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Urtne (Coolamon)

Stefan Smith Penangke
Coolabah tree (Eucalyptus coolabah) with linseed oil
8 x 16 x 51.5 cm
Ltyentye Apurte Traditional Craft Centre


This is a coolamon and I made it from ankerre (coolabah) tree. Coolamon can be used for getting some bush tucker, epecially the ladies they carry it on their sides once they pick some bush tucker. But the larger coolamons can be used for carrying babies, that one is especially made from been trees. But this coolabah is a harder wood than the bean trees and a bit harder to work on.

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