The wood is a piece of Macassar Ebony my father in law picked up in the scrap bin of an international wood dealer we frequent in North Carolina. They only deal in rare exotics and their scrap bin is a gold mine, if you know what you're looking for. He had already drilled and cut it for a duck call before bringing it to me, so I just had to chuck it up in the lathe and make it the right shape.
The reed is tuned for a wood duck. They are beautiful birds but are seen less than Mallards or domestic ducks. Not because they are rare, but they like forested areas and won't sit in open ponds where most people interact with ducks. Their webbed feet even have claws for perching in trees, something most other ducks can't do.
Since fast forward lathe sounds are annoying, I replaced them with two country songs. Any other type of music just didn't seem to fit for a duck call. For those of you asking how I get away with posting music on my videos, here's how I "think" it works. If I'm not making money off of it and cite the artist, it's a good basis for protection under fair use ...probably. Fair use is determined on a case by case basis and interpretations change over time; you can never really be sure. Some might even claim that it's intentionally ambiguous; I think the reality is that doing this falls into a no-man's land of the copyright wars that have been going on for over a century.
If my comment about "over a century" was inspired by a recent find in an antique store. I was rummaging in an antique store with a friend and he purchased the container for one of Edison's wax cylinders. Here's a picture of the End User License Agreement on the wax cylinder container. There will be a future post on what I found and built as a result of that trip.
I'm not a lawyer or a copyright expert and my videos might get yanked someday. I'm ready for that and will re-upload with a benign soundtrack if it happens. The end result if that happens is that the artists will lose the publicity, and some lawyers will make some money defending a bad business model. Until then, "it ain't no crime".
Here are the songs from the videos:
It aint no crime - Joe Nichols
Time flies - Kenny Chesney