CA is basically super glue. It is meticulously applied in numerous layers, then wet sanded and buffed to a flawless shine. It is undoubtedly beautiful and shows off the grain and color of nice woods as good as any finish out there. The downside is that it is very hard, and like the paint on a car it will show fine scratches even if you're pretty careful with it. If it is taken afield on your lanyard, you should expect that it will really show some dings, chips and fine scratches after a season or two. My experience has been that ooh's and aah's eventually give way to "I should have chosen oil" after a few seasons. If you tell me that you want a CA finish, be prepared for me to twist your arm towards oil just because I don't want you to regret it down the road. If you're a collector and intend to display the call, I think you'll find that my CA finishes are as good as it gets. There is a $15 up-charge for CA finishes.
The call is soaked for a day or more in a blended oil that penetrates into the wood (or stabilized wood). Oil will make the colors pop and will protect non-stabilized woods from moisture. Since the oil penetrates the wood there is no coat of finish on the call that can chip, flake, peel or get scratched. My oil finish is very, very durable and is the finish I strongly suggest for calls that will be used in the field. It has a muted shine that looks great.
I offer two finishes on my wood and stabilized wood calls. The finish you choose will make a big difference in how your call looks when you get it, and how it will look years from now. This little section is to help you make a fully informed decision. If you opt for CA, expect me to try to talk you out of it.
Duck whistles are very effective for adding realism to your calling and for getting call-shy or working birds to commit. They're greatly underutilized by waterfowlers, which makes them even more effective for hunters that use them. When it is late in the season and the ducks have heard everyone north of them hail calling at the top of their lungs, the soft "dreeet" of a mallard drake grunt will get them to commit when they otherwise might not.
My whistles are the perfect gift for the waterfowler that has everything. He or she may have hundreds of dollars worth of calls on their lanyard, but they probably don't have a custom duck whistle. Odds are, they have a $12 molded plastic one. Those work fine, but they don't have the fine craftsmanship that the other calls on that lanyard probably do.
There's nothing to tune with these. No parts to lose or replace periodically. They are incredibly easy to use, and just take a whisper of air. They're an excellent way to let a kid (or a friend that can't call worth a darn) get involved in calling during the hunt, as opposed to just deferring to a more experienced caller. Experienced callers know that adding realism in a calling cadence can turn birds, and a whistle can do just that.
See the order/pricing page for pricing information.
Beware of imitations of my design that have hit the market in recent years. I'm not talking about other craftsmen that make whistles, most of which I consider friends, I'm talking about COPIES. Although I can't speak to their sound or build quality, someone that blatantly copies a well-established unique call design lacks the integrity or soul of a craftsman that should drive them to create their own unique whistle. I'm not the first to make a two hole duck whistle and I'm not the only option out there, but a couple of my design's features are very unique and easily recognizable. A couple of these people are quick to post on social media and the internet forums when someone inquires about my calls, in an effort to sell their own. That is something I would never consider doing to them, but that's just me. Let your conscience guide you on that matter. Own the original, not the imitation.
The following pictures illustrate many of the materials that I offer, but in no way are intended to represent EVERY material I have. I have hundreds of blanks, dozens and dozens of different woods, and numerous types of other material as well. Some blanks are totally unique and my inventory varies. Rest assured that when it is your turn to have your call built, you'll have a ton of materials to choose from. If you'd rather I choose, give me a little direction and I'll make the hard choices.
Now that you see you have a ton of choices, let's talk about sound. I generally tell people to buy for looks and let me take care of the sound. Unlike your average duck call, material has very little bearing on the sound that these whistles produce. Choose a material you like and I will make it sound like it should. You can expect that your whistle will have great low to high tonal range flexibility with very little air usage. Here is a link to a video I put together some time ago to demonstrate how the whistles are used. I need to do a new video...