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Freemasonry Inspired Handicrafts

by John Paul Gomez | June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

"Moreover, there are many workmen with you, stonecutters and masons of stone and carpenters, and all men who are skillful in every kind of work."

-1 Chronicles 22:15

 I was imbued at an early age with love and earnest appreciation of art and crafts. My father was a public teacher and electrician by trade, starving artist by nature. My dad was a man who would rather share and give away his creations and gain friendship than profit. The way he would see it, he'd rather have a laugh with a stranger than bear the burden of having to collect money. This along with his other eccentricities was reason enough for my mom to leave him. He was heartbroken, but his love for art and his craft only intensified. What was once a source of joy also became a source of solace. As a kid, I was completely immersed. 

Looking back, life as a youngster living with a temperamental artist for a single parent was tough, but I do have many fond memories of growing up with him. I remember the early morning beach walks looking for see glasses, odd shaped rocks, and driftwood. I remember the annual gathering of local artist and meeting all sorts of wonderful people who make a living doing what they love. I remember the World War II anti-aircraft artillery shell that he and his buddies dug up from the dock and, using a bench vice and a hacksaw, managed to remove the projectile and the propellant charge without getting blown to kingdom come. It was an accomplishment. What was left of it, the brass cartridge case, became the exhaust pipe of his Suzuki B120. It was bold, it was fun, it was loud- just like my dad.

My creative dad met his Creator not too long ago but he still lives in me. I have his eyes to appreciate beauty, his hands to create, and even some of his temperament to liven things up. Like him I also find solace in the act of creating art and in supporting others who create.

Allow me to show you some of the exciting crafts that we have been developing here at FraternalTies in partnership with craftsmen from all over the world. Everything that we do is designed by a Freemason (yours truly), for Freemasons. 


"Sprig of Acacia" Solid Bronze Cufflinks and Lapel Pin

 Hand made in Dallas, Texas USA by a local artist and grandmother. Her grandfather was a Shriner Mason.


"Eye of Providence" Handcarved mango wood Masonic trinket box

Hand carved in Uttar Pradesh, India by local artisans.


Square and Compasses wood and leather bowtie

Made with ebony wood and genuine Canadian leather. 


Hand-carved Masonic trinket box Sheesham wood

Hand carved in Karnataka, India by local artisans.


"Noble Tools" Handcarved mango wood Masonic trinket box

Hand carved in Uttar Pradesh, India by local artisans.


Travelling hat /G\ (social media active Bros will appreciate)

Made in the USA


Masonic Working Tools throw pillow

Made in the USA


Lewis Tool onesies for babies!

Made in USA

That all for now my friends. We really appreciate the support that you have generously given us through the years. Thank you.

If you would like to know when any of these products will become available, please follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or join our mailing list

 

Posted in Arts and Crafts

Masonic Paisley Tie First Sighting

by John Paul Gomez | May 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two days ago, Bro. Dawid Stanczak, Polish by birth, Canadian by choice. Father to one, Bro. to millions.,  received his FraternalTies 1st Edition Paisley tie and published this close-up video. 

 

 

Posted in Fan Submissions

FraternalTies Masonic Paisley Tie - Ready for Shipping!

by John Paul Gomez | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

No more wait, the first edition FraternalTies Masonic Paisley tie is now absolutely ready to go! All orders will be shipped this coming Monday May 25, 2015 via Canada Post. Thank you for being so patient with us!

I can think of a lot of good things to say about this tie- it has perfect  density (it took us many trial and errors to get it right), it drapes well, it has the unmistakable iridescent sheen that you can only expect from high quality Jacquard woven silk, and of course the mature and thoughtful design that we are very proud of.

How to Order

Most of these ties are already accounted for but we expect some cancellations due to the long wait or due to a weaving miscalculation that caused some (not all) instances of the letter G on the tie to be woven in reverse. The size of this symbol on the fabric is a minuscule 0.4cm. Though small in size, it is perfectly understandable that this feature is not desirable to some of our Brothers and thus we expect that some may cancel their order. This "error" perhaps in due time will become the distinguishing feature of the first edition Paisley tie and will set it apart from its future reincarnations.

Only 200 of these ties were made making it a true collectors tie. If you are interested in owning one of these handsomely peculiar ties, please submit a request via this form (it will take less than a minute to fill out). You will be emailed when there's availability. Please click this link - http://form.jotform.ca/form/51200707472244

The photos below are true colour photos taken during the golden hour a few days ago. I increased the contrast on some of them but they are not modified nor colour corrected in any way- what you see is what you get. Now only if you can actually feel the luxurious fabric in your hands. You will soon. I took multiple photos from multiple angles using two different cameras to demonstrate how the light reacts with the fabric. You will love it.

If you are interested in owning one of these handsomely peculiar ties, please submit a request via this form (it will take less than a minute to fill out). You will be emailed when there's availability. Please click this link - http://form.jotform.ca/form/51200707472244

Wooden Watch update: We have not forgotten about you. We don't have a solid update from our manufacturer as of the moment.

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