Turkey Call

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Project by supervato posted 04-07-2011 04:38 AM 2587 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I guess im getting in the turkey call buisness. A buddy of mine that works with me at the fire dept. is an avid hunter. He brought me a turkey call that he uses and asked if i could make something like that. I looked at it for a while and said I would like to try. Gaining more knowledge on something is a what I love. So he showed me some picks of what they call a long box. He said this is what he would like for me to custom make. I built this turkey call out of a walnut tree I cut down last summer. It measures 14 inches long 2 1/8 inches tall. I learned that tuning these box calls is very difficult not only do you have to know what a turkey sounds like pretty good. Which i dont! You have to have somebody that knows how to use it. Which my buddy did. The key for this build was the thickness of the side walls which comppletly changes its tone. After hours of small changes he was very happy with the sound. The finish on this project was boiled linseed oil and Tung oil low gloss for the final finish. My new grizzly spindle sander came in very handy in this build. The kicker to this story is he took delivery on the call tonight and is leaving to California on a turkey hunt so we will see if their is a turkey in the future to show this call actually works. Little different building something out of wood that has to make a specific sound. But I really felt confident I did.

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Heidi Neely

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 04:41 AM

FIRST! hehe….sorry…couldn’t resist :)

This turned out really nice…the only thing that could make it better is maybe a custon carving? Hmmm…I do know a carver that might be interested in helping out with that. Of course, there is a matter of needing a ride…..on your bike perhaps? lol!
All goofy~ness asside…i really like the portion of wood you chose showing the sap wood…nice contrast, and i can’t believe you were able to get it exactly right and sounding correctly on your 1st attempt. Pretty amazing! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 04:42 AM

Very nice!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 04:48 AM

I know of a craver that i would pick to work on this to. I have seen her work and its amazing. She is very talented. Oh by the way im firing up the hog as we speak I just need a map and directions. Hmmmmmmmmmmm

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Heidi Neely

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 04:52 AM

Hahaha…. ;-)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#5 posted 04-07-2011 02:21 PM

What did you use for a spring to go under the lid?

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 02:09 AM

I used the hardware off of an old call he had.

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#7 posted 04-15-2011 07:49 AM

Heidi I hope the ride on that bike is one hell of a ride.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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