|Project by McLeanVA||posted 336 days ago||622 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This is my first attempt at turning a duck call. Wanted to create a quick prototype to get a feel for the overall shape, the tenon work and getting the call insert to fit properly.
It’s tough to see from the photo, but there is a seam where the two parts meet towards the back of the call. For scale, the hole in the front is 3/4”. For the rear portion, the hole is drilled out at 1/2” and a 3/4” tenon is turned to fit inside the barrel of the call. There are two rubber O-rings on the tenon to keep everything snug. They make pretty quick projects and the sky is the limit in terms of shape and design.
I bought the insert from Hut Products and gave it a shot. It is a single reed call and was pretty easy to tune. Real light slivers removed from the tip of the reed until it sounded the way I wanted it to. Sounds nice and raspy and after applying finish, will go onto my call lanyard.
The trick to the fit and shape was that I left the overall shape a little proud of what I ideally wanted and then mounted a scrap piece of maple in my chuck and turned a cone. Then placed my assembled call between it and my cone center and finish turned and sanded the call.
I have turned a few more over the past few days and am having fun with it. All of my hunting buddies will be receiving calls in the coming months. Whether for display, novelty or the duck blind they make really cool gifts.
I was pretty skeptical on how the inserts would sound given their inexpensive price tag, but was super happy with the result. These inserts won’t create competition calls, but for those of you who know the difference between a duck calling competition and the way a duck “really” sounds, I’m betting the $5 in materials will call in a whole mess of ducks.
-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.