National Geographic : 1961 Apr
Scots toss the caber, Gaelic for "pole" or "rafter," and throw the hammer, which the author describes as a "cannon ball on a stick." The Scottish hammer shank is stiff; in Olympic contests the hammer swings on a wire cable. Size of a small telephone pole, the caber (right) must be balanced butt aloft and, after a short run, pitched to turn end over and fall with the tip pointing away. The feat may have originated in hurling logs to bridge a stream. Tam-o'-shantered dancer at left came to Mull from Cali fornia. Contestants below perform at Inveraray. \ND ANSCOCHROMES BY ROBERT F. SISSON © N.G S.