Custom Gavels for Masons

Updated: 12/14/20

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All gavels are $59, which includes engraving on two sides of the gavel.  Shipping to Continental US addresses is $9.50 unless otherwise quoted


Custom Engraving   I made a substantial investment in engraving equipment and do all graphic and engraving work myself.  Please click on the "Graphics" page to learn about adding engraving to your gavel or sounding block.  . 

 Handcrafted, custom gavels for Masons










    I often wondered why many Masonic Lodges use an auctioneer or judge's gavel to conduct lodge.  Some even use a Setting Maul, which has obvious negative connotations within the Craft.  After a little research, I found that many Masonic scholars have advocated the use of the "common" gavel, since the Master and Wardens do not sit in judgment, nor are they selling anything.  Made sense to me!  So I began experimenting in my woodshop and came up with a design that I could make available to all Masons who were interested in bringing back the common gavel where it belongs. 

     This site contains information about the gavels I have available for sale.  You'll find that the quality is outstanding, and the prices are much lower than you'll find for similar quality gavels.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or a custom request. 

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Cherry Gavels with Alder Plaque


Oak, Mahogany, Walnut, Cherry and Maple Sounding Blocks Available          

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    Gavel Design and Construction      

      The striking heads are in the shape of the classic "common" gavel, with a beveled face.  The back end of the gavel is cut at a 45 degree angle "to break off the corners of rough stones".  The design is representative of what our ancient operative brethren would have used in the building of the Temple.  Prior to assembly, the handle and striking head are machine sanded through 3 progressive grits, then hand sanded through 4 more progressively finer grits in order to bring up a beautiful and natural finish.

     The handles are mounted into the striking head approximately 1" and secured with a heavy duty deck screw and glued.  The top of the gavel head is then capped off with a hardwood plug where the screw has been inserted.  The gavel is then finished with a hand rubbed finish using the finest Danish Oil and Butcher's Wax.

      The construction methods I use result in a heavy duty implement that is not only built to look good, but to be functional and ready for years of use.



Pictured at left are some of my gavels "under construction".  These are shown at the first of seven sanding phases. 

Caring for Your Gavel

Touch-up and refinishing is a simple process that almost anyone can do.  Over time, the face of the gavel is bound to suffer blemishes from repeated use.  To bring it back to its original condition, you'll need to first sand the area with progressively finer grits of sandpaper.  The progression I use is 80, 120, and 220 grit sandpaper.  After sanding, simply treat the surface with Danish Oil, then apply several coats of a wood paste wax.