|Project by DCooksey||posted 05-16-2016 10:38 PM||346 views||0 times favorited||0 comments|
Though it may not look like it, this is indeed a gavel and a sounding block. Though it may not look like it, both are made from walnut. Only the fourth picture shows the actual color of the wood. (Obviously, I have a lot to learn about photography…ok, I suck at photography). The sounding block was originally supposed to be very simple with a rounded over edge and straight sides. This is another reason I like turning so much…on the fly design mods!
The gavel is finished with three coats of General Finish oil & urethane gloss.
This goes to show that not all gavels are mallet style. Fellow Freemasons will recognize the full significance of the form which represents a setting maul.
This was a project that I must admit I took a great deal of personal pleasure in. A Brother who I greatly respect and admire approached me to make a gavel for his son. Both father and son are members of my Masonic Lodge. The son currently lives in New Jersey and was being installed as the Master of his lodge in New York. Pat wanted something different for AJ with a reminder of his home lodge. The inset coin is a challenge coin a Past Master of ours had commissioned and distributed to the members and other lucky individuals.
-- There are rarely any mistakes made in turning, but there are a lot of on-the-fly design modifications!