Give Your Camera a DIY Cork Covering for Extra Grip and a Unique Style

After seeing the “woodenized” Canon F-1n that we featured earlier this month, Vancouver, Washington-based photographer Charlie Boucher decided that he wanted to give the mod a go. Unable to find any wood shoots locally, Boucher decided to go with a somewhat different (but slightly related) material: cork.

Boucher tells us,

As soon as I saw the wooden Canon F1 post, I thought, “I need to do that.” I was in a creative mood and had some free time, I headed out in search of the wood panel stick on sheet. Well, I wasn’t able to find any but at Lowe’s hardware store down the road, I came across some stick-on Cork sheets made by Duck brand. Cork looked cool and reminds me of 70’s office supplies.

I carefully peeled off the leather stick-on parts (my Canon AE-1P is one of the older ones that had all stick-on leather parts. Newer ones have plastic instead.) I used the parts I peeled of as templates and used some scissors to cut the shapes out of the cork. Then I carefully stuck them on, pressed them into the camera, and then used a razor knife to trim off any parts that stuck out a bit. So far the pieces have stuck very well. It’s very grippy and seems like it will hold up well. Plus I think it looks killer.

All in all I’m super stoked and plan on doing more custom work. I have a power winder for my Canon so I’ll work on that next.

We’ve seen custom camera coverings ranging from special woods to cobra skins, but never a cork one. However, after learning of Boucher’s mod, we discovered that Lomography recently released an entire line of special-edition cameras that feature real cork coverings as well:

If you’re into this look, you can buy your own cork sheets (designed for lining shelves) over on Amazon for about $10 for a large roll.

  • Craig Dickson

    To each his own, I guess. The look doesn’t appeal to me at all, and I don’t think I’d want anything as moisture-absorbent as cork attached to an electronic device.

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  • michaelp42

    When you say “style” you are laughing on the inside right?

  • branden rio

    I don’t like being mean, but that looks terrible

  • fahrertuer

    At least it looks better than the wood covered Canon

  • negroku

    I use sugru to create a grip for my samsung nx-100, it’s feels more like a real grip and you can mold it to fit your hand perfectly. It’s no beauty! but useful as hell.

  • Samuel

    I appear to be one of the few that really like these coverings. I stuck a map on me AE-1 long ago because the plastic was coming away and i figured why not make it a bit different. If you do it to a camera and like it then yay, im not out to amaze folks with an AE-1. I’ll save that for when i get a leica.

  • Guest

    or dont add the picture thats cool :|

  • Charlie

    Never heard of Sugru……

  • AW

    Looks awful and also the cork will soon get dirty and bits of it will come off, it won’t look this new for long at all.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    The mods like this someone has on their camera, the less photo work they are getting.

  • fahrertuer

    Not everyone spends every free minute out (or in the studio) taking pictures.
    I think it’s a good idea to do stuff like this if you’re into it and you have a lazy winter afternoon with bad light and or weather

  • fahrertuer

    I remember the cork kitchen floor at a friends place. Looked very similar to the corked used in this project, so I assume it had similar properties. It was close to 30 years old. There were a few spots in front of the sink and the stove but everything else was in a very good shape

  • rtfe

    hey, you can thumbtack notes, pictures, restaurant coasters, subway maps, and knickknacks all over the camera. that’s genius, man.

  • Jan Lewandowski

    Nie rozumiem o co w tym chodzi ?

  • Lee Harris

    I decided to try this with my EM5 but had a lot of wine bottle corks so used them instead, it is now very very bulky and about the same size as a full frame DSLR… cool!

  • bob cooley

    Since they are showing 35mm film cameras and the new Dianas by Lomo, its doubtful anyone intended these to take on a professional shoot. its a fun project for a camera that doesn’t have much use professionally.