The Australian Kookaburra also known as Alarm Bird, Bushman’s Clock, Laughing Jackass, Ha Ha Pigeon, Woop -Woop Pigeon, must be the best known of all our birds, being recognised as a symbol of Australia – however it is only native to the eastern regions.
They live in open forest areas, but have learnt to intergrate with the suburban environment, becoming very tame and friendly. They feed on insects, small mammals, reptiles, small birds and even the backyard goldfish.
The Layughing Kookaburra mates for life, which can be 20 years, their young stay with them for up to four years. They grow to 45cm with a greyish-white head and the upperparts brown with blue patches on the wing. They have a raucous laugh, koo-hoo-hoo-hoo-haa-haa-haa and nest in trees or termite mounds laying one to four eggs.
WOZOS have evolved out of years of studying and carving birds, light hearted caricatures of real birds and some purely fantastical. The name derives from the French “oiseau”, meaning bird and has been suitably Australianised. The team that creates these extraordinary little works of art consists of Andre Vanne, his partner Catherine and daughter Lara.
They are made individually using timber that would normally be wasted.
Butt ends, branch wood and other pieces not suitable for furniture manufacture. Therein lies their beauty.
The fine finish achieved brings to life the magical whorls of grain and depth of
Fiddle back not usually seen in commercial grade timber. The heads are sculptured in wax and then hand cast in moulds using reconstituted marble. They are bonded to the bodies and painted in the finest artist’s oils to achieve the translucency found only in this medium. Finally each WOZO is finished with a durable lacquer, before being signed individually by the artist.