After 72 canoe models and counting, I've tried all sorts of variations, and it always comes back to one design, an ellipse. It's critical, I think, to present the model nicely but not take the observer's eye off the main attraction, the canoe itself. An elliptical shape lends itself to the shape of the canoe and doesnt look out of place. It's up to you what material the stand is made from for your beautiful bark canoes, perhaps something not as "finished" as my "whiteman" canoes. Here are some pictures to get an idea.... I think the larger ellipse is most pleasing, as you can see, I've tried different shapes and sizes. Ever think about displaying it vertically? I'm not in the business to make canoe stands, thats why I won't make glass cases, there are others that can do it well, and better than I. To be honest, I hate that part of the build, I would much rather build canoes!
Heres another idea I may use for the Gerrish. I may carve a sculpted cradle for it. Picture a free form contemporary sculpture, 2 three dimensional ellipses, one inverted over the other. We shall see. Let your imagination run wild. Anyone out there have some ideas or examples, post them!!!!