Tracing boards are used by Freemasons in their lodge meetings as visual aids in their ceremonies, and there is usually a tracing board for each of the three ceremonies. This example is painted on canvas and fitted to a scroll, although they can also be painted or drawn on wood, cloth or paper, or made out of stone. Among the Masonic symbols shown are the set square, level, plumb rule, compass and sector. Freemasons make symbolic use of stonemasons’ tools in their ceremonies and they are often referred to as ‘working tools’.
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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
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More on this painting
presented to the United Grand Lodge of England, 1948/1949