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The Skirret, a Masonic Working Tool

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

A skirret is a line of cord on a reel.  At the loose end of the cord is a stake. 

 

Within Freemasonry, it is used symbolically to create a straight and undeviating line of conduct.  The spool of cord resides on a cord holder which freely rotates on a center pin.  We might commonly see this tool used by a gardener in which to create straight rows of crops.   The rotating cord holder reels out the cord which is stretched tightly.  In this way, the skirret was used to mark out straight lines to create not only straight rows of crops, but perfectly straight lines for the foundation of a building or edifice.  

 

In most non-American, but English-speaking, regular Freemason lodges which work Emulation or similar or related ritual, the skirret is one of their working tools.

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