The salad tongs are a flow form ergonomic utensil conceived through a series of orthographic profiles and foam prototypes. This process revealed the subtleties of working with complex curves and contours I hadn't before understood. My goal was to make an object that interfaced with the hand and the salad with the same understanding of those subtleties. Ultimately, this project forced me to refine my approach to realiz a finished artifact: what to remain stubborn about, what to change, and what to entirely abandon.
My process began by imagining how a human would toss a salad without the help of a tool. As it turns out, hands to a great job of salad tossing, but it's still preferable to save the mess by using a specialized tool. With this idea in mind, I set out to create a pair of artifacts that acted as hand extensions that maintained the original tossing motion of the wrists.
From the beginning of the iterative process, I tried to think of the tongs as a single form interacting with both the hand and the salad, instead of two separate ends connected by a center piece (a facet of my Watering Form that I'm unhappy with). The first idea had a spline that fit into the wrist, but the form was inhibiting and difficult to understand. I quickly removed the spline and began working with the subtleties of interfacing the hand, tool, and salad. The final form took on a shape similar to a the seed of a maple, which is by coincidence also the wood they're made of. A great opportunity for a name.