TetonMarketing.com Closed …

TetonMarketing.com Closes

Teton_BrushStrokeOnly_70x127Many who know our family know that we have been in the domestic health insurance business for almost 30 years.  Many also know that my passions are taking photographs and building Native American Flutes.  Several years ago we launched http://www.tetonmarketing.com as primarily a way to showcase some of the flutes I had been building and maybe sell one or two.

Over time the website morphed into a business where we not only sold some of our art (flutes) but we developed a pretty good little business selling parts to other flute makers both professional and weekend warriors.  In addition we sold lumber to those seeking old growth stock that we had become pretty good at chasing down.

The passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010 created nothing but confusion in our health insurance business.  Earlier this year we made the tough decision to refocus our insurance business full-time into the International Markets.  Although we still service some domestic plans our main focus is on the U.S. and Global Expatriates outbound from their home countries.  This is not a part-time enterprise for our family and it takes up just about all the time I am willing to give anymore.

I have reached a point where I no longer have time to enjoy either of my passions and I no longer want to continue maintaining two businesses that are completely unrelated.  So with that in mind we have closed tetonmarketing.com and redirected the domain name to this JacksonHoleTim.com blog site.  As I complete some flute projects I will post them here.

This winter I hope to start back posting pictures that I am able to take in my spare time.  I plan to spend more time with my family and maybe even get our of town for a week or two.  Come back and visit us here – we will be posting things that interest me here on JacksonHoleTim.com.

We have made arrangements to pass part of the business to some very close friends here in Jackson.  Beginning September 10th the Elledge family will be the ones you need to contact for specialty Old Growth Lumber.

You can contact: Robin or Ryan Elledge at (307) 734-2465 or email them at “ryane@tetonspeciatlywood.com” or “Robin@tetonspecialtywood.com” 

Website: www.tetonspecialtywood.com

Finally thank you to all of our customers who have spent their hard-earned cash with us.  We will miss certain aspects of this business but we are ready and turning the page.  Thanks again!

Port Orford Cedar Native American Style Flute Key G 432Hz…

NEW – Port Orford Cedar Pack Flute – A REALLY Nice Flute

As many of you know we love everything about the Native American Flute.  A very special wind instrument with healing powers.  Teton Marketing has just completed another Port Orford Cedar flute winner. The working qualities and finished product they produce always makes us smile. This little flute is no exception. This six hole Native American Style flute is now one of my favorite flutes we have produced. Completely hand crafted with a 3/4″ bore and tuned to the Key of G @ 432Hz – we love how this flute plays and sounds. Simple elegance is the best description we have come up with.

The Otter fetish also crafted from Port Orford Cedar sits atop our new drop step design. On many of our new flutes we are adding a drop step just in front of the windway that gives really nice aesthetic effect. This step is completely created by hand and the results is a sleeker taper through the barrel of the flute. There are no added accents to this flute other than the hand cut black Elk hide lace. Overall length on this flute is 23″ measure tip to tip on the top of the flute. Playing holes are spaced for comfort and the bottom 3 holes are 1 1/8″ on center. The top three are 1 1/26″ on center with a 1 1/4″ spacing between the #3 and #4 playing holes. This little flute is a real joy to play. Signed by artist Timothy Jennings and priced to be affordable.

This flute ships with a protective bag and the price is $285.00 plus freight. This is the lowest price flute they have offered in quite sometime. Tim Jennings says that “we want everyone to be able to afford one of our hand made flutes and this is a best effort attempt at making this possible”. Currently they have several Port Orford Cedar flutes finished waiting for a home. Two smaller flutes similar to this one are available with inlays to the cutting edge. Check them out when you get a chance. Click Here to view more POC flutes…

Play Sample of Port Orford Cedar Flute Here:

Visit their website: http://www.tetonmarketing.com

Old Growth Reclaimed Honduran Mahogany Comes to Jackson Wyoming…

Wyoming definitely has it’s history!  The history of the west is one of those magical subjects that seems to capture just about everyone’s imagination.  This post certainly has a twist about history and now this story is becoming part of Wyoming’s history as well.

Teton Marketing, a family owned and operated business specializes in old growth lumber that exists right here in Jackson.  They just announced that they have established a direct working relationship with an innovative U.S. company Greener Lumber, LLC and with them they have found a steady source for true Old Growth Honduran Mahogany that will surely blow your mind.  All of the Mahogany being imported to the United States has been reclaimed from the rivers in Belize (formerly British Honduras) by Greener Lumber, LLC as they have the salvage rights for these trees. These trees in many cases were cut hundreds of years ago and sent down the rivers from the forests on their journey to the coastline where they could be loaded onto ships and taken back to England and other colonies.

Teton Marketing has been making a name for themselves by supplying artisans, instrument makers, game call makers, craftsman and other hobbyists around the globe with specialty Old Growth Lumber.  Up til now they have specialized in Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Old Growth Port Orford Cedar.  Now they will be supplying their clientele with Old Growth Honduran Mahogany.  In addition to Mahogany they will be stocking other reclaimed species such as Spodilla, Santa Maria, Bullet Tree, Cocobollo, Caribbean Pine and others when available. All of this reclaimed tropical timber is harvested from the rivers in Belize by Greener Lumber, LLC, each log is certified and every log has been permitted properly by the government of Belize and imported into the United States following all the proper importing protocols. Honduran Mahogany has been prized for its beauty, building qualities and tonal characteristics for hundreds of years.

Green Lumber

Not one single new tree is being cut down and harvested from the tropical forests. All of these trees were harvested in some cases over 200 years ago by what then were called “Baymen”. These trees made their way to the coast of British Honduras via slave labor, oxen and nearby streams and rivers. Each year thousands of hand cut logs waited upstream of these rivers for the rainy season to come and provide the rain needed to get them downstream to the coast.  It was estimated that as few as 50% of the harvested trees ever made it to the coast and those that did not survive the journey have been sitting on the bottom of these rivers since. Just waiting to be rediscovered and harvested once again.

