wine cork trivetThere is a pleasantness to the feel of cork. Lamps made of cork were popular in the sixties. These days you can even get cork walls and floors.

I couldn’t resist this cork trivet. I’m not a wine expert, but I think all the corks used to make this trivet are from California wines.

A trivet, as those of you who follow etymology might deduce, technically involves an object blessed with three legs. However, according to reliable trivet trivia sources such as, a potholder can be an “informal trivet.” Which puts my oversize coaster or undersized bulletin board safely in trivet territory. And if you don’t believe Wisegeek, Amazon bestows upon it the official trivet designation.

I did not expect this trivet to still be in production, never mind for sale on Although I believe mine to be vintage (note the nicely beveled edges on the example I own), it was a letdown to see my trivet being sold on the Internet in kit form. I took some solace in the fact that its Amazon sales ranking was 54,455 in Kitchen and Dining. What do they expect at $19.19 for a cheap wood frame and some glue? They don’t even supply the corks, never mind the wine. I got mine for fifty cents at a tag sale.

As a service to you, and a treat before the long holiday weekend, I’m republishing a few Amazon customer reviews for the Wine Cork Trivet Kit.

We’ve bought this kit as a gift (and another one for ourselves) – it’s very easy to use and is fun. [Nothing worse than a hard to use, depressing trivet. -ed.]

I would describe the Wine Cork Trivet as a functional memory maker. During a recent trip to Italy, I got the idea from a local restaurant to save our wine corks. The corks were displayed in an oversized glass when we returned home, but they just seemed to be taking up space. With the Wine Cork Trivet, they serve a valuable purpose whenever we entertain and it’s also easy to see the many different types of wines. Just putting it on the table transports us back to “La Dolce Vita.” A great idea!

I bought this for a friend for a bridal shower gift. She saw mine and wanted one. The only issue is the glue takes a while to go from white to clear and as you get to the bottom of the tube of glue, it is really hard to squeeze. My friend loved it!

Quick shipping…good product with an added reason to keep our wine corks and hold onto some of our memories. Construction seems solid and sturdy. Hope to drink more wine because of this.

For some reason, this was labeled Most Helpful Critical Review:

This item makes a nice gift for someone interested in wine because it is not something ordinary like wine glasses or even a bottle of wine. You could probably make one yourself much cheaper, but then you have the difficult task of explaining what it is. Having it come in a box labelled as “Wine Cork Trivet Kit” makes it obvious what it is and that it is a gift intended for the recipient, rather than some wood you tacked together with a creative idea.

And this was labeled Most Helpful Favorable Review:

First, I love to say the word “trivet”. trivet! trivet! trivet! This is nice, simple kit that consists of a wood frame that serves as the base of the trivet (trivet!) and the supplies to glue down the corks. I am 3 corks shy of having enough to start the project, but will report back later when it’s complete. (He or she actually completes the project and reports back:) My only complaint, and it’s very minor and not really the fault of the trivet (trivet!) is that it’s a bit larger than I expected. it’s 9×11 – where as I think it would work better if it was a bit smaller.. maybe 6×6. Just being nit-picky. They probably make a smaller trivet (trivet!) and I overlooked it. We love to put hot things on it. Sometimes I just make large pots of hot water so I can put them on the trivet (trivet!).

Here’s an even easier-to-make cork trivet kit.

I think these people read too much into the Wisegeek idea that an oven mitt could be used as a trivet. Anyway this thing, whatever it is, talks.

To get meta, take a photo of some wine corks.

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2 Responses to “Trivet”

  1. David Says:

    Mark–I’m enjoying the journal immensely, but I gotta say the word “pleasantness” rings a discordant note. Sour, though muted–because pleasantness seems so mushy somehow, a quality that has a tapioca/pudding texture. Perhaps that is what you want to convey–and cork of course is nothing but mute.

  2. mark Says:

    adj. pleas·ant·er, pleas·ant·est,
    1. Giving or affording pleasure or enjoyment; agreeable: a pleasant scene; pleasant sensations.
    2. Pleasing in manner, behavior, or appearance.
    3. Fair and comfortable: pleasant weather.
    4. Merry; lively.

    pleasantness – the quality of giving pleasure; “he was charmed by the sweetness of her manner”; “the pleasantness of a cool breeze on a hot summer day”

    [Middle English plesaunt, from Old French plaisant, present participle of plaisir, to please, from Latin placre; see plk-1 in Indo-European roots.]

    Hey Mr. David, thanks for reading! I’m sorry your personal connotations with the word are so… gooey.

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