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Designer and crime writer Sigurjón Pálsson has portrayed the puffin, which marks the coming of spring each year in his Icelandic hometown. With this endearing little wooden figure, he has captured the sympathetic and slightly melancholic expression that makes this charismatic bird so loveable.

"I have been well acquainted with this beautiful little bird since my childhood growing up in Húsavík – a small fishing village on the north coast of Iceland. There, the puffin is a sign that spring is on the way, much like the whales that pop up in the bay at