What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?
~ W. C. Fields
So, is yours one of those families who like to save corks? Well, mine is. It's a habit that seems to go on throughout the generations of my family. At one point in time, I remember a scare about the worlds supply of natural cork running out and the eventuality of having only synthetic corks to use. This, I must admit, is not something that I can verify nor have witnessed at all. There seems to be no shortage of wine, and no shortage of natural cork.
Still, I still continue my obsession with saving corks! Several years back, my brother gifted us all with hotplates made from some of the corks he had collected. This was especially appreciated since my brother's good taste afforded a nice display of a wide variety. Kits for projects like this are available in many common house-ware stores.
It's always a good idea to have an end purpose in mind (like my brother's cork hotplates) for anything that you like to collect. Collecting can be a fun pastime, but finding a way to enjoy and share your collections is a way to enrich your life.
May 15, 2011