All things change and yet nothing remains the same… for the most part anyway. For the past 15 years I have been on a roller coaster journey with my career with so many changes to our industry and none of it has been within my control. For more than 32 years my primary occupation has been that of a full time International Health Insurance Broker and I still actively work at this daily. The last 15 years of my career I have also worked as a commissioned artist in my spare time working mostly in the medium of wooden Native American Style Flutes. In addition I also work in the medium of stone crafting mostly pipes. Catlinite (pipestone) is a wonderful medium to work in and it provides a powerful source of energy for me.
Over the past several years I have had the pleasure to craft some really wonderful projects for many different clients. Some flutes and some pipes and some projects that combined both the flute and the pipestone into a single project. For many of these years I have been a primary source for flute builders both new to the flute and professionals alike and I have supplied thousands of flute blanks both pre-bored and simple stock ready to bore. I have even provided much needed knowledge to those who seek it. There have been times over the past several years where my day job and my passion for the Native American Flute simply create a conflict. Each demands your time and attention.
As I approach my 58th birthday this December I reflect on that which has actually brought me peace and joy over my lifetime. For sure my family sits on top of this list. My career of 32 years as a broker also sits on that list. But building Native American styled flutes of all types has and is definitely a highlight and sharing the real healing power of the flute is a big part of it. As we all grow through our lives and reflect on what it is we do on a daily basis I think we all must come to a place where the passion for what you have been doing starts to disappear. For me this is true and I have reached this place and now I hope and want to focus more on the things that bring me satisfaction with my daily endeavors.
Our family recently made the decision to move a little south of Jackson Hole to the Star Valley part of Wyoming. For many reasons but in short we wanted more land for our horses, more room for my shop and we want to be a little more accessible to those who may be visiting our region in the coming years. In the next few weeks we will be moving to our new home and it is here in Star Valley where I plan to focus further on my craft. This past summer we had a very small shop that allowed some people to visit but the need to grow and expand made it clear we needed to find another place to call home. Within the next few months I plan to open a new shop that will be located on our property that will include a very nice showroom. One goal is to have probably the largest selection of Native American Style flutes along with parts and supplies within the state of Wyoming. You will be able to come visit, shop and take home your new found treasure. In addition our shop will feature some of my photography centered on the Yellowstone Basin and everything on the walls will be available for sale.
For those of you who have followed me through the years you know I have attempted this more than once. The desire to share my art with others has never been more present than it is now. After speaking with several of the galleries in the Jackson area and talking to other artists it eventually became clear that the path for me had to my own showroom/shop. So with this in mind please subscribe to our blog and follow me as we set these new goals and open our doors starting this winter. I have had several people ask if our showroom will be open for the 2018 summer and the answer is YES it will. If you have plans to travel to Jackson Hole, Yellowstone or any part of this are we will be easy to find and worth the trip to our shop. If you will travel from the Salt Lake City basin then you will drive right past our place. Watch for future post and hopefully many new creations will be ready for the new season soon to kick off.