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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long have you been carving?
How do I order a carving?
How do I know if an item is available immediately, from the web?
Are all of your custom calls and birds "one of a kind, originals"?
Can I order a "special" carving, just to my specifications?
Do you carve on calls made by someone else?
Where can I see your work?  Do you have a gallery somewhere?
Where is your studio?
How long does it take to make a call?
How long does it take to make a bird?

When I order a carving, when will I receive it?

How long have you been carving?
I have been carving since I was a teenager, about thirty eight years.  Please look at my "Who is Kent" page, for more biographical information.

 

How do I order a carving?
Ordering is easy.  Please click on the "Ordering" button on the "Wildfowl Carvings and Calls" home page.

 

How do I know if an item is available immediately, from the web?
Any item that is available for immediate purchase is marked *new* .  For example, on the "Duck Call" page, go to "New Calls".  Most of the carvings pictured in the galleries have already been sold.  The images are shown as examples of my work.  Just email me at ksfreeman@nwcable.net or telephone me at 573-888-1169, if you have a question about availability.

 

Are all of your custom calls and birds "one of a kind, originals"?
Yes!  I don't have any capability, or desire, to make duplicates of my calls, or birds.  I sometimes redo a successful pattern, but I use the pattern as a general guideline to start a carving.  The carving is all done by hand, so I don't duplicate, exactly, any of my prior works.  There will not be another carving exactly like yours, ever!

 

Can I order a "special" carving, just to my specifications?
Yes!  That's the type of work I enjoy doing the most.  Special orders, made to your wishes, are what I want to do.  I do my best work in those situations.  Signatures, Initials, Company Logo's, Personal Photographs, are just a few of the items I regularly incorporate onto a call.  You can either request a specific theme for a call, or a certain pose for a bird, or just let me use my imagination.  You have that choice!

 

Do you carve on calls made by someone else?
Of course.  If you have a wood or ivory call made by someone else, and want me to carve on it, I would be delighted to talk to you about it.  Just email me at ksfreeman@nwcable.net or telephone me at 573-888-1169 and we'll discuss your wishes.

 

Where can I see your work?  Do you have a gallery somewhere?
I don't have a gallery anywhere.  All of my work is sold from my studio.  The images on the web page are the easiest way to see my carvings.  Or, any of my customers would be glad to show you one.  Just email me at ksfreeman@nwcable.net or telephone me at 573-888-1169 and I'll let you know if there is a call or bird in a collection near you, and I'll help arrange a meeting with my customer so you can see a carving, personally.

 

Where is your studio?
My studio is in my home, in Kennett, Missouri.  If you are in the area, let me know, and come on by.

 

How long does it take to make a call?  How about a bird?
Carving is a process that requires a great deal of time and patience.  Carving a call takes less time than carving a bird.  Plain calls don't require an inordinate amount of time to make.  A plain duck call can be turned in an hour.  "Finishing" takes a while, depending on the finish you desire.  A plain "hunting" turkey call will take several hours to build.  A completely decorated game call generally takes a week or two to complete.   The time required to complete a bird carving varies greatly, too.  A "slick" decoy takes a few days to carve, and another few days to paint.  The painting can be done in a couple of hours, if you want a honest-to-goodness hunting decoy.  I like to paint decoys so they look alive, and that takes a few days.  I plan at least a month of work when I start working on a small "realistic" bird, and at least six weeks for a medium sized decorative duck.  The amount of surface area is the key variable, in all carving.

 

When I order a carving, when will I receive it?  What is the usual waiting time?
I keep a list of orders.  The length of the list varies from time to time.  Of course, if you order a carving marked *new* it will be shipped immediately, upon receipt of your payment.  If you place an order for a custom made call or bird carved "just for you", then your order will go on the list.  We will be talking about the commissioned piece, when you order, and you will have a good idea when it will be finished.  The usual waiting time for an order is only a few months, but that depends on when you really want to receive it.  That is, if you want a call for a special occasion, like Christmas, or a birthday or anniversary, I will do everything I can to accommodate your wish.

 

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This Page last modified on Tuesday September 10, 2013