I am asked all the time if I’m scared of sharks when I surf. I’m not- I would be more scared if I didn’t see critters in the water. That would mean I shouldn’t be in that water, either.
Lots of animals, and lots of different types of animals, is always a good sign of a healthy body of water. It’s my opinion that more shark bites on humans are seemingly happening because:
* More people are spending leisure time in the water,
* Data tracking and reporting is far better than in the past,
* Social media allows quick dissemination of information and news.
We must not let the outside chance of an inconvenient bite (let’s be honest, unless you surf daily in Australia next to an active reef, the chances of getting killed are quite minimal), kill off an essential part of the ocean’s ecosystem.
Given all that, here’s a project using a piece of one of those beautiful creatures, ironically. Fortunately, teeth are naturally lost over time by sharks on a consistent basis, so they can be collected without harming the animal. They can be found on beaches and seabeds, even fossilized seabeds. I saw my first shark tooth at the Falls of the Ohio, which were ancient seabeds along the border of Indiana and Kentucky.
I got this fossilized one years ago at another National Park (purchased at the Gift Shop! I didn’t just take it from the Park, geez). I’ve seen ones that are wrapped with wire to make a pendant, but if you want to surf with it on, the wire may get corroded, and even uncomfortable to wear over time.
So, I decided to use my trusty Linhasita cord again. Since it’s a large tooth, about 1″ wide, I thought making a men’s chunky style pendant would look cool, so I used about a yard of black cord for wrapping.
I started by wrapping the cord end to the back, then wrapping the cord a few times tightly around one side, then the other by jumping sides at the top of the tooth:
Next, I tied a square knot to bring the two long ends together, then prepared to make a pendant bail by making a sinnet (chain) of lark’s head knots. I kept making lark’s heads until the loop would be big enough to fit over a big cord necklace. I used my high temp “thread zap” tool to singe the waxed thread to seal the ends instead of just cutting them. This will prevent fraying.
Here it is finished!
I also put it on a Kumihimo braided necklace I did using some leather-like cord. I thought this combo looked pretty Billy Bad-Ass Surfer Guy to me. Even the sharks will be saying, “Yo, just DON’T bite me, bro!”