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Project by ghost5 posted 02-25-2013 08:42 PM 1014 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are also known as pot calls. They are like turning a bowl only a bit more involved. When you make these you are building a musical instrument and all of the rules apply. Type of wood, type of sound board, playing surface, the striker used to play it, all are a factor in the sound.

These are all black walnut, 1st is aluminum over glass, 2nd is copper over glass and the last is slate without a sound board. What that means is the playing surface is listed first and the sound board which is mounted under that is listed second. The soundboard is maybe 1/8” below the bottom of the playing surface, they don’t touch.

These are just some quick ones I needed to send to a show but some fancier ones are in the works.

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





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Hybridwoodwork

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 10:10 PM

Well, how does it work?

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 10:51 PM

This is a striker, you hold it much as you would a pencil and use it to “strike” really rub the playing surface. Depending on the pattern you move the tip of the striker in you get different sounds. Clucks, purrs, cuts and so on.

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

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 11:50 PM

So it’s a percussion instrument, I’d love to try making one…so it is hollow with different materials for the back or is the metal or glass inside? Is there a plan somewhere? I love the striker by the way, my two favorite woods!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 01:25 AM

Very cool I am fascinated by all the calls you make, thanks for sharing…these are very nice

-- Cosmicturner

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 02:17 AM

Tommy, I would like to make some of these and some box calls as well. Do you have plans or will you do a blog?

Hybridwoodwork, it’s not a percussion instrument, it’s more like running your fingernails over a chalkboard.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 09:14 AM

Pretty cool idea. I would like to see a video of it in use.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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ghost5

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 11:56 AM

Thanks guys I do have a drawing with the dimensions needed and I might have time to make a video since I lost my job yesterday. I will post a quick blog here and if you have any questions feel free to ask. If you want to hear some great players on these go to youtube, there are some videos there made by some people that really know how to run one of these,

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

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 12:16 PM

ghost5, Sorry to hear you lost your job. Great work on the turkey calls. The turkey woods will be rattling from goobles here soon and I’m sure your calls will provoke those toms to thunder out. Do you make these calls to sell? May be a good way for extra income and I may be interested. Check out ETSY for a site to sell your calls.

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ghost5

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 12:49 PM

Thanks Dwayne, yes I sell calls in fact shipped 14 in the last few days. Box calls and pot calls. I had an Etsy store that was heavily promoted for a year and sold exactly one thing. Wish it had worked better but it didn’t.

Everyone, I posted a blog on how to do these so if you would like to see a quick how to it is up.

Thanks again for taking a look at my work.

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

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#10 posted 02-27-2013 03:38 AM

Is this the start of Turkey Dynasty? Sorry to hear about your job. Hope you’re able to find what you need quickly.

-- Dad: Someone was supposed to pick up his toys! Son: My name isn't "Someone".

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