I wasn’t going to post this due to the simplicity and very short time that it took to make, but at the urging of my family, I share this. I apologize in advance for the simplicity of everything.
I have made a few of these in a couple of different sizes and have sent them out as gifts, and I make mine all from scrap red oak. We began with the rough-cut of the tongs. Using a 3/4” forstner bit, I drilled out the hole which would make the inner radius of the tongs. Next, using the band saw, we removed the rest of the throat material, and shaped the ends. The inner throat is about 3/32” to 1/4” thick. Over on the disk sander, I sanded the rest of the tongs down to the shape you see here.
We used butcher block oil for the finish, which will need to be reapplied monthly.
It actually gets used more often than I thought it would, and it is dishwasher safe. I think this took a grand total of about 15 minutes to make. I have since made two more with the help of my kids on the scroll saw, and it’s a good first project for kids.