Turning Custom Duck and Game Calls: The Complete Guide for Craftsmen, Collectors, and Outdoorsmen


Expert tips and techniques on creating handsome duck calls from 10 of the nation's top call makers and step-by-steps for making a duck call.
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Expert tips and techniques on creating handsome duck calls from 10 of the nation's top call makers and step-by-steps for making a duck call.
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"An excellent book on turning several types of Calls, most on the breath type for ducks and other game."

Considering the details involved and well described in the book, talking about a 'standard' call is something of an oxymoron. The authors' detailed coverage gives all of that is needed in step-by-step manner, well described with pictures and detail illustrations, to take the reader completely through the exacting process of making calls and gives good insight into the variable factors that make this truly an art form rather than a cut-and-dry, follow the plans, craft.

As an experienced woodturner, I find that the authors cover the making of game calls thoroughly with good instructions on the actual turning process. The book is well illustrated with easy-to-follow instructions.

If you turn wood between centers this book has advanced insight that will make your work more resolved.

If you are a wild game hunter with a side interest in woodturning, then this is a must-have book for you. Success in hunting is a matter of stealth, which in turn is a matter of attracting the birds by "calling" them to your location. Although most people buy pre-bored kits and turn the components on pen mandrels, the book shows how to make your own wooden mandrels and how to make fixtures for boring holes in your own blanks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565232815
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Glenn is a freelance writer, featured in Oregon Business Monthly and Ruralite magazine. He lives in Boardman, Oregon.

Greg Keats is a premier custom call maker who works from his 4000 ft. shop in Rockville, MD. He hand crafts more than 1,000 calls a year which demand prices starting near $140 each. His calls were judged First and Second Place at the '97 and '98 International Call Makers Contest and Exhibit. He is considered a pioneer in his use of stabilized musical grade woods and is highly respected among call makers and collectors worldwide.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors vi
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Understanding Game Calls 3
Chapter 2 Tools and Materials 11
Chapter 3 Mandrels and Accessories 27
Chapter 4 Planning the Barrel and Stopper Shape 35
Chapter 5 Turning a Duck Call 43
Chapter 6 Drilling Call Blanks 53
Chapter 7 Embellishment Ideas 61
Chapter 8 Tone Boards and Reeds 69
Chapter 9 Friction, Diaphragm and Other Calls 79
Chapter 10 Finishing Touches 89
Chapter 11 Use and Care of Game Calls 95
Chapter 12 Plans and Patterns 101
Gallery 110
Appendix A Fraction to Decimal to Metric Conversion 116
Appendix B Resources 117
Glossary 118
Index 120
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2005

    Very good - How to book

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in turning calls and has some woodturning experience. An excellent book on turning several types of Calls, most on the breath type for ducks and other game. You get a short history lesson, then straight into the anatomy of a call and how it works. The tool and material section will even help the novice to know what is needed to begin a new woodturning experience. A chapter covering the design of the barrel and stopper gives the turner the requirements needed for a good call. The book also furnishes some good plans and patterns but encourages you to work toward your own unique designs. Then the book does a very good job, step by step, on the turning procedures. There are many side bar articles on personal preferences on the different parts of several type of calls. Then it concludes with several finishing ideas and also how to take care of the calls in the off season.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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