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Dale Armstrong, Gerard Shirikjian, Adam G. Kendall
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Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry Research Collections
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III Gavel "Trusty" commissioned by the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of California to accompany two others, "Well Formed" and "True". Taken together they form the phrase, "Well formed, True, and Trusty"spoken by the Junior Grand Warden, Senior Grand Warden and Grand Master respectively when dedicating a cornerston. Worshipful E. Dale Armstrong, Assistant Grand Lecturer of Division V, hand crafted the gavels out of olive wood from the orchards of Bro. Max Roam of Tulare County. The shape was inspired by the design of the gavel used by George Washington at the cornerstone dedication of the U.S. Capitol building. The Grand Standard Bearer, Worshipful Gerard Shirikjian, based on a design by Adam G. Kendall of the Henry W. Coil Library & Museum of Freemasonry, hand engraved the metal caps that adorn one end of each gavel. The inscription on the gavel reads: "The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of California, M.W. Richard Wakefield Hopper, Grand Master of Masons, C.M.M.T. Cornerstone Rededication, September 26, 2008". One gavel is engraved with the Roman numeral one and with the words "Well-Formed." One is engraved with the Roman numeral two and the word "True." The last is engraved with the Roman numeral three and the word "Trusty." The commission of these gavels comes with the following instructions: After the conclusion of this rededication ceremony, the gavels will be separated. One will be presented to Grand Master Richard Wakefield Hopper; one will be given to the custody of the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum; and one will be deposited into the time capsule of the cornerstone laid at 1111 California Street. It is to be made known to those in possession of these gavels, and to their heirs and successors, that these gavels are to remain separate and brought together again only for the purpose of rededicating the California Masonic Memorial Temple or for the ground breaking and dedication of a new Grand Lodge building. From this time forward, these special instruments will be known as "The Three Gavels."

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