You’ll Never Guess What This Shark Was Used For

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on March 18, 2016


Never underestimate a man with a plan!

What John Parker made turns every head on the lake!

During the summer of 2003, the line for the shower at John and Julie Parker’s cabin south of Atlanta, Ga., would sometimes get a bit too long. Slathered in sun screen and bug goo after a day on the dock, up to 18 extended family members would mill around the cabin deck, waiting for their chance to get into the cabin’s one shower.

Parker and his niece, Karen Scar-brough, were in one of those long lines, using the time to talk about their mutual interest in scuba diving, and then about Parker’s woodcarving hobby and what he might carve next. He had just finished a life-sized wooden mermaid and mounted it on the A-frame cabin’s rafters, where it joined a few other life-sized carved fish.

Outdoor Beasts You'll Never Guess What This Shark Was Used For

“That’s when I thought of it,” Parker said. “Karen is a huge fan of sharks. I told her I was going to build her a shark shower. She thought it was a half-baked promise at first – and it kind of was.”

This project happened much the way things of this nature always do: a man, a garage, a few tools, a few bucks, and a singular idea that won’t go away.  And so it was that John Parker spent the winter of 2003-2004 creating a 550-pound shark shower out of steel, wire and fiberglass – a functional outdoor shark shower with hot-and-cold running water.

Outdoor Beasts You'll Never Guess What This Shark Was Used For

The shark started as a drawing on a transparency, taken from a book on great white sharks. Late one night, he projected the image onto the garage door and pulled the projector back until the shark was big enough to contain a shower. Just to be sure, he got his wife Julie out of bed to stand in the shark’s shadow “just to size it up properly and to make sure it afforded proper modesty,” he explained. Measurements in hand, he began planning: To keep it life-sized, a 36-inch-diameter shower compartment would require a 15-foot-long shark.
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