My Gavel Making Endevour

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by JTM, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    Which one is the best?

    Don't look at the color. These are made from cheap home depot whitewood, which is terrible for lathing and staining.

    http://imgur.com/a/oOKn8#jA6Qp

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    ust the style.

    I didn't do the 2 piece type, either, as I thought this would be an easier way to start.

    edit: The one with the flat face on the handle is by far the hardest one to make.
     
  2. Ed Nelson

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    I'm partial to this one...looks great!
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  3. JTM

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  4. JJones

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    Neat, I've never seen gavels like that in any of the lodges I've visited. Are they used commonly?
     
  5. chancerobinson

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    James, The gavels look great, but I am partial to number two, that may be because it looks the most like the gavel I am accustomed to. I also like the smaller handle on it.

    In Tejas I believe you have to request dispensation from Grand Lodge to use any gavel other than the "T-type gavel" such as the setting maul gavels that JTM made. At Sul Ross Lodge in College Station the three stations have setting maul type gavels that were presented the lodge by two of our Past Masters in the early 1990s. I am not sure how many lodges in Texas use these.
     
  6. Ed Nelson

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    There is a wood lathe on my local Craigslist for $100 and it's killing me not to get it. I have nowhere to use or even store it.

    I haven't used a wood lathe in 25 years (4 years of wood shop in High School), but as soon as I saw the listing, I really, really, had the urge. I was also thinking about making gavels after reading how custom ones are commonly used as gifts in the masonic community.

    The hand gavel (maul, or palm gavel) you are making are the type my lodge uses (as a new Mason, I haven't been to other lodges to see theirs).

    Here are some examples of similar designs:

    F4M_GS113_Walnut_Maul.jpg

    F4M_GS116_Walnut_Palm_Gavel.jpg

    CF038_maul_Lodge_Furnishings_for_Website.jpg
     
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  7. JTM

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    I had no idea that we had to have special dispensation. That's kind of silly.

    Definitely something I'm going to have to look into now. Anyone have the law on that?

    (<--- bad JW, going to have to read up, I suppose)
     
  8. Bill Lins

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    The gavels at Holland #1 are of that style. That's the only Lodge in which I've seen them.
     
  9. Bill Lins

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    The only mention of gavels I've been able to find in the Grand Lodge Law is in Art. 223 & it only requires that a Lodge have 3 of them- nothing about style.

    "NECESSARY PARAPHERNALIA FOR LODGES IN TEXAS
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    5. Three gavels."
     
  10. JTM

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    is it of bill lins' opinion that gavels can be made of whatever style, then?
     
  11. Beathard

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    There is nothing in Masonic law in Texas that defines a gavel or describes it's style.
     
  12. Bill Lins

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    It is.
     
  13. chancerobinson

    chancerobinson Registered User

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    After posting that the other night I read Article 223, and I was awaiting the approaching correction. I started to edit my post, but I also wanted to see if anyone found anything else in the law referring to gavels.

    That portion of Article 223 however does read as follows: "5. Three gavels. (Revised 1996)" does anyone who wasn't still in diapers in 1996 recall any specific requirements for the three gavels prior to that time?

    Sorry for the confusion on this, and thanks for the clarification brethren.
     
  14. Ashton Lawson

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    I was at the lodge at the Lee Lockwood Scottish Rite Center on Friday, and they had that style of gavel in the lodge.
     
  15. Dow Mathis

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    Counting from left to right, I think that I like #2 and #4, with #2 being my preference. Of the ones posted so far in this thread, I like the ones in Br. Ed's first picture the best. Kind of looks like what your #2 could eventually become. Ain't wood turning fun?
     
  16. Huw

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    Hi JTM.

    Of your original four samples, I like the one on the right, it looks very smart. If you really want to get fancy, how about brass inlay filling the grooves?

    However, for actual use, I prefer the long-handled courtroom-type linked from your second post, because they're easy to reach when I need to use it. But obviously that depends on what type of Chair you have, and my experience in England may differ from what you usually have in Texas!

    In England, by the way, both of these types occur by neither is common. Our usual style is long-handled T, but with a wedge-shaped head (flat at one end to bang on the block, edged at the other end) rather than a cylindrical head ... because that's the traditional shape of the working stonemason's gavel.

    T & F,

    Huw
     

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