Antler open reed Distress, hurt pup and close range howler
Antler cow elk and esterous cow call
and a few others. I realy like working with antler. It truly gives a one of a kind edge. There is no duplicating an antler call. That is what the true one of a kind calls have over the mass produced calls. I don't do it for a living so the time I spend on them is good time and well spent. My calls are a step above most antler calls. I'm pleased to say, people who have my calls are proud to have them.
When you get up and runnin let me know and I'll make you a trade.
Yes, antler stinks to high heaven, just ask my wife, who thretens me with devorse all the time over it. It also eats up your tooling. But the sound that it makes is music to coyotes ears. Also don't breath in the dust from sanding.
I have a few questions about the inside shaping done for closed reed calls, and I would sure like to see a pic of the "business end" of one of your closed reed calls so I could see how you go about putting the reeds in (how deep, what size opening there is "downrange" of the reed, and which end the reed gets stuffed in).
If you could pop in the Chatroom over on PM sometime (or contact me by Instant Messenger), so we could yak about this call making stuff... I sure would appreciate it.
I have this big beautiful antler sitting here and I am not feeling confident enough to attack it with my tools yet.
At the bottom you can see the first antler call I've made, I am having problems tuning the bridge (the porosity of the marrow, or the fact I always start out with the bridge too curved too close to the tip).
Do you guys use some kind of sealer on the marrow? I actually considered CA (superglue)and 5 minute epoxy, I could paint on a layer and then sand it smooth and shiny.