These whimsical wooden animals from the folks at T-Lab have been around in Japan for many years. T-Lab is a Japanese maker committed to communicate the warmth of wood and handworking whilst preserving the forests. “Pole Pole” means slowly, little by little, in Swahili. The original design, curved and soft makes them endearing. Cutting, carving, sanding finely and thoroughly hand painting, each piece is somewhat different and absolutely unique! Only high skilled craftsmen can obtain almost identical results for each animal. The wood comes from the fast-growing White Albizia wood and T-Lab takes care to replant the Albizia wood on their farmland in Indonesia “to give back to earth as a manufacturer”.