Larry will be quick to inform you that the collection of wine corks in the tall glass cylinder in our family room is not ALL CORKS (final photo below). There are bricks inside to keep it from toppling. Nevertheless, there were PLENTY of corks available for his craft project, sparked by a sighting at a Santa Monica tapas bar on a recent food walking tour by Six Taste. With the growing popularity of screw-top wine bottles as well as plastic corks, real cork is disappearing sooner than we hope. Time for a craft!
First the backstory: look closely at the top right corner of this restaurant kitchen shot, in the back, you see a pile of cork trivets. See them?? Don’t feel bad, I didn’t either. I was staring at the ham smack in front of me, but Larry saw the trivets. He wanted one. He asked the chef to see one. Then once home, Larry made us a pile of them.
He laid out corks to the size he wanted, measured the dimensions, went to a lumber store and had them cut pieces of quality pressed fiberboard to 6 1/2” by 7 1/2” which holds 32 corks.
His glue of choice, also purchased at the lumber store, was a can of Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive. Once glued, he then put his stack of trivets under a heavy box until they dried. We now have a nice collection of them, and a dent again in our cork collection. If he gets your name in the Secret Santa at work, guess what you get.