We're more than a bit proud to have been commissioned by the designers of the Commonwealth Baton to craft the elm handle using boat building skills.
Glasgow-based firm 4c Design won the tender to create the Queen's Baton, which is similar to the Olympic torch and they commissioned GalGael to make the baton’s handle. The handle was crafted using a boat-building technique called bird-mouthing, traditionally used to make masts for ships so that it would be light, strong and durable. It has been crafted from elm sourced from the grounds of Garrison House on the Isle of Cumbrae – a tribute to Scotland’s natural resources.
So boat builder Ben has been sharing his time over the last 3-4 months between teaching boat building skills and working to the exact specifications provided by the designers. What was particularly challenging in our busy workshops was keeping it a secret! The project was kept under wraps until the big reveal on BBC1's One Show last Friday with Ben, Jonnie, Helen and Tam Anderson all there to represent GalGael.
The baton will begin a 288-day relay, covering 118,000 miles in October visiting all the 71 competing nations and territories before returning to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year. We plan to follow it's progress as it makes its journey.