Monday, November 8, 2010

Ailsa Craig's Granite

Yesterday I joined the Detroit Curling Club and I am pumped. I went curling a couple times last year and was quickly hooked. This year I took the initiative to take the required community education class and ultimately participate in a league.

Curling isn't on the radar of many people with the possible exception of the Olympics every four years. Earlier this year we even gained a new verb "Shuster" following a few unfortunate bad shots by the US skip. There were likely more twitter references to Shuster in a week than there have been regarding the entire sport of curling before or since! But for me, curling is now something I'm fortunate enough to play every Sunday.

Curling is a game full of strategy, etiquette and extremely unique tools of the game, the broom and stones. The granite used to make curling stones from only a couple places on earth. A leading supplier of curling stones, the Canadian Curling Company gets its granite from a quarry in Wales, while Kays of Scotland, who has been the exclusive provider of stones for the Olympics, gets their granite from a small island off the Scotland mainland, Ailsa Craig.

Well, tell me something comes exclusively from one place and of course the first thing I do is look that place up!

The image below shows the location of Ailsa Craig relative to the Mainland and relative to the Isle of Islay, which should sound familiar. At only two miles around it's hard to believe that anything on the island is endemic.

ailsa craig

I'm already excited for Sunday!