'Dig Tree' Mug
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Skimming Stones was established by Tony and Yen in 2012 as a design label who make homewares and accessories for the modern world. They are dedicated to creating design-led products that are unique, meaningful and with permanence.
Made from Japanese Arita porcelain using a 400 year old tradition, the 'Dig Tree' mug imagery is inspired by the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition crossing Australia from south to north in 1860.
Burke and company forged ahead to the northern coast reaching Flinders River on 9 February 1861, whilst the remainder of the party stayed at Coopers Creek. Upon returning and weakened by starvation and exposure, to discover the remaining party had unwillingly abandoned the depot, leaving a message on a tree pointing to a cache of hidden stores.
The Burke and Wills Dig Tree is one of Australia's national icons and an enduring reminder of the pioneering spirit and extreme harshness of the Outback.