Many of you might remember a couple of months ago I finished “Walter”, the tiger shark caught off Sydney Heads in the 1930’s.
While working on “Walter”, I was also working on another tiger shark jaw, around the same size. This was “Kwala”, a jaw that had been given to my client back in 2014 in Papua New Guinea, where my client currently resides. I was contacted back in September 2018, and I was sent photos of the jaw.
Although after years of working on many jaws, nothing shocks me anymore, this one made me reflect a bit. How will I tackle this?
Because of its age (I would say it’s probably a jaw that dates back to the 1970’s) it needed to be treated very gently, as the cartilage was brittle and prone to splitting.
In addition about 5 teeth were either missing or broken. These were removed while the jaw was soaking for about 8 days in my solution, thermostatically controlled at 6 degrees Celsius.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present you “Kwala” which means shark in one of the native PNG languages. It took around 6 months to clean, whiten, re-shape and repair.
This jaw represents one of the many types of jaws I receive from my clients from all over the world. The degree of difficulty involved in this restoration can not be over emphasised and justifies the amount spent on this work.