Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Wine Cork Display
I don't think hoarding is really in my nature, but when it comes to wine corks, I just can't throw them away. They are an endangered species. I have hundreds of them; okay, it's more like thousands. An old boss of mine gave me at least a thousand that are in a box collecting dust in the garage. (Not that we haven't contributed another several hundred.)
Occasionally, I ponder what sort of art sculpture or crafty project I could make with them, but I have never taken to any of the cork boards or trivets seen so frequently at craft shows and the like.
These little cylindrical pieces of plant matter are so comforting to roll in your fingers, they represent history. I like to look over the corks and remember the different wines we drank, the special occasions, the distinct, special evenings.
Now I am finding new ways to display them that are attracting as well. Maybe, someday, I will make a trivet. A restaurant we like in downtown Tacoma, Ravenous, has you sign the cork from the bottle you drink and then they attach them to the wall as a sort of wainscoting! Very clever, but I can safely say, we are not drinking that much! For now, I like them baskets and cages. Especially the antique egg basket, it will always get a remark at a dinner party.