New Turkey Trumpets

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Project by ghost5 posted 05-28-2014 01:09 AM 1446 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are by far the most complicated thing I have ever turned. Not only are the internal dimensions a closely guarded secret but there are so many steps in the process to figure out that the first few of these were not fun. These take no less than 5 drill bits, custom jamb chucks and a steady hand getting things drilled and ready for the lathe. But once you get it figured out they go a lot easier.

From L-R they are
1. Stabilized buckeye burl with a small aluminum section added with an African Blackwood cap
2. Stabilized buckeye burl with a desert ironwood cap
3. Stabilized live oak with a black walnut cap
4. Argentine lignum vitae that for some reason turned this weird blue from a beautiful golden color with an African blackwood cap
5. Stabilized English walnut with a zebrawood cap and solder inlay, I won’t do that again.

All of the calls have a deer antler insert which is a socket for the mouth piece which is turned out of Delrin. All have turned cork lip stops except for the lignum which has an antler lip stop.

I added a picture of a single buckeye call and a couple of them on the lathe.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Tommy,

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 01:15 AM

Awesome wood. Beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 01:48 AM

These are very nice. The choice of wood is fantastic with aluminum rings.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 09:20 PM

As always, great looking calls.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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