Gunnar Flørning, designer of the wooden pelican, was inspired by the many pelicans in the zoo. The result is this wooden pelican.
Gunnar Flørning (1932-2014) was one of Denmark’s most successful designers within wooden handicrafts. The history of Gunnar Flørnings popular designs date back to 1952 when he was enrolled in mandatory military service. In order to pass the time, he and his comrade began carving objects out of old wooden fens posts. This ignited an interest within Flørning to make wooden handicrafts full-time and became the beginning of a decade as an internationally recognized wood designer with more than one million pieces sold worldwide. Though managing his own factory for many years, he was forced to shut down his hands-on operation in 1965 due to the development of a dust allergy.