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  • Jeff S. 6y

    I don't know if you're a member of The Craft or not, but one thing, as a trained graphic artist*, that has always bothered me to no end,is the way they close the VSL with the compasses and square sandwiched between the pages. They never remove them before closing the book.

    A well made book can last, forever if it's treated properly. We (the world at large) have books in existence and even still in use back from when books were the hot new thing. But closing any book with anything-even an additional sheet of paper or a bookmark in between it's sheets-does irreparable harm to the binding, stressing and tearing it. You can imagine the amount of wear a whole compass and square, sandwiched between the sheets, does on a weekly basis. This is a terrible way to treat an object that is suposed to be a treasured heirloom of any lodge. In fact it's an abuse of that object. I have told many a brethren about this but it all just seems to fall on deaf ears. Story of my life, I guess.

    *Graphic Arts, in it's true form, is a description of the processes of printing in all their forms, not the creation of visual art. I have a graphic arts degree. I cannot draw a stuck figure, nor was I required to to get that degree. Nor was anyone else in the graphic arts program at my college. The guys who run those huge newspaper presses? They're graphic artists. Graphis Arts industry mags have nothing in them but ads for heavy printing machinery and articles about advances in printing. The first true artistic graphic artist who ever lived was Andy Warhol because he used the printing processes themselves (silk screening and such) to create art from images that already existed, whcih is what also made him a pop artist. Andy rarely if ever picked up a paint brush after he rose to fame.
  • Bill Bradford PRO 6y

    I am a member of The Craft (initiated as an EA on 10/9/08), and want to thank you for your insightful comments.
  • Jeff S. 6y

    Thanks. Maybe you can address this in your lodge and get them to break with the habit of slowly destroying this precious book every time they close it at the end of lodge.
  • Andy Chase 6y

    Interesting, I wonder if that practice varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction (or even from lodge to lodge.) I've never seen the VSL closed without the square & compasses first removed.
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