Origin of The Craftsman's Apron
In 1991, Patrick Craddock wanted a period-correct reproduction Masonic apron to use while participating in American Civil War living history programs. He found very few who understood what he was looking for and no one who offered such a product for sale. He began researching what Masonic aprons looked like during the mid-nineteenth century and decided to make one himself - even though he had never picked up a paint brush. From that, the seeds of what would become The Craftsman’s Apron were planted. It took less than a month for Brethren to start asking Patrick to make unique aprons for them, too.
Throughout the early 1990’s to 2009, Patrick produced aprons in the evenings and on weekends as a sideline business. From a hobby born of necessity, The Craftsman's Apron has become the foremost purveyor of quality Masonic regalia in North America. Today our aprons are worn in twenty-seven States and two foreign countries. In addition to our aprons we have increased our product line to include custom ties, Lodge banners, cuff links, t-shirts, officer jewels and collars.
Masonic Apron Craftsmanship
It is our belief that quality , and not mere convenience, is the mark of distinction in the Craft. We only use real lambskin for our leather aprons because it is our belief that each Brother’s “Badge of a Mason” should be a direct and personal reflection of his commitment to the Craft. Each apron is hand cut and hand made by our artisan craftsmen, and, should a Brother or Lodge wish, we will create a distinctive - bespoke - design that is specific to the individual or Lodge. This drive for unapologetic quality permeates our company and is reflected in every product that we produce.
The Craftsman's Apron is dedicated to providing Freemasons with the highest quality Masonic regalia, gifts, and personal effects available. Our goal is to help our noble Craft regain the elegance and dignity that was once the hallmark of Freemasonry and for our regalia to be recognized as the distinguished badge of every Mason.