Honeyeaters are a diverse group of Australian birds belonging to the family Meliphagidae. One of their special characteristics is a ‘brush-tipped’ tongue, with which they take up nectar from flowers. However, nectar is only one of their foods. Most honeyeaters also eat insects, and some eat more insects than nectar. Many honeyeaters also feed on pollen, berries and sugary exudates (e.g. sap) of plants as well as the sugary secretions of plant bugs (e.g. psyllids).Many honeyeaters are highly mobile, searching out seasonal nectar sources. Mass-flowering eucalypts are particularly popular with these nomadic honeyeaters (e.g. Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater).
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.