Don, they are corks mate. They keep the flies away from your face Wink
Would you believe corks are hard to come by now? I have searched all over town and even the pubs say most wine bottles don't use corks anymore. How can I possibly construct a decent hat if I can't find corks?? Mind you, when I went into one pub they told me not to leave till I picked up my bottle caps and handed me 3 full bags of them. They know I'm a lagerphone maker.
I am not seeking corks for your typical akubra. The music group I attend is having a crazy hat competition. So far it involves a colander, buffalo horns, a wind vane, ducklings, sheep bells, a horn and a windup music box gadget. But without the corks it will be like a ship without a sail. :idunno: