Based in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I have worked in both the Domestic and International markets for most of my adult life. During the past four years the United States has seen a complete change in direction when it comes to accessing health care and obtaining mandated health insurance coverage. I have been an agent selling in the U.S. markets for more than 30 years. Today I work exclusively serving the needs of our International health insurance clients. If you are outbound or inbound to the United States I can help guide you through the process of selecting proper International Cover that is right for your family.
It has been a while since I posted a Morning Coffee Post. I thought it was about time to get back to sharing how blessed we are here in Western Wyoming no matter what the journey. This morning it was a trip into Jackson Wyoming and to the Aveda Salon for my wife. Truthfully I did not have plans to make this trip with her but she twisted my arm and so off we went.
First stop was to refresh our morning coffees, a decaf latte for her and a large Americano with steamed Half/Half, EXTRA HOT for me!. As usual we ran into some of the local people we know and started our visit in Jackson with some morning chat. I dropped off Peyton at the salon and once she was inside I was gifted with a couple hours all to myself.
Medicine for my Soul
As I pulled away from the Salon I quickly looked into the back seat of my truck to make sure I had my camera with me. Yep, I do so where do I want to go for a few hours and relax? Without hesitation I headed north out of Jackson Hole, coffee in hand into Grand Teton National Park. I have so many favorite places I like to visit but because of time constraints I decided to keep the distance driven down thereby allowing me more time to just sit and take in Mother Earths blessings.
Today the weather was not stellar for photos but it was absolutely a beautiful day. Even though it is early May the tourists are definitely arriving and so are their driving habits…UGH. In some cases watching them is more fun than the park itself…lol.
These pictures taken this morning are all from the general same area in Grand Teton National Park. This last one is a place called Black Tail Ponds. This is such a beautiful view of the Tetons which are only a couple miles to the West of this place. Moose, Deer, Antelope, Elk and the elusive Griz frequent this place. The water that lays just below these pines is a ribbon of the Snake River which runs basically behind them.
On a morning such as this… this place feeds Medicine for my Soul! The view never old and if ever you are in this country come to this place. Bring a cup of your favorite Coffee and enjoy what the morning has to offer.
New flute and the third one built with this color scheme. This five hole flute is crafted from Alaskan Yellow Cedar and is finished in a high gloss Acrylic Orange. Tuned to the key of G @432 Hz this is a wonderful sounding and easy to play flute.
Under Construction Now
This flute is in the final stages of construction and will be available to ship within a week or so. For more information on this flute CLICK HERE
Just completed this Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute is ready to ship. Six hole flute tuned to D #440Hz. This has been one of my most popular designs, that being a 1 inch bore flute with my whimsical Wyoming Mustang fetish.
A larger flute by design but yet still very comfortable to play. The Mustang fetish and the Totem Rails are both crafted from Sapodilla which has a wonderfully warm tone and the contrast is very regal. This flute ships with no bling accents but if wanted a hand crafted cabochon make a nice addition.
Ready to purchase at $365.00 plus shipping. For more information and how to order click here.
This year continues to run at warp speed as we pass quickly through our summer. Here in Wyoming we value our summers as the Yellowstone Basin simply becomes Heaven. It goes without saying that 2021 has turned out be something other than your typical year.
I have no desire to rehash what seems to be in the news everyday. We are all well aware of how much COVID 19 has disrupted our lives in so many ways for the past two years. Let’s just say I hope the end is in sight and people can get back to their lives.
Two significant things took place this summer in our family, first my youngest Brynn got married to a great Wyoming Cowboy! Second I made the decision to retire from the Insurance Industry after 37 years and finally focus more on my passions. Building pipes, flutes, JHT Kitchen products and sharing photography of my home with others.
My First Bronze
One new beginning for me will be the start of my first bronze project. I have for years had this vision in my head for a clay model that will eventually be cast into a bronze. The image here should give you a hint… the Bison will be the main focus but the whimsical vision I have if successful will be like nothing you have seen before. Watch for future posts sharing this journey.
For those familiar with our website come back and visit from time to time and hopefully you will find something new. I will be working hard to add some newly hand crafted originals. Enjoy the rest of YOUR summer!
Jackson Hole Tim is now shipping orders as small as individual boards. For more than 18 years we have supplied parts for the Native American style flute building community. Billets, Blank Sets, Pre-Bored Flute Blanks, and fully assembled flute blanks is just a small part of what we produce here in our shop in Wyoming.
About 12 years ago we started stocking very specific old growth lumber for not only the flute building community but Luthiers, Game Call Makers, Fishing Lure makers, carvers, relief carvers and specialty craftsman of all kinds. We will cut and ship down to a single board. Most suppliers won’t even talk to you for orders this small but we will.
Boards are individually selected and cut at the time of the order. ALL of our in stock Lumber is SELECT Grade Old Growth first generation cut stock. We search for music quality timber and order specific bunks delivered to us here in Afton Wyoming.
SPECIES IN STOCK
Although we are always looking for unique timber that can be used in flute building JHT Lumber specializes in several species of lumber. Our favorite is a toss up between Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar. Sitka Spruce is an amazing wood and Premium Grade Alder is a favorite for so many projects.
