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Glasgow 2014: A quaich guide to the medalists’ truly Scottish gifts

01 August 2014


A special commemorative quaich is being presented to every medal winner, along with their gold, silver, or bronze. The shallow, one or two-handed wooden bowls were traditionally used in Scotland from the 17th Century as drinking cups.

The Glasgow 2014 quaichs have been made from Glasgow elm wood by the same Paul Hodgkiss Designs team who made the podiums on which the medalists receive their medals. 

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Read this article for more information on the wood used in these products.

Discussion starters

  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to describe how societal and/or environmental issues can influence what people decided to make, how they would undertake planning, the selection of resources, and how they would make and test an outcome. (level 3)
  • Technological products: Use this and other examples to describe the properties of materials used in particular products that can be measured objectively and that can be measured subjectively. (level 3)


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Keywords: quaich, resistant materials, characteristics of technology, technological products

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