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Do you wear your lambskin apron to lodge?

Do you wear your lambskin apron to lodge?

  • Yes

    Votes: 6 12.5%
  • On special occasions

    Votes: 15 31.3%
  • Never cross my mind

    Votes: 9 18.8%
  • Only at my funeral

    Votes: 18 37.5%

  • Total voters
    48

Roy Vance

Certified
Premium Member
I got mine out the other day and looked at it, and measured it, and it is not even regulation "Texas" size. It is just a 13"x15" apron, so I couldn't wear it even if I wanted to. Besides that, it feels like it has a cardboard backing, it is so stiff. I was kind of dissappointed when I saw all of this.
 
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dew_time

Registered User
I was presented with one at my initiation and it remains at the lodge under lock and key until I need it again. I think ordering one, as mentioned, with all my info is a very cool idea but I will wait until I finish all my degrees.

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Entered Apprentice
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Bwell027

Registered User
I have mine on the wall.

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dfreybur

Premium Member
I am only a recent raised EA my teacher says I have about two weeks till my proficiency but tommrow there two so I can't wait for that really great learning experience but my question was do I get a white lambskin when I am raised to a master mason?

Many lodges present a brother with his apron after raising. That's because the dates of your degrees are written on it. Mine are written inside the bib and I think that's the most common.

There are lodges that give you the apron when you are initiated but what happens if you forget to bring it to your degrees or if you never advance through your degrees? There are arguments on both sides of when to issue the apron but to me most of them favor after you are raised.
 

SeattleMason0613

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I have not received my apron yet, however it was supposed to be delivered after my initiation but something to do with a back order I am still having to use the spares and I become master next month


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SeeKer.mm

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Didn't get mine presented till after I was raised

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Pscyclepath

Premium Member
I wore mine a time or two while out traveling, but quickly put it away for safekeeping and special occasions, and bought a white leather apron with the white ribbon trim and a belt that I wear whenever I travel to other lodges, or for certain degree work. I made a small modification by adding a hook & eye where it can be snapped up for wear as an FC. In my home lodge, I wear my officer's apron, otherwise I carry the white leather one for whenever I need to be "clothed."

Over the past year or two (shortly after I was initiated), we began collecting the new EA's apron at the end of his initiation, putting it in a bag for him, holding it at the lodge, and re-issuing to him at his subsequent degrees. When he is raised, he takes it home with him, along with the lodge challenge coin given him during his EA.
 

dfreybur

Premium Member
Over the past year or two (shortly after I was initiated), we began collecting the new EA's apron at the end of his initiation, putting it in a bag for him, holding it at the lodge, and re-issuing to him at his subsequent degrees. When he is raised, he takes it home with him, along with the lodge challenge coin given him during his EA.

Eventually your lodge will discover that a percentage of brothers do not progress to MM. My mother lodge built up a stack of around a dozen and started assigning them to new candidates. It was cool because there had been consolidations so these aprons had the names of our legacy lodges. As they were handed out the source lodge name was read and a brief history of our absorbed lodge was told. The candidates and members both loved the practice. At some point we ran out but it was a nice run while it lasted.
 

Brother Altizer

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My lodge provides us with aprons and I want mine to be pristine for the coffin that encloses my lifeless remains. So it stays like several brothers have posted, in a shadow box hanging up on the wall over the fireplace


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BroBook

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Not really playing, not the lamb skin, but I wondered years ago why brothers only wear aprons at meetings & ...... Thinking unspotted before the world !!!


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jrmorgan919

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In my jurisdiction, we receive our aprons as Entered Apprentice and are expected to wear them unless we become officers or Past Masters etc....


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dfreybur

Premium Member
Brother, why would you have to order your own apron?

It's not that bad an idea I figure. In the US lodges supply aprons but they are cloth ones and lodges outside the US generally don't supply aprons. If you want to keep your original one pristine for your coffin (the ambiguity of the wording when it is presented suggests that stains gotten in service to Masonry are not a problem rather moral spots from hurting actions are a problem), then it's pretty cool to bring your own.

It's not a standard thing to do in the US but there are a lot of brothers who bring their own PM apron so it would work the same way with a brother who didn't go through line or simply decided against carrying a PM apron.
 

jrmorgan919

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I am Prince Hall Mason and while lodges do have extra aprons, in my grand lodge we are expected to bring one and I like it that way. It's not an apron, it's MY apron.


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otherstar

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I received a white leather apron when I was raised and wear it on special occasions. The lodge where I was raised (Oak Forest #1398) provided cloth aprons for members and cloth past master's aprons. Oak Forest also gave PMs a very nice apron at the end of their year and some would wear that on special occasions instead of the apron they received when they were raised. We were never discouraged from wearing our white leather apron.

My current lodge (Humble #979) only has white simulated leather aprons for members and past masters. A few past masters have their own aprons and wear them to meetings and degree work. I have yet to wear my apron to this lodge, but I would not hesitate if the occasion arose.
 

BigDre357

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I have an actual lamb skin white apron given to me when I was initiated to EA I keep it put away and I have never worn it but one time

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