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1,000 corks for a 10-square-foot bulletin board.

A thousand wine corks, collected from friends, neighbors, and co-workers, were made into a big bulletin board by Mic Lowther of Anchorage.

"My family enjoys wine," explains Mr. Lowther, "but I needed hundreds of corks for this project. Friends saved them for me, sent them by mail, even wrapped bundles of corks as birthday presents. I got help from bartenders. When I ran an ad in my company's newsletter, I received 2 or 3, sometimes 50 or 75, in plastic bags or in confidential envelopes left anonymously on my desk."

To duplicate his board, you'll need a 30-by 48-inch piece of 1/4-inch or thicker plywood and a quart of tile mastic. Arrange 15 to 20 corks on the board until you're satisfied with the design. Move the grouping aside, apply mastic to the plywood with a putty knife, and press each cork firmly in place.

When the board is covered, trim the perimeter corks flush with the edge of the plywood, then finish with picture framing that wraps over the edge.

For a smaller version, figure about a hundred corks per square foot.
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