We made a 3D Printed Burns Statue for Burns Night
Check out our 3D Printed Burns Statue. Thanks to the lovely people at myminifactory, we can now download and print many statues and artworks, thanks to a world-wide product to scan them.
Being that we are a Scottish company, we could not let Burns Night go without comment. Today we celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns, Scotland’s famous bard. For many, the day will be like any other. For those celebrating, they will normally do so at a Burns Supper (although sometimes it can be a Lunch or Breakfast).
What happens at a Burns Supper?
Traditional Scottish fayre will be served and is it generally quite modest by today’s standards. Cullen Skink may be the starter – a creamy soup made with potatoes and fish (usually smoked haddock). The main will be a haggis with mashed potatoes and mashed turnip (swedes) – hence the name “haggis, neeps and tatties”. Served with a whisky sauce, of course. Finally a dessert might be cranachan, a fruity creamy dessert. The starter and the main may vary, but a Burns Supper would not be complete without the haggis, neeps and tatties.
The Address to the Haggis
The haggis may be a lowly dish using cheap and readily available ingredients (in the 18th Century) but it is given a place of honour at a Burns Supper. It will be piped in with the bagpipes. The procession will include the piper, chef and the person doing the “Address”. The poem, “Address to the Haggis” will be recited.
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race!
The Address talks about how wonderful the food is, how it smells divine and how everyone should eat their fill until they can eat no more. It is even cut open with a dagger or sword. Then it is compared to the food of Kings – but the Haggis is much better!
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a Haggis!
Everyone will then be invited to stand and toast the haggis – the Procession will have their dram of whisky ready for the occasion. “To the haggis”!
There are 3 traditional speeches which should be delivered in an entertaining and humorous way. The first is the Immortal Memory – this is about the life of Burns and why we remember him.
The second is the Address to the Lassies – the men get to poke some fun at the ladies and then honour them, finally toasting them.
The third is the Reply to the Address to the Lassies where the ladies get their own back. The best speakers are those that refer to some of what the previous speaker said with wit and fun.
The people attending the Supper may take turns of reciting poetry or singing songs by Burns.
Robert Burns – 25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796
It is great there is now a 3D printed Burns statue available – in my opinion, a very worthy candidate.
There is a lot written about Robert Burns and his life. He had humble beginnings, died young and loved women.
His poems were ahead of his time and the messages are still relevant today. Many were philosophical in nature, often showing great humanity for others as well as animals. He also wrote about the world as he saw it through his eyes. Of course, there were a few he wrote for pure entertainment!
Thanksgiving for a National Victory
“Ye Hypocrites, are these your pranks
To murder men and gie God thanks
Desist for shame, proceed no further
God won't accept your thanks for murder.”
To a Louse
“O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion.”
These are but a couple of examples. Further reading and examples of his poems are readily available online – just search! Many people are put off by the old Scots language used – but there are plenty of “English” translation which can be read alongside the original text so you can easily comprehend the meaning.