had always heard how difficult turkey hunting could be. The previous fall, on 2
separate occasions I had stumbled across wild turkeys in 2 separate places near my
home. The spark was ignited...
I had always enjoyed working with wood, and loved to hunt, so my new endeavor of
building calls seemed like a great fit. I began with scratch box calls, and within
months had my little calls in a nationally distributed catalog for spring. I toyed with
hewn box calls and glued box calls and sold a few to friends here and there. In late
2004 I purchased an old Craftsman lathe (likely built in the 1970's). I had never used
a lathe before, and had only basic safety pointers from my father-in-law, a
professional woodworker of over 40 years.
The learning curve was slow in the beginning... After many long hours, much wood
dust, long conversations with experienced callmakers and considerable prayer, my
calls began to take shape.
As my pot calls began to sound more like turkeys, I abandoned the scratch box calls
and box calls, never to look back. I developed a passion to build the most natural
sounding pot calls from the best materials available, and at a price most hunters
could afford. God began to open doors through contacts with other callmakers, ebay
sales and some area hunters and sportsmen. A fellow callmaker and new friend
generously invited me to hunt with him in North Central Oklahoma, where I was able
to take my first wild turkey, at 37 years of age. I was hooked!
In late 2007 I received an invitation to enter some of my calls in the Midwest
Callmakers Competition in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Within a couple of days
before the deadline for entry, I selected 3 calls from my "stock box". These were calls
that I had offered for sale at a "huge" gun show in Tulsa, OK only a couple of months
before... "leftovers" if you will. I selected 3 of the best sounding calls and shipped
them to Wisconsin. Once again, God blessed my efforts in callmaking. Of the 3 calls
entered, 2 were awarded first place awards in their respective divisions.
In the past few years, I have been blessed to make many new friends that share the
passion of hunting wild turkeys. The stories and pictures from folks who have
purchased my calls are my trophies! Their phone calls and emails are often the
highlight of my day. I'm far from rich by man's standards... but through the
relationships I have developed in these few short years, I am truly blessed!
To those who have been a part ... THANK YOU!!!
To those who are just taking a look around... WELCOME!!!