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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

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The above story is a 12 year old clipping from a newspaper in South Africa. It makes you wonder if Alf has any more deals like this. Try him at:

Burton College Students Get Into Recycling

When the Art and Design department of Burton College moved to a new building, they ha a large amount of cardboard boxes and other packaging material. Instructors challenged students to use their creativity.

The students built giant sculptures including keys, bulldog clips, clothes pins, and even corkscrews.

Lecturer Dave Spooner says, "The idea of taking a common place object and exaggerating its size and proportion has been employed by several artists throughout the 20th Century. We even have a local example in the town with the giant malt shovel. The idea of our project was to enlarge items out of all proportion to make interesting sculptures. At the same time, we all did our bit for the environment too."

Burton College is located at the heart of the Midlands Motorway network.

Editor's Commentary

Upon learning of Alf's 1991 deal, we set out to find Mr. Coppler to learn more about his collection. We searched South African websites for his name and came up with nothing. We then searched for "Table Mountain Corkscrew" and landed on a trip log of Selwyn Davidowitz who guided the Hookers and the Borcherdts on their 2001 South African trip. In the log was a visit to Franschoek where Doug Borcherdt spotted a sign saying "Antiques" and suggested a stop at the shop. It turned out that there was a marvelous collection of corkscrews in the shop. They took a photo of Jeffrey, the shop owner with Bianca and Jim Hooker in front of the corkscrew display board.

Another search found Jeremy Astfalck, the antique dealer, with a photo of him using the latest technology to check the stock items in his shop. We had to wonder if he was logging prices similar to Alf's. If you are planning a visit to South Africa, look up Jeremy at The Old Corkscrew, 11 Main Road, Franschhoek (Tel. 021 876 3671).

We did not find Thorston Coppler.

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©2003 Don Bull, Editor


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