When I visited my good friend, Ralph Collier in Los Angeles, a few weeks ago, I managed to bring back with me a couple of his jaws to restore. AmongstContinue
Simon has been preparing and restoring shark jaws since the early 1980’s. In the early days, he worked primarily with gamefishermen on shark’s jaws that were caught during tournament fishing.
These days Simon, like the vast majority of the game fishing community he works with, is a strong proponent of catch and release fishing. Now the majority of fresh jaws he receives are the result of record fishing.
Meanwhile, he is also working more and more with both fishermen and collectors to restore old, dusty and often very badly cleaned 1970’s jaws that have had hidden away in storage for years.
Additionally, there has also been a large number of Great White shark jaws which are now surfacing which have languished in a garage somewhere, and suddenly, due to the rarity of the species, have been re-discovered and the owners wish to have them restored to their former glory.
Simon is a member of the Australian based Oceania Chondrichthyan Society, which facilitate education, conservation and scientific study of chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras).