Duck Call

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Project by rozzi posted 01-03-2012 05:01 AM 2569 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Received a small piece of wood which I was told to be from a Lilac tree. Really don’t know if such was true but it had nice grain to it and since it was so small I decided to turn a barrell for a Duck Call. It has an Echo Poly insert with a double reed. Sounds good and looks OK. I think it was a good save of a small piece of wood, however, I am still trying to figure out a finish I like for calls. On this one I soaked in Boiled Linseed Oil for several hours, later dipped in Deft Semi Gloss Wood Finish, sanded and waxed. Also experimenting with a new camera. I really need to improve my photo skills. This photo is a little better than some. Any advise on the call, finish or the photo will be appreciated.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#1 posted 01-03-2012 01:08 PM

Call looks great, and I like the photo….though I would do away with the line created where the background bottom meets the side. Also, is that shell an older variety with a waxy paper hull?

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 02:19 PM

Thanks MOJOE. I agree the line needs to go. You are correct the shell is on older waxy paper one.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 08:20 PM

For finishing turnings, I haven’t found anything I like better than shellawax polish and paste. It goes on while still on the lathe, similar to using beeswax.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 09:29 PM

Just ducky. looks super.


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#5 posted 01-03-2012 09:32 PM

looks good, for finishing a call, the best is a CA glue finish but it is brittle and can chip but it looks amazing if done right. You can also you a spar varnish, anything that is really durable will work, a duck call takes a lot of abuse. Deft is an ok finish but if bug spray touches it then it will goop up and destroy the finish… hope this helps.

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 10:21 PM

Very handsome! I love making calls.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 01-04-2012 01:01 AM

You can use different programs to remove the lines and brighten or change the contrast. I use Microsoft Picture Manager (comes with Office) to crop and change brightness, which is all that I need with most pictures. I have used the free programs GIMP and to do touch-ups, in that you can capture a piece of background to use as a color and paint over lines. But it is easiest to try and avoid that line. Try getting a large piece of white posterboard that you can curve from underneath it and then up behind it.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#8 posted 10-20-2017 08:04 AM

You did a beautiful job on this duck call. It’s very nice!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 10-20-2017 02:02 PM

quack quack ….GREAT JOB :<)) ALSO 10 times better then a sideways pic LOL

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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