Category Archives: Past lives

Bird carving

During the 1980s for a short time I got into bird carving. Most of the carving was done with a rotary shaft machine and a hot knife. Then the birds were painted with acrylic artist colors. I probably carved between … Continue reading

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sorting 2x4s

One of my earliest memories was sitting on a pile of dirt and watching a bunch of guys digging a hole with long handle shovels. It was in the early 1950s, I think 1952 and the men were all of … Continue reading

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Duck Calls 2

I received a question about how a duck call works, so I am posting a brief explanation of what I know about the subject. I’ve been away from call making for at least 20 years so this is old information … Continue reading

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Duck Calls

In the US prior to 1935 market hunting was a big business. Hunters used punt guns, bait and live decoys in order to take as many ducks as possible for the commercial market. While mechanical duck calls were known as … Continue reading

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An odd way to play the Harmonica

In the 1970s I was a member of the  Guild of American Luthiers, I was building guitars, banjos, dulcimers and doing all the instrument repairs for 7 music stores. One day, one of the shops calls me up and say’s, … Continue reading

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