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Recently I took some early morning pictures of the relatively new Mormon Temple built here in Afton Wyoming. After many requests I am making two images available to order. If you care interested in either of these two images CLICK HERE.
I have ordered and have in stock both of these images in 11×14 metal prints. These can be hung directly on your wall with the included mounting hardware or have them framed for a truly stunning effect. Available now.
Some days I just feel like cutting flute blanks. For me this is actually something I need to get psyched about in order to get them done right. There are so many steps that go into making a good quality blank not to mention the large amount of time that goes into each and every one.
I have been cutting flute blanks for not only my own projects but for flute builders of every skill level a very long time. I have cut flute blanks for more than 18 years and I would guess we have one of the best selections of ready to build flute blanks sets around.
For the past several days I have been going through boards and selecting what I think will make good flute blanks and cutting them to size with all the parts that are needed. Each and every blank gets drum sanded to exact dimensions for our jigs and then checked and double checked for accuracy. Finally each one is shrink wrapped to protect the integrity of each one prior to shipping.
One of my favorite woods to make a flute from is Russian Olive. Russian Olive boards always seem to have a twisted soul. But when I can find a board that I can render blanks from I try and spend extra time making sure they are right. These 7 pictured here are exactly what I like to end up with. 2 have already been spoken for but these are some really nice Russian Olive blanks sets.
If you are a flute builder or just a weekend warrior visit our Pre-Bored Flute Blanks page and see if you find a blank that you can transform into another magical wind instrument.
Another flute on its way to it’s new home in Montana. This Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute is another Acrylic Red and features maple totem rails and maple Mustang fetish. Like it’s twin it was tuned to G @432 Hz. A very nice looking and playing flute.
I personally am excited that it’s new owner Nakoa Heavyrunner from Poplar Montana. Nakoa is one of the best flute player I personally know. He is well known in Indian Country as an accomplished Pow Wow singer and he and his brother Donavan appear on RezKast Radio. Check them out early mornings.
I am hoping Nakoa will be kind enough to pass some recordings our way so we can share with the world his amazing flute playing talents. Enjoy Nakoa Heavyrunner…
I wanted to update a previous post about this Port Orford Cedar flute that I have been working on. As of this post I have completed the Mustang fetish and it is in the last stages of finishing. Crafted from the same Sappodilla as the totem rails the combination works nice with the natural colors of the Port Orford Cedar.
New to this flute will be the addition of a hand cut Elk antler cabochon. The antler was harvested from our own Wyoming Elk herds here in Star Valley area. This cabochon is being set in Sterling Silver and then it will be inlaid into the body of the flute as shown in the feature image above.
One other small adjustment is that when this flute was first voice I thought it would end up a D tuned to 432Hz. Well it is still a D but 440Hz was better suited.
This flute is available for purchase pre-completion for a significant savings in cost. After completion the price point will be higher as it is only then I can total the man hours. CLICK HERE for more information or CALL (307) 690-0427 or EMAIL me at sales@jacksonholetim.
For quite some time now I have been wanting to stop by a little rock church found in Auburn Wyoming. Auburn is a little community not far from my home here in Afton Wyoming and it is a true piece of Americana as Auburn was a gateway for part of the Oregon Trail that passed through this part of Star Valley during the migration west in the mid 1800’s.
The Lander Cut Off once it was discovered helped these pioneers save 7 days in the journey heading west starting in Le Barge Wyoming making their way through true wilderness range and popping out in Smoot Wyoming just a stones throw from me here in Afton. It was Auburn where these pioneers made their was back into the mountains once they had crossed the Valley floor here on their way to Fort Hall Idaho. It may not sound like much but 7 days could make the difference between life or death back then. Remember the Donner Party? But that journey is really for another post.
No more excuses as my wife politely reminded me that in the morning the weather should be perfect for me. I woke up and she already had my very large YETI mug full of hot coffee ready for my morning’s journey. When I asked her why she was not dressed she just looked at me and said “Are you kidding me? It’s cold outside… no I will see you when you get back”. So with camera AND coffee in hand I headed out.
In Auburn there is not much as far as stores and places to shop, just a quaint little piece of Wyoming that many call home. Auburn sits on the border between Wyoming and Idaho… just inside the Wyoming line. It is here in Auburn that this beautiful rock LDS church sits.
It is said that Butch Cassidy and his gang used to winter in the Auburn area. Heavy snowfalls made Star Valley a safe place to “hole up”, as did the fact that this area was mostly settled by polygamists. Using aliases, Butch Cassidy and his partners were occasionally seen at church socials and dances held in the Old Rock Church in Auburn. Today this little rock church is used as a melodrama theater in the summer.
Recently I had the pleasure to visit with a current day elder who’s family has been in Auburn a very long time. She told me that because of the small size of the church they could not fit everyone who would attend these dances so a lottery system was developed so people could buy a ticket and when their ticket was called they would get to dance.
Because Butch Cassidy seemed to always have money it was rumored he would buy up enough tickets so he could dance all night. If people came to the area looking for him the locals where prepared to hide him or in most cases he would travel east to the Big Horn Mountains just outside Kaycee, Wyoming and not far from Sheridan Wyoming located on the east side of the Big Horns.
It is here in this place called “The Hole In The Wall” that the outlaws the likes of Butch Cassidy, Jesse James and the Sundance Kid would hole up until it was safe to move on. But this too is for another post.
On this cold Fall morning I only had one thought in mind and that was to get myself to the Gym. As the Fall days progress the daylight hours shorten it is now dark when I leave for the gym. The dark colder mornings definitely makes it harder to get motivated. If I am not awake when I leave the house I am by the time I reach my truck. Cold air does a great job of awakening you in quick step.
