Clean-a-Jaw is happy to have received a new restoration project in the form of an old Tiger shark jaw all the way from Papua New Guinea.
The client contacted me and told me the Tiger shark jaw was caught in the Hula Village, south of Port Moresby, however he could not tell me when. It was given to him in 2014.
He told me that although the jaw was in a very poor state, it had great sentimental value to him, so he wanted the jaw to be restored and repaired.
Judging by the state of this jaw, it appears it may well have been caught back in the 1960’s or 1970’s or maybe even earlier. The client told me the jaw had been neglected, however he is really attached to it.
There are a number of teeth missing on the upper jaw itself, and it will be up to the client to decide whether he would like them replaced or not.
Such restorations projects are always challenging, as it’s important to find a balance between restoration and renovation. The two, although intrinsically linked, are quite different.
If it’s important that the historical value and look of the jaw is retained, then a restoration is probably the way to approach such a job.
If the client has requested that the jaw be totally transformed into its former self, then a total renovation of the jaw is required. It’s important that a proper de-brief occurs with the client so as to gain as much accurate information as possible.
This jaw will be an amazing challenge to do, and its historical and sentimental value will be taken into account while the work is being done. Apart from restoring it to the correct shape, it will also be repaired and preserved for the future.