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question for call makers

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I have a box full of duck calls and every time I get a new one the first thing I do is take it apart and mess with different reed shapes and wedge depths to get different sounds. Long story short, I'm not going to be content until I actually make my own call from scratch. I know that I'll probably make a couple hideous noise makers before I get it right but I just think it would be really satisfying to call in ducks with a call that I made with my own hands. So what I'd like to know is (other than cocobola) what are some good woods for making calls out of and where would be the best place to get some little blocks of these woods?

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Osage orang(hedge) blackwood, maple and many others are good. There are lots of online vendors, and places like THO game calls forum, there are guys there that sell wood blocks for callmaking too. You should make sure it is dry wood too.Also, Custom Calls Online forum is the place to go for good info on callmaking, especially duck calls.Mark

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Do you have a lathe already, if so you are ready to turn calls, you can get material to make tone boards from a place called mcmasters it's called derlin and holds up better than wood tone boards. just about any wood will work for the barrel so you can start with something inexpensive like a douglas fir closet rod or some pine to get the hang of turning the barrels then move on the the nicer woods or acrylics. I started off making calls out of antler with nothing but a dremel tool. Lonehowl makes some beautiful calls and is spot on about THO they have a ton of resources over there.

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Clampdaddy Theres a hard wood place on north Riverside dr in modesto off of Yosemity going twords Empier that has some nice woods.

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Thanks guys! I have a buddy that is remodeling his house and wanted to make his own staircase pillars so he is keeping an eye on eBay for a cheap lathe that we can go in halves on.

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