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    I have just finished this rather fine quaich for a special order from a customer in Sweden.

    It may look just like the normal quaich on my website until you see it alongside the one I use myself. It is a big brother quaich.

    Although I have been making quaiches for a couple of years now I only really started to understand them more recently.

    The quaich is a special vessel for drinking whisky but what is interesting is that it is a communal drinking vessel designed to be passed around in a sociable manner. This sort of communal drinking was the norm from Viking times up to the 19th century and is well recorded in Pepys who wrote of sharing a drink from a wooden mazer to Thomas Hardy who often has folk sharing a vessel of ale in the pub. It still continues in various livery companies and Oxbridge colleges at special dinners. I wonder when and why we started to drink from individual vessels, it changes the experience completely, it's impossible to imagine a group of friends sitting smoking individual joints, how antisocial it would seem.

    The reason I had never really understood this communal drinking aspect of quaiches was that I have never really been a whisky drinker, until that is we were visited by our German carpenter friends last year. On completion of our timber frame building there is a traditional ceremony involving the drinking of spirits. It seemed right that it should be a British spirit and the time right to try out my quaiches. We had some of the most wonderful evenings with the Germans and then with a wider gathering of woodworking friends in Wales sitting round in a warm cottage in front of a fire passing round a small quaich of whiskey, sharing stories and song. It felt so right, part of such a long tradition and at last I understood the quaich.

    My next task is to understand whisky which may take a little longer but I am looking forward to the research.

  • #2
    They are fantastic!!!
    I am not a whiskey drinker sadly.

    Thanks for the info about the quaich, I am getting very educated on this forum

    Great work

    I am sure you will find someone to help out with your whisky research

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    • #3
      These are made so beautifully, your very talented!

      Thanks for the information, I love learning new things and I love interesting items especially when there is a story behind them, cant even stand the smell of whisky though ever mind the taste.


      • #4
        its lovely, ive never heard of them before!


        • #5
          Beautiful work and a very informative post... thank you for sharing


          • #6
            Another cracking piece of work there - more like my size as well
            It has to be a good thing if it will discourage people from throwing ice and coke in their whiskey
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            • #7
              These look really good Robin. I've seen a few which were turned on an electric lathe and they somehow looked a bit too sophisticated. How much of yours are turned and how much carved? Also what is the rim made of?

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              • #8
                Lovely work, Robin!

                And a great tradition, too. It's reminiscent of pagan events - you'll often find folks (especially those that follow a heathen path) wandering round with goblets or drinking horns, sharing home made and unusual meads and other beverages quite freely.
                I rescued and fitted out a drinking horn for myself, though I've never made mead and have to make do with shop-bought mead, brought from my Norfolk home. Quite safe to drink communally, as the alcohol does a fine job of killing anythng nasty.
                And, of course, many things begin or end with a ritual of sharing food and drink, don't they...

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                • #9
                  Well you learn something new everyday, how interesting I had never heard of them.

                  Fab workmanship there you are very talented and very patient!

                  Look forward to seeing more.

                  Kim xx



                  • #10
                    Great work, and really nice to hear about the background too.

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                    • #11
                      They are really nice! I'm not a whiskey drinker but I would love to have one at home to liven up some parties!

                      Thanks for the background too, i love to read the history of crafts.
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                      • #12
                        My next task is to understand whisky which may take a little longer but I am looking forward to the research
                        Ah - you need Jim Murray's Whisky Bible (solves part of my Jones' Chrissy prezzie problem)
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