of custom turkey calls look for a variety of things when adding
to their collection. Common elements include sound quality; call
assembly, and wood characteristics. But finishing touches and uniqueness
is what separates the average call from the high end. John Parkers
Artistically Crafted calls are a definite must have for collectors
looking to add a unique piece to their collection.
Born and raised in the hills of West Virginia,
John was influenced by two factors. First the close bond he had
with his brothers and also his love of the great outdoors, both
of which lead him to start hunting and making turkey calls. Johns
call making began some 20 years ago when he built his first wingbone
call from the wingbones of the first gobbler he bagged. To this
day that call still hangs in his collection.
was in the early 80s after a move to Trenton Ohio that John
met an old turkey hunter and call maker by the name Dave Hingsbergen.
Hingsbergen who preferred old suction type calls, took notice of
Johns talent in artwork and asked him to repair some cracked
wingbone calls he had made. John painted a picture of a turkey over
the cracks and from that day forward a solid friendship had started.
Through the years Hingsbergen encouraged John to try his hand a
different types of calls and now John and Dave regularly find themselves
sitting around the kitchen table and discussing new and different
time passed Hingsbergen convinced John to join the NWTF and consider
entering his calls in the yearly competitions that NWTF holds. Reluctant
at first, John took his advice and entered the 2001 NWTF national
decorative call competition. Johns calls were an instance
success with the judges where he took 3rd place in the air operated
and honorable mention with three other calls. In 2002 Johns
turkey calls made an even greater impression. John took 1st place
in the carved and painted box category, 1st in the turtle shell,
2nd in the locator and 2nd in the air operated.
currently makes and sells three types of calls (painted wingbones,
field grade box calls and carved and collector calls). Calls are
often made on commission and he makes approximately 100 calls a
year. He enjoys spending time working with a variety of woods and
the unique characteristics they have to offer. His preferred wood
to work with is cherry, but he is always open to suggestion from
customers. John makes calls under the name Artistically Crafted
Calls, a name that is perfect fit for the quality and detail
that goes into these fine masterpieces.