In 1990, Kyle Ellison was a newly christened “house husband”. Having chosen to leave the working world to care for his baby at home, he began in his free time to develop a design from an old wooden tong pattern he had discovered.

The original tongs were held together with a wood dowel, which swelled when wet and shrank and fell out when dry. Kyle’s first modification was to replace that dowel with a brass hinge pin. He designed his new piece with longer springs (harder for him to steam but more efficient and long-wearing for the user), a wider blade, and curved ends which conformed to the curve of a salad bowl. He uses the finest grade cherry wood which creates a beautiful, natural finish.

The response was immediate: all of Kyle’s friends and relatives soon had the Kentucky Spring prototype. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Our family uses these salad tongs every day at the table. It’s so easy to simply rinse them after the meal, fold them flat and put them in the drawer. Kentucky Spring Tongs operate smoothly in the hand and are great for potlucks, when we need one hand free to hold a plate while serving with the other.

Kyle retired in 2015 to develop and continue with his second career as a Bluegrass Banjo player with his band. Kyle sold his business in 2015 to craftsman Chase Parrish who continues his long tradition of producing quality, functional crafts that are popular in fine retail stores throughout the United States.

Salad Tongs

The original Kentucky Spring salad tongs are handcrafted in Louisville, Kentucky by Kyle Ellison. The wood is protected with clear mineral oil. Each pair of tongs is hand steamed and bent into shape until cool to create the distinctive springs. The springs keep the tongs open for the user, and when flipped inside out, they allow the tongs to fold flat for storage. These tongs make it easy to serve pasta, steamed vegetables, hot bread and salads with one hand. Hand wash only and apply mineral oil occasionally to preserve the finish. Made in the USA. 11 x 1.375 x .25 inches.

Available in Wild Cherry, White Oak, Black Walnut, Sugar Maple.

Ripple Gourmet
Available in Wild Cherry and Black Walnut

Cheese Breeze
Available in Wild Cherry, Sugar Maple and Black Walnut

Cheese Slicers

Cheese slicers are handcrafted in Kentucky from unstained woods. Cutting wire is stainless steel with solid brass fittings. The wood is protected with a clear mineral oil finish. Handwash only and apply mineral oil occasionally to preserve the finish. Made in the USA.

Available in Wild Cherry, White Oak, Black Walnut, Sugar Maple.

Kentucky Spring hammer