Masonic Ashlars

An example set of Ashlars

An example set of Ashlars

In Freemasonry, the rough ashlar represents an unhewn stone taken from the quarry which, by the skill and ingenuity of the workmen, is wrought into due form and made fit for its intended purpose. It symbolises man in his primitive state, rough and unpolished until, by improvement, he becomes a fit member of civilised society.

The smooth ashlar represents a stone that is perfect in its shape and used by the experienced craftsman to calibrate his tools. It symbolises man after a regular, well-spent and virtuous life.

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