all-white apron with a S&C embroidered on it. He said he had never made one and felt some colored thread would be more "normal" :) but when I explained that I wanted the apron to remain completely whitr, he understood and would do his best to make it turn out nice. It did! He was pretty impressed with the result himself. I was really impressed with him. And the apron is great!

    https://m.facebook.com/BrotherhoodAprons?id=182225398462280&_rdr
     
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  4. SeattleMason0613

    SeattleMason0613 Registered User

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    Are grand lodge just banned custom aprons


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  5. scialytic

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    Many do. My Lodge's aprons have embroidered S&C on them, so I felt safe with that design. I wouldn't recommend a custom for regular use. If your Lodge is fine with you wearing it for certain occassions or if it has specific symbolic meaning you should be fine if your W:.M:. is okay with it. Now that it is your GL law, it makes it more complicated. But many Brothers have a custom apron designed for personal reasons so it is less about wearing a cool apron to Lodge.
     
  6. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Does the prohibition include Past Master's aprons or are they still allowed?
     
  7. SeattleMason0613

    SeattleMason0613 Registered User

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    I'm not a. 100% sure I just know there was a problem with people designing there own or wearing something similar to george washington apron. So the rule is a basic white rectangle with the correct dimensions,


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  8. MarkR

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    Which then discourages the brethren from purchasing a nice Master Mason apron of their own, and they go back to wearing the tired, worn, frayed and grimy cloth aprons from the stack at the tyler's station. Sigh.
     
  9. SeattleMason0613

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    No we are given brand new aprons of our own


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  10. dfreybur

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    I was affiliated with Seaside lodge north of Seattle for a while. I don't remember anyone bringing their own white leather apron to any meeting but their own degree. I do remember brothers wearing their own PM aprons. I would ask for a ruling on PM aprons for clarification.
     
  11. K3vin

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    The main issue the Grand Master explained to us on his visit last month, was the varying colors of trim and sizes. The GL had received many complaints of some aprons not complying with the Washington Masonic Code.


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  12. MarkR

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    In Minnesota, nobody wears their "raising apron" that they're given. They put that away to keep it spotless for their eventual funeral. They wear the tired cloth aprons from the tyler's station. We're permitted to buy nice MM or PM aprons, but hardly anybody does.
     
  13. DJGurkins

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    I was told to save my presented apron for funerals and outside of your lodge functions were you need your own apron. I can have a custom apron made for these times but it must be basically the same as I was presented. Once I serve in the east I will be allowed a Past Master Apron and our lodge Usually buys it for our Masters. Now I was presented at my raising a white leather apron that I keep in a protective case. I take it with me when I visit a lodge in case they run out of aprons.
     
  14. Brother JC

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    I won't quote the lecture again (the reason I wear the apron I was presented during the EA), but I have assisted in a number of military funerals where we performed a Masonic service, and at every single one, my Lodge supplied the apron.
    I guess there are a lot of widows out there with aprons in their closets...
     
  15. DJGurkins

    DJGurkins Floresville #515 Premium Member

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    My apron will be in the casket with me. My lodge will place one on the casket for me.

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  16. Roy Vance

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    I had a custom MM apron made, real leather, Texas regulation size, white on white. White trim, S&C on the body and all-seeing eye on the bib, with my name and Lodge name and number embroidered under the bib. Our DDGM told me it was OK to wear it as a "traveling" apron, since I am an officer in both of my Lodges. I will have a simple PM apron made when the time comes.
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  17. Bro_Vick

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    Because of the sensitivities that anything and everything is up to interpretation at Grand Lodge, I would just wear either a Past Master (if you are one, as those aren't uniform, and vary greatly) or just a white Apron.

    With that being said, I am looking to buy one, if for no other reason to have something personal to represent my continuing Masonic journey. It doesn't need to be in lodge to be something special.

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  18. Bro. Stewart P.M.

    Bro. Stewart P.M. Lead Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    I own several custom aprons being a "has been" of the local York Rite bodies. I have both a Past High Priest and Past Thrice Illustrious Master aprons.

    As far as the Lodge is concerned, I have the apron that was originally presented to me (never worn), and a white (TX Reg.) cotton apron with elastic waistband, that I wear outside the Lodge when visiting or attending funerals. I am sure that after June, I will wear my Past Master apron to any other special events.
     
  19. Browncoat

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    Personally, I don't see what all the hubbub is about. It's supposed to be your apron that symbolically carries your working tools for your journey. It stands to reason that it should be personal and customized to your individual tastes. I understand the need for some uniformity, such as size, and certain color restrictions so that they don't resemble the aprons of other bodies. I imagine that custom aprons were more the norm many years ago until some "have nots" at the Lodge started complaining about overly-ornate aprons, so rules were implemented to ban them.

    Like most others who have replied here, our Lodge uses the Tyler station Rent-an-Apron(TM) cloth aprons and they are a bit worse for wear. The officer aprons are nice, though.
     
  20. jmiluso

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    I personally just like the plain white apron. The true badge of a mason, no frills just honest. That is what I will be buried with.


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