The legend of the Wu Tong
While working on the kitchen tongs over a period of months I struggled to come up with a name. Then one day while sanding some it hit me as I looked down and saw the UU U. From this I started to think of how the Wu-Tang Clan got their name from old Kung Fu movies (the Wu Tang sword style). It was also at this time that I stumbled across the chopsticks, a happy accident when I kept sanding down a pair of Wu Tongs and the Wu Tong Sticks were born. It all seemed to come together and the Wu Tong Stick Style developed into a new form of chopstick training.
Wu Tong Sticks
This product is aimed at those of us who struggle with chopsticks and Asian eating customs, giving them that little bit of help with the technique.
They are basically a thin pair of Wu Tongs that can be made from any wood.
They are available in four sizes and different strengths to suit any user.
The first time my Dad used them, he was very happy with being able to join in with the rest of the family for noodles.
They are also suitable for young children, getting them used to the idea of chopsticks and other eating customs
(they’ve already mastered Ethiopian eating customs at this point).
Chop Stick Training; always teach the Wu Tong.
They are not a toy.
Is a pair of kitchen tongs that is designed for use on non-stick kitchenware; they are also ideal for table use, with salads, bread and the like.
They are laminated wooden tongs, which are available in a variety of wood species.
There is a pair in development that is specifically designed for fish.
Both projects are ocp
Designed and produced by Martin Horgan 2012
Wash with mild soapy water, rinse and dry.
Do not leave sitting in water.
Do not pull open.
Off Cut Project (ocp)
No matter how hard we try to manage our materials there will always be off cuts. The ocp projects are realized with at least 80% waste materials.
We use the cut offs to make small objects and as model making materials (e.g. Pre-Pack, 2 Face and Wu Tong).
What ever is left after that goes into the fireplace or is recycled.
We will be launching Wu Tong at Made in Clerkenwell, Summer Open Studios 24-27 May, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
Martin Horgan is a chef turned designer whose work focuses on the dialogue between user and product. Having studied design in America, Ireland, England and Sweden he has combined these distinctive cultural aesthetics and values into his own unique style. Martin designs both for production and on a bespoke basis for individuals and industry.
Martin works with both traditional and contemporary techniques and materials. Often presenting pieces that combine the new and the old.
It is through his analytical design process and use of materials that his work achieves a clean clear aesthetic that expresses his design ideals.