well LB,Thanks for asking for the explaination......i was waiting to be (egged on)
...Ok,first of all the striker(s) are used to scratch the Pennsylvania Deep Mined Slate surface(gray surface)Look in the secound pic and see the scratch mark on the surface where I gave it a go.It does take practice but it's also one of the easier designs to become fluent with.(I'm trying not to turn this into an "epic novel"
)and the holes you are looking at are the sound ports(the bottom of the call),see, the inside is turned in such a fashion to create the best tones that resonate off the glass soundboard which is glued in place on a pedestal and these holes or soundports resonate the sound to a distance,to call in the all elusive "Tom".I tried doing something different with this call but not sure I like it.I spun the call at about 1200 rpm's and laid 400g sandpaper to the laquer finish to cause the laquer to break down alittle and cause streaks along the edge.Then I lacquered it again.This is obvious in the pic and to me looks like it wasn't sanded enough when in fact I went right down through the grits.The purpose of this was to get alittle more grip on the call where you hold it.My calls get abit slick and guy's cry when they drop'em.of course they blame the slick finish
.So,there are 3 pieces to the call.The pot(Madrone Burl),the 3.25"scratch surface(slate),and a 2.75"x 1/8" piece of glass.I hope this helps!! and Thanks for looking guys.Aren't those lone flocks amazing to watch John? I can watch them for days....and do!
LB,I couldn't help the Turkey thing
and I can take a good "razing" too,so please do not hold back
One more thing that LB made me think about,the Eastern Wild Turkey's a rather "gamey" dish and the only real edible part is the breast.