First, a little history: The bodies of pot calls have historically been turned on a lathe. (This limited the interior to a cylindrical shape.) And, the sound ports on these calls were created by drilling holes in the base with a drill press.
These calls, and their design, were limited by available tools.
We took a different approach: 3D printed call bodies. The 3D printer lets us create the most realistic sound possible: Our call body didn’t need to be a cylinder, and, the sound ports didn’t need to be equally spaced holes on the bottom.
The walls of our call bodies are segmented (rather than cylindrical): this results in a unique reflection of internal sound waves.
In addition, our call includes a single sound-port in the perimeter wall. This port fine-tunes the tone. And, it allows you to direct your yelps and cuts at the specific bird that you’re working.
We also wanted a call that would work when the friction surface was wet due to rain, or, sweat. So, we added a ceramic friction surface.
And, we wanted a call that you could wear around your neck, or, attach to a strap on your vest. This way, you wouldn’t lose it when you’re scrambling over downed timber, and through thick brush, to close the distance on a bird that’s talking; but, not moving.
We’re not knocking the calls that are out there today. (I carried a Woodhaven Cherry Classic for years). Quite a few of these existing calls are works of art: The wood grain and high-gloss finish are remarkable. But, visual aesthetics were never our goal.
The appearance of the call wasn’t on our radar screen: Our goal was to create a call that could entice gobblers on public land. Birds that typically heard a dozen, or more, hunters every April. A call that would fire up the gobblers after the first series of yelps. And, after two years of hard work, we believe we have it.
We've put a batch of our new calls up on the store (click the Store tab and scroll to the bottom to find them).
(Limit: one per customer!)
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