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Old 04-03-2009, 02:29 AM   #1
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This is my 5th call that I've made from a turtle shell that I've found on my place in Morgan County. I'm going to post a somewhat step by step account on how to make your own from a turtle shell and a piece of slate from one on those small hand held chalk boards that were used in schools even before my time.
Here is the shell as it looked where I found it this winter while shed hunting.



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#1 Cleaned it up with some soap and water with a scrub brush inside and out.



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#2 Took it out to my shop and used my buffer on it with some coarse jewelers polish.

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#3 I took a piece of the slate and cut it oversized with a box cutter. You have to score it a few times for it to cut through. I took the shell and sanded the bottom of the shell flat on my belt sander so the slate will fit flush. I then used a good waterproof two part epoxy and glued the slate to the shell and let it dry overnight.

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#4 Here is a view of the oversized slate with excess epoxy. Don't hurt a thing to use to much epoxy.

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#5 I then took a piece of semi soft plastic (from an old cutting board) and formed a piece to help support the front edge of the slate. I notched the front edge of the shell so the plastic would fit in the notch and also notched the plastic so it would over lap the slate to protect it from breakage. I used the same epoxy again. I let that set overnight to dry.

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Looking good mm just found a great shell this year shed hunten guess I will have to give it a go making one or send the shell over to you? Might be the slow start of a new call maker so far like the IDEA and what I see:woot:
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#6 I carefully ran a bead of the epoxy around the edge of the slate for added strength and support. This also protects the edge of the slate from chipping. Sanded it down with 220 grit and buffed it on my buffer.

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#7 I compared it to my Vector and Poor Valley calls......Sounds just as good to me....but mine has a lot more variance in sound pitch depending on where I place the striker.

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#8 I took some dark wood stain and applied it to the shell and wiped off the excess. This darkened the shell quite a bit and filled in the grooves. I finished buffing the shell with some fine buffing compound. No wax at all.....just high gloss bone shining there. How does she look?



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