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Thank you!

My deepest thank you to all those people who spend their time making wonderful tutorials for anything Emoticon: Bow 

Here, some DA tutorials I am using:

:iconastrikos:'s tutorial about

:iconclefairykid:'s guide to customize box background

Just a post-it. Links of my own interest

Some art from outside the community

:bulletpurple: Alina Caligrafa…

:bulletpurple: Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef (thanks to :iconnekojizou:!)…

Of interest

:bulletblack: From Necessity To Art: Writing…

:bulletblack: Jun’ichirō Tanizaki: In Praise of Shadows (谷崎 潤一郎: 陰翳礼讃)…


:bulletblue: What's possible when love becomes an instinct…

:bulletblue: Yoga Nidra

List of websites to read... :ashamed:

:bulletwhite: Trail of Tears Afghan…

:bulletwhite: The Central Asian Falconry Project…

:bulletwhite: On the way to a smile. The case of...…


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But I can figure it out. I figured how to crack stones, and dance leaves, and make waves in my bath. I unpicked a Doranen lock and I collapsed waterspouts in Westwailing Harbour. I did all of that. I can bloody do this.
But before he could defeat the pain, he had to accept it. That was the hardest part - letting the pain take him and shake him like a rat-dog wit a rat. Surrendering, he sank himself beneath the surface of raw magic...

By Karen Miller

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Down the coast: a tale about a traditional trade

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 20, 2014, 10:56 AM

Welcome to yet another random chronicle of my life Hershey Eat - For FemaleSpy 

This morning I went down to the coast to see a demonstration of a craft which is not so common here anymore, but it is still a business in Southern Spain, Portugal and apparently in Morocco as well.

Despite its versatility, apparently it is not the material of choice of the DA community. But we do have some wonderful creations!

Lets get some EXP by KumaBearoso 01 Bottle Illumination Coaster by CabbitCastle Chess by floom

cork by Schatten-Drache       Butterbeer Cork Necklace by weezey     Life on the refrigerator by artsyphoenix  Japanese binded recycled book by DrClosure

! Please, check each Deviant own page for more art :)

Cork peeling

[Btw, anybody has any thought about the origin
of the name "Cork" iin Ireland?

Cork oaks grow basically in the West of the Mediterranean Basin and they have been used by humanking ever since Neolithic ages. But I am not going to go in the whole history of the trade. Let me just say that before the Industrial Revolution some skilled locals made a good living out of the "tapers" trade. Basically it consisted in making cork tops from raw material (originally rectangle shaped, and polished until cylindrical). This age has remained Romanticali idealized in the local imaginary.

The extraction of raw cork is a sustainable industry, as it does not require the cutting down of the tree. Cork is the bark of the oak. During the rainy season (mid May to mid August - approximately, depending on the year) there is enough space between the bark and the living core of the tree. This allows the groups of workers to cut the cork without damaging the living tree.

Mind that amongst the forest jobs, it was regarded as one for skilled woodcutters.

First time bark is removed it has a very low comercial value - if any. So you need to wait some 10-14 years (depending on climate conditions) for the next one to grow before any profit can be actually made out of the tree. If an unskilled woodcutter killed the tree, he compromised the living of the whole group of workers.

ComposiciĆ³ by Beltaneh
Main steps of the cork cutting. The ones down show the tree after being peeled - the bank is removed only up to a certain height, never the whole of it. 
Notice that the tree that has recently been peeled has a lighter, orange-like colour (left), while after a while the core gets darker (right).

Here in the photos you can see a close-up of every step to peel the bank off. However, if I can ask you for 4 more minutes of your time, this video will give you a better idea of the process.

[Even if you do not understand the language, it is an interesting process. 
Please skip to minute 1:40, when he starts peeling the tree]

Once the bark has been removed, a protective liquid is applied to the tree. Nowadays woodcutters are asked to use a bluish one. I've never found myself wandering in such a Smurfesque forest, but maybe I should go out more... :smurfla: 

Aside from more "technical" aspects of which I had no idea beforehand, I found a couple of comments particularly interesting, even if they lay between folk wisdom and mere superstition.
As mentioned at the beginning, peeling is easier during the rainy season, unless it thunders. Apparently then the cork sticks to the trunk again and makes it impossible to be carried out.
Also, the job gets more difficult if cork oaks grow in a pine tree area. Which takes my mind to that theory of plants actually talking to each other (…

Lightbulb  Uses

Uses of cork go further than storaging wine and sparkling wine much better than synthetic materials - as it allows the beverage to "breathe" and continue its chemical processes once inside the bottle.

Beyond corkboards - although they always come in handy -, it is a perfect thermal and acoustic isolation material.

Someone mentioned that a French antiquarian explained how smoothered cork was used to polish wooden furniture before wax and barnish.

I've seen cork curtains (made out of recycled tops) in some nearby restaurants, specially in these which emphasise wine-pairing, and also Christmas wreaths.

But lots of other things can be made out of it:

Sculptures, mosaics, everyday objects, carvings, jewelery, carpets…


And last, but not least...

After the demonstration we had been offered the cork to make a flowerpot. 
So, here's my humble try

A flower in cork by Beltaneh

Hope this has been somehow inspiring Inspiration 

Now, if you excuse me, it's about time for me to go gaming...


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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for delivering the very encouraging llama Beltaneh :iconllamatruckplz:
Beltaneh Featured By Owner 6 days ago
:goodjob: revamp 
EmperorMossy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Thanks heaps for the watch!!! :D
Beltaneh Featured By Owner 6 days ago
You're very welcome :)
EmperorMossy Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist

^_^ By the way, if you like, you can also check out our Robin Hood stage fight we did at the Sydney Supanova cosplay comp last year! :D…

If you're interested. :3

Beltaneh Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Very nicely done! The little play looks great :clap:

'We're all mad here' Emote Sign 
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

H Beltaneh, thank you so much for choosing to watch my work  :icontftdwplz:

Totally appreciated my new friend  :tighthug:

Beltaneh Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
You're most welcome, and thanks for the llama :)
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

Thank you very much for adding "Determined spirit..." to your faves     :iconthxfavplz: ...and "I'm a damsel..." 
It’s really appreciated Beltaneh - please do keep on watching???   :icongiveflowerplz:

Beltaneh Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
You're very wellcome. You've got a beautifull gallery and collection of faves :)
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