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Charles Nicholls

A question for the duck call makers out there

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I am attempting to make a duck call for the very first time, I have browsed Youtube for the answers I seek but can't really find anything.

I need to know how thin i can/need to turn the blank? the instruction basically says nothing more than the length of the blank should be 3 1/2" then turns right around and says 3" Width is supposed to be 1 1/2 then turns right around and says 1" other than that it says NOTHING. On youtube all I get is all I already know which is to drill a 5/8" hole through the blank. There is no metal collar as some have on the insert end or that would at least give me an idea of what it needs

I will be using Cocobolo.

 

The kit will be a Arkansas Magnum kit (single reed).

Any help at all would be appreciated :)

Charles

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Thanks Lew, that answers a question I had about making my own inserts so that info is still useful :), but in my case I am wanting to make the barrel. What I may wind up doing is just getting dimensions from the insert and making a barrel that looks right, around it.

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When I was teaching I had a couple guys make duck calls. One guy I had in class worked some in the evenings for a guy that was making lots of them. We got the calls from Penn State and followed the directions there and they seemed to work out pretty well. If I were you I'd try one out of a piece of cheap stock just to see how it works out and see if everything fits like it should, then if it does move on to your good piece.

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Well, there it is. The first of hopefully many duck calls. I do have issues with it though. The instructions and many YouTubers say to drill a 5/8 hole in the blank for the air to go through, but that is actually (in my opinion) a bit too lose. It doesn't take any pressure at all really, to pull the call apart. Not a good thing I don't think. Sure you want access to the reed so you can make adjustments if you want to, but there I think should be some effort placed in pulling it apart. So I think what I will do is make another piece and drill a 9/16' hole instead of 5/8" I think that I will also make it somewhat smaller in diameter.

Live and learn I guess.

 

Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome.

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That transition area just below the mouthpiece is always the thinnest part on any of my calls and I try to keep the walls there at a minimum around 3/16" thick, but I'm usually a little closer to 1/4". Sometimes a little thinner or thicker depending on what material I'm using and what kind of sound I'm after (both of which are also related).

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Thanks. The mouthpiece wall in this case worked out to about 1/4" wide then necked down to about 3/16, then very quickly widens out again to finally end at about 1/2" wide at the back, which personally I think is too much, but that's ok, after I get done with the current project, I will remake it and see how that goes.

Thanks for your input :)

 

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You'll eventually find your own style and things will only get better from there. One thing I will advise though is to try and incorporate a a style that includes a metal band of some sort at the insert end so you don't end up with any splitting on you... or worse, splitting on whomever you give or sell a call to. I've had a couple do that to me when I first started playing around with duck calls.

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