The inspired innovation in zio Tonino’s techniques has been the employment in the corky bas-relief (revolutionary even by itself!), a mosaic composed by little pieces (strips or tesserae) cork bark, collected from the highest and thinnest oak branches, therefore male cork. On that tree, the artist used to find all the colours he needed to create his works, obtaining directly from the cork a great range of colour shades, invisible to most people. Using this pioneer technique deeply changed the artistic cork manufacture.
we analyse his tool kit, we only find a little sharp blade, a rasp and
some sand paper; the placing of each tessera occurred with just the
help of a hammer and some glue. Then everything else was left to his
excellent manual ability and extraordinary imagination.
remarks can be made about furniture: chests, beds, wardrobes, tables,
etc. They all have a wooden framework, since cork, although definitely
more lasting than wood, is more flexible than the latter, therefore
liable to deformation. For this reason, there’s the need of a
stiffer structure, over which the cork barks must be stuck.