Curling Timeline


Curling Timeline


Curling was first played by the Scottish and dates back to the 16th century, where they used to play on frozen lakes and ponds. The Scottish played with a stone called a kuting stone; it had various weights from 4 to 5 pounds up to 25 pounds. The stone had holes and hollow cuts on either side for the fingers to be placed; they used this stone from the 1500s until 1650. Players came up with new ideas to better the game like the crampit, this device is a sheet-iron boot attachment with spikes, it would ruin the ice since the players walked all over the ice with it. Later the crampit invention becomes known as the hack, a foothold three or four inches deep in the ice to make it easier to throw a boulder or a kuting stone. Eventually the Scots started to use a different type of stone to curl with; it was called the channel-stone. This stone was a river bed stone made with an iron handle, one of the first kinds of these stones dates back to 1551. The Scottish also cleared a pathway from the snow for the curling rock using a device called the kowe. Curling was introduced to Canada during 1756-1763. Canada’s cold wintery conditions were perfect for the game.

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