Over 48,000 corks recycled!

February 2nd, 2015

To date, you have helped us divert over 48,000 wine corks from the solid waste stream. That’s over 48 cubic feet of perfectly reusable cork. Thanks!

We are currently engineering for a jig to use for water jet cutting the recycled corks into uniform thickness ’tiles’ that would be supplied in square foot sheets to apply the same way ceramic floor tiles are installed.

It would be ‘loaded’ similar to the arrangement shown in the image above. The loaded jig would be locked into position for CNC cutting with a high-pressure water jet. Tiles would be quality sorted and then mounted on mesh backing in square foot sheets.

The engineering and prototyping is an expensive process, so we are considering crowd-funding to take this to the production stage. Details to follow!

More Products From Creative Corkworks

June 10th, 2014

 

It’s difficult to keep up with the product ideas coming from Raelene Rozander’s Creative Corkworks.

 

 

Tired of pulling your favourite necklace from a tangled knot in your jewellery box? Perhaps you need the mirror with a cork surround that you can hang your necklace from and pin your ear studs into. Need to quickly pick your flash drive from the others in that tech-tangle on your desktop? The drive fitted into a hollowed out wine cork is easy to spot.

Raelene’s products can be found in a few wineries and a campground in Summerland BC; the Penticton Wine & Tourism Center; and the Penticton Art Gallery.
See Raelene’s creations on her Etsy page, or check out her Creative Corkworks facebook page.

 

Wine cork coasters by Vancouver Island crafter

March 10th, 2014

coasters made from recycled wine corksVancouver Island crafter, Raelene Rozander, is making these great coasters from our recycled wine corks. Raelene grew up in the Okanagan, so has a natural affinity to all things wine and it shows in her work. She has just launched an Etsy page, so take a look and see what she’s up to. Or check out her Creative Corkworks facebook page.

Looks to me like a slightly larger of these would be perfect for trivets. Do I hear product line expansion?!


Annie puts her heart into her work

March 4th, 2014

heart shaped wall hanging from recycled wine corksVancouver crafter, Annie Vandergaag, is passionate about her craft. So it’s little wonder that she puts her heart into her work.

Great colour transition from top to bottom in this lovely wall hanging. The corks are bound together with hemp cord and the colour is achieved simply by grouping corks with similar natural wine staining.

Annie says, “So I made five of the cork hearts, and after some practice and reshaping, I’m very happy with the final projects! You can see I’ve used hemp to line the corks and make them able to hold. Enjoy!”

Annie, thanks for sharing. Cheers!


Cork portrait vies for £30,000 prize

September 24th, 2013

Conrad Engelhardt's portrait of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu KyiWine cork artist, Conrad Engelhardt, is one of 95 finalists in The Threadneedle Prize for painting & sculpture. The Prize provides experienced and emerging artists with the opportunity to showcase their work… and at £30,000, it is one of the largest art prizes in the UK.

Engelhardt’s submission is a diptych portrait of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The ‘mosaic’ cork tiles colour palette is the natural wine stain colours of the wine they bottled.

We featured Conrad Engelhardt’s work in our earlier post: http://putacorkinit.ca/2013/05/pointillism/ Conrad’s interest in cork is apparently matched by his interest in great women.

See more of Engelhardt’s work at http://corkbycork.com/ and read more about The Treadneedle Prize.

Pointillism alive and well in London

May 7th, 2013

50th year tribute to marilyn monroe created from wine corksThe neo-impressionists may have used paint, but Conrad Engelhardt prefers wine corks as his medium. His recent works in The Other Art Fair — billed as London’s leading artist-led fair — included pieces such as his 50th year tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

Conrad’s colour palette is comprised exclusively of the natural colours imparted to the cork by the wines. The resulting artworks range in colour from deep burgundies to soft, warm hi-lites. Combine those colours with nudes — one of his favourite subjects — and you’ll understand the inspiration for show titles such as “Full Bodied: An Art Tasting” at the Hoxton Gallery At the Arch in January, 2013.

For more information on the artist, please visit his website: corkbycork.com

We Welcome Orofino Vineyards!

March 22nd, 2013

courtyard of orofino vineyards in oliver bc, a new participant in the put a cork in it cork recycling programIt should be no surprise that Orofino Vineyards in Cawston, BC was eager to participate in our wine cork recycling program. Founders, John and Virginia Weber are no new-comers to ‘walking the talk’. Visit their vineyards and you may spot evidence of their commitment to sustainability such as their rooftop solar PV and solar water-heating panels atop their straw bale winery building. The 21-inch thick walls provide an R-60 insulation rating — 5 times higher than code requirements.

Aside from their commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable practices, they also make some damn fine wines. You owe it to yourself to sample a few. Details are available on their website: orofinovineyards.com

Welcome aboard Put A Cork In It!

21,000 corks shipped to Industrial Design at ECU

October 4th, 2012

This September, in collaboration with Cork It, we shipped 16.7 cubic feet of corks to Emily Carr University for use in their industrial design faculty’s “New Wood Materials” class. We’re hoping that all the bright young minds in ECU’s Industrial Design program will develop products and processes that allow us to reprocess our recycled corks right here in Vancouver.

The 16.7 cubic feet we provided weighed 92 kg (203 lb) which represented ~21,000 corks. Processing corks here, rather than transporting them to Jelinek in Ontario, is more cost effective and will avoid the emissions resulting from their transport over 4,338 km (2,695 miles). According to the Texas Transportation Institute, shipping this weight over that distance by transport truck would result in 386 pounds of CO2 equivalent emissions —almost twice the weight of the goods being shipped!

So we should not only think about shopping locally, we should also think about recycling locally!

Let’s see what ECU’s best and brightest come up with. We’ll keep you informed.

42′ long cork mural by Albanian artist

June 11th, 2012

Combine talent with 230,000 corks and 28 fourteen-hour days and what do you get? How about a 22′ x 42′ wall mural that pays homage to life in the Mediterranean. Artist Saimir Strati’s art has earned him the title “Master of Mosaics” and also found him a place in the Guinness Records. More photos and detail on orlandowineguide.com

 


Boathouse Bar Surfaced with Cork ‘Tiles’

June 28th, 2011

cork tiles surface bar at Boathouse Restaurant on Kits BeachThe Boathouse Restaurant at Kits Beach has a bar that is faced with cork ’tile’ discs. This is a beautiful example of the exact appearance of the process we are currently in search of shearing equipment for.

These natural cork discs are applied to a mesh backing sheet similar to ceramic tiles that are supplied by the square foot. The sheet of cork discs is bonded with tile adhesive and grouted, just as you would any tile floor or counter back splash surface.

Great looking and durable. Check it out.