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Project by Kaleo posted 02-14-2007 10:40 AM 2980 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I have spent the last couple of weeks design some barstools for our next project here at the school. But today I decided to take a break. I saw some small pieces of scraps that I had and got an idea.

So I made a set of chopsticks. The sticks themselves are made of Huon Pine. This first set was done completly done by hand. But I have developed a jig that allows me to use the spindle moulder or shaper to pump these things out by the hundereds. Then I decided that I needed to come up with a way to hold them together. The Jarrah piece has a groove in the back that allows the chopsticks to slide up in, until the taper in the sticks wedges them into the holder. The holder also can be used at the table to place your sticks on.

I’m going to go around to a few galleries and tourist shops here in town and find out if anyone might be interested in these. I know that they are probuably not original, but they are to me. They took me about 45 minutes to make the first set. But with the jigs I reckon I could make 50 or more sets in 2-3 hours. We’ll see. Check out my blog I explain more there:

-- Kaleo ,

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#1 posted 02-14-2007 01:33 PM

my first thought about chopsticks was: “big toothpicks” but then I looked at the photos and said “wow. these are works of art”. Yes, definitely art and they have a very spiritual feel to them. They are very elegant, and give me a sense of ritual.

Good luck with the sales option.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thomas Porter

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#2 posted 02-14-2007 05:04 PM

Me likey likey. I’m interested in knowing what woods are actually acceptable for chopsticks. Bamboo is traditionally used, I believe, but I have seen some other hardwoods used. I wonder what the effect of use has on other woods, like splintering and toxicity.

I like your holder. That’s a great way to make it pretty.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 02-14-2007 05:07 PM

Using a shaper to make chop sticks? Once again your design work impresses me.

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#4 posted 02-14-2007 05:57 PM

I have a nice set in (gorgeous) maple that are held together in a somewhat similar fashion (a hole through the holder/rest, rather than a groove). For some reason they’ve been deemed “too good to use”, and only use the massmarketed bamboo ones. Which is a shame. If I had a full set, perhaps we’d put them out (and my wife and daughter – and just about everyone else I know) would have to learn how to use them…

A shaper to make them? Hmm… great idea!

I would think you’d have good luck selling these.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 02-14-2007 09:09 PM

Very nice! I have visions of a jig, shaper and lots of dust flying about generating a huge pile of fine crafted chopsticks for retail in local shops!


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#6 posted 02-14-2007 09:22 PM

I live about 4 blocks away from a chopsticks factory. The company went out of business, because of production problems. They also didn’t know how to manage. They were stamping them out the same way they make toothpicks. These were throw a way chopsticks.
They used Aspen. There’s a huge market for chopsticks in China, & Japan.
The building is now used by a big newspaper publisher that prints 7 newspapers.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 02-14-2007 10:18 PM

It only seems appropriate that we have them make all our electronics, and in return they buy our chopsticks. :-)

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#8 posted 02-15-2007 12:06 AM

T.P.What a hoot!

Kaleo, If you are thinking of supplying the gourmet Sushi market, why not also design a Sushi serving tray? As a set they would fetch a good price if you could access the right market.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 02-15-2007 04:27 AM


Funny you mention that, because that is what I am doing today. Is designing a tray, I’ll post that when I am done. Which is hopefully buy tomarrow.

-- Kaleo ,

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