Glory Custom Calls
and Patrick were both born and raised in Harrodsburg KY and today
still reside in this same hometown. Kehl is currently employed as
a full time Firefighter/Paramedic and Patrick works for one of the
local Industries. This duo, with 35 years of hunting experience
between them are no strangers when it comes to wild game. Both are
dedicated deer, turkey, waterfowl and small game hunters, and like
many folks would rather spend their time in the outdoors if time
would afford it.
avid sportsmen, it didnt take long for Kehl and Patrick to
discover that mass-produced turkey calls were not going to cut it
when it came to calling in wild turkey. After trying a variety of
off-the-shelf brands both brothers decided it was time to venture
out and build one that incorporated the sound and style they were
looking for. Thus the Mornings Glory Custom Calls brand came into
existence in 2004.
As with any new business, there are always
obstacles to overcome and for Kehl and Patrick there were so many
it often lead to great frustration. First, just learning to work
with wood on a lathe seemed to be their greatest challenge as neither
brother had this type of experience or background. Learning the
characteristics of various woods and figuring out how to work the
different grain patterns also seemed to be a thorn in their side.
Couple these factors and what would be a settled upon design, the
brothers often wondered, was there light at the end of the tunnel?
However, patience and practice is every call makers test and over
the course of time these technicalities of call making would become
fewer and fewer.
Mornings Glory Custom Calls prides itself with the introduction
of several friction calls, which produce the sounds, and true tone
both brothers looked for in a custom call. Available surfaces include:
SINGLE GLASS glass/glass or glass/slate; SINGLE SLATE
slate/slate or slate/glass; And even SINGLE CRYSTAL. Available woods
include: black walnut, Osage orange, American cherry, purple heart,
maple, red & white oak, cocobolo, hackberry, zebrawood, mahogany
and many other species of wood ranging from exotics to domestics.
Mornings Glory call is built one at a time and 100% handmade meaning
they are free hand turned on a wood lathe and hand assembled. Each
call comes standard with a one-piece hand turned hard maple striker.
Matching strikers can be made available at the customers request.
Those customers looking to add that sense of personalization can
personalize their calls with a picture of themselves, a bird or
anything they desire. Other products available include custom 1-piece
strikers from a wide selection of both domestic and exotic wood
and Patrick produce approximately 200 calls each year. This quantity
is about the right number to keep them busy in the shop and prevent
them from being over run with orders. They primarily focus call-making
efforts on producing field grade calls. Although collector grades
are appealing and they do build them on occasion for those customers
that request, they prefer making calls that will be used out in
the field. Nothing satisfies a call maker more than knowing their
calls were used to harvest a bird.
This 2006 season will be the first year Mornings
Glory calls have ever been entered into any type of call making
contest. Kehl and Patrick will be showing off their wares at the
upcoming NWTF National Call Makers show. CCO wishes them great success
this year and in future contests.