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"Canoe" Style Turkey Calls

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Project by ghost5 posted 519 days ago 714 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a style of turkey calls that most people don’t make. I call it a canoe because of the shape. It is a bit more compact than a short box but has the same size sound chamber.

The first is spalted maple body with spalted elm sides and top with a walnut stripe. The second is an elm body, walnut and zebrawood laminated sides and top.

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com





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ldl

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#1 posted 518 days ago

Good looking calls. Why are they called “canoe” because of the length?

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#2 posted 518 days ago

The name comes from the shape not the length. The length makes them a short box but the turned up ends that look like a canoe gives them the name. Thanks for taking a look.

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com

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#3 posted 517 days ago

How do they sound? how do you tune them? Look great.

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#4 posted 516 days ago

Thanks OKW, these sound good. They are tuned by the thickness of the sound boards (sides) of the call. The thicker the wood the higher the sound, which still seems backwards to me. I use 1/8” to 3/16” sides. I also taper the inside of the top edge a bit. One thing that is important is do not sand the underside of the top too much since the small scratches produce your sound. Another is be sure the top edge of the sides aren’t too smooth or have finish on them. I lightly scuff those areas with 100 grit paper then add chalk to the bottom of the paddle.

If your call is high pitched and squeaking either the sides are too thick or the top is too smooth or needs more chalk.

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com

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