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Zanzibar Tribal Art Gallery offers our clients both stock

mask stands that will fit most masks as well as CUSTOM MADE STANDS

for your African, Papua New Guinea, Indonesian or other masks, ritual objects,

statues and jewelry.  We also offer custom framing, shadow boxing

and mounting of pieces.

Don't be intimidated - we craft custom stands ALL the time!


QUALITY

Our welder / stand maker and we pride ourselves on a quality finished product and we feel our stands are the best offered online.  To see some of what makes our stands better, click on our exclusive quality touches


PRICES

You get what you pay for.  Heard that one before?  Well, I can tell you it's true.  Sure, you can buy a cheaper stand than ours on eBay - but I've bought them... and they're ugly, poorly made and cheap.  Just what you paid for. 

Our stands are MUSEUM QUALITY.  They're nicely made, clean, strong and functional.  Our packing is top-notch (not just thrown in a box with a few pieces of newspaper) so they'll reach you in perfect shape.

Now for one second lets consider price.  Many people FREAK OUT when they see the prices of a quality stand.  They've just invested in a mask - that might have cost $5 or $5,000 but they freak when the stand is going to cost them $50 or $75.

  Why do people think a stand should cost $10?  I don't know.  Consider this:  People buy posters for $10 and then spend $400 or $500 having it professional framed (and that's with a little cardboard, glass and a wooden frame made in a factory in China).  Why spend so much framing a poster?  Because it makes the poster look better than it does stuck to the wall with four tacks and it protects the poster, too. 

Spend a little money on a NICE QUALITY stand and your mask will be displayed like it belongs in a museum.


TYPES OF MASK STANDS

Just about any mask can be placed onto a stand, however the most common styles of mask stands include:  "Y" stands, "T" stands, Fork stands and Helmet or Hat Stands.  Rod stands (which require a hole to be drilled into the mask can also be used).  Custom made to order stands include clamp stands.

To see examples of these types of stands, click here

 

Material(s) available for custom mask stands:

Steel, Wrought Iron, Wood & Acrylic.

Scroll down for sample photos

Options for steel stands:

Base thickness (1/8", 1/4" , 3/8", 1/2", 3/4" or 1")

Rod thickness (1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4" or 1")

Hot rolled (less expensive, minor flaws in surface) or cold rolled (more expensive, fewer flaws).  Most people choose hot rolled and a hammered finish that covers 99% of any flaws in the surface of the metal.

Spoke thickness and or tab (where the spokes go into the mask holes) thickness & finish (standard or sharpened to a point) (see below)

         

Above:  standard blunt ended "Y" spoke on left, sharpened to a point (for smaller holes) on right

angle(s) of rod/spokes (do you want the mask to be upright or slightly angled back?)

Base edges - squared or beveled (see below)

    

Finishes available for metal stands:

A variety of painted finishes (and colors) are available for your custom made metal or steel mask stands.  Paints include FLAT, SATIN, SEMI-GLOSS, HIGH GLOSS ENAMEL and HAMMERED ENAMEL.  Powder coating is available for an additional (expensive) charge).  Steel stands can also be finished with sandblasted or circular buff marks (non painted metal) or can be treated with acid for a rust-like appearance.  Other finishes can be applied - just ask!


 

Do you really need a custom stand or will a stock stand work for you?

Every mask and ethnographic piece is different, however we produce a variety of sizes of stock "Y", "T", Helmet and other stands that work with many pieces.

Before you consider ordering a custom-made stand, you might want to check out the styles and sizes of our in stock stands.

 

ORDERING CUSTOM MADE STANDS

It is usually BEST (and we recommend it) to actually have the actual piece in hand for our stand maker, however this is NOT REQUIRED to have a custom stand made. 

If you're in Sacramento

If you are local in the greater Sacramento area, you can bring your mask(s) in and we'll give you a receipt for them, have our stand maker make the stand and you can pick them up.  A deposit is required.

If you live outside the greater Sacramento area

If you live out of the area, you can also ship us your masks postage paid (please pack your items well as we cannot be responsible for damage to masks damaged in shipment).  Please ship masks insured and with a signature confirmation.  We'll ship your mask and stand(s) back to you separately.  Before we undertake making a stand, we will have to have you sign your drawings/dimension sketch and pay a deposit.

You can also submit to us via FAX or EMAIL detailed drawings and measurements (and photos, too) of your mask and and we can create a custom stand for your piece from these details. 

