Working Tools - Mark Master & Royal Arch
Graig Huber

Mark Master:
Candidates are received into a lodge of Mark Masters under the edge of a chisel and the pressure of the mallet. These are the working tools of a Mark Master and the tools used by a stone mason to record his Mark. The chisel morally demonstrates the advantage of discipline and education. Discipline and education discover and draw forth the latent virtues of the mind. The mallet teaches one to correct irregularities so that, by quiet deportment, he may learn to be content. It curbs ambition, depresses envy, moderates anger, and encourages good dispositions.

“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.” Proverbs 15:14

Royal Arch:
The working tools of a Royal Arch Mason are the crow, pick-ax and spade. The crow is used by operative masons to raise things of great weight; the pick-ax to loosen the soil to prepare for digging and the spade to remove rubbish. By them the Royal Arch Mason is reminded of his duty to lift from his mind the weight of passions and prejudices, loosen the hold which long habits of sin and folly have had on his disposition and removing the rubbish of vice and ignorance. The Royal Arch Mason cannot fail to learn further from the use of these implements to build the eternal foundation of truth and wisdom upon which he is to erect the spiritual and moral temple of his second life.

“For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit." Ecclesiastes 2:26