All posts by Timothy Jennings

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.

Jackson Hole Tim Hats

Last summer we designed some hats for our customers.  We wanted a hat that makes a statement about Jackson Hole and Wyoming in general.  We have new hats in stock and a lower price point.  All of these are quality hats – no junk here.  If you are looking for hat from Jackson Hole consider one of ours.  The logo we designed is unique and like much of what I create a bit whimsical.  Check them out…

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Morning Coffee – First Spring Digs…

Winter has finally passed here in the Yellowstone Basin.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to see the ground again…  and the sun!  I spent a good part of this winter studying some of the latest Nikon Cameras and it was time to step up to something new.  I definitely wanted something with a fast frames rate and a camera that operates in lower light as well.

Although I was hoping for the release of the new 800 series camera I decided to pull the trigger and purchase the new D500 as I shoot so many moving things up here.  This new Nikon camera is just as advertised and once I was able to get it to my front door I could not wait to get out and take some new pictures.  The weather however did not cooperate until this past week when I finally got a window of clear weather.  Although I was not able to get out as early as I wanted I did make it to one of my favorite spots to look for interesting things to share.

This morning I decided to go to the gym first and then head north with my favorite LARGE cup of morning coffee in my hand.  I must say – I need to order two cups from now on or take a thermos…  One is just never enough.

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Antelope Flats Flowers Jackson Hole Wyoming

This time of the year the mountains are just starting to come alive.  This morning I headed to Antelope Flats just north of Kelly Wyoming.  The light was not what I wanted and there was very few animals to be found.  One of my favorite animals to photograph is the Pronghorn Antelope.  They are hard to get close enough to and they are FAST.

Male Antelope, Jackson Wyoming
Male Pronghorn Antelope, Antelope Flats Jackson Hole Wyoming Spring 2017

This big boy was checking me out and just as I was getting into a position where I would be on the right side of the light some tourists decided to speed down the road I was next to at an unacceptable speed thus forcing me to take these shots while I could.  Even though these are not what I wanted I do get excited for this summer as I am sure to encounter my friends again on favorable lighting terms.

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Spring in the Teton Range

If you are ever to visit Jackson Hole this is a wonderful part of the valley to check out as you never know what you will find.  Be sure to bring your camera and enjoy Jackson Hole through the lens of your camera.  You just may run into some of the locals like the Antelope, Bison, Moose, Deer, Elk, and for sure the beautiful mountain vistas that abound in every direction.  A great way to share a cup of Morning Coffee…

New Camera Is On It’s Way

One of the most enjoyable things I am able to do where I live is to walk out my front door and I can find so many wonderful things to take pictures of.  The Yellowstone Basin is truly one of the most beautiful parts of the United States and photographic opportunities are simply everywhere.

As I have achieved a higher level of skill for this craft so too has my desire to keep up with the latest camera technology.  Today’s DSLRs are simply amazing.  The quality of the image taken is almost as real life as viewing it through your own eyes.  I have been waiting for some new camera introductions later this year but my older Nikon was crying for help.  So I decided to pull the trigger and new camera now and then watch for future releases.

I settled on the new D500 which if you look into it is simply amazing at the depth of capabilities built into this new body.  With a burst rate of up to 10 FPS (Frames Per Second), 151 focal points, 4000K video and more I can’t wait to try it out in the wild.  I am sure I will be sharing some new stuff real soon.  I am currently awaiting an order of new Gallery Quality Acrylic Mounts that are being added to this website for sale as I write this.  Acrylic Mounting is nothing short of amazing!

Morning Coffee

For several years I wrote a blog post almost daily and I called it “Morning Coffee”.  I had so many people tell me how much they enjoyed these post many of which can still be found on this website by  clicking on the MENU LINK “BLOG” and then in the search field search “MORNING COFFEE” and a list will render for your reading pleasure.

This new camera is inspiring me to bring this back to all of you and I hope… no I am sure I can find some really cool things to share with all of you.  If you have not already subscribed to my blog you can easily do so in the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION area found in the upper left column of every page.  Each time I post something new you will receive it in your Inbox.  Please consider subscribing…

 

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Now available on Jacksonholetim.com is our live Chat Feature.  Located on the  right side of each web and blog page is an Orange Circle like the one in the picture above.  If you have questions simply click and ask away.  If I am Online you will know it and I will do my best to answer any and all questions.  If I am off-line then an email message will reach me and I will respond accordingly.  I hope this Chat Feature will help you in your search for the right flute, flute supplies or photographic image.

Port Orford Cedar Flute Commission Completed…

Earlier this year I was commissioned to craft a new flute from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar.  The client requested a flute tuned to the Key of A @ 440 Hz and she wanted it to be “Concert Tuned”.   I was excited to build this new flute as Port Orford Cedar is one of my very favorite species to work with.