We also look for really nice Black Walnut and we have access to some of the most beautiful cut Douglas Fir that is flat out beautiful. Sometimes we buy just an individual board ourselves hoping to turn it into flute blank stock.
New this year was the addition of flute blanks with end caps. When we find stock suitable for end caps we will keep adding to our inventories.
Larger Orders No Problem
From time to time we get customers looking for larger quantities of lumber for their own operations. If you are looking for more than a few board feet of specialty woods like our Sitka Spruce, Port Orford or Alaskan Yellow Cedar reach out. If we do not have it in stock we can get it to you just the same.
The next time you consider buying lumber for your next project(s) give us a shout. We will do our best to find and ship what you need.
Many have been asking for more inventory on our end cap blanks. Well stand by more are on the way! We just received a small shipment of some nice exotic billets. Each of these billets come to us smothered in wax, which by the way is a pain and a mess to remove. But the wax keeps the billet in pristine condition until we are ready to use them.
Not all of our End Cap blanks are crafted from exotic wood. We try when we find a piece worthy of an end cap to make some from domestic stock as well. New End Cap blanks are being made as I write this. We will have end caps in Black Walnut, Brazilian Ebony, African Blackwood, Zircote, and East Indian Rosewood. Other species are being sourced now.
Species that are being use for the main body of the flute will be Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Port Orford Cedar, and Sitka Spruce. All three of these species are Old Growth first cut generation lumber. Each bunk we purchase is of musical instrument quality. Very nice stuff so watch for these blanks to be listed as they come available.
Four Options Available
We are gluing most of our end cap blanks as solid billets. You have four options at the time of purchase that you can upgrade to. You can purchase the basic end cap billet, you can select Pre-Bored, Add the True Sound Hole and finally you can select to add Totem Rails.
We are still working with perfecting the ordering process on these blanks so if you have questions call us (307) 690-0427 or email us at “firstname.lastname@example.org” for more information. Below is an information for you can complete and send in for those who have questions.
Weather in the Rockies is always a concern. Especially when you are waiting for a load of lumber on the back of a large semi. The weather window for us was Sunday Morning Early. Cold temperature and clear skies makes for great snow covered road conditions. When the temperature is close to zero tire have much better grip for these big trucks. Over 10,000 lbs of premium grade Mother Earth hit the ground.
Sitka Spruce (Kiln Dried)
In this shipment we received several thousand board feet of premium quarter sawn 8/4″ Sitka Spruce boards with some as long as 14 feet, random widths. Straight beautiful grain ready for your next project. This is instrument grade stock.
Port Orford Cedar (Kiln Dried)
Port Orford Cedar is my favorite wood to work with. It machines beautifully, smells like heaven when working with it, strong and produces excellent tone qualities. Very hard to get and over 6 months of waiting to get this load. If you are a lover of POC then don’t wait and get yours now.
Alder (Kiln Dried)
This bunk of 8/4″ Alder is PRIME graded and comes to us Surfaced 2 Sides. Great for Luthiers making electric guitar bodies, craftsman working on high end homes and more. Nice stuff.
Until we can get this lumber on the website if you are interested in board ready to ship reach out to us by phone (307) 690-0427 or shoot us an email at “email@example.com”. We are here to help!
We just received confirmation that another semi full of wonderful things from Mother Nature is on it’s way to us here in Wyoming. We have been searching for some new treasure to add and replenish what we have sold here at our shop.
Port Orford Cedar
This is one of my favorite woods to work with no matter the project. But for Flute Makers and Luthiers it is simply one of the most wonderful woods to craft with. I have looked hard for more than a year to nail down this bunk of POC coming to us. This bunk is all full 8/4 stock, rough quarter sawn. Musical grade, not common grades… this should be nice stuff.
For more than a year I have had requests for Sitka Spruce. Know for its straight vertical grain, Sitka Spruce is a valued wood, light, soft, strong and flexible. Sitka is used for general construction, ship building and plywood. The wood features excellent acoustic properties and is used to make sounding boards in pianos and other musical instruments such as violins and guitars. Flute Maker should be excited to get their hands on this stock as well.
This bunk of Alder that is coming is all in 8/4 high graded stock. Great for just about any project. Used by luthiers, cabinet makers, and all around craftsmen. One of the softest woods in the hardwood family and found primarily in the Pacific Northwest Alder is just a great all around wood to work with. This bunk should be of exceptional quality – no junk.
No Order too Small
Finding quality lumber is no easy task. Finding it at the grade that we desire is even harder and very expensive. We have a big investment in our bunks of lumber and we hope that you will consider us as a future source for your next project.
We will sell down to a single cut board. No order is too small. Each lumber order is packed with corner protection so that your order gets to you in great shape. If you need milling or surfacing let us know… we can help there too.
If you have questions give us a call (307) 690-0427 or shoot us an email with “LUMBER” in the subject line to “SALES@JACKSONHOLETIM.COM”.
Just Arrived and In Stock
Triton 3 1/4 HP
Precision Plunger Routers
We received our first shipment of Triton Precision Plunge Routers. These are the very same routers we use here in our shop. People have asked and now we can make available to you the very same.
These are hard to find routers so don’t wait too long to get yours. Couple this router with our Katana Core Box big shank router bits and you have the perfect Flute Blank making machine. If you have questions reach out by phone or email.