Alf's World of Corkscrews

Best Corkscrews of 2005

Here are this year's Best Six:

Best Six

Best Corkscrews of 2004

Here are 2004's Best Six:

Best Six

A New Corkscrew Balloon

Initial Inflation

2003 ICCA Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts for 2003 took place in Roanoke, Virginia.

Best Corkscrews of 2003

Best Six

Best Corkscrews of 2002

Best Six

The Patpong Corkscrew Club

Founded in the waning days of 2001, The Patpong Corkscrew Club is open to members of a wide variety of genders and nationalities. It is headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, near that city's famous Patpong District. Information on the Club is available at ... which is a affiliated site.

2001 Annual General Meeting

2002 Annual General Meeting

Best Corkscrews of 2001

As all of the items that I want to use in my 2001 Best Six selection are currently lying in drawers in Florida ... while I am here in Bangkok ... the photograph that I am using is actually an ‘inventory’ photograph: one that was taken just to record some of the items that I purchased during the last year.

Here are this year's Best Six:

Best Six

The Guardian of the Corkscrews

Corkscrew GuardianCorkscrew Guardian

See also: Framed samples from my collection

Early "Best Six Collections"

Here are my "Best 6" photographs for the years from 1978 through 1993. As these are photographs of photographs, the quality of the pictures are not as good as the 1994 - 2000 ones. Also, they are more of a 'mixed bag' than are the later ones.


Best Corkscrews of 2000

This year, Watcharee helped me out by digging through piles of corkscrews in Fort Lauderdale and selecting my annual 'Best Six.' (Note that 2543 in the Thai Buddhist calendar translates into the year 2000 in the Gregorian calendar.)

Here are this year's Best Six:

Best Six

Best Corkscrews of 1999


Dear Fellow Corkscrew Addict,

Once again my "Best Six" deviates somewhat from the conventional. As most of you know, I have become rather absorbed with hot air ballooning during the '90s. First there was one. Then there were two. And soon there will be three. Yes, three hot air balloons: all decorated with corkscrews.

My final balloon is getting its last stitches even as I write this. Like the ones before it, Cameron Balloons Ltd. of Bristol, England built it. In size it falls midway between its siblings: having a volume of 210,000 cubic feet as compared with 180,000 and 250,000 for the two earlier balloons.

This balloon drastically differs from the others in that the corkscrews are subordinate to a pair of "Screwmaids." And, rightfully so.

Unlike my earlier "Best-Sixes," 1999 brings an unfinished product to your eyes. These photographs show Corkscrew-Balloon #3 at the blueprint point, the construction phase and at the near completion stage.

Blueprints Spraying the Worm Inspecting the Worm The Screwmaids

This balloon will have its maiden flight in late January 2000, at Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland. Its two older brothers will escort it into the air. Of course, the live "Screwmaids" will be among the first passengers.

I plan to bring this balloon to the Berlin ICCA meeting in 2000.



P.S. For those addicts and "go-withs" who wish to see how this balloon was conceived, designed and built, please visit my web page. A dozen or so clicks will reveal everything.

Best Corkscrews of 1998

For Bob (14942 bytes)

All six of these pieces were collected by Bob Nugent. A few of us were privileged to share in his collection.

This year, "My Best Six" is not about these corkscrews; it is about the detail that Bob put into everything. Almost every corkscrew that Bob ever found was tagged and typed.

Nobody did it better than Bob. We really miss him.

1994-1997 Corkscrews

Here are my six best corkscrews from the years 1994 through 1997. Click on any image to see a larger view and descriptions of the individual items.

2001 Helix Scandinavica AGM

Helix Scandinavica met in Esbjerg, Denmark for its May 2001 Annual General Meeting. Among the items on the agenda: rides with the Screwmaids in Corkscrew Balloon III.

2000 ICCA Bottlescrue

The International Conference of Corkscrew Addicts held its 2000 annual meeting in Berlin. Watcharee and I attended, and all of the details are in my Corkscrews in Germany Journal.

1999 ICCA Meeting in Philadelphia

The International Conference of Corkscrew Addicts held its 1999 annual meeting in September in Philadelphia. All the details of the goings on are in my journal.

1999 CCCC Annual General Meeting

On August 1, 1999, the Canadian Corkscrew Collectors Club held its Annual General Meeting at Saumur, in the Loire Valley. Even though we had just been in that region a few weeks earlier, Annie and I decided to return for the meeting and for some additional ballooning

Christie's Auction, May 1999

In May 1999, I decided at the last minute to attend a corkscrew auction at Christie's South Kensington. Although I didn't produce a full-fledged journal for this trip, you can see the auction catalog and some of London's phone booth girls ...

1998 ICCA Meeting and London Auction

In September 1998, the International Conference of Corkscrew Addicts met in London. A few days later, there was a corkscrew auction at Christie's.

1997 ICCA Meeting

In September 1997, the International Conference of Corkscrew Addicts met in France.

1997 Auctions in London

In May 1997, we went to two auctions at Christie's in South Kensington, London. On August 6 (after ballooning in France) we returned for another auction and another chance to snare some interesting collectibles!

1996 CCCC Meeting

In August 1996, we went to Connecticut for the 1996 annual meeting of the Canadian Corkscrew Collectors Club.

The Corkscrew Balloon Fleet

I have built two hot air balloons with corkscrew motifs, and they have lately been making flights all around Europe. For details and various interesting and incriminating photographs, see my balloon pages.

Waiting in the wings: Corkscrew Balloon III! This new design is presently receiving its finishing touches at the Cameron Balloon Works in Bristol, England, and it will have its maiden flight at Chateau d'Oex in January 2000.

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