Had a good time at the competition, but a rough day calling. Had trouble getting my calls to run right. Spent all week geting my calls ready and practicing. Making sure they'd play easy and sound good, only to be eliminated by some bad chalk. I was running low on chalk, so I stopped at the sport shop and picked up another stick of chalk, so I'd have some to take along with me. Tuned the calls all up Friday and put the new chalk on them, so everything was ready to go. Randy came by friday night and wanted to hear how I tuned them, we pulled them out and started to play a little. Oh Boy Huge Suprise, they wouldn't play at all, not a note. That chalk greased the tongues up so bad we couldn't get a single note out of them, not even a squeak. It was just like somebody waxed the surfaces
So I spent until about 2 am sanding and resanding the tongues, trying to get rid of that crapy chalk. I thought I had it sanded good enough to make the calls play good, but if you watched the live feed of the contest you heard how well they played
. The more you played them the more the strikers would skip, so I couldn't play any soft talk at all, and trying to purr was a nightmare, all it would do is squeal, so scoring was not going to be good
. I've used K&H and Quaker Boy chalk for years on my box calls, and knew they had good chalk. I like K&H better, but could only find the Quaker Boy Trukey-Thug chalk, so that's what I got. Never again, that stuff is some bad chalk!!! it soaks into the wood and you can't hardly sand it off, once you play on it, the heat created from the friction soaks it into the wood, it's like it's a grease, but yet it's dry as can be when you put it on? I'd hate to see what it'd do to a box call if it soaked into the rails, there is no way you could sand it enough to get it out, without ruining the call
. I'm not one to bash a company, BUT if they've changed something for worst I believe in letting people know about it
. Even the guys that I let run the call after the competition asked what kind of chalk was on there? They all said the same thing that Quaker Boy used to be some of the best chalk on the market?