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Bozeman and Barrels

This past weekend we had the great pleasure to make our way to Bozeman Montana.  We live in the Jackson Hole area and from here it is a good 235 miles to Bozeman.  We just love our weekends in this great town.  Good food, shopping, great people… and more important COSTCO.   Bozeman is just a really great town.  It sits on the northern boundary of Yellowstone Park in a beautiful valley completely surrounded by mountain ranges.  This time of the year the park is closed so we travel through West Yellowstone and climb through the westernmost reaches of Yellowstone Park and then we follow the Gallatin River down into Bozeman.

One of the highlights of our trips to Bozeman is finding a favorite restaurant to eat at before we get busy with our day.  One of our favorite places to eat breakfast at is a place called “Jam!”.  Jam! is located on Main Street in old downtown Bozeman and this place is so much fun.  It is run amazingly well, food is always top notch and the coffee… well it is really good and HOT just the way I like it.  The atmosphere is so very cool and the vibe in this place is so much fun.  The old brick walls and the local mural on the wall in the back is really something.  Service is friendly, and the food is always fabulous.  Finally you will have a smile on your face when the bill comes – they are so reasonable in their pricing that it is hard to not smile when you are all done.  Before you venture out to Copper Springs get some great food at Jam!

One of the highlights of the weekend was our time spent at the Copper Springs Ranch facility as this weekend they were having one of their great Barrel Racing Events.  As many know we are living with multitudes of snow this time of year and our arenas are covered with deep white powder.  Very difficult to prepare for winter events like this.  So this trip we decided to just watch and see what the competition looked like.  My daughter Brynn and her companion Rebecca Star wait all winter long for the Barrel Season to officially kick off in the Spring.

If you have ever watched a Barrel Racing Event it really is a treat.  It is a fast paced timed event that can be really exciting to watch.  This weekend we saw just about everything you would expect,  Nice trailers, beautiful horses, the very young and some a bit older than you would expect.  We even saw a crash or two which is never a good thing – but I think everyone came through it ok.  One of the really fun things to watch is the tractor race that happens in between each 4-6 racers.  They come out of the gate and really clean things up in a very quick manner.  You will swear it is a racing even with tractors.  These guys are so good at what they do and they keep the races on track.

Copper Springs is located just west of Bozeman on the road to Ennis Montana.  Located on the top of a hill on the west side of the Gallatin River this place is picture perfect.  The facility itself is amazing, clean and lots of room.  The interior of the barn where the events are held is first class with plenty of seating and even a full snack bar.  They have a full and complete staff and the place is immaculate and offers great seating.  Simply a great place to spend a weekend.

Our goal was to scope out some of the racers and see how everyone was placing in their time slots.  We watched the very young, novice racers and then some really accomplished riders followed.  I took my camera and took some shots which you can see below.  If you ever make it to Bozeman Montana when one of these events are taking place at Copper Springs – check it out for a few hours.  You will enjoy your visit.

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New Flute Blanks Being Added to Inventory

As promised these completed flute blanks will start hitting our inventory pages starting later today.  Included in this lot are 4 – 1 inch bore Black Willow blanks, two 3/4″ bore Western Red Cedar, 3 Alaskan Yellow Cedar Blanks in 1inch and 7/8″ bore and several Alaskan Yellow Cedar Billets and two beautiful Port Orford Cedar blank sets that have not been bored.  In this lot most of the blanks in addition to the bore and blow holes being cut we have decided to cut just the focusing channel and the exit hole from the Slow Air Chamber.  We DID NOT cut a starter hole for the Cutting Edge.  We have received several requests lately to leave this area alone as more and more flute builder want to tackle the Windway/Cutting edge themselves.  Look or them on our Pre-Bored Flute Blank pages and our Blanks, Billets & Boards page.

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Cutting New Black Willow & China Berry Blanks

Today I will be starting some new Pre-Bored flute blanks that will be cut from some Black Willow and China Berry.  I am hoping to get 7-10 nice blanks sets in 1″ and 7/8″ bores.  Black Willow is a really nice wood to make a flute from and it is easy to work and produces a very nice sounding flute.  China Berry is a bit hard much like Black Locust.  Although it is harder and the wood is a bit tricky to hand plane it too produces a nice sounding flute – although with a bit of a brighter voice.  You can find current inventory on our Pre-Bored Flute Blank Page.  Check them out…

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Sassafras Flute Returns for Re-Work

This is a post for a flute I just finished re-working and sent back to a client.  It came to me as a C# and we changed it to a D @432Hz.  This is a flute I made several years ago for a client in Idaho and when it came back to me I immediately saw some things I wanted to change.  The eagle fetish now placed on the flute was one she purchase from me a year ago for another flute and she wanted to use it on this flute along with the feather fetish originally created as you can see in the photo below.  We did not put a finish on the flute originally by request nor did we this time after reshaping.

If you look closely at the original photo below you will see that this flute was a bit on the big side and with a 1″ bore a C# is really not the best key for it.  So I re-tuned it to a D @432Hz.  This flute sounds a lot better and plays really nice.  I had to make some adjustments to the eagle fetish chimney so it would not interfere with the flow of air.  The image above is the same flute after re-working it.  Much more slender, hand carved signature step in front of the windway and a much tighter mouthpiece.  I did not change anything in the length of the flute nor did I adjust the playing holes.  All tuning was done using an undercutting technique.  I only hope she is pleased with the end result.