The quality of this lumber is amazing and apparently they will have plenty of it. It has been Teton Marketing’s goal to provide their customers with the best Old Growth product they can find for that special project. No order is too small. “We want everyone to be able to have a piece of history”. They will be stocking wood for the hobbyist, instrument makers, cabinet maker, furniture maker, turkey call makers and lets not forget all you Native American Flute makers. Not seen available in this country for many many years, Teton Marketing is working hard to bring this prized lumber to their customers.

Watch thier website, blogs and check your email in-box (if you are on their email list) as they will be updating their website daily very soon.  New menu options will be available to select from, new pages and new product listings.  You will be able to purchase direct via their shopping carts, by phone, email and of course their ebay store. If you want to pre-order and you know what you are looking for give them a call or email them for delivery options. They have boards in just about every size. Inbound as we write this post is a pallet of absolutely beautiful Old Growth Honduran Mahogany blanks measuring 3″ x 3″ x up to 31″ surfaced all four sides – perfect for Native American flute building, turkey calls, both short and long box calls, turnings, gun stock, knife handles and other specialty products. Teton Marketing will mill to your specs so get started and reserve your piece of history today.

website: http://www.tetonmarketing.com
Phone: (307) 690-0427
email: sales@tetonmarketing.com

Teton Marketing Completes 3 New NAF Flutes…

From time to time we step outside our own box as far as species of woods we will use to craft a new flute.  There are so many great species available right here in North America.  Some of our favorite species that make some really nice flutes are Russian Olive, Sycamore, Black Locust, Maple, Russian Elm, American Red Elm and others.  We use all of these species to craft flute with 3/4″, 7/8″ and 1″ bores for flutes in various keys.  Many of the flutes will include various inlays and inset stones.   These are three of the latest flutes to be completed by artist Timothy Jennings of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  All three of these flutes are simple elegance in design and very simple in their appearance.

Russian Olive NAF Flute – Key of F# 432 Hz – 307 Series Flute

One of our favorite woods to build flutes out of is Sassafras. We really like the tonal qualities of this wood but it is not very spectacular to look at. A wood that is similar in its characteristics is Russian Olive wood. Some people tell us they consider this a junk wood but I suspect this is because there is not a straight branch or trunk in the entire tree. Well we have found a somewhat available source for this species. You must look hard to find the right piece to get your flute blank out of but when you do you are on your way to a really nice flute.

This six hole flute with a 7/8″ bore features our Teton Spike fetish design and both flute and fetish block are hand crafted from the same piece of Russian Olive. We have hand crafted a step just in front of the windway area and finished the flute with more than 25 hand applied coats of glossy lacquer. This is a very nice playing flute and not so long that you can easily pack it with you when you travel as it measures 23 1/2″ measured on the top. Tuned to 432 Hz makes this a very pleasing flute to listen to as well as play. We have added nothing other that some very humble leather to connect the fetish to the flute body. The rest of the flute shows off the beautiful grain patterns and contrast that Russian Olive has. A very nice flute ready for a home. This flute ships with a protective flute bag. Stand not included.


Sycamore NAF Flute – Key of F 440Hz – 307 Series

Six hole Native American Style Flute made from old growth Colorado Sycamore. Tuned to the Key of F, at 440Hz at 6500 foot elevation. This flute was built with a full 1″ inch bore and measures 24″ long from tip to tip. Although this a 1 inch bored flute it has a very pleasant mid range tone and it is very easy to play. Completely hand crafted, this flute features our signature step in front of the windway. Inlaid into the top of the flute body is a squarish piece of Oregon Picture Jasper, set in a sterling silver bezel.

The fetish on this flute is of our Otter design and it was crafted from a metal stained piece of Black Walnut stock giving it a very dark chocolate brown with some black streaked grains. This happens when the tree grows around a piece of metal such as barbed wire over many years. The fetish seen here in the pictures is attached with hand cut elk leather that is brown in color. This flute was completely crafted by hand and finished with more than 25+ coats of semi-gloss lacquer and rubbed to a soft finish. The inside of the flute has been sealed prior to gluing helping with moisture absorption. Playing holes are average for this mid size flute and they are spaced at 1 1/8″ apart. Ships with a protective flute bag. Another nice flute and it is available now.


Ash NAF Flute – Key of A# 432Hz – 307 Series

This six hole Native American Styled flute is hand crafted from Old Growth, 1st generation cut American Ash from Colorado. This flute measures 19 1/2″ long (measured on top) and features a 3/4″ inch bore give this A# a nice bright tone. Completely hand crafted and this flute features our signature step in front of the windway. Simple in design we have added our Otter fetish block which is crafted from a piece of Wormy Chestnut. Leather accents are hand cut Bison and is Black in color.

This flute like all of our flutes has been sealed on the inside of the flute to help against wetting out. This is a very easy flute to play and it allows you to blow soft or hard and not loose the sound. Tuned to A# at 432Hz at 6500 foot elevation, the 3/4 inch bore gives this flute a very bright voice. The focusing channel on this flute is a bit narrower than most giving this flute some nice comfortable back pressure. I personally like playing this flute. If you are looking for a smaller bore flute that you will love to play this is one to consider. Playing holes are average for this smaller size flute and they are spaced a little closer together at approximately 1 1/16″ apart. Ships with a protective flute bag.


If you have any question please email us at sales@tetonmarketing.com or call us at (307) 690-0427 with questions…  Or visit our website at http://www.tetonmarketing.com.