Corkboards

Bulletin and sign cork boards are essential wall furnishings in offices. They are also a practical addition for any home. These convenient office supplies provide a handy place to hang hard-copy memos, reminders and notices or to display artwork and mementos.

Cork Provides Long-Term Value
Cork comes from the bark of the cork-oak tree. It is a durable substance that lasts a long time with minimal care. You can use thumb tacks or push pins to attach documents to the surface of the cork. The small holes from the tacks and pins inserted into the cork surface seal themselves when you remove the fasteners, so the surface remains unmarred. Adhesive-backed sticky notes and tape can also be used to attach items to the board, making them the perfect addition to any teacher's back to school supplies list.

Cork Board Is Easy to Work With
Bare cork comes in tiles or in rolls in a variety of sizes. This allows you to create a custom board based on wall space and design ideas. You can use rolls to hang seamless wall-length bulletin boards, or you can use tiles in a herring-bone or zigzag pattern to create visual appeal. A T-square and utility knife will let you cut cork rolls or tiles to precise dimensions. Since cork is so lightweight, all you need to attach it to walls is double-sided tape or a liquid adhesive.

Cork also comes framed, normally in lightweight aluminum, plastic or wood. Framed cork boards are available in different sizes, suitable for individual offices or cubicles or for larger areas like conference rooms, lunchrooms or reception stations. Lightweight cork and frames normally require simple fasteners like those used for picture frames, such as saw-tooth, offset and anchor-wire clips.

How Is Cork Made?
A cork-oak harvester uses a hatchet to slice the bark from the trunk of the tree in horizontal and vertical sections, cutting precisely so as to not disturb the inner layer of the tree. The sections then air-dry outside in stacks. The curing process benefits from the sun, rain and wind, flattening the sections and removing about 20 percent of the cork’s moisture content. The sections are then cleaned by dipping them in large vats of boiling water and stacked in a light-free cellar, where they dry and cure for a few weeks. Manufacturers use the sections to create rolls, tiles and boards.

Is Cork Sustainable?
Cork is a long-term sustainable natural resource. The cork regenerates its bark after being stripped, usually after a period of 10 years. Harvesters wait until the cork-oak tree matures to 20 to 35 years of age before stripping the bark. A cork oak will outlast its harvesters, living to be 200 years old, with about 20 productive yields over its lifetime.

Are Cork Boards Available in Different Colors?
Cork-oak bark cures and dries normally to a light brown color. Its porosity creates a receptive surface for stains and paints, so you can get cork boards in a variety of hues and finishes. For another look, you can cover the board in fabric or customize the surface with your monogram or favorite design template. Staples carries a wide selection of dry erase whiteboards, chalkboards, and calendar boards.

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