When a custom call maker has anyone or any machine assist him in making a single call he is no longer a custom call maker. There are literally thousands of call makers that are commissioned by the NWTF to make donation calls. I'm not sure why you think he was commissioned to make calls for the entire state, he was most likely offered a life time membership to the NWTF to make $5,000.00 worth of calls for one specific NWTF chapter.
I didn't say he made calls for the entire state, I was trying to give some scope to and illustrate the size of the project. For a number of years in the early 2000s, Dale's box design and artwork were selected by the NWTF to be reproduced as Sponsor gifts. Each Chapter selects and orders the gifts from a catalog that they want to present to their Sponsor members. Without knowing how many NWTF Chapters there were in 2001, or how many sponsor members each chapter had, or how many chapters selected the box as their gift, there is no way to determine how many were made.
The Dale Rohm box I had was a 2001 Sponsor gift, presentation grade walnut, laser engraved and polyurethaned with a satin finsih. It also included a green Felt pouch emblazoned with the NWTF logo in gold metal flake. It was understood by everyone that it was not reproduced to be a field grade call to call turkeys with. It even had polyurethane on the rail tops and the underside of the lid. That's how obvious it was that in was intended for decoration only. I'm sure that Dale was rightfully proud to have his design selected by the NWTF. I'm also sure that Dale understood that the reproduction calls were not for calling turkeys with.
If someone wants to strip Dale of his "Custom" call maker status and call him a sell out, I guess that's their business. It appears there are a few that are not going to get past this Amish thing no matter how much explaining there is. I see a man that elevated his craft to the point where he is nationally known and his design was selected by a national organization for reproduction. Using the Picasso reference, is Terry Redlin any less an artist because his paintings are reproduced and auctioned off at NWTF banquets? Absolutely not. Was Dick Kirby any less a talented call maker because his calls were reproduced, he made it big and went national? No. All of these gentlemen grew in popularity and are more widely known because of it.
I hold a degree in Graphic Art so I understand the artist's passion, believe me. Because I am not a custom call maker, I'm going to bow out of this conversation now before it sours further. I wish each of you great success in your call making ventures and the best of luck in the upcoming spring season.
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