specialized expertise to game fishermen, collectors and museums for the
cleaning of fresh shark jaws, and the restoration of old or badly cleaned jaws.
Clean-a-Jaw does not endorse
in any way the killing of sharks just for the trophy aspect. We encourage tag
and release, but on those occasions you want to keep the jaws then ensure you
have them cleaned to the highest possible standards in order to give justice to
such a magnificent creature.
The process of cleaning a
shark jaw is quite complex and must be carried out properly with no short cuts
taken. The jaws, as the rest of the skeleton, consist of cartilage and fibres.
They are not bone, therefore their preparation requires different techniques
Ignore methods such as
boiling, burying them in sand or leaving them in seawater. You will only end up
with a smelly piece of cartilage and lots of loose teeth.
There is no easy way of
cleaning the jaws; just a lot of patience and attention to detail. The process
of cleaning, whitening and drying the jaws takes on average about 3 months as
the jaws are allowed to dry naturally before any of the final touches are
applied in order to produce a superior result.
The restoration of old jaws is
a more complex process as sometimes the jaws are badly damaged, coated in
multiple layers of yellow varnish, discoloured or have a number of broken or
missing teeth. The jaws are restored through a process of whitening and
preserving the cartilage I have perfected over years. Any missing or broken
teeth are either replaced or re-built to look exactly like the original. The
latest techniques of casting and repairing are used, together with chemicals
and sculpting compounds which I buy from all over the world. Repairs are also
carried out on cracked, damaged or missing cartilage.