Henderson takes calling to birds
by Rory Doyle
Sep 04, 2012 | 1821 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shane Henderson of Cleveland has been designing a variety of hunting calls, including duck and turkey.
Shane Henderson of Cleveland has been designing a variety of hunting calls, including duck and turkey.
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The skill of handcrafting quality hunting calls has been passed down for three generations in Shane Henderson's family.

The Clevelander has been making a name for himself amidst the local hunting scene because of his intricate designs of duck, turkey, geese and deer game calls.

"Seeing my dad and uncle work on duck calls really caught my attention," said Henderson. "For years I've been interested in trying to do it and a year ago a friend of mine helped me get all the tools."

Henderson, who also works at the Cleveland Park Commission, has had enough interest in his calls to operate a small business, fittingly known as Henderson's Hobby Gamecalls.

He first drew customers by designing turkey calls.

"I started working on turkey boxes using cedar, maple and black walnut wood," he said. "Each call has a little bit of a different sound depending on the wood and design.

"I had people ask me to make bigger boxes, so I built one out of solid black walnut. I design these with a lid and handle and then drill press the center. Then I use a router to edge them."

Henderson has focused on duck calls recently as duck hunting season begins this month.

The wood used to design the calls comes from across the globe.

"I order my wood from a company but it comes from all over the world," said Henderson. "I use different types from Africa, Australia, the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.

"Exotic wood can get really expensive, so there's only so many types we can use. I'm tying to keep it to where anyone can afford them and still have a very good sounding duck call."

Henderson said it takes him about two hours to complete a duck call, requiring his patience to spin, design, weatherproof and buff each piece individually.

"I do each order one-by-one and every call is unique with no two exactly the same. Some might look alike, but no two are identical."

His commitment to quality and detail has gained recognition in Cleveland and surrounding states.

"I already have my calls for sale in the Outdoorsmen in Cleveland, 3 Way in Merigold and even a store in Indianapolis, Ind.

"I've shipped my products to Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas and all around Mississippi."

Besides crafting the game calls Henderson also designs wooden storage boxes with brackets and carpet to carry and protect the calls.

These are often decorated with wildlife patterns, college team logos and camouflage.

He also creates colorful key chains made from extra pieces of duck call materials.

"I'm trying to go out and make different things for people to see and enjoy," Henderson said. "What I really want to do in the future is open up my own hunting store and sell the calls and other stuff I make.

"The store would also have hunting clothes, boots and anything hunting-wise that you want. Hopefully soon I'll be able to open up and provide all of that."

Until his store opens, interested customers can shop his selection at www.facebook.com/hendersons.hobby.

"You can see everything I make on my Facebook page or give me a call at 662-719-7418 to come by and see what we have."