You are here: Home Homestead Living Art Cork Art Cork Art by Keiren May 1, 2016, 8:04 pm Most 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. A pair of hand-carved cork figures secured atop rubber plinths. By Tommy Mama, www.etsy.com Carved Cork Sculpture by Betsy Odom. www.betsyodom.com 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. 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 Cork carving of the Temple of Poseidon at Paestum, Italy. By Ciro Califano, retired postal worker. www.liveauctioneers.com Cork Cow with Button Hooves on wheels at the Charles Creek Tasting Room, Sonoma, California. wineharlots.com Close-up of below cork portrait by Saimir Strati. For a 3-D effect corks are stacked one on top of another. 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 Cork figure by Conrad Englehardt, Conrad stains the ends of some of the wine corks. corkbycork.com Cork figure by Conrad Englehardt, corkbycork.com Cork portrait by Scott Gunderson, scottgundersen Great slow mo how to videos: facebook.com/scottgundersen.art Cork portrait in process by Scott Gunderson, scottgundersen.com Cork Painting, 36″ x 48″ By Allison Baer. How to: allisonbaerart.com Wine cork logo for Callaway Vineyard via: simplysuzannes.blogspot.com Wine cork arrangements by Beki Morris of Austin, Texas. wine-cork-designs.com 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 whoutique.wordpress.com Chinese Cork Sculpture Photo copyright © 2010, Jason Idzerda. Wine cork Eifel Tower by Steven Leslie?, www.oneofacork.com Cork Giraffe. How to: lilblueboo.com 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 Kohler Jones custom furniture and design, San Francisco, California, www.kohlerjones.com Cork Walls. Cork Bark – www.leecork.com Also: corkstore.com Cork Furniture – Cork Forest Mosaic Sideboard. Iannone Design of Philadelphia, www.2modern.com Stencilled Cork Floor. Cork can be waxed, shellacked, stained or painted. designamour.com Embroidered cork fabric. 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 How to: craftynest.com Cork Birdhouse. Lots more: etsy.com/shop/CarefullyCorked Wine Cork Bulletin Board. Lots of designs to choose from. www.bigday-bigmoment.com Cork Letters. Or cut out a plywood letter and nail the corks in straight-on. storenvy.com Cork Sculptures by Francesco Ferrario www.foodwoolf.com Cork Art 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 Cork Flooring Is made from the left over scraps from wine cork production. Ecohaus Jelinek Cork Group Cork Fabric www.corkstore.com www.leecork.com Cork Wallpaper corkstore.com More Cork Portugal – corkway.com Cork Handbags: www.corx.com Bowls: www.branchhome.com One mature cork tree might give enough bark every 9 years for 25,000 wine corks. See more Previous article The Trash People of HA Schult Next article Bamboo Sculpture Written by Keiren Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. 3 Comments Leave a Reply I am inthroughled with this website…sooooo interesting….I find it interesting how hard people work to provide us with natural products…..then the inhuman ways they are disrespected …..just the idea of saying a kind word of THANK YOU. Although retired now, I still think of all the ‘perks’ we employees would receive during the holidays besides so many other times. We had one company who would bring us donuts EVERY morning…we just got tired of it! Do those workers have a surprise taken to them … I hope to learn more about the workers/families… Reply Wow, I can’t believe this! Amazing artwork. I really don’t think of using a cork just to create a great art like this! Thanks for sharing. Love it! Reply inthroughled = enthralled. Yes, it bugged me enough to take the time to correct it. I too am enthralled. All of the art forms and mediums fascinate me. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.