Steps and Photos Show You How to Do It
As we wandered the crowded aisles of the NWTF Convention in Nashville, all three of my kids homed in on one booth in particular. It belonged to Brookside Game Calls and it was adorned with all manner of call-making supplies.
As the kids ogled the pot blanks in various woods and styles, I asked if they would like to build a call of their own. A resounding yes came the reply. While Brookside offers ready-to-build kits, we chose to go the custom route with each of the kids picking their own wooden pots and calling surfaces. Both boys went with dark imported hardwoods, wenge and cocobola, with slate calling surfaces and glass soundboards. Michaela chose a lighter yellowheart double-sided pot with a glass call surface and a slate soundboard. Each then chose an unfinished striker they liked.
Since Michaela’s surface was clear, it allowed the placement of a photograph under the surface. We chose one of her with a turkey from last season. We worked on the calls an evening or two per week, first sanding and finishing the pre-cut pots, then assembling the calls. All told, we probably had eight to 10 hours in build time, but we took our time and used the process as a lesson in wood finishing. Without the additional teaching, a call can probably be completed in four hours or so of active build time with a 12-hour rest period for the glue to dry.
[Editor's note: Steps with photos showing how to build pot-and-peg calls with your kids follow. This Realtree.com evergreen gallery was first published April 22, 2016.]