04. 17. 2007
Chork: another hybrid eating utensil
For a long time, I couldn't admit that I really don't know how to use chopsticks properly (as if I should have been born knowing how to use them). It's a real skill, and if you didn't learn to use them before a certain tender age, it's unlikely you'll ever use them without awkwardness. When in doubt in an Asian restaurant, especially when dinner companions who don't really know me are staring at me for clues as to how to eat something, I use my fingers, a la Sylvia Plath. Still, I love to buy all different kinds of wooden chopsticks just for their beauty, and I take them out when my parents come over, or, more often, to roast marshmallows for S'mores.
I've seen little kids learn to use chopsticks by having them rubber-banded together. Artist Laura Rittenhouse has taken this concept and created the Chork, a chopsticks/for combination. And I'm happy to report that this is not a mere concept product -- you can actually order them from the artist for $17, in several kinds of hardwood.
More on hybrid utensils:
Move Over Spork, Here Comes the Knork