Quack Quack

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Project by McLeanVA posted 01-29-2013 07:34 PM 2064 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few recent duck calls, hot off the lathe. Still a bit unsure if I’ll use the CA finish method on them. I kind of like the look of a satin finish.

They are a fun challenge to turn. Still experimenting with the shapes, lengths, tenons and dimensions.

Woods used:
Photo 1: Olivewood barrel with a Honduras Rosewood bell
Photo 2: Cocobolo barrel with a Bloodwood bell
Photo 3: Honduras Rosewood barrel with matching bell

My wife now HATES the sound of a duck.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 01-29-2013 10:00 PM

They look great how do you put the quack in once turned ?

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 10:08 PM

Nice calls. Well done. Do you do your own reeds or do you buy an insert?

-- Duane, Iowa

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 10:23 PM

Uploaded a really quick PhotoShop sketch on the guts. No, I don’t turn my own inserts… baby steps. :)

I’ve realized over the past few weeks while researching duck calls that there are plenty of ways to spend money on making your own calls. I’ll let the pros do it. For me, handing over a duck call to a hunting buddy that sounds pretty good and that came off my lathe is pretty cool.

The calls I make won’t win any competitions, but they sure are fun to create. In terms of materials, above and beyond wood, the inserts are less than $4 and the brass bands are less than $1. I turned my first few prototypes with nothing more than a homemade cone chucked into my 4 jaw chuck and my live center.

Worth a shot for those of you that are tired of turning pens and bottle stoppers.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 03:46 PM

Awesome pieces! great turning on beautiful woods, nothing beats making your own. Great job!


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