Osage Orange (Bois de' Arc) Duck call

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Project by Chris posted 12-19-2010 04:48 AM 2849 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A single reed, Arkansas style call that i made out of Osage Orange wood (Bois de’ Arc) – “wood of the bow”. Turn out to be really raspy and contains a dated brass band implemented on the insert.

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

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 08:33 AM

Hey Chris, this looks like a tricky piece to make, like the detail, nice job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 08:39 AM

Thanks Pete, yes it can be a little tricky but like most other things once you have the foundation developed you just build off of that. Now i can tell you that in the midst of my learning this hobby of callmaking i almost gave up on occasion.

I didn’t have a lot of persons to glean information from so the learning process contained a lot of hours spent in my woodshop basically, “Messing things Up.” and quite often

After months of frustration and slow progress i finally discovered a method that produced call sounds that i was searching for.

Now that i have a settled understanding of it, the art and hobby of callmaking is much more enjoyable to me primarily due to the fact that i worked so hard to get there.


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

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 01:01 PM

Great job Chris. I would never try something like that. My cousin has told me that he knows or has heard of a person near where I live. ( Old age kickin or just to omuch wood dust). He makes them and makes a ton of money from them, I think he takes them to the gun shows or the boart and sport shows. My cousin has told me that some of his calls has brought in as much as $300.00 each.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 01:14 PM

I’m not a turner but I can admire the detail and precision in this piece. Really nice!
“Bodark” or “hedge” as we called it in IL, ain’t the easiest wood to work with, either. Did you choose it for it’s tonal quality? Or does the density matter?
Thanks for showing this well made piece.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 12-20-2010 07:35 AM

Tim -
Yeah, some callmakers receive a pretty penny for their calls primarily due to the time invested into the development of the call. Some calls are made utilizing segmented pieces which consists of months of cutting and gluing and the others have very detailed artistic designs carved into the barrels of the calls. If one were to view their prices in retrospect to their time invested in the calls, they would definitely be underpriced….it is definitely a labor of love.

Yes i do indeed choose the Osage Orange – “Bodark” for it’s characteristics and properties. One is it’s resiliency to weather and the overall density of the wood. Osage is indeed a dense, hard wood that produces a very raspy sounding quack and the density of the wood prohibits any moisture absorption although the calls are treated/finished.

A duck call is a musical instrument and so various makes of woods produce different tonal qualities. Basically the lesser dense woods produce a low end gutteral quack whereas the dense woods produce higher pitch, raspier quacks.

Plus the -yellow-, yellow-orangish call really grabs the eye when sitting on my sells table or hangin on one’s lanyard while afield.


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

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