Warren G. Harding Lodge #260
F&AM of Washington
Poulsbo, WA

How to become a Mason.

Unity, Strength, Growth
And
The Lewis Jewel

by Britt Samples

I recently had the opportunity to ask several past and present Masters what their motto or mantra was for their term. There was a common word in every one, STRENGTH. What was so special about that word within the world of a Mason?

Historically, ancient operative masons used a tool called a Lewis. It is a simple yet ingenious device used to raise heavy blocks of stone. It consists of three parts: two wedge-shaped side pieces and a straight center piece that fit together. A dovetailed recess was cut into the top of stone block; the two outer pieces were inserted and then spread by the insertion of the centerpiece. Once united, it provided the strength necessary to lift the heavy stone, giving the means for the growth of a nation.

Figuratively, a Lewis is a son whose father is or was a Freemason in good standing at the time of the son's initiation. In England the son of a Mason is called a "Lewis", because it is his duty to support the sinking power and aid the failing strength of his father. Or as Dr. Oliver put it "To bare the burden in the heat of the day that his Parents may rest in their old age, thus rendering the evening of their lives peaceful and happy".

The Lewis Jewel is a pendant jewel commemorative of the strength of the Masonic bond between a father and son. On the top-bar are engraved the Mason Father's name and date of initiation and the son's on the bottom.

My father-in-law is no longer with us, but his strength is reflected in his son, my wonderful husband Glenn.

I would like to ask Glenn's mother, Olga Samples to stand for his father and present to him the Lewis Jewel.

Recent recipients of the Lewis Jewel