May 27, 2022

All 132 sporting curling stones were first formed at Elsa Craig in Caird’s Firth, where volcanic activity about 60 million years ago turned molten rock into two types of granite whose world Curlers were in high demand throughout.

Removing rocks from the island’s rock faces – about 1,000 feet above sea level – is an operation often performed during the worst autumn storms in the fall, with the team living in small cabins on the island. I have a store of rocks. Meals for at least three days.

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As rocks rolled down the ice in Beijing – and all the Scottish men’s and women’s GB teams made it to the finals and semi-finals, respectively, a fresh sense of pride emerged at Keys Curling’s Mauchline workshop, which Kennedy, Marquis of Elsa, has been excavating the island since the early 1990’s.

Kays Curling, based in Mauchline, East Ayrshire, employs 10 people on site and has the sole right to mine granite on Ailsa Craig. PIC: Collaborated.

Jim English, managing director who has been with the firm for two years, said: “I never really got into the sport until the Winter Olympics, but it’s the pride that draws you to it 60 million years ago. It was basically a granite volcanic plug. Now, it’s built into something world-class. It’s like a story.

“When the stone you make is world class, it doesn’t matter who wins, it’s like bronze, silver and gold for every employee here.

“It doesn’t matter if the rocks are Russian, Korean or Canadian, you’re talking about Mauchline rocks that are made in Scotland.”

Excavations are allowed between September and November to avoid the seabird breeding season with an ecologist traveling with the team.

Ailsa Craig, the uninhabited island of the Fourth of Fourth, where granite was mined for all 132 curling stones used in the Beijing Olympics. PIC: Rosser 1954 / Creative Commons.

The voyage takes place from Grevanpp Castle to Girvan to Ailsa Craig, a 42-foot boat specially designed to cope with the situation on the west coast, with another ship, the Red Baroness, from Troon. Departed to collect and transport granite.

Mr English said: “Once we set sail in November, we were hit by a swell of 10 to 12 meters which lifted the whole boat out of the water. Force 10 gallons are not uncommon. You work against the weather all the time. Are doing

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Traditionally, granite was collected by falling from the face of a rock, but last year, for the first time, small explosions were made to break the rock.

Elsa Craig showing off Stirling’s Bruce Mott as Greater Stone, clearing the ice during Thursday’s semi-final match with the United States, with GB making it to the finals. (AP Photo / Nariman Mufti)

Last year, Keys Curling extended Elsa Craig’s lease for another 30 years with an agreement to collect 25,000 tons by 2050.

The island is home to the Common Green Granite, which is used for rock bodies and “striking bands” where rocks collide, and Blue Hoon Granite, which is used for “running bands” that slide beautifully over ice. Is used.

For Beijing 2022, Keys Curling has created a brand new stone that has a blueprint on both the top and bottom, so the stone can be reversed effectively.

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Workshop at Kays Curling in Mauchline, East Ayrshire, where curling stones are made using Ailsa Craig granite. PIC: Collaborated.

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