There is something slightly amazing about the persistence of the good old cork. See, despite years of winemaking industry, the trusty wood is still the much-preferred stopper for wine. Just consider: when you opened a bottle and discovered that instead of a textured cork, you found a plastic or rubber plugging entrenched in the bottle. Wouldn’t you be disillusioned about the prospect of perusing the liquor suffering such circumstance? The very idea leaves a foul taste in the mouth. We should be big fans of corks not only because it is part of an age-old tradition in wine packaging but, more importantly, it is a critical component in the overall character of the wine. One remembers that drinking wine is almost close to a spiritual experience and the opening contributes to a sense of wonderment, mystery and even romance. Prying the cork out with a pop, for instance, is an expected opening of the fun party.
It would probably interest you to know that the cork, or the wood it is made of, is also an invaluable material in a most unexpected list of implements. Here are just a few of these:
Through sheer ingenuity, Warsaw’s metro system was able to incorporate cork as a component of the body of its trains. As a result, there is a significant reduction in its weight, dramatically improving efficiency in the process. Engineers reportedly managed to make each train 18 tons lighter. Ha. Bet you didn’t know that!
The material was found to have excellent insulating capacity. Therefore, together with its lighter weight, the lowly cork was able to persuade NASA scientists that it is indeed a worthy addition to such high technological artifact. It appeared that the material’s function is to protect the rocket from fantastical heat as it is blasted from the face of the earth onto the atmosphere.
The cork also has practical and daily use. At home, for instance, you might find it in the kitchen if you are the type who is particular with your utensils. There is that casing made of cork designed to shield kitchen surfaces from high temperatures such as a baking dish fresh out of the oven. There are cooks who also prefer cork as their floor material. The purchase that one’s shoes could get from it means that it is a safer alternative: no slipping and accidents. In addition, it is also excellent flooring for those inclined to be clumsy and prone to dropping breakable implements frequently. Talented Designers also took the challenge by creating ‘cork designed pieces’.
Fashion and Accessory
Some enterprising designers are able to fashion bags, caps and whatnots out of cork. The result is a material that almost resembles suede in texture, though understandably harder. No less than the renowned Yves Saint Laurent recognized the fashionable attraction of cork. It found use for it as a platform for some of its expensive footwear. For those in doubt about its durability, one need only be directed to the fact that cork is also used to manufacture shoes for racehorses and as material for balls used in baseball and cricket.