Handle with Care

If you’ve ever tried to coax bread slices out of a toaster with a knife (even though you’ve been warned not to), this kitchen tool is for you. Toast Grabbers are heat-resistant wooden tongs designed to help you dislodge toast, muffins and bagels before they burn. The 12-inch tongs can also be used for grilling, grabbing, tossing, flipping…the possibilities for handling hot items are endless. Each pair of tongs is made of hard maple and finished with mineral oil by George Suokko, a master carpenter and cabinetmaker. George spent his early career days working as a mechanical engineer before deciding that a life of carpentry would be more rewarding. He founded Finnish Woodworks in 1992 and has been remodeling homes and building Shaker-inspired custom furniture pieces ever since. Today George leaves a pair of Toast Grabbers as a thank-you gift for clients, whenever he completes a job. His signature tongs are not only beautifully crafted but also practical. We’re going to keep a pair handy from now on, to put an end to dangerous toaster prods and help keep our kitchens running safe.

Finnish Woodworks

Toast Grabbers

Handle with Care

If you’ve ever tried to coax bread slices out of a toaster with a knife (even though you’ve been warned not to), this kitchen tool is for you. Toast Grabbers are heat-resistant wooden tongs designed to help you dislodge toast, muffins and bagels before they burn. The 12-inch tongs can also be used for grilling, grabbing, tossing, flipping…the possibilities for handling hot items are endless. Each pair of tongs is made of hard maple and finished with mineral oil by George Suokko, a master carpenter and cabinetmaker. George spent his early career days working as a mechanical engineer before deciding that a life of carpentry would be more rewarding. He founded Finnish Woodworks in 1992 and has been remodeling homes and building Shaker-inspired custom furniture pieces ever since. Today George leaves a pair of Toast Grabbers as a thank-you gift for clients, whenever he completes a job. His signature tongs are not only beautifully crafted but also practical. We’re going to keep a pair handy from now on, to put an end to dangerous toaster prods and help keep our kitchens running safe.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • George
    George

    I’m pleased that Daily Grommet chose my ‘Finnish toast grabbers’ as a featured product. The name ‘Finnish toast grabbers’ comes from my heritage, my four grandparents came from Finland around 1900.

    I recognized a need for a safe kitchen tool to retrieve the morning toast from that electric hole in your toaster, or in other words ‘if you don’t use this grabber you may be toast,' or ‘out with forks in with grabbers,’ or ‘using these grabbers you’ll look so intelligent!’

    My second career has been as a custom woodworker for 18 years and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and it ain’t over yet! Let’s do lunch. George

  • Gaelle
    Gaelle
    1/27/2010 12:13 PM

    I come from France and this same product is all over Paris. It's a great success. I am happy to see that someone had the same idea here in the US. It is very useful and I like the simplicity of this object, it's beautiful, very design! Congratulations

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    1/27/2010 12:19 PM

    George, I didn't wake up today thinking I needed to buy some Toast Grabbers. But these look perfect. (And, yes, this morning I did use a knife for this purpose. I think I'll order a couple, keeping the second one as a hostess gift. Always good to have a few hostess gifts around! Thanks for this Grommet.

  • George
    George – Special Guest
    1/27/2010 12:23 PM

    Happy to see this works in France too! The grabber works really well with gluten free bread, which tends to be crumbly.

  • Kate
    Kate
    1/27/2010 12:41 PM

    I love the story behind today's product. It shows your pride in customer service and in your craft. I agree with DJP - not something I woke up thinking I needed, but it makes sense especially with kids who use the toaster and don't appreciate the danger it poses.

  • Robyn's Online World
    Robyn's Online World
    1/27/2010 3:56 PM

    My son needs these - he heats up his waffles and toast and is always complaining about taking them out of the toaster!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    1/27/2010 6:06 PM

    My in-laws have these and they are wonderful. We are always using them and looking for them. So glad to know where to get them. George, did you ever consider putting a magnet on them, so they can reside on the fridge? Thank you.

  • george
    george
    1/29/2011 12:47 PM

    @Sarah: Thanks for the magnet suggestion, I'm the toast grabber maker. I'm going on the internet to find the right size magnet. Also I'm developing a new Grommet which I will show to them soon. George 1/29/ 11

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/29/2011 1:28 PM

    @george: We can't wait George!

  • Grace
    Grace
    1/27/2010 8:08 PM

    Is it okay to wash them in the dish washer? Thank you

  • michelle
    michelle
    1/27/2010 10:58 PM

    They use these at my son's pre-school they have a supervised station set up where the 3 year olds make their own toast....and i had never seen them before that!

