Making a laminate call

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  1. ozarkhunter

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    Here are a few pics of a few steps along the way to a laminate turkey call. I started with African sapele, quarter-sawn maple, bookmatched figured walnut and strips of black and white veneer.
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    These pieces are glued up with Titebond III waterproof wood glue and clamped for 24 hours.
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    After the glue dries, they are removed from clamps and sanded.
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    The bookmatched pieces of walnut are cut from a wider block, then flipped "outwards" from how they were originally joined in the block. This produces a "mirror image" or bookmatched effect.

    Finally, the blanks are cut out and turned into call pots...
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    These are part of a series of 25 numbered calls for a catalog in Illinois. I also do laminate blanks as a "1 off" kind of blank so that there is never another exactly alike. Either way, they are all cut and assembled one blank at a time. I have literally spent 2-3 hours just cutting pieces and dry-fitting, switching this piece out for that piece and making repeated changes until it just looks "right" to my eye.
     
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    How does a laminated pot sound? I’d be inclined to think all those joints and different materials would tend to deaden the call. Sure looks stunning, no matter how they sound, great work.
     
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    You honestly can't say a laminate call sounds like one of the woods in the mix or another. The glue joints are actually stronger than the grain of many woods. Early on I had 1 call de-laminate that I had used some osage orange that I cut myself. I suspect it had too much moisture in the wood and contracted as it dried in the blank. I haven't had that issue in years. I like to think I learned my lesson on using kiln dried woods or woods that I cut and have had sufficient dry time.
    The calls are anything but deadened. This one is currently on ebay, a slate over glass. It has a bright tone and medium-high pitch. Cuts are very crisp and expressive. Yelps have a consistent break and lots of rasp.
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    Woods are mineral stained hackberry, green veneer, book matched walnut, orange veneer and canarywood in the center.
     
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