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Game Call Build-Along

PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:45 pm
by Aeronut
The temperature here didn't even get up to freezing this weekend so I decided to make some game calls. What I am using is some Hackberry that I collected last week. A dead limb provided a bunch of pieces. The limb was in an advanced stage of decay and I was hoping to get some spalted blanks from it. The blanks were really punky wood that you could dig off with a thumbnail so they were submerged in stabilizing resin and into the vacuum chamber.
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The pieces have been in my hotbox for a week now. The wood needs to be dry for the resin to work and these were down below 6%. My hotbox is just 1-1/2" foam insulation and a 60w light bulb.
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The pieces were put in a container with a weight on top of them to keep them submerged and then covered with stabilizing resin. I use a resin called Cactus Juice. I then put them in a vacuum chamber and start drawing out the air.
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The vacuum draws the air out of the wood and you need to control the rate of vacuum because the bubbles will foam up.
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Once the foaming stops I close the chamber down and leave it at 28" of vacuum overnight.

The next day the pieces are wrapped in aluminum foil and put in a toaster over for about 3hrs at 220*F. Do not use your oven for this. The one in this picture I soaked in Cactus Juice and red dye. It is still cooking now.
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After baking remove the aluminum foil.
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And head for the lathe.
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Two coats of Krylon glaze and set aside to dry. I am pleased that this one has some good spalting in the wood. This one will be a coyote howler and I'll post a finished shot tomorrow. The darker brown stripe running along the lower right is a worm trail. The Cactus Juice hardened it so it would stay in place.
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Re: Game Call Build-Along

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:40 am
by Aeronut
Finished call.
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I made this one on Saturday while the Hackberry was cooking. It's a deer grunt call and it is made of White Oak that was a shipping skid for a 4500# reactor that we replaced about four months ago. I grabbed two 6"x6"x8' pieces from the skid when we broke it down. I would have taken all of it but didn't have enough room in my bucket truck.
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Re: Game Call Build-Along

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:12 pm
by WinterHawk
Those are super nice! :77: Thanks for posting. :applaud:

-Kees-

Re: Game Call Build-Along

PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:15 pm
by Sneakon
Nice

Re: Game Call Build-Along

PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:09 am
by hawkthrower
Hummm - Really nice work! :applaud: