Lumma's Custom Wingbone Calls
you ask Steve Lumma what he remembers about high school his answer
will most likly be, 9th grade science class. Now you might be wondering
why 9th grade and why science class of all things, after all, who
uses that stuff anyway. For Steve it wasn't so much the grade or
the science class, but instead his teacher's outdoors magazine that
had an article on making wing bones.
help you understand futher, the year prior Steve had just started
turkey hunting and at that time he was looking for any type of turkey
call he could get his hands on. Unfortuneatly money was tight, especially
for a 14 year old kid who didn't have a job. Needless to say that
article somehow found its way to his home and he has been making
wing bones ever since.
making calls easy at such a young age? Not by a long shot! In fact
Steve often wondered if he would be able to continue. Most folks
aren't aware but Steve was considered legally blind growing up.
He was born with a birth defect that left scaring and blistering
on the inside of his cornea. At age 11 he had already undergone
one corneal transplant in his left eye and was scheduled to have
the same procedure performed in his right eye when he turned 16.
Today he considers his ability to overcome this obsticle and still
be able to make calls as one of his biggest accomplishments in life.
you are fortunate to meet Steve you will also realize he is one
of those individuals who is artistically inclined. He loves working
on projects with his hands and imagination and often times he catches
himself becoming too much of a perfectionist. For some folks this
can become a problem, but not for Steve. Call making has become
the perfect full time hobby that meshes all of his strong points
and it is quite evident in the creative details one will find in
any of his wing bones he makes today.
makes calls to order for customers in both field and collector grade.
What is nice about his field grades calls are they are not just
your plain Jane 3 bones glued together. Steve invests a fair amount
of time in each one making the customer feel as if they have a one
of a kind call. However, his true talents reside in those one would
classify as show quality calls. On average, a show quality piece
can take anywhere between 10 and 20 hours of Steve's time and still
not be complete until all the parts are pulled together. Once the
finishing touches are applied the final product resembles what some
would consider a masterpiece. Its calls like these that give Steve
his greatest sense of satisfication.
In 2005 Steve entered his first wing bones
into the NWTF competion. Although he didn't place his work is starting
to gain noteriety in the call making community. If you're a collector
of wing bone calls or just want one to take to the field I encourage
you to contact Steve as his annual production of calls only ranges
from 30 to 50 a year. And while you have his ear be sure to ask
him if that wing bone article ever made its way back to his 9th
grade science teacher. My bet is that it still resides somewhere
in his shop today.