Each of our duck calls first start out as a trophy buck antler. The antlers are measured and sorted based on size, color, and texture. Only the best antlers are kept.
Once the sorting is completed, we then have an idea of the end product and possible duck call classification the antler will yield.
Currently we have three (3) series of duck calls: Series 120, Series 140, and Series 160. The numbers in the series are based on the Boone & Crockett antler scale. So the 120 series calls are made from antlers that score between 120 and 139 on the B & C. The 140 score between 140 and 159. However, the Series 160 are from antlers that scored 160 and up. We don't get many of these antlers, so the calls we make from them are what we like to call the "Big Daddy's"! Think you might want a Big Daddy? I would suggest emailing us to pre-order if none in stock. They don't last!
Once an antler has passed Al's Paleo River inspection process, the duck call body is cut from the base and trimmed. We then move on to turning the call on the lathe. This photo shows the beginning of the turning.
Here we are in the process of actually turning the call. Since we are working with a material from nature, every call is unique. The fun in making the calls is that we never truly know what shape will work best for each call. It's at this initial stage the antler tells us what shape it wants to transform into.
Here we have completed the turning and first stage of polishing to the call.
Here is what a day at the office looks like. As you can see, each of our calls is absolutely one of a kind.
Once the turning of the calls are completed they are taken to another work station to get fit for copper inserts. The inserts are installed into the calls to provide additional durability and aesthetic quality. Some people have said our calls are so pretty they want to just put them in a display at home or work, but we build our calls to be used for years to come.
The calls then move onto stage two of polishing, engraving, and then a final top coat sealer is applied. They are then put through final polishing, and last but not least fitting and tuning of the call's insert. Then, and only then, is the call ready to be called a Paleo River Duck Call. Ready to get one for yourself? Click here to order your call.
All calls are available in either double or single reed design. You can specify this option at ordering when you go to place the call in your shopping cart.