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Handwerk: Korkernte in Spanien

Kork. Ein Rohstoff, mit dem ich des öfteren zu tun habe (Pinwand!), über den ich mir bisher aber keine großen Gedanken gemacht habe. Dank des Videos von Kauri Multimedia weiß ich aber nun, dass die Erne des Korks ein echter Knochenjob ist. Die Arbeiter verwenden lediglich eine Axt und Leitern, um die Rinde vorsichtig von der Korkeiche zu entfernen.

Every nine years, the cork oak trees are ready to give away their precious bark, and a crew of expert axemen from Extremadura descend upon the forest in the months of July and August to work on the saca, or cork extraction.

Cork harvesting takes place in a dehesa, that is an agroforestry system which exists in the Iberian peninsula where human intervention is compatible with the conservation of nature, vegetation and fauna. Here, locals work hard to make the most of the resources available to them, respecting the production cycles and the environment.

Spain produces 22% of the world’s cork and in this estate, up to nine tonnes are obtained daily, the corcheros working on 20 to 200 year old trees. Using only their axes, wooden poles, ladders and hands. Respecting the tree, making sure it suffers no damage.

This short film is a witness account on the demanding yet respectful artisanal approach to cork harvesting, which has marked and influenced the region. A depiction of a rural Spain that still exists, where the landscape plays a unique and vital role. Where man does not affect the environment negatively, but rather defines it.

//via The Kids Should See This//

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