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    1/27/2010 11:44 PM

    @Grace - we're thinking that the toast grabbers are not dishwasher safe but we've just sent a note to George to confirm this. @ Sarah..great idea, keeping these grabbers handy will help with compliance!

  • George
    George – Special Guest
    1/28/2010 8:17 PM

    Hi Joanne- No the maple in my product couldn’t stand hot water and the dry cycle in the typical dishwasher. If the grabber gets soiled it’s probably out at the tips, so a wipe with warm water and a bit of liquid detergent on a sponge followed by a wipe with a paper towel should do it. Oh, clean up the detergent residue with plain water before drying. George

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    1/29/2010 10:39 AM

    George,

    Can these be engraved with someones name as a wedding gift?

    These are a great idea, especially the wood.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/29/2010 11:31 AM

    @Barbara - that's a fun idea! I'm sure they can be engraved but I have a note out to George to see if he does engraving.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    1/29/2010 3:45 PM

    Katherine, thanks for your response.

    I have ordered 3 and if there is a possibility an engraving could be done that would be great.

    Yeah, I thought it was a fun idea too.....thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/30/2010 9:16 AM

    @Barbara - George doesn't have the tools to engrave but suggests having a trophy company do the engraving. With your order he is sending along an extra piece of maple that can be used for set-up by the engraver.

    Thanks again!

  • Lynn Remick
    Lynn Remick
    2/19/2010 10:36 AM

    These toast grabbers are awesome! They are extremely lightweight and easy to use. I have a gluten allergy and my toast can tend to fall apart in the toaster. These toast grabbers make my life so much easier! I loved mine so much I bought a bunch more for family & friends.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/19/2010 11:44 AM

    @Lynn - Thanks for stopping back with your experience!

  •  smrtrnu
    smrtrnu
    9/3/2012 9:56 AM

    god gave me two sets of toast grabbers when i was born. They were free!!If you hurt yourself making toast, then you should eat cold baby food. Give me a break

  • Sue
    Sue
    9/6/2012 10:25 AM

    Wow! My first time on Daily Grommet and I find something I've been hunting for. Had a pair of toast grabbers for many years. They finally fell apart, and when I went to replace them, I was amazed they weren't in every kitchen store. I hope they're restocked soon!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/7/2012 8:38 AM

    @Sue Partyke: Welcome! We're thrilled we have discovered it for you ;0) Will be sure to let you when available.

  • Sima
    Sima
    9/20/2012 4:12 AM

    I know this product isn't on the website anymore... is there any way to find out how to order them straight from Finnish Woodworks?

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Finnish Woodworks

Toast Grabbers

Handle with Care

If you’ve ever tried to coax bread slices out of a toaster with a knife (even though you’ve been warned not to), this kitchen tool is for you. Toast Grabbers are heat-resistant wooden tongs designed to help you dislodge toast, muffins and bagels before they burn. The 12-inch tongs can also be used for grilling, grabbing, tossing, flipping…the possibilities for handling hot items are endless.

Each pair of tongs is made of hard maple and finished with mineral oil by George Suokko, a master carpenter and cabinetmaker. George spent his early career days working as a mechanical engineer before deciding that a life of carpentry would be more rewarding. He founded Finnish Woodworks in 1992 and has been remodeling homes and building Shaker-inspired custom furniture pieces ever since. Today George leaves a pair of Toast Grabbers as a thank-you gift for clients, whenever he completes a job. His signature tongs are not only beautifully crafted but also practical. We’re going to keep a pair handy from now on, to put an end to dangerous toaster prods and help keep our kitchens running safe.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • George
    George

    I’m pleased that Daily Grommet chose my ‘Finnish toast grabbers’ as a featured product. The name ‘Finnish toast grabbers’ comes from my heritage, my four grandparents came from Finland around 1900.

    I recognized a need for a safe kitchen tool to retrieve the morning toast from that electric hole in your toaster, or in other words ‘if you don’t use this grabber you may be toast,' or ‘out with forks in with grabbers,’ or ‘using these grabbers you’ll look so intelligent!’

