Terminology, Care and Information
Wood that is CORRECTLY stabilized for a duck call blank is impregnated with a chemical stabilizing agent that completely infuses the fiber of the wood and then turns into a solid when it is cured. The purpose of the stabilizing is to make the wood more durable than it would be naturally, and to lessen the chance of the wood shrinking or expanding. This helps to prevent material warping or cracking.
Stabilizing does NOT make the wood bulletproof or WATERPROOF. Stabilizing does gives the wood the ability to hold up much better over time. You can still mess up a stabilized wood call, you just have to try harder.
The process for stabilizing wood for use in a duck call is as follows;
Blocks of dry wood are placed into a tank.
The tank is sealed and placed under a vacuum.
The stabilizing agent is released into the tank which is kept under a vacuum.
After a designated amount of time the vacuum is released and the tank is pressurized.
When done properly the stabilizing agent completely infuses the wood fiber.
Next the infused blocks undergo a heat curing process.
This curing process changes the stabilizing agent from a liquid into a solid.
Stabilization allows us to use woods that once would never have been able to be used for a call due to the fact that the wood is either too soft or in the case of spalted wood..too punky. Stabilization also allows us to add color to most woods the enhance the wood`s appearance and luster.
All blanks used by RMC are professionally stabilized!!!!!!
WE ONLY ACCEPT STABILIZED BLANKS FROM K&G OR WSSI!!!!!!!!
RMC offers two different finishes on wood calls, CA and Velvit Oil. Both have advantages and disadvantages, much like any finish, but both are proven.
CA which is short for cyanoacrylate or as most people would know it...super glue. Yes the stuff you`ve glued your fingers together with on more than one occasion (happens here daily). CA is very strong, sticks to just about anything, clear, and buffs to a mirror if you`re willing to spend the time and can take a pretty good beating. But CA also has a dark side...it is brittle and if dropped or beaten around in the blind it will chip. No way around this and this is the very reason RMC recommends using a CA finish on your collector grade calls. Nothing looks worse than a beautiful wooden call all chipped and dinged up.
Velvit Oil is formulated to achieve deep penetration into the wood. The pigment combined with Velvit Oil penetrates together. In the curing process, the wood fibers are hardened and reinforced beneath the surface. This also bonds the color in, producing a beautiful, color-fast and durable finish. Velvit oil produces a soft natural look to your wood call while adding the needed protection against UV fading, cracking, peeling and moisture. RMC recommends a Velvit Oil finish on all hunting calls.
Care and Cleaning
RMC highly recommends laying all wooden calls on their side or leave them hanging from your lanyard after use to allow to fully dry. Wood, even stabilized will absorb moisture and swell. Simply allow the calls to hang from your lanyard in a dry, warm (not hot) area. DO NOT keep your wood call in your vehicle. Temperatures in your vehicle during the summer are extremely HOT and in the winter they are cold. Heat will cause your call to swell and crack and the cold will cause the moisture in your call to freeze and crack as well.
To clean a call finished in CA, simply buff the finish with a clean 100% cotton cloth. Never use any solvents such as alcohol, mineral spirts or acetone.
To clean a call finished in Velvit Oil we recommend buffing the call with a 100% cotton cloth with quality wood oil.
To clean calls made from acrylic simply wash them in a sink using warm water and soap using a 100% cotton cloth.
At times we are asked to build calls out of materials that are not suitable to be used for a tone board (part of the call that holds the reed and cork). Burls, soft woods, cross cut woods, pitted or some spalted woods simply either won`t hold up, have voids in them, or in the case of cross cut woods have ridges running horizontally. Tone boards must be straight grain materials that are solid. When a material such as these is requested we offer the option of sleeving a call. In other words we place a more suitable material, either straight grain wood, acrylic or similar through the insert to where all one sees when the call is assembled is the beautiful material the customer requested. To see the sleeve one simply just needs to pull the insert out from the barrel.
Here is a sample... The customer requested a Curly Cottonwood. Some woods can not be used for the tone board so we sleeved this particular call with Fluorescent Pink.