Box Call Making

Do you create your own turkey calls? This is the place for you. Share techniques, offer tips and post photos of your creations.
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Re: Box Call Making

Postby kygobbler » June 15th, 2013, 11:34 am

When I dry out the cape I use borax also but its not the type you get in the laundry aisle. The laundry type of borax is way too fine in my opinion. The borax I get is from where I work and its rougher and gritter (the best way to describe it). When I pour the borax on the cape I will rub it in lightly and then pretty much dump a bunch on top of it. I will have a good inch or more on top of it. I will leave them like that for atleast 5 weeks before I do anything to them.

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If you notice in the pic on the lower body part, that's about how much borax I use on each one. I made a jake fan last year to put in a decoy. I have abused that fan and it hasn't fallen apart yet (knock on wood). Also, my first attempt on a cape that I did a couple of years ago is still holding up and looking like it did when I made it. Besides the borax I don't do anything special to them. I'm sure there is something that will help the hide last longer but I don't know what that might be.
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Re: Box Call Making

Postby retranger » June 15th, 2013, 9:40 pm

I guess it may be the spray ,,,, but none of the fellows around here have had very good luck just drying the tail. I redid one of mine by removing the feathers one by one and pinned them in the shape I wanted and fastened them all together. I can have a completed fan in about 4 hours. Have done several for all the fellows around here. I'm sure they would hold up well in a decoy also. This is one I did using the whole leg instead of cutting the spurs out of the leg.
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Re: Box Call Making

Postby kygobbler » June 16th, 2013, 12:04 pm

Nice turkey fan, Doug. I like the color of his base feathers. I like how you have the brass on the end of the legs. I wouldn't have thought the legs would have fit.

Have you ever tried using modge podge on the legs before? Modge podge is a clear glue that is usually used to hold puzzles together. If you use it on the legs it will really bring out the color.
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Re: Box Call Making

Postby retranger » June 16th, 2013, 5:50 pm

Thanks for the compliment!! I have never used that modge podge, never even heard of it. I will have to see if I can locate some. That was the first one I did with the whole leg like that. I usually just cut about a one inch section of the leg out with the spur and thread them on one of those elastics that the girls hold their pony tail with then hook the beard/shell on one end and the other to the plaque. Thanks for the tip.
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Re: Box Call Making

Postby kygobbler » June 16th, 2013, 8:28 pm

If you go to Wally World, go to the craft section and it will be in there. I will try and find the bottle tomorrow and post a pic if what it looks like.
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Re: Box Call Making

Postby kygobbler » June 17th, 2013, 4:30 pm

I got the name wrong its Mod Podge. Here is a pic of the bottle and some spurs that I used it on.

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Re: Box Call Making

Postby retranger » June 17th, 2013, 8:49 pm

Ok,,,,, found it will pick some up when we get to the store again. What did you think of the way I do the fans???? I suspect you could do a fan that way then attached the cape and be able to cover the seam with feathers.
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Re: Box Call Making

Postby kygobbler » June 17th, 2013, 9:43 pm

I really do like the way you did it. I'm going to give it a try this fall whether its on a hen or a gobbler. As far as time wise, 4 hours compared to 5+ weeks, your way is much faster. If you do the tail fan your way, it should be no problem using a hot glue gun to attach it and the body section together.
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Re: Box Call Making

Postby gooseberry » June 18th, 2013, 6:00 pm

Are you going to post the steps to making a box call?

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Re: Box Call Making

Postby retranger » June 18th, 2013, 9:09 pm

Gooseberry look at the threads "making turpin steps 1 through 5 :shock: :shock

Kygobbler I think it would work, just have to wait for the cape to dry unless you did one of those simple tanning methods??
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