This call represents my greatest achievement. I was speechless when Master Carver Jim Dester called one day and proposed that the two of us do a "co-op" for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) annual competition. That show is perhaps the most competitive national shows and Jim had won Best of Show in 2002 and 2004 as well as Best of Show at the CCAA national competition in 2004,2006 and 2007. Collaborating on the design, I turned the several parts and Jim carved the Flying Ducks in the revolving outer barrel and added the gold leafed "NWTF" visible through a window in the independently revolving band near the exhaust of the barrel.
This call won Best of Show at the 2008 NWTF annual meet and sold at auction for more than $7,000.00, more than any single call before or since. It is now part of the Tommy Whiting ton collection.
Named "Dozens of Diamonds" this call was made from segmented rings of black walnut and four rings of maple with diamonds of Pauck inset in walnut borders. It placed first in the laminated division at the 2006 CCAA annual competition and is now included in the James Bennett collection.
As with most of my fancy calls, I named this one - "Carrousel" - and entered it in the fancy call competition sponsored by the Callmakers and Collectors Association of America (CCAA) in 2005. Made from dozens of pieces of Beech and Purpleheart, it received the Design Award and now part of the James Bennett collection.
A miniature call at only 3.5" tall this unnamed call of African Blackwood with aluminum stripes and brass dots, won first place in its division at the 2007 CCAA fancy call show and is owned by Tommy Whitington.
The "Museum" features miniature duck calls turned from 6 different woods each set into a oval window in a maple feature ring. The stopper and exhaust end of the barrel are staves of snake wood cut so the unique wood grane is exposed.
"Mayan God" is a segmented call with segments cut from a plank of glued up sheets of veneer and thin plywood. This call and "Museum" above have traded hands among collectors so often that I have lost track of them.
"Southwestern Pottery" includes feature rings in both the barrel and stopper that remind me of some of the features from which this call was named. The feature rings are segmented maple and walnut rings while the balance of the call is offset walnut rings, turned to some of my favorite shapes.
This unnamed call of Tulip Wood sports inlaid strips of Purpleheart, cut in at a 45 degree angle to make a "Celtic Knot" in the stopper and a double knot in the barrel which I call a Turk's Head similar in appearance to the knot cowboys some times tie in the end of a lariat.
"Green eyes" another segmented call was especially turned for a benefit auction held by the Reelfoot Lake (Tennessee) Lawmakers and Collectors Association, the sponsors of a wonderful show held at the Lake each fall. This call is now in the James Bennett Collection.
I named this call "Aztec" since it reminds me of some southwestern Indian designs. It has such an interesting construction process that I wrote an article about Building Aztec and included it on the Publications page.
Crafted to a zig-zag pattern, the feature rings on this call are of black walnut and two different sources of maple. The call is built up from several segmented rings of black walnut and is now owned by Herb and Lavonne Ohley.
The "Caged candy stick" features a revolving cage with walnut bars and an pink Ivory candy stick inside. The stopper and barrel base are snake wood staves trimmed with Osage Orange segmented rings.