At one point I came across a picture of a dugout canoe from India with these amazing, carved stemheads, not unlike this one. I am not sure why, when I started playing around with how these might get used in other contexts that I thought to do a Maine lobsterboat with them (plus a rounder stern). I like it, though. Practical, schmacktical – it looks interesting.
Unfortunately this one knocked around in my work bag too long before I remembered to retrieve it.