There are two animals available – a bear and a gorilla. Made of beech wood, the animals’ elastic band ‘muscles’ and durable wooden limbs make for a hardy toy that the designer promises will withstand generations of play.
Although the animal’s features are simple, they are incredibly expressive – Ursa the Bear’s lumbering bulk and Hanno the Gorilla’s powerful shoulders are enhanced by the silky grain of the wood.
I think these wooden animals are one of those rare toys that appeal to any age and the craftsmanship is exquisite – they would be equally at home on the floor in an imaginary forest or on the coffee table, admired by adults.
The animals range in price from US$55 for Hanno Jr (the small gorilla) to US$125 for Ursa the Bear and are available from Areaware, who ship to Australia.