Wade Carpenter grew up in Berthoud, Colorado
and has been an avid duck and goose hunter since the age of nine.
Even before he could hold his first shotgun Wade recalls the countless
days that he often tagged along with his father to the blind. This
closeness and mentoring from his father allowed him to gain a true
respect for the outdoors, conservation and wildlife at an early
age. Today, Wade is an active member in an array of groups that
include the NRA, Delta Waterfowl, and his favorite the Hunting Retriever
interest in the art of call making started when he was just 12 years
old. Eager to learn, he often listening in on his fathers hunting
conversations about call makers and calls. It was conversations
like these that Wade thought to himself that he could make a call
of his own, and that is exactly what he did. His first prototype
involved threading a lag bolt into a piece of willow and attaching
that lag bolt to a drill press. Using the drill press as a lathe
he used the coarsest rasps that he could find in his dads workshop.
Slowly he began to whittle the wood down. He turned both the barrel
and insert, and then used a 5/8 wood bit to drill out the
centers. To finish the call he inserting the guts from an old faulks
duck call. After completion it was a true masterpiece, crude, poor
sounding and not much to look at. Wades newfound hobby convinced
his father that the purchase of a lathe was a must, especially if
that drill press was going to last much longer. Upon the purchase
of the lathe, Wade took it upon himself to start the process over
again and make a call for his 4H project at the local county fair
That year his project won Grand Champion in both the local and State
credits his father for the knowledge that he has gained over time.
As those years went by, Wade and his father worked side by side
to perfect their call making talent. Wade was the hands on person
while his father who also turned calls spent most of his time reading
up on techniques and processes. During that time Wade was fortunate
to have a call maker by the name of Tom Cox send his father a several
calls to use as examples. Wades first call were mimics of
Mr. Coxs calls but were crucial because they allowed him to
study and learn true dimensions involved with duck call making.
Over the years Wade has improved and modified his calls design and
sound, but only after overcoming the dreaded tone board obstacle.
Drilling, turning and finishing the calls has a certain amount of
science involved but these steps dont require fancy equipment
as Wade puts it. However mastering the tone board is an art. Wades
major achievement was the ability to understand what affects the
sound, but it is a never-ending process and each day that goes by
he learns something new.
Today, Wade has focused most of his attention
on his own line of hunting grade calls or meat calls
as he likes to call them. These calls are made from a variety of
woods that include, Pink Ivory, Coca bolo, and Ebony to name a few.
He also enjoys working with acrylics. All calls both wood and acrylic
are hand turned and tuned personally by Wade. None of his calls
are generated on CNC equipment and he prefers it that way. Wades
calls are high quality with an emphasis in performance. Each call
is designed to handle the everyday rigors of a waterfowl hunt and
be ready for the next one. Most recently Wade has started working
on a competition call, a collectors edition call and even
a new short reed goose call all of which are in prototype stage.
Wade hopes to have these new calls completed in the near future.
Call making for Wade is currently a hobby, however if requests for
his calls continue as they have in the past he might just change
Other significant accomplishments by Wade
are his design and creation of his own mandrel system which he markets
and sells through his website. Wade also sells a variety of other
call making tools, woods and acrylics. So make sure you stop by
and visit him at the Webfoot Custom Calls website.