The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Weekly Newspaper
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Karl Heinz Dennig
Berlin, Germany - In 1980, Karl Heinz. Dennig posed a creature holding a snake on top of a crocodile corkscrew for his cast bronze work of art. The sculpture was mounted on a marble base and a limited edition of ninety-nine were produced.
Dennig was born in 1939. He was trained as a steel engraver in Pforzheim by Professor Emil Schumacher in Hamburg. He currently works in Berlin and is well known for his carpet designs featuring birds, clouds, blooms, animals, and stars which have been produced in silk and wool in China. He has also designed chairs, tables, candlesticks, and jewelry.
Number six of ninety-nine
Riquewihr (Alsace) France - Dining and rooms at Le Tire-bouchon Residence. Mme Régine Zimmer 29, rue du Gal de Gaulle (submitted by Godefroy Perot, Belgium).
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - In the Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeister is the Corkscrew Parlour with a display of antique corkscrews.
Briones, La Rioja, Spain - The Museo de la Cultura del Vino at Dinastía Vivanco has a collection of corkscrews on display.
Japan - When in Japan, pick up a copy of Cavatappi from Liquor Mountain, Shiga Prefecture (located in the center of japan). The firm is an importer of wines, brandy, whisky, food products, Japanese sake, etc. They have over 51 stores throughout the Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto, Gifu, Aichi, Mie and Osaka area.
Varenna, Italy - The restaurant Il Cavatappi is located in the historic center of town.
Restaurant Zapfenzieher Hauptstrasse 44 8280 Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.
Staunton, Virginia - In response to the Corkscrew Mystery in the July 2 issue, Bob Roger writes:
"A picket is a stake of some type driven into the ground to secure an animal, either by tying him to it or by connecting parallel pickets to form a fence. The former application is common today in the form of a large wire helix with a loop on top, that is screwed into the ground to tie a dog wire to. The second application is also common today in the form of a chain link fence. The vertical components of such a fence are actually long wire helixes that are intertwined and flattened.
Perhaps the Wilson Wire Fence Company made or invented one or both of these applications, and called the chain link fence a corkscrew picket fence because the individual pickets are actually helixes."
United Kingdom - Can pretty pictures sell corkscrews? Corrina Housewares offers the "Wasp" corkscrew in an array of translucent colors. Eight of these lever corkscrews were magically arranged in formation for their glamorous studio shot.
The sales pitch is "Made from solid polycarbonate, these efficient and hard-wearing corkscrews are the ultimate in cool design. They are so easy to operate, it's child's play. Just grip the bottle neck with the clamping arms, rotate the lever forward to insert the worm-screw, then back again to fully extract the cork. To release the cork, rotate the lever forward, grip stopper with arms, then rotate the lever back and the cork falls free. It's that simple."
Waterford, Michigan collector Dick Britton has his "Flash" corkscrews mapped out.
Readers of The Weekly Screw are currently working on two corkscrew cataloging projects.
Updated July 11, 2006 - The Williamson "Flash" souvenir corkscrew project began with the May 23, 2006 issue. The project has a list in PDF format (http://www.bullworks.net/daily/flashlist.pdf) and a pictorial catalog (http://www.bullworks.net/daily/flashpix.pdf).
Updated July 11, 2006 - The "Nifty" project began with the June 25, 2006 issue. For these corkscrews there is only a list (http://www.bullworks.net/daily/niftylist.pdf).
The pages of both projects will be updated from time to time and notice will appear at the bottom of each issue of The Weekly Screw. Readers are encouraged to review the list and submit their additions to Don Bull, Editor.
©2006 Don Bull, Editor