Sellers was born and raised in Cloverdale Tennessee located just
outside of Obion. Duck hunting for the Sellers family seemed part
of the norm and at the early age of 10, Johnny starting duck hunting
with his father and uncles on the Obion bottoms and Reelfoot Lake.
While growing up Johnny learned just how fortunate he was to live
close to such a historical place as Reelfoot. Reelfoot, known for
the abundance of waterfowl that visit it every year and the great
names of call makers such as Glodo, Cochran and Turpin would through
the years make an impression in Johnnys mind.
the first time Johnnys grandfather hung a duck call over his
crib Johnny took an interested in these fine musical instruments.
Of course back then duck calls were just merely a loud toy to play
with. But as time went by he began to understand the purpose of
these instruments and why his father and uncles treated them with
such care. Now thirty years later Johnny finds himself following
in the footsteps of these great call makers whose names are often
associated with Reelfoot Lake and the place he grew up hunting around.
Johnny has been making calls since 1994. Prior
to starting he worked on perfecting a jig that he would use for
his calls. Johnny states it took some time but after 3 iterations
of making jigs he finally found one he liked. His unique style of
calls is modeled after the checkering and carving that is found
on many of the old Reelfoot duck calls. Johnny gives credit to the
old style custom call maker EL Quinn who taught him how to become
proficient in checkering and carving.
Johnny makes several styles of calls that include Reelfoot Lake
metal reed and also 11/16 big bore Arkansas Style. All of his calls
are hand made in either single reed, which is his most popular,
or double reed. Plain style, brass banded, 2 panel checkered 4 panel
checkered and carved are just a few of the styles that can be requested
when customers order. His favorite wood to work with is grandillo,
but others include, walnut, cherry, bodac, persimmon, ebony and
purpleheart. Each call is also signed and dated. Johnny produces
around 150 to 200 calls annual and he is always open to special
request by customers who give him advanced notice.