Ok, I hope some of the other callmakers will join in on this post. First I would like to show a call that is very easy to make and great to start a setup with. It is a copy of calls commercially available today from Burnham Bros and Johnny Stewart by Hunters Specialties.
First you start out with a piece of wood 3/16" x 1/2" and at least a little over 7". Cut two pieces out 3-1/2" long and make a mark at center point on both pieces.
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Next take a half round wood rasp or use sandpaper wrapped around something round like a dowel or broom handle. Sand an area about 3/4" on both sides of the center mark you made on each piece of wood. Pic shows results
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Now find you a rubber band, flat ones are good but any rubber band will work
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Now place the rubber band over one of the 3-1/2" pieces of wood, make sure to get all twists out of the rubber band
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Now place the other piece, making sure to match the sanded out areas facing each other, then wrap another rubber band at each end to hold the call together.
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Try stretching the rubber band before putting the second one to hold them together for a higher pitch. Try different rubber bands also.
Last pic is calls I actually sell, as you can see I use castration bands to hold the call together but not needed. Also for new members the little coyote head on the call in last pic is actually my signature EW upside down.
This call is great for woods or thick brush and very good to start a setup with. I will try and get a sound file made and posted here as soon as I find my mike, lol