I have never been in a product design course nor have I been challenged by a wood working project so I was very worried when this project when first given to us. I knew I wanted to create something that was simple yet practical. We first did a brain storming session in groups and came up with about 50 different ideas of innovative kitchen utensils. From there I chose a few of my favorite to prototype and think about further. We came up with a lot of serving utensils - things that were used not just in the cooking process but helped with eating. I thought a lot about my family traditions and began to list different ways to create a wooden spaghetti/noodle server that would not break up the noodles. Although I loved the concept I was worried the final result would not match up to the idea behind the tool. I began to tap together different utensils in my home to create initial prototypes for this idea. Thinking about spaghetti (yes we eat spaghetti at thanksgiving... we're italian...) made me think about all of the wine my family drinks as well. I began to think about the dryer turned bar top at my grandmas house and house typically when you go to get a drink for yourself, you offer to grab a few for others. The only problem is, you only have two hands and up to about 6 drinks you need to deliver to others. I would say about 80% of the drink requests are wine and that is when I came up with a wine serving tray that would be the solution to this problem! Working with different shapes; modern squares, geometric triangles and different fun curves i realized my designs started to look similar to painter's palette. And that breathed life into my final design. I wanted the shape to feel organic, hand made and unique so although each insert is similar they each hold a different shape/length. I didn't want the piece to look to cookie-cutter and perfect. The only problem I ran into while wood working was when I was about 90% done with the product and I dropped it on the floor. Luckily, I was able to save it by glueing it together. I didn't think about how the stain would affect this and when I took it home Sunday night to stain everything looked great. THe next morning I noticed the stain did not take to the crack/glued area and left a funny mark that in my opinion added to the raw, organic feel of the piece. I wanted to do a dark stain that (on oak) reminded my of an italian wine barrel.