Steve Cook is a new call maker he is no stranger to waterfowl hunting
and calls. Since he was just a young boy in the 60s his father
would take him along on his hunting trips afield. Steve comments
that he has always been fascinated with calls and over the years
has collected boxes of them. Steve lives in Hartselle Alabama with
his wife and daughter.
It was around 1990 that Steve started to collect
hand made custom calls. It was an "Old Suzie" duck call
by Clem Blackburn and a copy of Howard Harlans book on duck
calls that prompted him to believe he could do this himself. He
set his expectations on the goal of making his own calls and not
just collecting them. With a musical background as a tool and a
real interest in woodworking Steve set out to make his own call.
Several months were spent creating his own tone board. It needed
to be an original design. Steve did not want to just copy another
call makers efforts.
design for Giden Custom Calls is an Arkansas style caller with a
single reed. Each call is brass banded and pinned into place. When
properly blown they make all the sounds that one would associate
with a duck.
Wood selection is extensive and Steve uses
both local species as well as exotics in making his calls. A few
he lists are, but not limited to: Cocobolo, Figured Maples, African
Blackwood, Osage Orange, Zebrawood, Red Cedar and Bubinga, In addition
calls are also make from various colored acrylics. Steve does not
do any fancy carving or painting on his calls at this time but does
offer a decorative checkering. This is an option on his calls and
offered on a limited basis. Take the time to contact him about this
feature if interested.
Steve makes calls as a hobby and as a result
has a limited number of calls he produces each year. Between his
full time job as an electrician and his family the current production
is limited to about 30 calls annually at this time.