The Masons Trade Unions. Corn, Wine, Oil.

Definition of ‘Trade Union’:  Labour unions or trade unions are organizations formed by workers from related fields that work for the common interest of its members. The key phrase is ”common interest of its members” with little to no mention of  quality  and workmanship .  Workmanship has been moving further and further down the supply chain since the  Trade Union Act of 1871, which had given the unions legal status and thereby allowed them to take over the training and social functions which the Guild had previously enjoyed

Masonry projects are a balance between cost, time and quality. It is possible to have high quality and low cost, but at the expense of time, and conversely to have high quality and a fast project, but at a cost. If both time and money are restricted, then quality is likely to suffer.

Workmanship has come under particular scrutiny recently as building regulations, and trade union wages have become more onerous and the standard of specification has increased. As a result, low-quality workmanship and materials are the norm.

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Operative Wages:  Corn Wine Oil. Corn, wine and oil were the Masonic wages of our ancient brethren.

Corn, wine and oil were the wages paid our ancient brethren, they were the “master’s wages” in the days of King Solomon. Masons of this day receive no material wages for their labors; the work done is paid for only in coin of the heart and for the craft, but those wages are no less real. How much we receive today and what we do with our wages depends entirely on our Masonic work.

oil corn The Masons Trade Unions. Corn, Wine, Oil.

The Masons Co Inc is resurrecting Guild masonry before all of the secret methods, traditions and practices are lost forever. Our focus is on preserving  the strong links between medieval operative masonry and today’s Craft masonry which should be preserved.

For all of us then, corn, then wine and then oil are symbols of sacrifice, of the fruits of labor, of wages earned.  No doubt the charge administered to all Masons and which contains the following clause accounts for the loss of many members of our Society in today’s Trade Unionism.

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Historical Background of Lime Mortar. Burning The Bones Of The Earth.

Lime mortar is a type of mortar composed of lime and an aggregate such as sand, mixed with water. It is one of the oldest known types of mortar, dating back to the 4th century BC and widely used in Ancient Rome and Greece, when it largely replaced the clay and gypsum mortars common to Ancient Egyptian construction.

lime mortar Historical Background of Lime Mortar. Burning The Bones Of The Earth.

The Mix

Lime mortars were the norm for centuries, and the secret of the perfect mix for any given situation was passed from father to son and from craftsman to apprentice over generations; the techniques also varied considerably across the country to suit the nature and performance of predominantly locally-sourced materials. There were few textbooks and no formal training. It was a matter of tradition and instinct supplemented by generations of experiment and sound experience.

This chain of knowledge was severely interrupted by the First World War and the near-universal adoption thereafter of stronger, faster-setting and consistent (but not always appropriate) cement-based mortars. To a large extent, today’s craftsmen have had to rebuild that knowledge base from scratch. But what if we have placed too much trust, and not enough understanding, in surviving texts, rather than analyzing the sound evidence of centuries-mortar—

Is there anything freer than chalk?

Where does one get one’s Cement?

That Cement is  Brotherly Love and Affection comes from “Heart Work.” This is a major focus of the operative . With its focus upon Values, Morality, Divestment and Investment, Masonic Cement is slowly but surely created by the Masons so doing this Work.

But isn’t Cement just “Symbolic?” Speculative Speaking  

Masons might assume that all this Masonic Cement talk is just Symbolic.  They might assume that a literal translation would ever readily present itself should Masons try to find it within some Ritual.  And should such Masons ever assume that Masonic Cement is just Symbolic, they would be very wrong.

Investigating the compounds necessary to bring about Cement requires exploration into the many types of Cements commonly used over the years.  There are multitudes of mixtures that have been used in the past with the most widely spread formula being those used in Ordinary Portland Cement.  The basic compounds that produce OPC come from limestone, alumina, silica and ferric sources.  When properly prepared and appropriately mixed together with water, it creates a viscous fluid that readily hardens into solids with the utmost of Integrity.

Interestingly enough, the compounds required to create Cement are mentioned within Lectures throughout the World.  Moreover, it is amazing to this Mason that it is a rare operative mason who knows this, especially since the Cement of Brotherly Love and Affection is such an overly emphasized articulation echoed throughout Masonic Work.

Let’s explore the making of Cement and see if you might guess where the “ingredients” are hidden within Operative Ritual.

The Coaches Coach Cement Part 1 page2 image1 Historical Background of Lime Mortar. Burning The Bones Of The Earth.One step toward making Cement is to take Limestone and remove Carbon Dioxide from it.  This is usually done by breaking the material up and subjecting it to an intense heat source.  At temperatures of 900 degrees centigrade, lime is created. Removal occurs more quickly at 1000 degrees though.  Higher temperatures are counterproductive since something called, “dead-burn” lime is created which is nonreactive for Cement production purposes.


Coincidentally, charcoal burns at 1100 degrees centigrade. With this temperature being achieved, it can easily be used to raise the temperature of limestone to the necessary tipping point where it gives up its carbon dioxide. Doing so creates a compound called “Lime” or Calcium Oxide.  This compound is used to create Lime Mortar, Roman Cement(1) and OPC.

For those of you who might not make the connection, Limestone is common Chalk.

Chalk, Charcoal, and Clay Chalk by Anthony A Reyes

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Operative Masonry, is it Still Alive?

 Guilds are and have always been associations of artisans or merchants who control the practice of their craft in a particular town. The earliest types of guilds were formed as fraternities of tradesmen. When organized, these groups transformed into part professional association, part trade union, part cartel, and part secret society.

The Operative Masons | Masonic History by Anthony A. Reyes

operativemasons Operative Masonry, is it Still Alive?

Most Speculative Free Masons are aware of the fact that a Guild of Operative Free Masons still exists and that The Masons Company of London still endures. Its a fact that Societies of Operative Masons were in England, France, and Italy during the Middle Ages and built churches, bridges, and cathedrals which still adorn those countries.

lime stone Operative Masonry, is it Still Alive?

If any one man can be said to have founded today’s Operatives, that man was Clement Edwin Stretton, who was born in 1850 and lived in Leiceste. Stretton’s activities were not confined to Guild Masonry alone. In 1871, he joined speculative freemasonry, being initiated, as was his father, into St. John Lodge No. 279 in Leicester.

clement Operative Masonry, is it Still Alive?

The Masons Co. of Kansas City OperativeCRAFT Masons’s Masons/ is the only incorporated trade guild in the USA .

The Masons Co. is comprised of talented and experienced professionals, which we believe is vital to our reputation and the company’s well-being. Many members are connected in someway to the building industry, or they work in or near the city. Indeed your professional talent may well be of particular interest to the company, and many members enjoy assisting the company on various financial, training, communications, or social committees or on our charities.

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Leawood Kansas 66211-7820

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