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How To Make A Goose Call

This text will explain how to make a goose call. Just follow these steps and you will have a reliable goose call in no time. You should know that there are many ways in which you can make a goose call so this one is just an example - it is up to you to decide if it's the right one for you.

First of all, the barrel pieces must be cut to 1 1/2x4 inches with a 5/8-inch hole bored right in the middle. These inserts are cut to 1x5 inches and then left unbored. You will have to attach a barrel blank to the mandrel on the lathe and then slide the tool rest in the front of the blank, screwing it down tight and then flipping the switch on the aforementioned lathe.
In order to have a steady hand, you should slide the gouge on the tool rest and then quickly run the tool back and forth across that block. Once you have obtained the desired shape, you will have to make a shallow tenon cut around the insert end of the barrel and then sand one of the ends of a pre-cut brass ring, coating its inside by using epoxy and then tap it over the tenon cut. After doing this, you will have to sand off the excess brass from the barrel's end.

In order to mark the spots, you will have to use a wire gauge and then burn in decorative rings as well as the lanyard ring with a wire that must be stretched across the spinning wood.

For finishing the barrel, you can sand it on the spinning lathe by using 80, 150 and 320 grit emery cloth and after that fill any possible flaws that you notice in the grain by buffing with colored wood putty.

Moving on to the insert of the goose call. First of all, the insert blank must be turned on the latch similar to how the barrel was, but this time the piece has a straight taper in order to fit tightly into the barrel. You will have to drill a 1/4-inch hole in the center while the insert is still on the lathe by using a stationary drill. After that, quickly remove the insert.

Next make a cut of approximately two inches, lengthwise from that narrow end. Crosscut half of the end off by leaving 1/4-inch notch for the cork which must hold the reed in place. From now on, things are a bit simpler as the tapered end of the insert must be clamped on another small jig - you will have to cut a piece of mylar for the reed, along with a small piece of cork and then place them.

The process of making good homemade goose calls does not end here - for the last step, finish off the call by getting a fine lacquer finish in order to give it a more elegant look. After that, you will have to learn various types of calls and practice your calling as much as you can.

If this process seems a little bit overwhelming, there are dozens of stores out there that sell goose calls. Just pick one and start practicing.

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