Custom Gavels for Masons
NOTICE: The shop will be closed from November 14 until December 6 while i
move my household and shop from Gettysburg PA to Lincolnton NC.
Now available: 8x10
Award Plaques custom engraved in solid Alder wood.
are now $59,
which includes engraving on two sides of the gavel.
Shipping to US
addresses is $6 for up
to 3 gavels unless otherwise quoted
recently made a substantial investment in engraving equipment and now do all
engraving work myself. Please click on the
"Graphics" page to learn about adding
engraving to your gavel or sounding block. .
custom gavels for Masons
often wondered why many Masonic Lodges use an
auctioneer or judge's gavel to conduct lodge.
Some even use a Setting Maul, which has obvious
negative connotations within the Craft. After a
little research, I found that many Masonic
scholars have advocated the use of the "common"
gavel, since the Master and Wardens do not sit
in judgment, nor are they selling anything.
Made sense to me! So I began experimenting in
my woodshop and came up with a design that I
could make available to all Masons who were
interested in bringing back the common gavel
where it belongs.
This site contains information about the gavels
I have available for sale. You'll find that the
quality is outstanding, and the prices are much
lower than you'll find for similar quality
gavels. Please feel free to contact me if you
have questions or a custom request.
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Oak, Mahogany, Walnut, Cherry and Maple
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Gavel Design and
The striking heads are in the shape of the classic "common" gavel,
with a beveled face. The back end of the gavel is cut at a 45
degree angle "to break off the corners of rough stones". The design
is representative of what our ancient operative brethren would have
used in the building of the Temple. Prior to assembly, the
handle and striking head are machine sanded through 3 progressive
grits, then hand sanded through 4 more progressively finer grits in
order to bring up a beautiful and natural finish.
The handles are mounted into the striking head
approximately 1" and secured with a heavy duty deck screw and
glued. The top of the gavel head is then capped off with a hardwood
plug where the screw has been inserted. The gavel is then
finished with a hand rubbed finish using the finest Danish Oil and
The construction methods I use result in a heavy duty implement
that is not only built to look good, but to be functional and ready
for years of use.
Pictured at left are some of my gavels "under
construction". These are
shown at the first of seven sanding phases.
Caring for Your Gavel
Touch-up and refinishing is a simple process that almost
anyone can do. Over time, the face of the gavel is bound to
suffer blemishes from repeated use. To bring it back to its original condition, you'll need to
first sand the area with progressively finer grits of sandpaper.
The progression I use is 80, 120, and 220 grit
sandpaper. After sanding, simply treat the surface with Danish
Oil, then apply several coats of a wood paste wax.