Where to find excelsior (wood wool)?


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Where to find excelsior (wood wool)?

Politeness | Aug 6, 2009 04:02 PM

This question pushes the boundaries of "cook"ware, but I cannot think of a more proper place for it. Some friends, both 50ish, are getting married later this month; second marriage for each. As they have long passed the young just-getting-started phase of their lives, they do not need a blender or dinner plates; instead, for a wedding gift, we are giving them some wine that we picked up in Umbria that is not readily available in the United States.

Now, when invited to someone's home for dinner, you can just hand the host or hostess a bottle of wine, all by itself, or in a small wine presentation bag. But, as a wedding gift, a little more formality is called for, we think. We have obtained one of the wooden boxes that some of the finer bottles of wine are shipped in, and that is how we will "wrap" the wedding gift.

However, the insides of our wooden shipping box has a molded bottle-fitting pulp insert (like many egg cartons), which seems a bit tacky. What we would like to find is some "excelsior," or wood wool, shavings in which we can bed the wine bottles. But we have no idea where one would go to get excelsior. What kind of store would stock it?

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