Calling all Ducks!!

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Project by NoSlivers posted 02-06-2010 07:33 PM 1483 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This actually went together much easier and faster than I expected. Either I was lucky and got it right or everything I read on making duck calls led me in the right direction. A couple pieces ended up in the burn bin but that’s normal for me until I get a method worked out. It was a nice way to spend the evening after work.

I enjoy hunting but duck hunting just doesn’t have the same appeal to me. I have a couple uncles, nephews and friends that are avid duck hunters though, and I was asked if I would be able to make some calls. Now that I’ve looked into it a little, it seems there is quite a market for it. Most calls just aren’t handmade anymore, it’s injection molded acrylic or CNC.

Edit Added 2 more photos to show the sounding board, wedge and reed. Should’ve done that in the first place.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 07:34 PM

Cool I thought it had something to do with Oregon Ducks

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 07:34 PM

Very nice!

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 09:52 PM

Very nice call.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 10:08 PM

Nice call. Just started turning and duck calls where one of my interests. What do you use for a Mandrel?

-- Duane, Iowa

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 10:29 PM

Thanks to all for the nice comments.

Rozzi, I’ll mount the piece in a 4 jaw chuck, bore out the center with a jacob’s chuck and do most of the work with the piece mounted between that 4 jaw chuck and a cone center. To get to the unfinished end after parting off from the 4 jaw chuck, that’s when I’ll mount it in a pen mandrel. I had to grind and file some small blocks into cone centers to fit on the ends the mandrel since the openings on one end the duck call barrel are larger than most pen mandrel ends, and the flat metal ends on the mandrel prevent me from bringing tools too close to them. The sounding board is a whole other matter, and that’s the tricky part. I wonder if I’ll ever get it right again?

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 02:55 AM

Well done.

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 07:47 AM

nice work its a dying art well done

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#8 posted 01-26-2011 04:40 PM

A nice call there. Do you start with a kit for the reed? I’m guessing one could use, and don’t laugh, some flat plastic from the side of a milk jug. Hey, I said don’t laugh. :D

A blog would be desirable too if you have the time. I’m guessing drill w/a forstner bit straight through. Got a pic of the mouth piece end (ie. hole size)? Thanks for any additional info. you can provide.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 08-14-2011 09:47 PM

Cool, nice job!

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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