Holding the Peg
· Hold peg in the hand you write with approximately 1 inch from the bottom. Experiment with how you hold the peg as this will change the sound of the call. Hold peg with medium pressure and experiment as holding pressure will change the tone of the calls you make
Holding the Pot
· Hold pot in opposite hand of peg hand. Use finger tips to hold and use light to medium pressure when holding. Experiment with fingertip pressure as this can change the tone and volume of your calls. Do not cover bottom pot holes as this will distort or muffle the sound
Making Calls and Tip
· Tip, Peg angle, keep in mind the angle of the peg on the slate is crucial in making great sounding calls, practice to find the best angle for all the different calls
· Tip, changing tones, to change tones of calls practice calling on different areas of the slate surface. For example, if you call in the center of the slate you will get deeper or softer tones. As you move to the outer edge of the slate, you will get sharper higher pitch tones
· The Yelp – with pot and peg in hand place peg on slate and angle the pot slightly towards you so you can see the surface of the pot. With medium to light pressure and the peg angled back a little, make half-moon continuous strokes.
· The Cluck – again the angle of the peg is crucial, change the angle to get different sounds and tones. With peg and pot in hand place peg on pot with peg slightly straight up and with a little pressure on the slate move peg back to create a pop or cluck. Repeat this in a faster sequence to produce the cutting of an excited hen.
· Purr of the Hen – Pot and peg in hand place peg on slate with peg angled almost straight up. With very little downward pressure drag peg slowly across the slate. For softer purrs less pressure, for louder purrs more downward pressure with the peg. To make a fighting purr use same procedure but with a much faster sequence and more downward pressure to make the fighting purr excited and louder
· To keep The Cooker Pot & Peg making consistent calls, each must be sanded lightly with a fine sandpaper. We recommend sanding the slate in one direction with very light pressure. To condition your peg, lightly sand the tip, follow the rounded tip curve.