Manatee: Salad Tongs

Spring 2017

My objective was to create a comfortable, friendly tool that encourages the user to cherish and respect its material and manufacturing. Building this emotional bond with the product increases its lifespan. The tongs are built with an asymmetric design, providing optimal left and right hand fits - switch the tongs for scoop and a reach situations.


I begin with sketches...


Then I make models to get a better idea of the physical form and how the human interacts with the object.


I then move to making the final form once a design is chosen.


A final linseed oil stain protects the surface and enhances the grain.