Whip Poor Will was created for the Birds of Passage collection in 1991-1997. You can find the birds of passage on pages 32-35 in the "Birds by Toikka" book.
Whip Poor Will is still in production at Iittala.
The color of individual Whip Poor Wills vary. In Finnish it is called Pajusotka. Paju is the Finnish word for willow. And sotka is a scaup duck. The color for Whip Poor Will was inspired by the colors of young willow. And the habitus at least of the early birds resemble other scaupduck-like creations by Toikka. The English name for this bird, Whip Poor Will, refers to a totally different type of bird though. Is this the reason for such diverse coloration and habitus of the birds, or just an expression of Toikka's playfulness?
Anyway for some reason the newer birds look different from the erlier ones: We have three Whip Poor Wills for sale, that we have named A, B and C in the pictures. A. and B. are of older production and C. is newer. A. and B. are smaller and have longer beaks than C. and their color is lighter, resembling the skin of young willow.
Size: A: 130 x 55mm B: 120 x 52mm C: 130 x 65mm Signature: O.Toikka Nuutajärvi Condition: A: Excellent B: Good (small scratches on left side of the head) C: Very Good (harmless scratches on the bottom side)