So like most mornings I proceeded to drag myself out of bed, started the truck to warm it up ahead of the short drive and headed out to the gym. It is important to note that my route to the gym takes me right by the newly completed Mormon Temple each morning. A beautiful building for sure but I am so used to seeing it I usually just pass on by.
I arrived at the gym, pooped out of my truck and headed on in… except this time my FOB key wasn’t working. I was also the only guy there so no one could let me in. Sometimes it happens…
I reluctantly got back into my truck thinking that I was not yet ready to head back home. It was then I looked over and saw that my camera was just sitting there staring at me. Great I thought but then I realized how dark it still was and sunrise was still an hour away so I started the short trip back home. As I passed the Mormon Temple again on my way this time I thought wow it looks great this morning all lit up… maybe I should stop and take a few pics.
I pulled a U-Turn and parked across the highway and it was then I discovered no tripod in the car. After a couple of second I decided too bad I was not going home to get it so I decided to take my pictures hand held. They came out pretty good but I will definitely have to come back and set my tripod up for some better longer exposed shots.
One final thought… I was not immediately sure what else I was missing and it was then I realized I had NO COFFEE with me. This made this journey a bit more of a challenge but I assure you my next picture event at the LDS Temple will include a tripod and very LARGE cup of fresh hot coffee…
Currently I have been working on Two 1 inch bore flutes crafted from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar. This particular flute is just about done other than final finish choices and some tweaking on the tuning. Which on this flute is tuned to “D” @ 432 Hz.
I really cannot get enough Port Orford Cedar as it is one of my favorite woods to craft flutes from. This one has a very pleasing deeper voice giving it a soothing melody. The totem rails are crafted from river reclaimed Sapodilla as it the Totem or Fetish itself. Once again this flute will feature my signature whimsical mustang. This time I am crafting it out of the same Sapodilla the totem rails are made from. This should be a stunning yet eloquent flute.
Currently I have this flute finished with a Satin/Semi-Gloss finish but more than likely it will end up with a high gloss finish. Although this is a fairly large flute the finger holes are positioned with comfort in mind. This flute like all of our flutes will ship with a protective bag as this recent completed flute did.
The price point has not been set and there is still time to add adornments such as hanging horse hair, feathers or even an inlaid cabochon. Port Orford Cedar is almost impossible to get anymore… this is a very nice wind instrument just about ready for a home.
If you are interested reach out to me via email @ Sales@JacksonHoleTim.com or call or text (307) 690-0427.
Just finished this Orange Acrylic painted flute hand crafted from Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Tuned to the Key of F# @440 Hz this flute has a wonderful tone.
Maple Totem rails and my whimsical Mustang Fetish crafted from a piece of Port Orford Cedar. Black Wyoming Black hand cut Bison lace and shipped in it’s protective bag. All in all a really nice flute project!
Earlier this year I started on a new journey of flute making. For so many years I have focused on the aesthetics of the natural wood and how it finishes as God’s eye intended. To this day most of the flutes I craft are in this vein.
Last September I decided built a flute for the 2018 Western Design Conference held each year in Jackson Hole Wyoming that was different than I had done in past shows. This flute was the first flute I painted a color and in this case I chose high gloss black. I loved it so much I decided to build another one just like it only with a 7/8″ bore flute while this one featured a 1″ bore.
Black Flute Sound Sample
Flutes like the one shown here have a lot of man hours in them and thus typically a much higher price point. This flute found a home in Nashville Tennessee early this summer. I have since built several others one in Red and another in Gun Metal Blue. But the flute I am working on now shown at the top of this post is for a customer in Texas who was a Texas Longhorn fan. However the color this time for me was inspired by a 1972 Orange and White Chevy pickup truck.
Big Red Sound Sample
This new orange flute features the same design as the others in that the totem rails are crafted from Maple and the whimsical mustang fetish is crafted of either Maple or Port Orford Cedar. The flute itself is made from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar which produces a very nice sounding flute. Listen to the samples of the others provided and here how nice these flutes sound. The 7/8″ bore makes this a very nice sized flute in your hands.
My goal with these new flutes is to make available a very nice flute at a price point that is affordable and yet a bit different. Of coarse we can bling them up but I think this new line of flutes offers something most artists seek and that is “Simple Elegance”
As we move through our Spring months here in Wyoming, like much of the country we have been experiencing unusual Spring weather even for us. Lots of rain, snow, thunder storms and just kind of miserable weather. This morning however was different. Woke up early and looked outside to see a beautiful warm sunny morning. About time I said to myself…
Without hesitation I grabbed a cup of coffee and went for a morning walk. My favorite walk is just over 3 miles round trip and basically it just takes me down our main road that leads to our home. Just a beautiful morning for a walk. The temperature was a very nice 50 degrees, lots of sun, just perfect.
As I made the turn out of my driveway and down to the corner the main road is pretty much a straight shot south. On both sides of the road are farms with much of them dedicated to cattle and hay. This road, Allred Road sits almost squarely in the middle of Star Valley on the Afton end. We are completely surround by mountain ranges. This time of year is simply… well green.
As usual I ran out of coffee fairly quick but the morning air was heavenly and the views spectacular. Truly blessed to live in this part of Wyoming. I have my favorite spot to make my turn around which is this fence line you see here.
I headed back home already thinking about my next cup of hot coffee. As I make my way back and turn onto our street I can see my home and being the coffee freak I seem to be I headed straight for my kitchen. Another beautiful start to another Authentic Wyoming day.