Rough carved in pine with paint and stain patina.
Catheads were frequently carved in the ends of the two beams extending to Port and Starboard off the bows. These were used to support the block and tackle for raising each anchor aboard when going to sea. The two would be carved to match one another but would be unique to each ship.
This replica measures about a foot square. I designed it from a very small newspaper photograph and chose this patina on a whim but some that I've seen were even gold leafed which is another finish I've used extensively in nautical carvings.