Introduction: Open a Wine Bottle With a Tree

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Remove the cork from a wine bottle by pounding it on a tree.
Jesse Hensel demonstrates how.

He claims this method works well in Alaska. It uses a "water-hammer" effect to knock the cork out from the inside. It also uses a "very dull axe" effect to slowly chop down the tree.

Masterful video editing: Fungusamungus
Camera: TimAnderson


Colonel Hogan (author)2014-10-20

at first i thought the there was blood on the tree

radiorental (author)2006-08-29

As inner city trees need all the love and attention they can get, would it be possible to go back and paint the area that has the bark scraped off so the tree doesnt get infected? cheers - treehugger

gerardburpo (author)radiorental2006-08-29

I would willing to bet $100 that the tree will be just fine.

radiorental (author)gerardburpo2006-08-29

I'll take your $100, easy money like most any other living organism it has a skin that repels infection. Unlike people, tree's cant patch themselves up as quickly: A small nick in the bark will heel, something the size of that chunk will not. Go back in a year you'll see a dried out patch, 5 years you'll see a rotting hole with bugs.

And I think its a little bad karma to go whacking it with a wine bottle for your own amusement without patching up the damage. Trees bring life in to an otherwise grey dull environment, they support micro-ecosystem of birds and bugs.

Would you be ok with an oil spill in Alaska? absolutely not. Would you kick a dog? no, would you... pull the legs off a spider for your own amusement? probably not. So where's the cut off point for damaging a tree?

For the record, I've cut down about 6 fully grown trees in the last month, chopped for firewood and given thanks that I'll be using less oil than I need to this winter. Dont mean to be all high and mighty, each to their own, just have issues with human's wanten disregard for other living organisms to further our own amusement.

There are plenty of other trees in the world, I just chopped one down recently in my back yard!

zachninme (author)radiorental2006-10-21

I bet you would freak out when you finnally realize that global warming is a myth.

_soapy_ (author)zachninme2006-10-31

Yeah, like that's going to happen. Everyone but you was wrong.

austin (author)radiorental2006-08-29

sure it leaves is more suseptible to disease but i dont think its any thing to freak out about, It can still and probably will heal its selfunless you completly girdle a tree most of the time they will grow back the bark and continue to live.

gerardburpo (author)radiorental2006-08-29

I agree that it's stupid to tear up trees for no reason other than drunken idiocy, but that gash is only a few inches wide. I did that level of damage to trees when I was a little kid and didn't know any better, and they're still standing in my parents' yard. I'm fairly sure it'll be okay.

Kasm279 (author)radiorental2010-07-04

Well, the wine will work as an antiseptic >.>

xaime (author)radiorental2010-03-21

I'm a treehugger too, so I totally agree with you.
I think that using tree for our bottle is absolutely cruel.
Someone could go back and help the tree to protect himself from bacterias?

jesse.hensel (author)2009-01-12
hawkdude61 (author)2007-01-29

pretty cool but my kung fu teacher did something like it once. he hit the side with the cork on it and blew the bottom out of the bottle. it was so cool!

hawkdude61 (author)hawkdude612007-01-29

i forgot to say that he didn't use a tree. just the palm of his hand!

tchiseen (author)hawkdude612009-01-05

Pft, I can do it with Mind Bullets, top that!

hawkdude61 (author)tchiseen2009-01-05


flio191 (author)hawkdude612008-04-11

lol, thats the way to go. human power

mtxe (author)hawkdude612007-02-04

the cork was gone as well. you can do it to Beer also

robi186 (author)2008-12-10

HI, after seeing the video, we made a more successful remake. it really works!
zachninme (author)2007-02-09

Haha! I just saw that show where they said "Global warming isn't really happening". Oh wait? There is nothing about that. Granted, I didn't mean to say there is no warming at all, but its not "Global". And the only reason why most scientists agree about GW is thats what they are paid to do. They are being paid to figure out what will happen and how to prevent it, not what is happening. So, they are assuming it without personally deeply looking through data. The thing I love, is when they take data, and use a graph to represent it badly. And for the record, most places are actually cooling!

