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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…

THIS FLUTE HAS SOLD – SPECIAL ORDER AVAILABLE

POC_75_432G_10_13_2_ebayAs many of you know we love everything about the Native American Flute.  A very special wind instrument with healing powers.  Jackson Hole Artist Timothy Jennings recently completed another Port Orford Cedar flute winner.  The working qualities and finished product Tim produces 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.

POC_75_432G_10_13_3_lgThe Otter fetish also crafted from Port Orford Cedar sits atop his new drop step design.  On many of Tim’s new flutes he is 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 Tim has 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 Tim has 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.  To hear a sound sample of this flute click the link below.

Play Sample of Port Orford Cedar Flute Here:

Price:  $285.00

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.