Random thoughts....posted at random.
|Posted by Lonehowl on May 10, 2019 at 9:50 PM|
Revamping the line a bit, new toneboards and new colors. Couple of redesigned models as well. Slow going and trying to get my casting a little better.
Green and Red Sweetpeas..
|Posted by Lonehowl on April 28, 2019 at 8:00 PM|
Been busy with other projects, but had to fill an order for a few Sweetpeas and Deuces. Got a few turned up.
|Posted by Lonehowl on February 9, 2019 at 8:05 PM|
So I got in my head recently that I was going to have a couple new toneboards made. I had some plans drawn up for machining and 3D printing, and had both done. The 3D printing was fun. I had them done in low res and a high res version for kicks. I had several configurations made, and although they are all good, I decided just to do it myself with my metal lathe and mini-mill. I have made hundreds of toneboards by hand, and take some pride in that, so I did my thing.
I wanted a little wider board for the Deathpunch, so I did a full 3/4" board. After molding, I will usually dovetail those a bit to make them a little more narrow toward the tip. I milled a 5/32" air channel in it, then cut the ramp/curve on a rotary table. In the end though, I ended up doing that part by hand...and it came out great. I like my calls to have some power,..as in being able to get good volume and rasp in the middle and at the base of the reed without having the call cut out or collapsing a lung..as well a some finesse at the tip. I like an easy blowing call that you can control...which imo makes a call enjoyable to use. I ended up with a great board that does a lot of things well. Next Ill build some molds so I can make lots of boards. Although my original plan was to have these CNC machined...for now, I think Ill continue to mold them in my shop by hand right now. I have no idea why I torture myself tinkering with and making these damn things.
The Sweetpea and Deuce will have updated boards as well, still sticking with the 1/2" size. I also have a little howler in the works.
Anways, thats whats up with the open reeds at this point.
Some low res 3D printed boards, I didnt like this style really, but they are great after they are cleaned up...but I may use it in the future for something. (They make great cow elk calls .)
A couple pics of the Deathpunch board in progress, in no particular order and obviously not finished.
|Posted by Lonehowl on November 25, 2018 at 5:35 PM|
Couple more old style enclosed reeds. Arizona mesquite and cherry.
|Posted by Lonehowl on November 23, 2018 at 3:15 AM|
Fun to make...simple cottontail screamer...Circe style.
|Posted by Lonehowl on November 18, 2018 at 6:25 PM|
This is the first one of this style. Ive always liked the scalloped lip rest of those old calls, along with the simple shape. Ive added a coaxer to the barrel of mine, and the internals are the same as my other wood enclosed reeds. This one aint perfect...the coaxer reed is not perfectly inline with the lip rest, its a tiny bit off center. I built a couple of jigs to line things up but looks like Ill have to tweak em a little. All in all though, it turned out perty good. Might post it for sale?
|Posted by Lonehowl on October 20, 2018 at 8:00 PM|
|Posted by Lonehowl on October 19, 2018 at 12:45 PM|
|Posted by Lonehowl on October 17, 2018 at 3:40 AM|
Love turning wood...
Camaru and blackwood...getting ready to get sleeves and reeds istalled.
|Posted by Lonehowl on August 26, 2018 at 6:10 PM|