Friction turkey call

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Project by davegalesr posted 07-10-2011 12:59 PM 2006 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a friction turkey call, also called a pot call. I turned the pot out of face grain Ipe because that is a good wood for the weather with it’s natural oils. I turned the striker from Jatoba – it is about 7 inches long and tapers from 3/4 inch at the top to 1/4 inch on the business end. The slate scratch plate is 1/8 inch thick and 3 1/4 inches in diameter. It sits over a cherry sound board that is about 3 inches in diameter and 1/16th inch thick. The sound board sits on a pedestal that is about 3/8 inch from the bottom of the pot and there is a 1/8 inch gap between the sound board ant the slate. The sound board is separated from the sides of the pot by about 1/16th of an inch all around. There are 8 3/8 inch holes in the bottom to provide amble sound distribution.

This is a classic design that I searched for instructions – found a few on the web and guessed the rest. The sound is great – better than my old black widow call.

-- Dave Gale, Grover, NC

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 01:05 PM

looks great!! let us know if it helps put something on the table at thanksgiving….

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 04:37 PM

looks good, where did you get the slate ?

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#3 posted 07-10-2011 10:30 PM

The slate came from Brookside Laser Engraving ( There are other places to get them, but I can attest to the quality and fast shipping from this dealer. They have a variety of sizes and they carry sound boards also (I make my own sound boards because I can make them thinner).

-- Dave Gale, Grover, NC

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