Light in Extension

Over the door of an ancient lodge is carved “Light in Extension”. The letters are unusually artistic, and those who appreciate the art of engraving always admire them as a masterpiece. It is said that a Master Mason drew them on paper, from which the apprentices would trace them onto the stone so that the fellowcraft could then carve them out before the master finished them.

A young apprentice attended the master as he sketched the letters. The apprentice was charged with keeping the quills sharp and ensuring there was plenty of ink and paper. But the apprentice was also a little cocky and often criticized his master’s work. “That’s not very good,” he told the master after his first effort.

“How is this one?”

“Poor. Worse than before,” pronounced the apprentice.

The master patiently wrote one sheet after another until thirty-two copies of “Light in Extension” had accumulated, still without the approval of the apprentice.

Then, when the young man stepped outside for a few moments, the master thought: “Now this is my chance to escape his sharp eye,” and he wrote hurriedly, with a mind free from distraction, “Light in Extension”.

When the apprentice returned he nodded confidently, “Now that is a masterpiece!”