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.

 

Wonder how cork stopper are made?

October 31st, 2013

Pretty amazing combination of hi-touch (and hi-risk), hands-on operations combined with some very sophisticated computerized quality control scanning and sorting.

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.

Manufacturer Located to Assemble Tile Sheets

June 22nd, 2011

prototype cork tile discs beside production ceramic tile discs

We have sourced a Vancouver, BC tile manufacturer that has the capacity to assemble sheets of cork tiles similar to the test sample you see here.

These prototype discs were manually cut with a sharp kitchen knife and glued to drywall patching mesh with a hot glue gun. They were sanded with an orbital sander and sealed with 2 coats of urethane.

They were cut to the same thickness as the white production run ceramic tiles you see in the background. Coincidentally, they are also nearly the same diameter and spacing, suggesting that these could be combined nicely.

With the ability to assemble these mesh-backed sheets of cork ’tiles’, our current stumbling block is the cutting process. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, if you have suggestions for a suitable method of cutting these discs, we’d love to hear from you!

Laser-cutting Failed!

June 20th, 2011

cork cut with laser burnedIn my search for a suitable method to trim used wine corks into uniformly thick discs with finished surfaces, I contacted a firm with laser cutting equipment. They took a batch of natural corks and synthetic stoppers to experiment with.

I had hoped the laser cutting would provide a clean surface that needed no additional finishing, but results suggest this method is not a suitable option. Read the rest of this entry »

Searching for cork slicing equipment

May 30th, 2011

wine corks sliced into discs suitable for cork flooring tilesCalling all process engineering experts!

We’re looking for cork slicing equipment that would be suitable for trimming used wine corks into consistent thickness discs similar to the ones shown in this photo.

If you can recommend the best equipment or process to accomplish this — or if you operate equipment in the lower mainland area of British Columbia, we’d love to hear from you!

We are also looking for remanufacturing processes suitable for the synthetic wine stoppers that find their way into the natural corks we collect. So ideally this equipment would also be suitable for synthetic stoppers.

If you have equipment that you think would be suitable, please let us know and we can provide a batch of natural corks and synthetic stoppers for testing.

Trend Hunter cork gallery

October 18th, 2010

TrendHunter.com shows us Daniel Michalik’s Sway Stool made of cork as well as a collection of innovative uses for cork that range from quirky to chic to quirky — like this cork – come – USB drive.