MAKING THE CORK PEN TRAY

 

An illustrated story of how we create our cork Pen tray

 

THE HARVEST

 

Cork bark is harvested by hand every 9 years, and only after a tree is 30 years old. To remove this highly sustainable material from the trees take years of skill and knowledge to ensure that the specially protected trees are not damaged. 

The carefully stripped cork is then sorted, and depending on the quality, is used for a wide variety of products from building insulation to wine stoppers. 

 

VENDAS NOVAS, PORTUGAL

 

PUNCHING THE WINE STOPPERS

 

The cork tray found in The Pen packaging is made using a state of the art 3D cork moulding process. 

Granules of cork are created by grinding down the waste material from the wine stopper production. 

These granules are poured into custom moulds that are then compressed with heat, transforming the cork into a solid tray form. 

 

LISBON, PORTUGAL

3D MOULDING THE TRAYS

 

The cork tray found in The Pen packaging is made using a state of the art 3D cork moulding process. 

Granules of cork are created by grinding down the waste material from the wine stopper production. 

These granules are poured into custom moulds that are then compressed with heat, transforming the cork into a solid tray form. 

 

PORTO, PORTUGAL

LAser CUTTING OF THE GASKETS

 

We use a special cork and rubber composite sheet, made using a similar process to the cork tray, to produce The Pen gaskets. 

This sheet is then laser cut then hand cleaned to remove any charring before we begin the assembling process of The Pen.  

 

MANCHESTER, UK