One for the record book
South Colchester Academy graduate Frame gets caber toss kudos from Guinness
If you look on Page 243 of the new Guinness World Record book, you’ll find highland games heavyweight events competitor Danny Frame.
He’s in his iconic caber toss pose, face total concentration, hands cupped around the small end of the pole, and you just know he’s going to take a few steps and throw that big spruce tree into the air.
He does it better than almost anyone on the planet and Guinness was so impressed he could do it 16 times in three minutes that they awarded him the record and included his photo and a brief write-up in the book.
“I got an email from Guinness about a week ago saying that I was one of the fortunate people to be chosen to have a picture in this year’s book and that it would be coming out the end of August or early September,” said Frame, who grew up in Shubenacadie and now lives in Middleton. “So I went on the internet to find the release date, found it, and contacted some of the stores that were going to have it. I was really looking forward to seeing what the picture looked like.”
Frame and his son stopped at Costco on the way to the city.
“I took a look and there it was. There was a stack of them there,” he said. “I picked up a few for the family and for a couple friends.”
The photo is on the bottom right of a right-hand page with a kilted Frame facing a bit to the left as if he might walk off the bottom of the page. The caber extends almost to the top of the book.
While the actual event was July 20 of 2018, and he knew five months later that his record was accepted by Guinness, seeing the photo in the book made it seem real.
“Doing the record was great, but I hadn’t heard confirmation,” he said. “When I heard confirmation, it made it seem a little more legitimate. To get my certificate in the mail made it even more so. But growing up, always looking in the book – and I always dreamt when I was a kid that it would be so cool to be in this book – to see myself, to be in there from a small town in Nova Scotia just makes it kind of surreal ... You know I’ve kind of made it in terms of being part of history. Really, it’s fantastic and I’m still on cloud nine over it.”
But Frame didn’t just get one record and call it good. Less than a year later, he tried for a second Guinness World Record and fingers crossed all the paperwork associated with it was good, he might also be in the next book.
“June 1 in Perth Andover, New Brunswick, Dirk Bishop, who was one of the judges of the record in Middleton, him and I tried the tandem record for the most cabers flipped in three minutes,” Frame said. “The record’s 15. We were able to break the record and got 16, so we’re just waiting to hear back the official confirmation from Guinness that it does stand. But we’re pretty confident because we got all the paperwork and video in.”
Perhaps the proudest moment for Frame was when his young son William saw his dad’s photo in the book.
“We went to Costco and I opened it up to the page. I said, ‘William, who’s this?’ He looked at the book and he looked at me and he looked at the book again and he’s like, ‘That’s you daddy. It’s a caber.’ I said, ‘do you remember that?’ And he goes ‘Yaaa,’ and he had a big smile on his face.”
Danny Frame with his Guinness World Record certificate and the just-released 2020 Guinness World Records book. Frame set a caber toss world record in 2018 when he successfully tossed the big spruce pole 16 times in three minutes.
Page 243 of the new Guinness World Record book shows local highland games competitor Danny Frame, who set a caber toss record July 20, 2018. The 2020 Guinness World Records book was released last week.