Get jiggy with it

I’ve been hanging out on the Osage Roost turkey hunting community lately and have already spent several hours on the Call Makers forum drooling over homemade pot calls. There is nothing I appreciate more than quality woodworking and the craftsmanship on said forum is truly something to be admired.

Having recently fallen in love with turkey hunting (story to come), I have become a sucker for a hand made call. There is something about working a hunk of wood until it serves a purpose, especially when that purpose is talking to a bird or animal.

Unfortunately, I am ill-equipped to make such things and have decided to leave it to the experts. Namely my friends Tommy Ellis (Following Ghost or ghost5 on the “Roost”) and John Buchin (Crooked Talon Game Calls or jbuchin on the “Roost”). There are many others, but I credit these two for starting my addiction as they made the calls above for my hunting enjoyment and I am very thankful for their guidance in the turkey woods.

I’m sure I could give call making a shot if I had a lathe, but I don’t, nor do I have the time to start a new hobby when hunting, writing, and bow building already occupies enough. But its hard to hang out amongst a community of woodworkers and not get inspired. I usually get the bug and have to make something and that is exactly what happened to me this morning. I woke up, had a cup of coffee, and realized I had the itch about half way through it. Only, when I ventured into my workshop I realized I wasn’t ready to start whittling a hunk of Osage into a finely tillered stick flinger. You have to be in the mood to  tackle that and I wasn’t.

I was, however, in the mood to create a new flemish string-making jig for myself. The first one I made was pretty rough and I knew I could improve on it. A couple hours later, the following took shape and I am pretty pleased with it. It is basically just a hunk of cherry board with a few nails, a couple of holes, and a small piece of Ipe glued down where you cut the strands with a razor blade.

I’ve included the plans I followed for your convenience and highly encourage you to build one for yourself, as others encouraged me to do the same.


Plans courtesy of and Terry Green.

Why pay $25-$30 for one when it’ll only cost you 1/4 the amount in lumber?


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