As is very evident, I’ve been away from this site for 8 months or so. The reasons are miriad, but the primary one involves the demanding work schedule I have been asked to keep. It involves new owners for our company, re-branding, merging with another company the parent purchased and re-negotiating many franchisee contracts. This has involved much travel and limited time at home.
Plants, flowers, hybridizing and genetics remain interests of mine, but are only part of a list of interests I maintain. Since June, I’ve delved back into woodworking, specifically wood turning and creating various game calls. Over the last year or so I have become fascinated with the artistic potential of a truly American Folk art, the turkey call! I’ve carefully studied the history of these calls and the traditions involved with their evolution. Being respectful to the legacy of the callmakers of the present and past tradition, I have tried to interject a few new ideas.
Form has truly followed function in most turkey calls as turkey hunters primarily demand performance in the field, but still have a true appreciation for craftsmanship and fine finish. The qualities of high craftsmanship, design and artistic expression demonstrated in the finer firearms or many of the knives produced by the artists at the peak of their craft is the exception rather than the rule in the realm of turkey calls, particularly the pot calls. Many finely crafted calls are made by very talented individuals, but generally their designs fall with in very narrow parameters. I have been searching for ways to expand the opportunities for artistic expression in the pot call without sacrificing the performance of the call and always honoring the heritage of this truly American art.
Here is a Turkey Pot Call I just finished and shipped to a very patient friend of mine. It is made from a very nice piece of Honduran Rosewood. It has a bit more carving that I typically have done.