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Salad Tongs

 

Salad Tongs

curvilinear form study

A pair of elegantly abstracted curvilinear forms that facilitate tossing and serving salad greens. Behavior, action, and body posture of the user as well as conversion from 2D shapes to 3D forms were all considered in creation of salad tongs. Parameters of project include:

  • Predetermined sized pieces of wood (10" x 3.375" x 2")

  • Only 4 cuts (2 on top face and 2 on side face)

  • Can only sand down 50% of edges after initial cut

 
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2D SKETCHING

I began by sketching orthopedic views of top and side profiles — two curves per face. I analyzed the relationship of these curves considering characteristics such as conflict of curves, simple vs. complex curves, calm vs. aggressive curves, symmetry, joints and flow, pauses and static curves, and implications of changes in curves.

I analyzed outlines as 2D shapes. My curve ideations were influenced by consideration of 3D features such as thickness of handle, thinness of spoon, gripping indentations, trying to find a solution to integrating features into curves without upsetting the relationship of curves on the single faces.

 
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3D lofting

I moved on to drawing lofted 3D views to help me understand the relationship of the two faces. New issues and considerations emerged including thickness of bridge between handle and spoon, overcomplexity with two dynamic silhouettes, semantics, and complimenting silhouettes.

 
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foam models

I prototyped cuts on foam. Through this, I began considering more of user relation to the form, such as angle of hand and elbow, user posture, and sizing and dimensions in relation to grip and handling.

 

secondary shaping

Used secondary shaping to manipulate gripping angle — tongs angled inward for more natural tossing motion. Played with balance, keeping an even amount of sanded and sharp edges on opposing sides. Tested how thickness of material effects implied grip.

 

wood models

I crafted the final tongs from wood blocks, using a variety of machines for initial cuts and sanding. I then hand sanded the final details and finish.

 
Graphic illustration of process of crafting salad tong — sketching and ideating, tracing outlines onto form, bandsaw rough cuts, initial sanding on machines, hand sanding.

Graphic illustration of process of crafting salad tong — sketching and ideating, tracing outlines onto form, bandsaw rough cuts, initial sanding on machines, hand sanding.