Our stand maker is very adept at creating fantastic stands with the correct measurements.  The more information we have to work with, the more likely the stand will fit your mask.  Once we've received your details, including what materials and size(s) you would like, we'll contact you about price(s).  Materials, finish and complexity of the stand will determine its price.  Obviously, the larger the materials (ie a 1/2" base vs a 1/4" steel base) the more expensive the stand will be. 

To see a sample document (pdf) of what you should submit to us, click here

PRICES OF CUSTOM MASK STANDS

Finding a GOOD QUALITY skilled welder willing to work on piecemeal stands is tough.  We've interviewed and received sample stands from dozens of stand makers and have settled on one that produces some of the best stands we've ever had made.  We KNOW you'll be happy with the finished product.

Having a custom stand made is 4-6x more expensive than a similar stock stand (stock stands are made production-line like and take a set amount of time whereas custom stands, depending on complexity, takes longer). 

Our price for creating custom stands is $90 per hour, plus materials and packing/shipping charges (if applicable).  We can usually give you a rough estimate of how long it will take to create a stand, however actual timing will vary.  A small simple clamp stand for a slingshot might only take 15-20 minutes while a complex modified Y stand for a complex mask and headdress might take 2 plus hours.  MOST mask stands will take less than an hour, again, depending on their size and complexity. 

We DO NOT make much money on stands, the bulk of the fee(s) go to our standmaker - and yes, good welders are expensive just like any professional.  We charge you our actual cost on materials, as metal prices are fluctuating and increasing dramatically.   As an example, steel prices have gone up 30% twice in the last six months...  we buy our metal in bulk and get a 30% off retail price, however it is still expensive.  We've seen a 1/4" thick, hot rolled 6x6" base go from costing under $6 to over $11.00 in the last six months.  Cold rolled steel is about 3x that cost.    ..and that's just for a roughly square (we true them to perfectly square) piece of metal with none of the holes drilled or the edge beveling (which our stand maker does by hand). 

 

PLACING YOUR ORDER WITHOUT SENDING THE PIECE

Once you're comfortable with having measured your piece (click here for what we'll need), you can FAX the details to us at (916) 443-5601 (during business hours of 11am - 7 pm Monday - Saturday only)  or you can email us the file to:    YOU MUST CONTACT US via phone or email if you FAX your sheet to verify that we received your fax and to go over any details.  Please ask for Scott.  We will require a Credit card and deposit.  No refunds on custom ordered stands.  If your stand doesn't fit the way you wanted, you can send it to us postage paid for a ONE TIME adjustment.

Please allow up to 4 weeks for a custom stand to be made.  Our usual turn around time is less than two weeks, however this is only an average and does not include shipping time.  You will be charged a minimal (under $3.00 for most stands) box charge (as all stands are shipped in custom boxes) and actual shipping rates via USPS (mail), UPS, FEDEX or DHL including insurance and signature confirmation.  Note that stands are HEAVY and shipping can be expensive.  Contact us if you need a rough estimate of shipping costs.

 

EXAMPLES OF CUSTOM MADE MASK STANDS

Custom steel Y mask stand for an African mask

  "Y" STANDS

This is the most common type of stand for African masks.  A rod comes up from the flat base and breaks into a "V" or "Y" shape with thinner spokes that usually fit into holes on the side of the mask (these holes are usually for the attachment of the mask to the costume or for raffia/grasses/hemp).

The size (dimensions, thickness and material) of the base, placement of the rod, length (height) of the rod, angle and length of the bend, length of the spokes, distance between the spoke and type and length of the tabs vary from stand to stand and can be altered to fit just about any mask that has holes on the side.  There is a moderate amount of "play" with the spokes and you can usually fine tune the exact angle of the mask by bending these carefully.

We offer a wide selection of IN STOCK Y stands ranging from 10" - 36" in height.  View our stock masks stands.  OR you can order a custom made-to-order stand.

     
  Modified "Y" STANDS

Essentially the same as a "Y" stand (as above) but with modifications to accommodate such things as headdresses. 

The size (dimensions, thickness and material) of the base, placement of the rod, length (height) of the rod, angle and length of the bend, length of the spokes, distance between the spoke and type and length of the tabs vary from stand to stand and can be altered to fit just about any mask that has holes on the side.  There is a moderate amount of "play" with the spokes and you can usually fine tune the exact angle of the mask by bending these carefully.

