Cork as Art Medium

Most all cork on the market is the renewable outer bark tissue peeled off the Cork Oak tree (Quercus suber) which is native to SW Europe and NW Africa. Once the trees are about 25 years old, the cork tissue is debarked every nine years, the process does not injure the tree. Cork Oaks live for about 200 years. A tree in its prime, at roughly 80 years old, might yield 440 pounds of cork. Currently and for many years prior, the Montado district of Portugal has produced more than half the world’s cork. As cork is harvested sustainably, the cork forest remains fairly undisturbed and has become a safe haven for many an endangered species. Cork is also easily recyclable. Cork is impermeable, buoyant, elastic, durable, rot-resistant and fire resistant.


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A pair of hand-carved cork figures secured atop rubber plinths.
By Tommy Mama, www.etsy.com


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Carved Cork Sculpture by Betsy Odom.
www.betsyodom.com


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The Cork Colosseum has taken retired postal worker, Ciro Califano more than two years and 10,000 wine corks. To date, Ciro has completed about a dozen buildings. He slices the wine corks (from his son's restaurant) into small, workable pieces.


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Used wine corks become the Coliseum. All you need: wine corks, a ruler, a level, sharp knives, glue and tons of patience. By Ciro Califano, a former postal worker. www.ansa.it


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Cork carving of the Temple of Poseidon at Paestum, Italy.
By Ciro Califano, retired postal worker.
www.liveauctioneers.com



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Cork Cow with Button Hooves on wheels
at the Charles Creek Tasting Room, Sonoma, California.
wineharlots.com


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Close- up of below cork portrait by Saimir Strati.
For a 3-D effect corks are stacked one on top of another.


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Cork Art: The Guitarist - mosaic using 300,000 corks in a 96 square meter banner. Largest cork portrait of all time. By Albanian artist Saimir Strati, en.wikipedia.org


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Cork figure by Conrad Englehardt,
Conrad stains the ends of some of the wine corks.
corkbycork.com


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Cork figure by Conrad Englehardt,
corkbycork.com


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Cork portrait by
Scott Gunderson, scottgundersen
Great slow mo how to videos: facebook.com/scottgundersen.art


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Cork portrait in process by
Scott Gunderson, scottgundersen.com


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Cork Painting, 36" x 48"
By Allison Baer.
How to: allisonbaerart.com


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Wine cork logo for Callaway Vineyard
via: simplysuzannes.blogspot.com

 

 

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Wine cork arrangements by Beki Morris
of Austin, Texas. wine-cork-designs.com

 


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Chinese Cork Carving (also known as Cork Sculpture) is a traditional Chinese artwork typically depicting intricate landscapes. Hand carved, glued together, lacquer painted. shoutique.wordpress.com


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Chinese Cork Sculpture
Photo copyright © 2010, Jason Idzerda.

 

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Wine cork Eifel Tower
by Steven Leslie?, www.oneofacork.com


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Cork Giraffe.
How to: lilblueboo.com


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Cork Vases by Steven Leslie
This one: Approx. 670 corks, Size: 37" tall.
Steven also employs cork-skin veneer using the outer decorative layer of thinly razor shaved corks. Then each one is wet, un-curled and then firmly pressed flat, cobbled into a tight pattern like brickwork and glued in place. He creates Lazy-Susan’s, serving platters, coaster sets, chess boards, etc with this method. www.oneofacork.com


cork table

Kohler Jones custom furniture and design,
San Francisco, California, www.kohlerjones.com


cork walls

Cork Walls.
Cork Bark - www.leecork.com
Also: corkstore.com


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Cork Furniture - Cork Forest Mosaic Sideboard.
Iannone Design of Philadelphia, www.2modern.com


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Stencilled Cork Floor.
Cork can be waxed, shellacked, stained or painted.
designamour.com


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Embroidered cork fabric.


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Cork Fabric Handbag.
Cork fabric is sturdy enough to be used as upholstory, wallets, belts, etc... Cork Fabrics: www.leecork.com, Cork Handbags: www.corx.com


cork bath mat

Cork Bath Mat
How to: craftynest.com


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Cork Birdhouse.
Lots more: etsy.com/shop/CarefullyCorked


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Wine Cork Bulletin Board.
Lots of designs to choose from.
www.bigday-bigmoment.com


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Cork Letters.
Or cut out a plywood letter and nail the corks in straight-on.
storenvy.com


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Cork Sculptures by Francesco Ferrario
www.foodwoolf.com

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See Also: Cork Chairs:  inspirationgreen.com/cork-chairs

Ideas:
Stamps, place card holders, trivets, mats, bulletin boards, back splash, Christmas ornaments, bowls, tableware. Cork can be crumbled and then adhesive is used to bind pieces together into a formed mass.

Cork Blocks for Carving:
www.corkstore.com

Flooring:
Is made from the left over scraps from wine cork production.
Ecohaus
Jelinek Cork Group

Fabric:
www.corkstore.com
www.leecork.com

Wallpaper:
corkstore.com

Various:
Portugal - corkway.com
Cork Handbags: www.corx.com
Bowls: www.branchhome.com


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One mature cork tree might give enough bark every 9 years for 25,000 wine corks.


 

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