Personal Aprons in Texas

Discussion in 'Freemasonry In Texas' started by rfuller, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. rfuller

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    How many brothers in Texas have their own apron, aside from the lambskin you were given after joining?

    That's not really something we do at my lodge. We have a lodge set. I know in in several other jurisdictions, Masons have their own aprons. Just curious if this is state wide, or if it's just a panhandle thing.

    Also, what are your thoughts on having your own apron (aside from DDGM or TxLoR or other special designation aprons)?
     
  2. cacarter

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    I'm sure there's some grand lodge law about this...better ask the secretary.
     
  3. crono782

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    You can own your own, but GL is very specific on the requirements of the apron


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  4. anraney

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    The apron has has to be with in the size specified by the GL but otherwise I see no reason why you couldn't. Here is my two cents.... Remember the apron you have? It was said that you should wear it in the presentation. So why is it we let it sit in a closet waiting for us to die like some grim reaper.

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  5. Brother JC

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    Agreed.
     
  6. Benjamin Baxter

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    I had a nice one made up to Texas specs and it has my dates for EA, FC, and MM under the flap. I had it made with a quick latch on the belt. I like to wear it when I participate in degree work. If not I pretty much wear the lodge apron for my office. If I am visiting one of my other lodges where I'm not in an office, I like to sport my Tranquility lodge apron. Brotherhood Aprons is who crafted the on I had made, I believe.
     
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  7. otherstar

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    For special occasions, I wear the lambskin I was presented when I was raised. For all other occasions, I wear whatever plain white aprons are available at whatever lodge I'm attending.
     
  8. chrmc

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    Problem is that they are often not white. They are some stained color, with spills, scratches and damages on them. When we look at how much significance we put on the aprons in the ritual I'm often surprised that Masons will accept to use a cheap, stained cloth one.
     
  9. appzdude

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    I have not bought a apron and I have only worn my lambskin twice. I now wear my PM apron presented to me last month.

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  10. chrmc

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    Texas is fairly restrictive on the rules for what they allow on aprons, and it has apparently recently been clarified again.
    I think for this reason you'll rarely see brethren getting personalized aprons made as the expense just isn't worth it when you can't get the artwork on it that you'd often desire.
     
  11. Bloke

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    There is a difference between a personal apron and a personalized one. All MMs here have their own personal apron, none of them are visibly personalized and comply with the guidelines of UGLV which are fairly specific with things like size expressed in millimeters (as opposed to the larger centimeter, there being 2.54 centimeters to the inch or 254 mm to the inch)
     
  12. chrmc

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    That is a fair point. As the OP mentioned "aside from the lambskin you were given after joining" I took it to mean personalized. Not sure many people would want to have two white aprons that are the same.
     
  13. Bloke

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    A MM (and PM) apron here is not white... and EA's is... (but I get what you mean)

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  14. chrmc

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    That apron would not be allowed with the current GLoTX rules.
    Which I personally think is a shame - but that's a completely different discussion.
     
  15. Bloke

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    Not even for visitors ? We receive visitors in their regalia....
     
  16. Brother JC

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    I'm guessing it's because of the urban myth that you aren't allowed to wear your "degree" apron before you're dead.
     
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  17. Brother JC

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    If an English or Aussie Mason visited a Texas lodge he would wear this apron.
     
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  18. chrmc

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    Visitors can wear what they want. But again going with the OP's original question, we're talking about masons in Texas having a second apron.
     
  19. chrmc

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    I've never understood that one. I wear the apron I got at my 3rd degree all the time. I get that it'll (hopefully) be a little tattered and worn by the time I'm buried in it, but I think it just shows that it has been used and also a fitting representation about life in general.
     
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