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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wine corks provide ammunition for artisan’s creations

Cork-firing CrossbowWine corks tend to collect. It just doesn’t always feel right to simply throw them away, since they often serve as reminders of a person, an evening, or a memorable bottle drunk. Plus, it seems like they just should be good for something, someday.

Some people make crafts out of them — trivets, picture frames, and so on. I've seen them used as mulch in a foundation planting. But often, they just accumulate in sacks, drawers and oversized wine bottles, just waiting.

An Indianapolis artisan, Eric Wallentine, has a novel use for all those corks: Ammunition. Wallentine makes highly detailed, hand-crafted crossbows that fire wine corks with great accuracy for a range of at least 25 feet or more. A fine artist and student of medieval and primitive weaponry, he also has constructed pumpkin-launching catapults, just for fun.

His crossbows are based on classic designs of crossbows and flintlock pistols, and can also be custom designed to the customer’s specifications. Standard models cost $800, or $1,000 fitted with a custom case with a built-in gong target. They are sturdily built, beautifully finished, heirloom-quality pieces of art. A possible downside to owning one: You may start avoiding wines sealed with screwcaps or other alternative closures.

Wallentine’s crossbows are available by contacting him through his Web site, Corkbo. (Shouldn’t all the sales reps for the wine distributor, Winebow, be equipped with these? Sure they should!)
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:47 AM


Well, that's an interesting idea!

When my brother got married, my whole family was under orders to keep wine corks so they could be used as stands for place cards at the tables. Cute idea for an indoor wedding. Unfortunately, they didn't really hold up to even a slight breeze coming in the door.
Blogger CorrND, at 3:15 PM  

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