Teen Creates Award-winning Duck Calls
This young man is amazing , he is using all of his talents to produce outstanding work.
It’s nice to see when young people find what they are passionate about and go for it.
There is a list of awards that he has won incredible read the article and click the link to see the list …
The science of duck calls: Teen creates award-winning hunting gear
Even as a child, Claude LaHaye found himself tinkering with objects, taking them apart, figuring out how they worked and putting them back together again. An avid hunter, he ended up focusing his fascinations on duck calls while sitting in a blind one slow morning.
LaHaye figured he might be able to make a call of his own.
“I’ve just gotten better and better at it,” LaHaye said. “The more I made calls, the better I got.
LaHaye estimated he has crafted a few hundred duck calls. He is an eighth grader at Berchmans Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau.
Nowadays, LaHaye sells his calls to hunters in the area. He likes to create a custom product that is tailored to each person’s individual likes and dislikes.
“One thing I’ve learned is that 120th of an inch can make the difference between something sounding terrible and something sounding perfect,” LaHaye said. “The people who have bought them tell me that it’s like a piece of artwork and they almost don’t want to go out hunting with it. But once they use it, they say it sounds really good.”
Recently, LaHaye took home multiple awards at the LSU Science and Engineering Fair.
“He is an extremely intelligent and self-motivated young man,” LaHaye’s science teacher, Katherine Meredith, said in a news release. “He came up with his project idea and completed the work all on his own.
For now, LaHaye spends hours every week working on a lathe on his family’s farm in Arnaudville. The process includes placing pieces of wood on the lathe and spinning them, while LaHaye works the wood into specific shapes.
Recently, LaHaye has started expanding his list of creations. He made a pipe for his dad, Dr. Chip LaHaye. A ukelele marked a foray into creating musical instruments. He even made a flamethrower that attaches to his hand and shoots fire into the air
While it’s a business now, LaHaye said he thinks his duck call creations will eventually become a hobby.
“We supported Claude by allowing him to make his own decisions about his topic, design of display and explanation of his project that was submitted to the judges,” Lacey LaHaye said in a news release. “We were there if he needed us, but truth be known, he did absolutely everything on his own.
Article by- Amanda McElfresh , and Amanda McElfresh, Louisiana
Photo by : Leslie Westbrook , The Advertisier