After more than 1 year, the white shark known as “Bondee” has now been completely restored and mounted.
The jaw came to me in April 2017 and it was the largest white shark jaw I had worked on.
There was no capture data for this jaw, however I would estimate it was probably caught in the 70’s.
One of the reasons it took soloing to restore was the thickness of the cartilage on the jaw. This allowed extra moisture to be retained after it was soaked.
I needed to ensure all the moisture was out of the cartilage during the drying process, so as not to have any dampness issues at a later stage.
The client needed the jaw to be mounted on a white ash board, designed by them. The wooden board itself weighed around 20kg.
It took around 5 hours and countless measurements to ensure the jaw was positioned, including a laser pointer to ensure it was centred accurately on the board.
The white shark jaw was screwed onto the board using 75mm long stainless steel screws.
I also took a number of accurate measurements of the jaw both before I started working on it, and after. There was an approximate 10% shrinkage rate on the jaw.