My recent article in Greenhead magazine that focused on the Olt D-2 included current manufacturers of copies of the classic call that has built a large following in
“I was a career military officer, not a call maker, but I couldn’t stand the thought of what my grandfather and father built being put in the ground. So when I retired I started working on manufacturing the calls again.” Philip found that many things had changed since he helped his grandfather put calls together when he was five years old. “My initial attempts were met with the same answer, that I would need to have the call specifications put into a computer program. I told them that my ancestors just drew what they wanted on a piece of paper and that is all they needed to get it made. That observation only received the reply that times have changed.”
Philip’s main goal was to be able to make the D-2 as close to the original as he could but stronger. “The old hard rubber calls were not very durable and they had a tendency to break over time. It took several years to perfect the formula but we now have a product that is identical to the old calls but with added durability.” He told me that the very first calls were molded from a compound derived from ground horse’s hooves. Hard to believe that now with today’s technology but they had to be inventive in the late 1800’s.
The D-2 of today is made with the round hole tone board and also as the D-2-K. The “K” stands for keyhole or keyway, a change that was made to the call during World War II. Philip explained how this change came about. “All of the rubber in the
To purchase any of the new Olt line of calls simply visit their website at www.psolt.com and have one shipped to your door. The D-2 is alive and well in many variations, good to know that in a world of constant change some things still remain the same.