Sometimes, I get asked to make display stands. The one above was for a set of three antique balls used to play the game of bowls. The oak stand really set them off nicely and I enjoyed carving two different inscriptions, one in a Trajan-style script and the other in one similar to Chancery.
I always use timber that has been sourced as ethically as possible, only using reclaimed tropical hardwoods and oak from well-managed British or European forests. Each is also finished with green baize on the underside.
The stands below were made for a stone sculptor, using reclaimed South American mahogany. The colour contrasts nicely with his carvings: