Got Corks?

A few months ago, Tyler decided he wanted to make a dart board out of wine corks.  It was originally supposed to be a gift for me- he was going to use all Barefoot corks, since that is usually our wine of choice.  When the company denied him his request of 300 corks, he filled me in on his idea, and we decided to collect corks the old-fashioned way… Start drinking!

We increased our dinner dates to several nights per week, all at BYOB locations in Hoboken.  We asked the servers at our favorite Italian place for the night’s extra corks each time we went.  We would get a few, here and there.  Then we hit the jackpot, when we switched locations to Trattoria Saporito.  We met Josser, a waiter who made it his goal to collect corks for us in a secret spot and give them to us each week, in exchange for our patronage of the restaurant.  We quickly learned to love Josser, his huge bags of corks, and Trattoria (but not so much the extra pounds we packed on….oops!…  Their tortellini with mushrooms is to die for!)

After the corks were collected, Ty made it his mission to hand-create an amazing dart board.  After hours upon days upon weeks of trial and error, cork cutting, screwing, cutting wood, sanding and painting, it is finally complete.  Now he’s got the process down to a science, and is ready to make another!  Other than the paint, the screws and the metal pieces, it is entirely made out of wine-related products.  Check out the final product! ….

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. meowlissa
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 16:07:03

    whoa whoa whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!! very impressive!!! i vant one!!


  2. LaurenMcL
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 16:36:19

    Uh, is rums accepting orders? I want one! It looks great!


  3. Emma
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 17:48:34

    Tyler made that for real?! I would love one of them for Cort…I count mine as the third order! No joke…I’ll buy whatever materials are necessary but Cort would LOVE that!


  4. Mom
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 19:02:36

    Looks like you’re in business! Go with it!


  5. Andy
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 21:13:31

    Hi Tyler,

    What a neat idea and great execution! I’m guessing that it’s not uncommon for wine drinkers to save their corks. You’ll probaly have people commissioning you to do the same with their cork collections.
    Nice work!


    PS. Probably better to keep the drinking and dart throwing as separate activities.


  6. ger
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 07:52:43

    Clever and amazing! It must cost a fortune in wine. I believe this will make barefoot wish it had donated the corks to you. So did you have to throw darts to decide who would throw the first dart?

    Love ‘Ont Ger


  7. Tom
    Feb 10, 2015 @ 13:41:00

    Hey, would you be willing to share some of the background on the techniques you used to make this board? Did you slice corks and glue them to a pre-made corkboard? I’m looking to make something like this, and I love how this one turned out–especially the wine box cabinet!


  8. Chris
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 11:37:03

    This is really cool! How did you fill the gaps in between the corks?


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