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    The Quest begins

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Our Quaich arrived in this afternoons post.
    I think the Makers did an outstanding job creating a custom piece for the forum.

    Here is the set as it arrived.
    The large Quaich is the one that will travel with the logbook.
    The smaller ones will be available to members as a memento of the Quest.




    Here is a detail shot of our Cap Badge inside the Bowl of the large Quaich




    And here is a detail shot of the engraved Dandelions on the handles.




    The Quaich is engraved on the outside of one side with "The Quest of the Quaich"



    And on the outside of the other side "Traveling to share our love of the kilt with the world."




    Here is the Quaich and Logbook set that will travel.




    The smaller Quaich's have our Cap Badge engraved on the inside.



    The Quest begins this Saturday as we host a Kilt Night with Cessna152towser.
    Last edited by Steve Ashton; 19th March 11 at 02:10 PM.
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    Absolutely fantastic Steve.
    Shoot straight you bastards. Don't make a mess of it. Harry (Breaker) Harbord Morant - Bushveldt Carbineers

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    Bravo!
    " Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the adherence of idle minds and minor tyrants". Field Marshal Lord Slim.

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    What a fabulous creation and purpose! May those of us with white collars two feet above our kilts offer our blessings!
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour & clarity. Legion Padre, theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Canadian Sinclair.

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    Well done, Steve. Do you have a price in place yet for the mementos?

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    Here is the Logbook of the Quaich.

    On the outside it is covered with The X Marks Tartan.
    On the front is our Cap Badge.



    Inside the front cover is a tribute to The Saltire, the wee airship which traveled for over two years spreading the friendship of the forum.



    It says:

    "The Flight of the Saltire"

    "On the 16th of August, 2008 a wee wooden airship named the XMAS (X Marks Air Ship) Saltire began a voyage to spread friendship among the members of X Marks. The story that started it and the wee airship Saltire became a beacon to the membership of the forum. It reminded them, through its travels, of the true meaning of X Marks.

    The photos of the places she traveled and the signatures in her logbook became a part of the history of the forum. A history which should never be forgotten.

    The members of this forum owe a debt of gratitude to Panache for the story that gave birth to the Saltire, for the creation of the airship herself and for the idea and inspiration for her voyage.

    The Saltire travelled for over two years. Her logbook was signed by hundreds. The photos of her voyage were enjoyed by all who saw them.

    She landed for the final time on the 29th of January, 2011 and now resides with her creator. Enjoy your retirement XMAS Saltire, it is well earned."


    On the next page is this.



    It says:

    " The Quest of the Quaich"

    On the retirement of the XMAS Saltire the members of X Marks were overwhelminly supportive of another symbolic voyage. Not a continuation of what the wee airship started but a new voyage. One to fulfill the potential of the ideal behind the first.

    It was suggested by Cajunscot that a fitting symbol would be the Scottish drinking cup, the Quaich, (pronounced 'Quake"). These cups are traditionally used to 'share a wee dram' among friends.

    Our Quaich was custom made by "The Quaich Company (Scotland) Ltd." of Sheffield, UK. The design incorporates many of our forum's symbols. Our X Marks Cap Badge is mounted in the bottom of the bowl. Our plant, the Dandelion is custom engraved on the handles. Around the outside of the bowl are the words - "The Quest of the Quaich - Traveling to share our love of the kilt with the world."

    The logbook of the Quaich is covered with the X Marks Tartan. Designed by Matt Newsome, Director of The Scottish Tartans Museum, it is registered as ITI #6679 and is the worlds first Internet Tartan.
    The logbook will become the written record of the Quest, and will catalog where she visits and who she is shared with.

    The Quest of the Quaich will begin on the 19th of of March, 2011 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It will continue by being sent member to member, to be shared by the members of X Marks and with as many people, in as many locations as possible. It is hoped that the Quaich will eventually visit all the locations where our member live. This would mean that it would circle the entire globe. Perhaps many times.

    Each time the Quaich stops, photos will be taken and posted to a dedicated section of the forum to be enjoyed by all. Each year the Quaich will return to Victoria where the pages of this logbook will be scanned. The scanned pages will also be posted to the forum to complement the photos.

    This Quaich will have no home, no owner, other than the forum and its members. In this way it is hoped that this Quest of the Quaich will become a never-ending part of the history of X Marks. "



    The logbook is not much more than blank pages. At each stop the date and location can be noted along with the name of the host and the signatures all those who share the Quaich.

    In the back is a small pocket where small tokens or mementos of the visit can be placed.

    Last edited by Steve Ashton; 19th March 11 at 02:11 PM.
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    Rex, I do not yet have the total cost of the Quaich's. I was not charged duty on it's import but still need to convert the price from UK pounds to Canadian dollars. They have not yet sent me a final billing.

    I have told the Quaich makers to be prepared to make as many as we ask for so they saved all the dies and details.

    As soon as I know a price for the small Quaich I will post it here and also in our store.
    Steve Ashton
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    Wonderful idea Steve and great mementos. I look forward to following and being a part of the journey.

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    Fantastic! Very nicely done.... Looking forward to this journey... :-)

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    What a fascinating successor to the saltire. I hope it travels for a long time and maybe I will get to make an entry in the Log.
    I wish it a safe and long journey.

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