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Offline compton30

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Oddball striker question
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:46:08 AM »
For one reason or another, I've been wondering about two striker woods that no one seems to talk about. Yew and Holly. I don't think I've ever seen a yew striker but I have seen a one piece Holly made by Halloran.

Anybody have any experience with either of these two as strikers?

My follow up: How receptive are call makers having you send them striker blanks to be made into strikers?

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Re: Oddball striker question
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 08:10:10 AM »
The Stuckey guy on ebay makes a holly striker....never seen a yew.
I'd imagine yew would be pretty darn soft....may be similar to mountain laurel or rhododendron....which most of the friction competition callers use for a kee kee striker.

I have a hand carved laurel striker.....its not awesome....but it purrs like a chanp.

Holly is about as hard and as dense as walnut, so in my opinion, not a fantastic striker wood for yelps and cutts....may make a nice soft striker....like a harder version of a cedar.

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Re: Oddball striker question
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 09:15:07 AM »
The Stuckey guy on ebay makes a holly striker....never seen a yew.
I'd imagine yew would be pretty darn soft....may be similar to mountain laurel or rhododendron....which most of the friction competition callers use for a kee kee striker.

I have a hand carved laurel striker.....its not awesome....but it purrs like a chanp.

Holly is about as hard and as dense as walnut, so in my opinion, not a fantastic striker wood for yelps and cutts....may make a nice soft striker....like a harder version of a cedar.

 This is spot on right here. I had a holly striker from a well known maker and I had it all of 2 days. Was too light and soft to me. Off to another home it went.
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Re: Oddball striker question
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 09:47:49 AM »
I had a holly striker. It was not for me, very soft and light. I gave it to a freind.

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Re: Oddball striker question
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 01:00:07 PM »
I've used Holly and wasn't a big fan of it.... my favorite soft wood striker would be Dogwood by far, but even at that, it's not gonna be a go to for me or a striker I feel I need in the vest.

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Re: Oddball striker question
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2019, 01:53:45 PM »
I've used Holly and wasn't a big fan of it.... my favorite soft wood striker would be Dogwood by far, but even at that, it's not gonna be a go to for me or a striker I feel I need in the vest.

I have a Cox Dogwood striker I like a lot. Never seems to make the cut though

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Re: Oddball striker question
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2019, 04:55:54 PM »
The Stuckey guy on ebay makes a holly striker....never seen a yew.
I'd imagine yew would be pretty darn soft....may be similar to mountain laurel or rhododendron....which most of the friction competition callers use for a kee kee striker.

I have a hand carved laurel striker.....its not awesome....but it purrs like a chanp.

Holly is about as hard and as dense as walnut, so in my opinion, not a fantastic striker wood for yelps and cutts....may make a nice soft striker....like a harder version of a cedar.
He also has a web site if you are interested. https://obsessioncustomcalls.mysimplestore.com/
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Re: Oddball striker question
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 08:43:28 PM »
The Stuckey guy on ebay makes a holly striker....never seen a yew.
I'd imagine yew would be pretty darn soft....may be similar to mountain laurel or rhododendron....which most of the friction competition callers use for a kee kee striker.

I have a hand carved laurel striker.....its not awesome....but it purrs like a chanp.

Holly is about as hard and as dense as walnut, so in my opinion, not a fantastic striker wood for yelps and cutts....may make a nice soft striker....like a harder version of a cedar.
He also has a web site if you are interested. https://obsessioncustomcalls.mysimplestore.com/

Lmao thanks. I'm aware of who Derrick Stuckey is though.

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Re: Oddball striker question
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2019, 09:15:20 PM »
The Stuckey guy on ebay makes a holly striker....never seen a yew.
I'd imagine yew would be pretty darn soft....may be similar to mountain laurel or rhododendron....which most of the friction competition callers use for a kee kee striker.

I have a hand carved laurel striker.....its not awesome....but it purrs like a chanp.

Holly is about as hard and as dense as walnut, so in my opinion, not a fantastic striker wood for yelps and cutts....may make a nice soft striker....like a harder version of a cedar.
He also has a web site if you are interested. https://obsessioncustomcalls.mysimplestore.com/

Lmao thanks. I'm aware of who Derrick Stuckey is though.
You're welcome.
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Re: Oddball striker question
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2019, 09:56:32 AM »
Done the 1 piece holly thing and tried a 2 piece holly with some different weighted and light tops. Also ran some some with drilled out tops. Was not a fan.
I want to try a dogwood though. I will tell you Daddy Rat's (strut zone) Paul's 1 piece maple is the best soft talker striker I have ran. It will get some volume to it as well if need be. But offers lots of control for the close work.
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