Nickel Lodge’s Centennial Tartan
(from our 100 Year History)During September of 1988, Members of the Nickel Lodge Centennial Committee approached me regarding
adopting or adapting a tartan for our Lodge’s use. Why adopt or adapt when we can have our own design?
I was, therefore, commissioned, without pay or remuneration, to design a tartan for Nickel Lodge.
The first consideration was the selection of meaningful colours. The following were eventually chosen:
Grey: for nickel
Gold: for our Centennial
Blue: for Masonry and our many lakes and rivers
White: representing purity and our winter snows
Green with: representing our fields and forests
I thought of incorporating other colours, but these are the ones I retained.
something pleasing to the eye took shape on paper. I then created a trial warp with changes as I warped until I
arrived at the present design, and completed the weaving of a scarf.
The completed scarf was presented to the members at the November, 1988 meeting and the tartan was approved
by those present.
Through correspondence with the Tartan Society of Scotland, I received a proper form to make application to register the
Nickel Lodge Centennial Tartan. For 25 sterling, the tartan was officially registered in May, 1989. (Centennial Tartan
thread count: 36 grey, 2 gold, 1 grey, 2 gold, 4 grey, 12 blue, 8 white, 2 brown, 12 green).
The first scarf was presented to the Grand Master on his official visit for the dedication of the new Lodges Rooms at Gore Bay.
thread count to weave a beautiful tartan cloth. By way of interest, there is approximately a half mile* of yarn in one scarf.
(*This I will give in metric when they change the 24 inch gauge.)
Prepared and Submitted by:
W. Bro. F. Gordon MacLeod