So I found the stock I was going to craft this flute from and from the very beginning it just all seem to come together.  One new addition to this flute was the addition of an inlaid Sapodilla Cutting Edge and two totem rails crafted from the same piece of Sapodilla as the inlaid edge.  By spending the extra time on an inlaid edge and using a wood species quite a bit harder than the POC this would insure a cleaner sound and more resistant to future potential damage – not to mention is looks really  cool.

Because this flute was being crafted with a 7/8″ Bore and we were shooting for an “A” I knew this flute would tend to be a bit shorter than many that I make.  I designed this flute to have  a longer Slow Air Chamber and a stop block of around 1 1/4″ along with a 2 3/4″ blowhole to help with the overall aesthetics.   One other addition was to tune the fundamental note using the 4 Winds tuning holes which also give additional length to the overall flute.

Because I handcraft and hand shape all of my flutes I have to be careful when it comes to adding Totem Rails which you can see in the image above.  At this point you can see the Cutting Edge inlay is complete, the playing holes and 4 Winds tuning  holes have been laid out.  The Totem Rails have been added and glued to the body of the flute and at this point it was time to start the shaping of this flute.

“I am amazed and grateful for the experience of working with Tim Jennings to create a flute for me. He is quite the flute maker master! His attention to details adds a unique dimension to his flutes – the clarity of sound is amazing. The hand of flute makes it feel alive. And Tim is easy to work with, and truly listens and responds to the customer’s needs. He keeps the customer up to date every step of the way.”

Claudia Cocco
Cave Creek, Arizona

After a few weeks of prep work, gluing, clamping, shaping and sanding I had come up with what for me was a new design in that this flute feature a tapered rail that when the fetish or totem was added the back of the fetish would meet the end of the taper.  This approach created a bit different shape towards the mouthpiece, meaning not so round,  but more of an edgy look and overall I really like it.

Tuning this flute was also a challenge as I live in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of over 6400 feet.  Our humidity is higher than Arizona which is where this flute would call home.  Finally temperature is another real issue when tuning.  So I decided to tune the flute to the flat side of the note with the expectation that when the flute finds its way home to Arizona the lower humidity, lower elevation and higher temperatures the note would play closer to fundamental note of A.  We will see… some tweaking down the road may be required.

The final job to complete was to come up with a totem that met the desire of the client by yet allowed me to keep my whimsical tendencies that seems to run a common thread in other totems I have designed.  This flute was to have some sort of horse head totem and so this was what I ended up with.  The new owner likes to affectionately call it the Crazy Horse totem.  Seems fitting…

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

New Pre-Bored Native Style Flute Blanks Available…

Just a brief post here…  The first 5 of 25 new pre-bored flute blanks have been added to our “Pre-Bored Native American Styled Flute Blank” page.  All five of these are 24″ in length, 7/8″ Bore with a 3 1/2″ Slow Air Chamber (SAC).  The stop block is set to 1 1/4″ in width.  Blanks pictured here are 3 Alaskan Yellow Cedar and 2 Russian Olive blanks.  Also available on our eBay Store.  More to come daily…

NEW Flute Blanks Soon to Be Ready for Sale…

After a long winter and selling just about most of our winter inventory I am just getting ready to put the final touches on this batch of new Flute Blanks.  In this batch there will be Western Red Cedar, Port Orford Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and a couple of Russian Olive blanks.  Bore sizes will vary from 3/4″ to 1″ in this batch.  All of these blanks will be available for purchase  on Jackson Hole Tim and our Ebay Store.

Old Growth Port Orford Cedar Flute Blanks with Birds Eye Maple Properties – Very Nice blanks

In this batch there will be 5 Old Growth Port Orford Cedar blanks that are all matched and from the same board.  These blanks are very unusual as they have the properties of Birds Eye Maple.  All five of these blanks will be bored at 7/8″ and will feature a slightly longer Slow Air Chamber which should make for very nice Aesthetics.  Each blank will be $52.00 each as these are very rare to come by.  The other POC blanks are also very nice but from different boards.

Any of these blanks can be secured for a commissioned flute as well.  If you are looking for an opportunity to own a truly unique flute blank then one of these five would be the ones.  If you have interest to purchase message me and we can set them aside.  Otherwise you will find them listed very soon.

Contact me by email @ timjen333@gmail.com or call (307) 690-0427.  To secure any one of these POC blanks I will invoice you for full payment and shipping.

Tony Duncan Plays His New Raven Themed Flute…

Spring Break in Jackson Hole is a welcome time of the year as we are emerging from the depths of Old Man Winter here in Western Wyoming.  Each Spring our kids get 2 full weeks for Spring Break which is plenty of time to take a road trip.  This year a road trip south was needed more than other.  Our epic snowfall was one for the record book and it was still falling upon our departure.

