Cork Oak Pendant
This hand shaped pendant is made from Cork Oak found in the Landes Region of France near a small town called Lit-Et-Mixe. Cork Oak is slow-growing and long-lived, some individuals surviving to 250 years of age. The timber is not common but at the end of 2011, the cork oak was unanimously established as Portugal's National Tree. In Portugal the felling of cork oak trees is prohibited by law and each cork oak is individually identified, in order to ensure its absolute traceability.
Cork oak bark has been harvested for thousands of years and today it is most commonly known for its use in wine bottle corks. Cork can be harvested from a tree 12 times within its lifetime. The oldest and most productive cork oak in the world is the Whistler Tree, in Águas de Moura, in the Alentejo region. The cork oak was planted in 1783, stands over 14 metres tall and the diameter of its trunk is 4.15 metres. In 2018, the Whistler Tree, representing Portugal, was voted European Tree of the Year. Its 1991 harvest produced 1200 kg of cork, more than most cork oaks yield in a lifetime. This single harvest produced over one hundred thousand cork stoppers.
If you need more information about the location where this branch fork was collected from then just get in contact. It was hand shaped in England from and the driftwood branch fork was collected with minimal disruption to the environment, leaving behind as much as possible of the remaining branch.
Designed to be worn around the neck and comes with a black 1mm waxed cotton cord. You don’t need to take it off for showering, having a bath and swimming in lakes, rivers, the sea or an ocean if you don’t want to. You just don’t known when you will need it to anchor your experiences for release later.
It is sent to you in cardboard packaging in a simple wool pouch hand made by us. Our packaging is easily recyclable and minimal, so just for the journey to you and no more.
This hei matau pendant is approximately 58 mm high and 35 mm wide and its widest point and 10 mm thick in the middle.
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