    My second career has been as a custom woodworker for 18 years and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and it ain’t over yet! Let’s do lunch. George

  • Gaelle
    Gaelle
    1/27/2010 12:13 PM

    I come from France and this same product is all over Paris. It's a great success. I am happy to see that someone had the same idea here in the US. It is very useful and I like the simplicity of this object, it's beautiful, very design! Congratulations

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    1/27/2010 12:19 PM

    George, I didn't wake up today thinking I needed to buy some Toast Grabbers. But these look perfect. (And, yes, this morning I did use a knife for this purpose. I think I'll order a couple, keeping the second one as a hostess gift. Always good to have a few hostess gifts around! Thanks for this Grommet.

  • George
    George – Special Guest
    1/27/2010 12:23 PM

    Happy to see this works in France too! The grabber works really well with gluten free bread, which tends to be crumbly.

  • Kate
    Kate
    1/27/2010 12:41 PM

    I love the story behind today's product. It shows your pride in customer service and in your craft. I agree with DJP - not something I woke up thinking I needed, but it makes sense especially with kids who use the toaster and don't appreciate the danger it poses.

  • Robyn's Online World
    Robyn's Online World
    1/27/2010 3:56 PM

    My son needs these - he heats up his waffles and toast and is always complaining about taking them out of the toaster!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    1/27/2010 6:06 PM

    My in-laws have these and they are wonderful. We are always using them and looking for them. So glad to know where to get them. George, did you ever consider putting a magnet on them, so they can reside on the fridge? Thank you.

  • george
    george
    1/29/2011 12:47 PM

    @Sarah: Thanks for the magnet suggestion, I'm the toast grabber maker. I'm going on the internet to find the right size magnet. Also I'm developing a new Grommet which I will show to them soon. George 1/29/ 11

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/29/2011 1:28 PM

    @george: We can't wait George!

  • Grace
    Grace
    1/27/2010 8:08 PM

    Is it okay to wash them in the dish washer? Thank you

  • michelle
    michelle
    1/27/2010 10:58 PM

    They use these at my son's pre-school they have a supervised station set up where the 3 year olds make their own toast....and i had never seen them before that!

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    1/27/2010 11:44 PM

    @Grace - we're thinking that the toast grabbers are not dishwasher safe but we've just sent a note to George to confirm this. @ Sarah..great idea, keeping these grabbers handy will help with compliance!

  • George
    George – Special Guest
    1/28/2010 8:17 PM

    Hi Joanne- No the maple in my product couldn’t stand hot water and the dry cycle in the typical dishwasher. If the grabber gets soiled it’s probably out at the tips, so a wipe with warm water and a bit of liquid detergent on a sponge followed by a wipe with a paper towel should do it. Oh, clean up the detergent residue with plain water before drying. George

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    1/29/2010 10:39 AM

    George,

    Can these be engraved with someones name as a wedding gift?

    These are a great idea, especially the wood.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/29/2010 11:31 AM

    @Barbara - that's a fun idea! I'm sure they can be engraved but I have a note out to George to see if he does engraving.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    1/29/2010 3:45 PM

    Katherine, thanks for your response.

    I have ordered 3 and if there is a possibility an engraving could be done that would be great.

    Yeah, I thought it was a fun idea too.....thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/30/2010 9:16 AM

    @Barbara - George doesn't have the tools to engrave but suggests having a trophy company do the engraving. With your order he is sending along an extra piece of maple that can be used for set-up by the engraver.

    Thanks again!

  • Lynn Remick
    Lynn Remick
    2/19/2010 10:36 AM

    These toast grabbers are awesome! They are extremely lightweight and easy to use. I have a gluten allergy and my toast can tend to fall apart in the toaster. These toast grabbers make my life so much easier! I loved mine so much I bought a bunch more for family & friends.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/19/2010 11:44 AM

    @Lynn - Thanks for stopping back with your experience!

  •  smrtrnu
    smrtrnu
    9/3/2012 9:56 AM

    god gave me two sets of toast grabbers when i was born. They were free!!If you hurt yourself making toast, then you should eat cold baby food. Give me a break

  • Sue
    Sue
    9/6/2012 10:25 AM

    Wow! My first time on Daily Grommet and I find something I've been hunting for. Had a pair of toast grabbers for many years. They finally fell apart, and when I went to replace them, I was amazed they weren't in every kitchen store. I hope they're restocked soon!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/7/2012 8:38 AM

    @Sue Partyke: Welcome! We're thrilled we have discovered it for you ;0) Will be sure to let you when available.

  • Sima
    Sima
    9/20/2012 4:12 AM

    I know this product isn't on the website anymore... is there any way to find out how to order them straight from Finnish Woodworks?

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.