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Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri)

Thomas Andersen

Hobart, Australia

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This collection of handcrafted Huon Pine table-top sculpture was designed by Thomas Andersen in 1976. Since then they have won many awards and been sold around the world.

Living in Antarctica, this is the largest species of penguin. They gather in colonies from 500 to 20,000 pairs. Their plumage is black and white with yellow at the throat. They can live to be 20 years of age, stay under water for 18 minutes and dive to a depth of 265 metres. Fish, crustaceans and squid are its main diet.

HUON PINE (Lagarostrobos franklinii)

Huon Pine grows only in Southern and Western Tasmanian rainforests. It is one of the slowest growing and longest living plants in the world reaching an age of 3000 years or more.

The wood has a rich golden texture and an exquisite smell and touch. It is also one of the finest boat-building timbers thanks to its durability and strong oil which makes it resistant to water penetration.

Today, Huon Pine is protected and cannot be felled; however wood on the forest floor remains usable after hundreds of years and is prized by craftsmen.

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