The Masters Designs Upon the Trestleboard

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Written by Gary Wonning

In earlier days, when the Craft was a serious discipline in a philosophic and sacred science, the tracing board was the most revered symbol in the lodge. 

It was a diagram which every Brother was taught to draw for himself, so that both his hand and his understanding might be trained in Masonic work.

At each Lodge-meeting the board of the degree about to be worked was drawn from memory with chalk and charcoal on the floor by the Master, who from previous practice was able to do this quickly and accurately.

During the ceremony, the Candidate took the steps of the degree over the diagram (as is still done to-day where floor-cloths are used).

The diagram was explained to him during the ceremony, and he then expunged it with a mop and pail of water so that uninitiated eyes might not see it and to learn a lesson in humility and secrecy. It was to convey to every Mason’s mind matters of deep import and secret instruction.

It is designed to reveal an ancient doctrine from heavenly sources for the spiritual uplift of man.

The Masonic Lodge has had a tremendous impact of the history of mankind.

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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