Calls is a hobby gone wild. While hunting turkey in 1989 with an
old friend they came across a lone Tom along the bluffs of the Ohio
River in Indiana. Each hunter had a box call and each call was different.
Kind of like Brand A and Brand B. John was amazement in that his
call provoked the old Tom into sharp gobbles every time he called
to the bird. His friends call, although well played did nothing
to get the Tom to answer. As we all know, the situation may be different
the next day but it still raised his curiosity as to why.
During the winter of 1990 John began to suffer
from a bad case of cabin fever. It was now two hunting seasons since
that memorable day and he found himself spending allot of time wondering
about that call. John remembered seeing a recent video where the
hunter discussed and used a silent dog whistle to help locate Toms.
His ideas about the pitch of a call became more intense and very
much confirmed. It isn't just noise in the woods but the pitch of
the noise that effects the turkeys. It was off to the wood shop
to make a better mousetrap or turkey call in this case.
a background of playing an acoustic guitar John started by thinking
of the instruments design. If the hole is covered the guitar still
produces a tone but not to the extent that it does with the center
hole open. Converting this to the box call he figures that the sound
changes as the box closes. He cut the lid with a V shape so that
as it was closed there could be a way for the tones to come out.
The call went through a number of modifications and changes that
resulted in a more compact design and a call that could produce
a variety of sounds. While in school a teacher once said, Perfection
is a revision. John came to believe the comment. After a while
he settled in on his design. The call that he came up with will
yelp softly or aggressively, it can cut and cackle and it will purr
as good as any top of the line slate call. What makes it a real
nice call is that all this is done with just one hand. So the Kaelin
Calls Squeeze Box was born.
calls are made from Cherry, Walnut and Mahogany or any combination
of these woods as desired by the customer. John will also make calls
out of special woods or supplied woods.
Be sure to check this one out. Contact John
for more information. John Kaelin lives in Indiana and guides turkey
hunts in Kentucky and Georgia. He does turkey-hunting seminars and
is dedicated to his hunting. He also enjoys woodworking and playing
Blue Grass music as a hobby.