by Midnight Freemason Contributor
WB Gregory J. Knott
Masonic Revival by brother Edgar Alejandro and has an excellent collection of ties, aprons, watches, cufflinks and more. Brother Alejandro’s designs are contemporary in nature with elegance and class. My favorite masonic tie is one I purchased from brother Alejandro. He also has designed numerous custom masonic pins, including the one this year for brother Bo Cook, the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons in Illinois.
Ascended Masters Clothing by brother Carl Hern features some of the most unique masonic items coming out today. I have personally purchased two of his masonic pendants, which are unlike anything else on the market. He has items branded as “Bearded Builders” which are grooming items for that special person’s beard.
Cornerstone Publishers by brother Michael Poll has one of the best collections of masonic books currently in print. These feature a nice mix of new titles and some of the classics that have been reprinted. One of his books, “A Masonic Evolution: The New World of Freemasonry”, has been chosen by the Grand Lodge of Illinois. I have most of the current titles in my library and have enjoyed every one of them. Brother Poll is the current Editor of the Journal of The Masonic Society.
Moon and Son Publishers by Midnight Freemason Founder Todd E. Creason. Brother Creason has written five books including his award winning “Famous American Freemasons” series. Brother Creason and I are currently working on a new book that we hope will be in print in the first part of 2019. Stay tuned.
The Winding Stairs: Brother Juan Sepulveda is an artist who creates masonic art pieces, aprons with his fantastic art work and several original works. I am very impressed with his work that I find to be clear and crisp in its message. Brother Sepulveda’s “Light of Time” is proudly displayed in my office.
Travis Simpkins: Brother Simpkins has emerged as one of the premier masonic artists of his generation. His sketches of numerous masonic brethren both from the past and present have become exceedingly popular amongst the craft. The Valley of Danville hosted Brother Simkins and his wife Janet at their fall reunion. Janet is a talented artist in her own right. I have five pieces (four from Travis and one from Janet) in my personal collection. Brother Simkins is one of the contributors here at The Midnight Freemasons.
Whence Came You: This is our very own Brother Robert Johnson’s fantastic masonic education site. Earlier this year brother Johnson and brother Jon Ruark authored “It’s Business Time Adapting a Corporate Path for Freemasonry”. I was honored to write the review for this book. Brother Johnson offers a weekly podcast that is free for the downloading. He also offers some very fine pieces that help support the show including his new limited-edition pin designed by brother Alejandro of Masonic Revival.
I wish you all the best this holiday season.
WB Gregory J. Knott is the Worshipful Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754 in Ogden (IL) and a plural member of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 (IL), Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL) and Naval Lodge No. 4 in Washington, DC.
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