Toy, Wooden

Production date
1996
Description
A round rimu platform with a handle attached has four wooden hens with articulated heads mounted on the top. Each hen is made from a different native wood and has its comb and wattle painted red. The woods used are kauri, kohekohe, matai and totara. A green string is attached to base of the neck of each hen. These strings pass through a hole in the platform and join together before being attached to a small wooden block. " John Round / Inglewood / New Zealand / 1996 / TOTARA / KAURI / KOHEKOHE / MATAI / RIMU " is handwritten on the underside of the platform.
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1996
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This adorable toy was made by John Round, a wood craftsman originally from England who now works in Inglewood. His toys are all handmade and each is unique, with no mass production involved in any element of their design. Each of the hens are made with a different New Zealand timber – the darkest hen is made out of kohekohe, a soft wood from a tree found in lowland and coastal forests which is unusual in that its flowers sprout directly from its branches. The next darkest hen, directly across from its kohekohe friend, is made from totara, renowned for its hard wood and straight, knot free growth. The reddish-gold hen is made from kauri, showing off the wood’s beautiful range of tones. Finally, the palest hen is made from matai, also known as black pine, although its wood is a paler colour than its English name might show! The hens are weighted down by a small rope which makes them move their heads in a very henny fashion indeed!
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A92.719
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I have a monkey on a pole that does flips. Made from totara by John Round, Inglewood. It needs a repair. Please send me information on John.

- Lindsay Anne Harvey (nee Jones) on 26-06-2021 21:12:34

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