     
  ROD STANDS

Rod stands essentially have a base that has a single rod coming up and this rod is seated into a hole drilled into the mask.  While this is the quickest and easiest way to place most masks on a stand, it is not the preferred method.  While many people have no problem drilling masks, we PREFER not to drill or damage a mask unless it is absolutely necessary to create a stand for it or the mask is simply a decorative piece and not a true ethnographic mask. 

Heavier Duty stands with larger bases and either a single rod or multiple rods are also excellent for large pieces, such as ladders, heavy masks, etc.

We offer a wide selection of IN STOCK rod stands.  View our stock masks stands.  OR you can order a custom made-to-order stand.

     
  "T" STANDS

These stands are basically similar to the rod stands (and can be used as a rod stand), but they have a small cross bar near the top.  This cross bar allows masks that have strings or attachments to be displayed by wrapping the strings/attachments around the "T" at the top of the stand and allowing the mask to hang from the stand. 

We offer a wide selection of IN STOCK "T" stands.  View our stock masks stands.  OR you can order a custom made-to-order stand.

     
  FORK STANDS

Fork stands are essentially modified Rod stands that have two or more prongs or a "fork" at the top that fit into the holes of a mask.  Essentially its like a "Y" stand, but instead of the spokes fitting into the holes on the side of the mask, the prongs fit through holes at the very top of the mask. 

 

     
  HELMET & HAT MASK STANDS

Helmet and or hat (crown) mask stands are versatile and can accommodate MOST helmet masks, beaded crowns, full-head costume heads, hats and other hollow items.  They can also be used as riser to sit objects upon.  They have a base, a rod and a top (either circular or octagonal) and can be made in any height to accommodate raffia, beads and other items hanging down from the piece(s).

We offer a wide selection of IN STOCK helmet mask & hat stands.  View our stock masks stands.  OR you can order a custom made-to-order stand.

     
  "CLAMP" STANDS

These stands are basically similar to the rod stands and "Y" stands in that they have a central rod that then forks into one or more "C" or "V" clamps that clamp around the edges of thin masks (especially those from Papua New Guinea) or shields and house boards.  We usually craft these stamps so that the piece fits into the base of the stand and then a top piece is inserted, locking the piece into place.  No drilling required!  The photo to the left shows the BACK of the stand.  To see more examples of this and other custom stands, scroll down. 

 

     
  OTHER CUSTOM STANDS

Just about ANYTHING can be displayed on a custom made stand.  Figures, puppets (as in the rod puppet shown here), textiles, jewelry, beaded items, tools, etc.  In most instances it is BEST to actually send us the piece(s) you are considering. 

We create custom stands for really funky weird items all the time.  We've crafted stands for full body costumes, blouses, hunter's shirts, potter sherds, headdresses, arrows, spears, knives, weapons, looms, stone pieces and dozens of other items. 

 

SAMPLES OF OUR CUSTOM STANDS:

Our stand maker can craft a professional looking museum quality stand for just about any item!

  

custom clamp stand for mask

 custom stand for child's blouse

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An African mask on a custom build stand (above and below)

 (note that each arm of the "Y" is different lengths, as the holes on the inside of the mask are not even)

 

Note that this stand has "finger grips" (an option) to allow for

easier removal and placement of the mask onto the stand

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custom clamp stand  showing front and side with removable top clamp

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custom clamp stand showing clamps to hold a spinning top

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A custom "Y" Stand showing how the Y fits into the holes on the side of the mask

 (note that each arm of the "Y" is different lengths, as the holes on the inside of the mask are not even)

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A simple custom stand to hold a slingshot that resembles a gun (left two photos) and a more typical stand for a slingshot (right)

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Another small Y stand showing it on a small Baule Mask

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More custom stands coming soon!

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EXCLUSIVE QUALITY TOUCHES

We pride ourselves on producing some of the best quality stands available to the ethnographic trade today.  Our stands are used by museums, theme parks, major hotels and casinos, top designers and exclusive clients including Hollywood stars.

Our extra touches that no one else offers:

beveled edges of base

varied thickness/sizes of bases and stalks

a variety of finishes to match your piece and decor

no visible welding seams

 

 

 

 

Have any questions?  Email or call Scott Farrell at

or call us at:  (916) 443-5601