Open a Wine Bottle With a Tree





Introduction: Open a Wine Bottle With a Tree

About: Tim Anderson is the author of the "Heirloom Technology" column in Make Magazine. He is co-founder of, manufacturers of "3D Printer" output devices. His detailed drawings of traditional Pacific...
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



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    37 Discussions

    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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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!

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

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

    HI, after seeing the video, we made a more successful remake. it really works!

    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!