“Amazing but that is what God does with music. Most believers want to have their emotions manipulated with music but they don’t realize that to God, music is communication. He communicates to us through the music of creation, twinkling stars, rushing water, winds that whisper and winds that roars through the trees, crashing waves and babies cries. The native flute is so special because when we give it our breath, it give us it’s song and each one has a song all its own. Through it we can release the deep sounds of our being.”

Mary Blakeley

This year our road trip was to take us first to Scottsdale Arizona to visit family and then on to San Diego.  One of the highlights planned was to visit a Scottsdale venue where Tony Duncan was to play.

For those who may not know Tony Duncan is one of our true Native American Music treasures and he is an Award Winning Native American Flute Artist and World Champion Hoop Dancer (5 times World Champion).  Tony has been blessed to play with the likes of Carlos Nakai, Joanne Shenandoah, Nelly Furtado and other great music artists.  He was awarded Artist of the Year at the Native American Music Awards  for 2013-2014 and he has played to huge audiences globally.  Tony has played the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Smithsonian Museum, The Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show, and The White House.

The Native American Flute is one of the most beautiful instruments handed down from Mother Earth and when in the hands of Tony, well lets just say a Spirit comes through and straight to your heart.

CLICK IMAGE to hear the voice of this flute. Tony Duncan in Phoenix Arizona
Timothy Jennings and Tony Duncan

Recently I had the opportunity to deliver a flute I made to Tony.  Although this flute took a bit longer than I had wanted I finally was able to have it delivered before our trip to Arizona.  The flute pictured above is the actual flute crafted for Tony and above (picture) is a link of a video sent to me by Tony of him playing it in Arizona shortly thereafter.

We arrived in Scottsdale late Friday evening after driving 900 miles.  Then Saturday morning we made our way down to the Scottsdale Civic Center just in time to hear Tony play and to our great surprise he was playing his new Raven Themed flute.  This man is blessed for sure.  We met his family again and chatted a bit about things and after the show we parted ways and our family went on to eat lunch in town.  But I must tell you how humbled I was to hear the voice of this flute after spending so many hours crafting it.  Tony could not have been more gracious as was his wife Violet.  And his children are so full of life and clearly one big happy family.

For those who would like to seek Tony’s music out he is currently signed to Canyon Records, the largest Native American music label and his music is available through iTunes and other music vendors.  Follow Tony Duncan on FaceBook.  I look forward to the next opportunity to craft another flute for Tony… I hope soon…

Jackson Hole Studio Gallery to be Open Summer of 2017…

Opening May 1st 2017 through October 31st

Come Visit Our Studio Gallery This Summer

Should you be traveling through Jackson Hole this summer please come visit me in my Studio Gallery.  We are easy to find as we are just south of the town of Jackson Hole located just off of the Snake River.  If you are looking for a pleasant afternoon and you want to explore something outside of Jackson Hole then take the journey south just 12 miles and view our art.

Please come spend a part of your day with Tim.  We are located just about on the mighty Snake River.  Take a walk along the river right from our property.  Enjoy a beverage complimentary on us.  In addition to Flutes some of Tim’s jewelry and local photography will be on display.  We can also ship any purchase to your home or business so you don’t have to take it with you.

Bison Herd Antelope Flats

Artist In Resident

We are in the process of negotiating for a couple of spots in the town of Jackson Hole where Tim will be the Artist In Resident at one of the local establishments.  This is still in the works but if and when we get this in the bag we will be posting days and hours you can find Tim in town.

Tim will also be crafting his art at our home studio gallery that will be open this summer.  Come visit with Tim and watch how some of his art is actually crafted by hand.  Everything will be available for purchase.

The Largest Selection of Flutes in Wyoming

Come see my collection of hand crafted award-winning Native American Styled Flutes here at our Studio Gallery on your next visit to Jackson Hole.  The entire selection of Native American Styled flutes are crafted by local award-winning artist Timothy Jennings.  We have fully completed flutes, flutes ready for final production (Available to customize), Flute Making Supplies and we will be taking commissions for the winter of 2017 – 2018.

How do you get here?

We will be posting complete instructions on how to get to our property as we get closer to May 1st.  We will post a video that will give you a taste of what you can expect to see on your journey.

