think you will agree that ordering a call from John Gemmell will
make an interesting addition to any collection. You see, John is
from New Zealand. Calls known as an American folk art are quickly
becoming a worldwide commodity. New Zealand has long been known
as a haven for waterfowl hunting. They have excellent populations
of birds and minimal hunting pressures.
In addition to call making John Gemmell owns
and operates Riverview Lodge in Hanmer Springs. Keeping in mind
that the seasons are reversed in New Zealand they spend October
through March fishing for Brown trout. In March to July they hunt
Canada Geese. Their duck season opens in May. They hunt Mallards,
Spoonbills, Grey and Paradise ducks.
It was Johns interest in waterfowl hunting
and the lack of quality calls in New Zealand that got him interested
in making calls. That was 15 years ago. He started by making a call
to attack Paradise ducks. After developing and field testing his
call for more them 5 years he got what he was looking for and began
to market locally. John uses two local woods, Maire and New Zealand
Walnut. Marie is a special wood and one of the densest in the World.
The wood he uses is selected from logged trees that are aged between
400 and 800 years old.
wood is in great demand for its resonant qualities and used
in musical instruments. Marie can only be shipped from the country
as a finished product. It is endemic to New Zealand and prohibited
from export as lumber. John Gemmell is the only place to get a call
made from this unique wood. His walnut calls are available in two
A standard grade material and an exhibition
grade. This is some of the nicest Walnut available in the World
and has excellent figure and color. All Johns calls are signed.
John makes a Double reed Mallard call but
is soon to release a single reed and a goose flute. These two new
calls are being field tested now and will soon be available to the
If your looking for something interesting
and special for your collection you need to drop John a letter or
e-mail and get one of these calls. Im sure he would also be
very happy for helping you set up a special once in a life time
hunting trip that you will soon not forget.