Poeschel was born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin near Lake Michigan.
Waterfowling is a popular activity there and ducks are plentiful.
This fact and a love of birds in general sparked a desire to carve
birds and decoys as an art form. Dennis is a competitive decoy maker
and competes on the IWCA show circuit with his work. He has won
many ribbons and best of show awards over the years and has his
work featured in major magazines and newspapers around the country.
His love of ducks lead to an interest in duck
hunting and from that the calls associated with waterfowling. "The
more I looked at duck calls the more I wanted to try my artist hand
at them". Having a strong design and engineering background
he felt he could build a better mouse trap (or duck call in this
case). "I know of nobody
that made their own calls that could offer me words of wisdom for
getting started". Dennis went back to his college physics books
and other books on woodwind instruments (reed instruments) from
the local library for information. With the study of sound waves
and a solid understanding of fluid motion (air is considered a fluid
) he was able to understand what was needed in making the call do
what he wanted it to do. Many months were spent fine tuning the
designs until one day he hit upon that perfect call sound that he
was looking for.
"Time is always a problem, and with a
love of both carving and call making it limits my production. Call
making is an avocation and restricted to evenings and weekends.
I have a full time job running a manufacturing facility for a fortune
200 firm. Although this requires extensive time and commitment the
call making and bird carving is a great outlet to relieve the daily
All calls are the Arkansas style using a mylar
plastic reed. Dennis has designed several calls allowing him to
best fit the needs of the hunter to the requirements for the calls
use. To best fit a call he requests the following: How it will be
used? Will the hunter be in open water or flooded timber? How loud
of a call is desired? Is the person an experienced caller? Will
the call be used as a competition call? A few minutes on the phone
allows him to get the information needed to fit the person to the
call. "Calls are like guns in that we all have our favorites
and value different features as being more important".
custom quality call does not come out of a box and fit every hunter
and every situation the same. The best chance Dennis has in making
a person a call that they see as having a great value for the money
is to talk with that person and then make the call with them in
Goose calls are made with the same approach
as are my duck calls. Each is made for the hunter based on needs
and ability. Three designs are available. Closed chamber call, a
semi-flute with an extended reed and a full flute with a short reed.
The closed chamber call is an old standby
design and style for those hunters who dont wish to learn
using a flute style. The semi flute is an easy blowing call and
has a great tone. The full flute is a total range call that an experienced
caller will really love. It covers all the bases and has a very
mellow tone quality.
All the woods used are of the finest quality.
Highly figured woods are purchased from across the country in an
effort to offer not only a functional call but one of real beauty
as well. Dennis will use both domestic as well as imported exotic
woods. Dennis stocks over 24 different woods at any one time and
is always purchasing more. Call for details on special requests
or to find out just what is available.
In almost all cases the calls are finished
using an oil/urethane hand rubbed finish. This soaks deeply into
the wood and offers years of protection. Three or more coats are
applied and allowed to soak and dry between applications. Both internal
and external surfaces are finished to insure a life time of quality
really enjoy making the fancier calls as well as the more traditional
hunting style call. Fancy calls include detailed carvings, laminations
and checkering (not always all on the same call). Although production
is limited commissions are accepted and done as time allows. Prices
for these calls are set based on the amount of time and detail placed
into each piece.
In 1996 one of my carved calls won "First
Place Honors" in the International Call Makers Show sponsored
by Landmarks Gallery located in Milwaukee, WI.
These calls are designed and tuned to the
exact same tone standards as all my hunting calls. Just because
the call is made more for show then to work the purpose of the call
is of foremost importance. The detail in the carving and finishing
is meant for the collector . These are not designed for field use
in that they often contain fine detail work and painting that could
be rubbed or worn from the call over time from excessive handling".