If you are interested please contact me via phone @ (307) 690-0427 or email me @ timjen333@gmail.com.  Feel free to leave a comment to this post if this interests you… I would love to see you…

Morning Coffee – Bozeman Eats…

Here in the Yellowstone Basin our winters tend to be long and cold.  Most years winter comes and goes within the normal season time frames and yes snow is definitely part of the mix.  There are really two seasons that bring people to our area… summer and winter.  Not that Fall and Spring are not beautiful but the masses tend to travel during the summer and winter months.

jhresort_01Summer is simply breathtaking here in the Yellowstone Basin and people flock to this part of the world during the summer months by the millions.  Winter is a different crowd mostly looking for that powder stash we are so well known for.  Not only skiers but snow machiners as well.  Togwatee pass is one of the top places in the world for Snow Machining and our resort Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is one of the top ski resorts in the world.

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Along the banks of the Snake River

But for those of us who live here getting away from the deep snow, especially in years like this where the snow just keeps coming is a necessary endeavor.  Last thursday we decided it was time to just go … anywhere where the snow was not so deep.  Our destination was to be Bozeman Montana.  From our home here just south of Jackson Hole our road trip was to take us 227 miles to the heart of Bozeman Montana.

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Gallatin River, Montana

Now I know this sounds a little like a crazy thing to do which is to say drive 227  miles in winter to get away from the snow but this was to be our journey this day.  It is important to note that the drive from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Bozeman Montana is one of the most beautiful drives in North American winter or summer.  In the winter we travel from Jackson Hole, to Ashton Idaho then up to West Yellowstone and through the very NW corner of Yellowstone Park and we then follow the Gallatin River down into Bozeman.  Simply beautiful the entire way!  So we grabbed our Morning Coffee and off we went…

Once in Bozeman we stayed for the night and in addition to our normal Costco run we decided to explore some new places to eat since when in Bozeman this is one of our favorite sports.  This trip we ate at four local restaurants two of which we will not talk about but there were two that we really enjoyed.  We love to eat breakfast at  local eclectic venues if we can find them and one that we ate at was simply a joy.

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Stockyard Cafe Bozeman Montana

We found and ate at the Stockyard Cafe located in the Northeast side of Bozeman.  A bit of an adventure to find and truthfully not a lot to brag about as this place is truly a small slice of Americana.  Our first impression was that we made a mistake as this place is actually at the Bozeman Stockyards.  We located the little red building that at first glance seemed to be in need of repair.  But with all the cars parked in the parking lot it was a good indication that the food inside would be the perfect answer to the morning hungers.

stockyard_002To be truthful there is not a lot to talk about as this little cafe is well – let’s just say a place stuck in time.  Don’t be surprised if you will need to help the staff with your table and such and the tableware is… well kind of plain.   But those people who had already been served all seem to be pleased with their meals as everyone was eating and not much talking going on.

We placed our orders for each of us and waited for the hot coffee to pour which basically is a bottomless cup of joe for those of you who love coffee.  The servers were friendly and busy to boot.  The place was decorated with local flavor and let’s just say the decor was done a few years ago but actually quite quaint.

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There were three of us for breakfast and I must say that we were not disappointed with our meals.  I admit it… I had the biscuits and gravy two eggs and a side of local bacon… Why not?  After all this was the west and we were in a real western cafe.  Peyton’s meal which was … well I am not real sure – maybe some sort of huevos rancheros but delicious just the same.  Brynn had the french toast and she too left satisfied and smiling.

If you want a real feel good breakfast then you have to visit the Stockyard Cafe.  It was a lot of fun with a great atmosphere and the food and service were excellent.  We liked it!

pizzacampaniaThe other meal we had which was really good turned out to be the first choice of our daughter Brynn the evening prior.  Brynn selected Pizza Compania Italian Restaurant which is located in the Cannery district of Bozeman.  This restaurant sits in what was apparently the old granary and the atmosphere is excellent.

The funny thing was that earlier in the day we were talking about maybe a pizza place but she was not having the idea.  But later that evening she all the sudden got the bug for pizza and well, it was her turn to pick.  She did a great job picking Pizza Compania.

Our Leftovers!
Our Leftovers!

This restaurant is probably the best place we have eaten in Bozeman.  The service was excellent and friendly, the beer cold and local, the food simply amazing.

The artichoke dip we started with was absolutely the best we have ever had.  OMG – we could not stop eating it!  The salads were fresh and the dressing perfect in every way.  But the pizza was to die for!  Oh and the cost was hard to believe – our total bill for all that we ordered plus 3 beers and a wine was less than $70.00 dollars.  If you are in Bozeman you will want to try this place out!  If you like pizza then you will not be disappointed.  There are other things on their menu as well and I am sure we will be back to try just about everything at some future date.

Road trips can be fun and they can be cathartic to your well-being.  We love grabbing a cup of coffee and hitting the road.  Although most of our Morning Coffee adventures are a bit shorter in duration.  At the end of the day and the end of the trip we came home with smiles on our faces.