If I had to guess, I would think it was a pottery tool to pick up unglazed plates and move them in and out of a kiln without touching and marking with fingerprints. But if so, you would need two of them. It has the same shape as ones with more indentations to hold plates and tiles in a kiln, but that wood would burn up in a hurry if it was left inside. So it must be for moving plates and tiles around.
There's no such thing as a little garlic.