flio191 (author)zachninme2008-04-11

im not even going to start...where did you even get your information?

benhudson (author)zachninme2007-03-20

"The thing I love, is when they take data, and use a graph to represent it badly." Like showing CO₂ and temperature on the same graph, and assuming that that means CO₂ caused higher temperatures... Uneducated f00l: Maybe the temperature is causing the CO₂! Scientists: Naaaaah... oh, hang on, maybe he's right. The true problem is not the misinformation about GW, whether caused by deliberate politically backed research, or pure mistakes, but the fact that it has inspired a wave of media and public hysteria. Tomorrow, Gordon Brown will probably double car tax on 4x4s. The reason is that a little insubstantial evidence has led to hysteria and self-righteousness that cannot be stopped. Don't get me wrong, cutting down on our emissions is only a good thing, because there is other junk that could lead to global dimming and so on, and besides, we've only got a while with our oil reserves. But at the moment it is for the wrong reason. If you really want to combat the 'global warming' you are so sure of, dehumidify the air, cull all the cow, demolish the paddy fields. The small amount of CO₂ has minimal impact. But don't slag him off because he's thirteen. That doesn't mean he's unable to think to himself. Maybe it does mean that he's more succeptible to the wash of panic in the media, maybe it doesn't. But what do I know? I'm 15, and hardly likely to shift too many people away from the popular myth.

zachninme (author)benhudson2007-03-21

Oh, I'm not factoring in age, I'm 14 myself :P

berky93 (author)2008-04-09

if you open a wine or beer bottle (beer/soda is better) and fill it to the brim with water, you can pound the open top with your palm and the bottom breaks off perfectly.

chaoscampbell (author)2007-12-30

Risk = Hazzard + Outrage

Jimichan (author)2007-09-22

I've done this (more successfully than in the video). It does work, just be careful not to break the bottle (done that too).

khaeotixs (author)2007-08-27

Dude, think about it... What does the media like? Hype. What will the media get it from? Anything. Thus, most media-founded statements are likely to be twisted from the truth. However, ice core studies HAVE shown that the climate is changing. No more than it has always done, though. We are an ever-changing planet, and us as humans are doing very little to change the climate (i think it was 0.01% of the total co2 released in a year was humans) Stop regurgitating facts, grow up some and learn something new.

Tvman (author)2007-08-07

Who wants to bet that guy pounding that tree was either A:DRUNK OR B:HIGH OR C:BOTH eh? eny bets?

lemonie (author)2006-12-26

If only wine were supplied in pre-scored ampuoles? You could just snap the neck off (with thick gloves I suppose...)

Leon Close (author)2006-08-29

I'm really glad you chose Eye of the Tiger for this. No matter how stupid or boring a situation (not that this is stupid or boring), a litte bit of the Tiger makes it better.

radiorental (author)2006-08-29

Its much easier to tap tha cork in to the bottle. It also makes me weep to see that wasted wine splash everywhere.

0.775volts (author)2006-08-29

IT seems that if this did work, as the cork got further and further out of the bottle that the vacum inside would increase and pull the bottom out. Perhaps something similar happened in the video, as it was too dark to see. If the Idea works it is pure genius, and something I will use readily and verily.

FrenchCrawler (author)2006-08-28

Well as we can tell from the video, it's a work in progess although it may be just as easy to just shake up the bottle until it builds up pressure.

Jesse claims that it works, but he's from Alaska. Apparently, the trees up there are softer than here in SF.

prank (author)2006-08-28


fungus amungus (author)prank2006-08-28

Jesse and his Alaskan ways live on! You ever get my email, man?

TheCheese9921 (author)2006-08-28

looks like you shot someone in the head

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