At first I thought this was silly, but it's actually awesome! John Economaki, inventor and founder of Portland-based Bridge City Toolworks, has invented a contraption that allows anyone to make their own perfect chopsticks, completely by hand. Here he is unveiling the device at an event in Asia:
Consider that wooden chopsticks are more than just skinny blanks. The handle side is square in cross-section, then all four faces must taper down to a point that transitions to octagonal in cross-section, plus the butt end is faceted:
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I just had to know how Economaki's device worked, and here he shows you:
The Chopstick Master, as he calls it, sells for $195. If that sounds pricey to you, consider that if you brought it to any kind of fair or festival and set up a make-your-own-chopsticks booth at $10 a pop, I bet you'd pay the thing off in a single day easy.