Porter Custom Calls was started in 2006 by me William M. Porter
due to increased demand for my custom turkey box calls. Since a small boy I have loved the outdoors particularly hunting,
fishing and trapping small game and have been hunting 57 years with
firearms. For more than four (4) decades I have been involved with
wood working and metal working related to stringed musical instruments;
e.g., banjo, mandolin and acoustic guitar and hunting climbing apparatus
(Foot Climber Tree Stands). Go to the
Biography page for additional information.
DO NOT make copies, fakes or reproduction calls of other call
makers present and past and that includes the late great Neil Cost.
I have also strived to stay away from other call
maker's signature designs but some overlapping of generic features subject
to public domain are inevitable such as basic lid radius, lid
ornaments/decorations and shape and call body side angle.
Porter Custom Calls feature a unique and
novel torpedo nose tapered sound
chamber with the inside wall thickness of the sound boards curved and
thinner in the middle than at the top leading edge for superior sound
allowing the call to direct and reflect sound waves farther similar to a
parabolic dish antenna.
Porter Custom Calls
will not inlay various parts of the human anatomy that are considered
indecent, obscene and offensive or copyrighted logos and registered
trademarks of others.
Calls are not only beautiful to look at, easy to use, in other
words user friendly and ergonomically
Porter Custom Calls have the ability to lure
wild turkeys within gun range when in capable hands
resulting in a rewarding
hunt. Visit the Photo
Gallery section of this website for a sampling of turkeys harvested.
A Porter Custom Call such as our North Carolina
"Limited Edition" Custom Deluxe will make an excellent addition to your
box call collection or a special one of a kind presentation
Some call makers are advertising one piece
call bodies but if using a drill press or any power tool to remove call body
(cavity) material, that call
in reality is not hand hewn. I would welcome a CNC router or laser of which
I do not have to aid in the quick removal of “waste” material on a call body
but instead use conventional tools such as router, drill press, table saw,
router table, cut off saw, planer, jointer, carving station, sanding stations, palm sanders
and yes hand tools such as chisels, rasps, files, gouges, carving tools,
etc. The inference is that a hand hewn call is superior in
construction and produces a better sound than a call that is machine carved
or routed but is subject to much debate and opinion but
of test wood cells and fibers along with audio frequency analysis cannot
validate such views.
Machine carvers and routers do impart certain
to the wood cells that hand tools such as a chisels and knives cannot
accomplish. There is a valid case for musical instruments including box calls that have
the soundboards "stress relieved" in the
with "special tuning" and component configuration allowing the wood to vibrate or
flex in a controlled predictable manner. This is not a
new technique but centuries old of which the wheel has been
merely re-invented with the aid of modern technology mainly the personal
NOTE: Call base is integral part of the call body and
not glued in place.
Pix of my field grade “Dual Hens” model call
with inlaid # 4 wood purfling and Eagle medallion.
Click on turkey icon to hear sound file.
Call available in Butternut, Black Walnut, Sassafras,
Mahogany and Poplar with cedar lid.
Pix of one of my North Carolina “Limited Edition”
Custom Deluxe calls:
Click on turkey icon to hear sound file.
Eastern Red Cedar lid inlaid with Mother of Pearl Dogwood
blossom with Green Abalone Pearl center and the North Carolina State outline
is done in Red Abalone Pearl with strutting turkey in Green Abalone Pearl
with etching/engraving for feather detail.
Check out the
Products section and look under
Shop Pixs for custom inlays designs on the drawing board.
My one piece carved box call bodies are roughed out and
allowed to acclimate or age for about a year before any final tuning. I
keep a good supply of various woods on hand in this pre-tuned condition. I
personally believe it makes a difference in the final sound of the call and
most calls do get better with age! The delivery time of my field grade
call is around two to four weeks or longer and one to
two years for a custom deluxe call depending on how much inlay you
desire. Calls are first sealed with sanding sealer and a coat of satin
lacquer applied. I have found the less finish applied, the call has
response, sensitivity, volume, tone and timbre with all things being equally
compared to a non-finished call. The inside of the
torpedo nose tapered sound chamber has very little finish only a
light coat of sealer which for the most part is scraped or sanded away at
critical areas affecting the call's resonance.
Pix of calls allowed to acclimate or age before any final tuning, etc.
and end view of my one piece carved call body calls.
This procedure is very time consuming and costly up front but the end
result is worth it. Most of the time, "You get what you pay for".
The second pix from the right of a few well known custom call makers calls used in my
Research and Development although I do not make a long box or fence post
type call. The pix on the far right is an end view of my call checking
the sound before the wood purfling inlays are added.
My standard Field Grade “Dual Hens” call is
$300.00 plus 15.00 shipping and $ 21.00 NC Sales Tax for a total cost of $
336.00. Money back guarantee (less shipping
charges) if not satisfied provided call is returned prepaid and in undamaged
The North Carolina “Limited Edition” Custom Deluxe
call pictured above start at $500.00 which requires a $50.00 non-refundable
deposit. Prices and delivery time subject to change without notice.
This call is no longer available!
I maintain a small inventory of my "field grade" calls for immediate shipment, so
I do not ship orders
outside of the USA.
Price and specifications subject to change without
Pix of Bill Porter taken in 2006 drilling a hole into a box call lid for the
installation of standard Eagle medallion and laying out a custom mother of
pearl inlay pattern. It has been many years since doing any serious
custom inlay work but it is like riding a bicycle, it is coming back
Page updated 06-01-15 by Bill aka Mickey Porter.