people would give their teeth to have the country to hunt where
Scott calls home along with is wife and two sons. He and his family
live near the French Broad River in east Tennessee at the foothills
of the Smoky Mountains. The area is abundant with wildlife, especially
the Eastern Wild Turkey.
Like most custom call makers Scott has a talent
for woodworking. So much so that its how he makes his living.
Hes a specialty subcontractor that installs interior trim
and unique curved staircases and arch work. Its a skill level
like this that he now brings to custom turkey call making.
The box call Scott makes has a few special
design ideas that make it different from most calls. Scott uses
and overhand strike when playing his calls and his custom call features
a flat lid design that allows this type of call to be easily played.
He feels this design gives the hunter more control when calling
and at the same time requires less movement then other calls.
these calls are make they need to play before they are even chalked.
If it plays without being chalked Scott knows its a quality
caller and will only improve when properly prepared. If they dont
play the lids are replace till they are right. If two or three lids
dont do the trick the call is scrapped. Each call made is
numbered and dated with the year it is made. At the beginning of
each year the numbering sequence starts over again with one and
the year. Scott also keeps a detailed log of the calls made for
his records including the types of woods used, the finish he used
on the call and any interesting notes he feels are unusual about
All Scotts calls are hand made, tuned
and production is limited. He will make between 50 and 100 calls
annually. His favorite woods are Walnut and Wormy Chestnut or an
all Mahogany box. Mahogany is the only imported wood that he will
use. The wood needs to speak for itself in his calls and he does
not offer any special carving, painting or other decorations.