Richard H. Ryder, 2018
Albert G. Mackey, in The Lexicon of Freemasonry, notes the following short description of ashlar: “Free stone as it comes out of the quarry.” – Bailey. The Masonic Apprentice learns of the Rough Ashlar and the Perfect Ashlar during his first degree. The Former representing a stone in its rude and unworked state, direct from the quarry; the later a stone made ready for use by the builder, perfected by the hands of a skilled worker. In practice, through education and expansion of knowledge, the Mason metaphorically journeys through life, from his rude state at birth toward that state of perfection we all hope to attain, fully realizing that perfection is unattainable until we enter the celestial lodge above.