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Couple gets creative with Wine Corks

24 - sep - 10

janet and bob barclay

Meet Janet and Bob Barclay (in the picture), the ‘corky’ couple from Ottawa, Canada. Together they have created their new bathroom floor which is made up from thousands of wine bottle corks.

The elderly couple made it to the headlines of local daily Vancouver Sun with their new bathroom floor at Ottawa home which Bob created by slicing 2,321 wine corks into small disks, enough to cover the whole floor.

The cork disks are of various colours, different inscriptions and have colourful memories to accompany them. Almost 11,605 cork slices have been used to create the bathroom floor and Bob has cut another 360 corks lengthwise to create a cork baseboard.

It all started two years back when the couple was on a trip to the tour de France. “We had been collecting wine corks for years and had several plastic bags filled with them.”

Inspiration came from friends and family. “We like a glass of red wine with dinner,” says Bob, “Then we got lucky and family and friends gave us corks, a lot of them.” Visiting Jackson-Triggs wine areas in Southern Ontario also earned the couple another bagful.

The couple was looking for something unique with their bathroom. Bob laid down a new sub-floor and coated it with water-based white glue. He then placed each of the cork slices section by section, mixing colours and inscriptions. He even hand-painted a few slices to add more variety to the lay-out.

“There is nothing like an old-fashioned cork,” says a satisfied Bob Barclay who is now quite a self-proclaimed expert on wine corks and cork art.


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