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Blanks, Billets and Boards

After many months and a big move the past year to our new little ranch here in Wyoming we are bringing back Blanks, Billets and Boards to  A big part of our business in the past has been selling quality hard to find specialty lumber available in very small quantities.  Our motto here is WASTE NOT.  There are so many boards that have issue with them such as knots, checks, splits and just damaged areas.  Plus it is hard to find a place where you can purchase just one single quality board.

blanksreadytoboreSome of the best blank sets come from these very challenged boards.  We take the time to cut each board to its full potential and then cut, plane and drum sand them so others including ourselves can use them.  Some of the species we like such best are Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar which both are hard to find and expensive to obtain.  We also like to keep a smattering of odd species such as Russian Olive, China Berry, Black Locust and others.

We are adding daily new inventory as of the date of this post.  We have changed the name of our “Ready To Bore” blanks page to “Blanks, Billets & Boards” and you now can find the link to this page from several places within our menu system.  You will find pre-cut ready to bore flute blank sets, solid billets, and pre-cut and surfaces quality lumber boards.  This page should be of interest to more than just flute makers as the billets are perfect for lathe turners, and the boards are first rate lumber.  Most of our stock will be in lengths less than 60 inches in length but this is subject to change.  I hope that you will find this new inventory listing helpful in your project – whatever it may be.

For flute makers that craft their own flute blanks you will find some very nice board stock much of it in the 6 – 10 inch widths.  If you are cutting your own or wanting to cut your own flute blank stock this is a great way to go.  To be truthful when we cut a board we always seem to look at it for it flute blank potential.  Enjoy shopping.

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Bison Lace Included with All Pre-Bored Blanks

Pre-Bored Flute Blanks Now Ship with Bison Leather Lace

We now stock and cut our own Bison Leather Lace for our production flutes and for all of you flute makers we are now adding Bison Lace with each Pre-Bore Flute Blanks Set ordered from this page.  Select the flute blank(s) you want and one of 4 current colors of lace available from the shopping cart.  Each flute blank ordered will ship with it’s own lace so when you complete your flute you will be ready to tie your fetish on your new flute.  The Bison lace shipped with each order will be pre-cut lace that is 3/8″ wide (most popular) by 36″inches in length.  This provides you with plenty of length for each flute blank you order.  Current colors available are:

Wyoming Black

Wyoming Mocha

Wyoming Tan

Wyoming Sand

If you are not sure what kind of fetish you want to craft check out some our Do It Yourself (DIY) Fetish blanks we offer – Click Here.  This is a good way to get started with a preformed fetish design that you will finish yourself.

PLUS – All Flute Blanks Ordered Ship with 3 Schematic Drawings

Each order we now include beginning January 1st 2018 three proprietary Flute Drawing Schematics that should assist you in your flute building journey at no additional cost.  These schematics will help detail the important components for crafting the Windway or Cutting Edge.  These drawings will share with you the exact process I use in my own personal flute building.  When your order is placed and paid for we will email you these schematics in advance of your order shipping.  We also sell these schematics as a stand alone order for $6.95.


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New Flute Blanks Added

I have just completed and added 16 new pre-bored flute blanks to our flute blank pages.  Four of the new blanks are crafted from China Berry which has characteristics of Black Locust.  All fours blanks are 24″ inches long cut with a 7/8″ bore.

The other blanks include 7/8″ and 1″ bores cut in Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar.  Lengths are 24″, 28″ and 30″ inches long.  All windways and focusing channels are cut to 3/8″ wide but on the 1″  bored blanks you can enlarge them up to 1/2″ wide if desired.

These blanks are available now – CLICK HERE to VIEW.

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Jackson Hole Tim Bison Hats Stitch Up

Well after getting lost in the mail we finally received our first mockup (Stitch Up) of our new Jackson Hole Time Bison Hat.  This is our first generation Bison hat that we will release shortly and it is available to purchase now.  This Bison hat is being embroidered right here in Wyoming and I really like it.  The first hats we will receive with logo on them will be the FLEX FIT 210 Flat Billed Skater hat.  It will look just like the mockup image to the left.  The back of the hat will feature the Wyoming Bucking Horse, Wyoming and Forever West tagline .  If you are interested in this hat visit our JACKSON HOLE TIM HATS PAGE.

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Black Walnut Flute with Sapodilla Rail F# 432 Hz

Just completed this flute is one that has been shared in our Under Construction Page.  This six hole Native American Style flute is handcrafted from a piece of very old Black Walnut harvested from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.  Not a matched set of blanks but cut from the same board.  This flute features a 7/8″ bore tuned to the key of F# @432Hz and Sapodilla rails which nests the fetish which is our Teton Spike.  The Spike is crafted from a piece of Bubinga which is seldom used in our shop and it will be attached with a matrix of our Handcut Wyoming Tan Bison Leather.  Flute body features our signature hand cut step.  Another very nice flute.   Available for $325.00 plus shipping.  CLICK HERE for full details on this flute.

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New Port Orford Cedar Flute Key G @ 440Hz

We have just added a new flute available for sale.  This Port Orford Cedar flute is a five hole flute tuned to the Key of G @ 440Hz.  This is a very very nice POC flute with an incredible voice.  In an attempt to make some of our flutes more affordable we have priced this flute at $185.00.  This is in a small way our attempt to make some of our flutes available for the first time flute buyer.  But do not be fooled by the price – this little flute is really nice. beginner or not  For more information CLICK HERE and see the full details of this amazing little flute.

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Bison Bull Acrylic Mount In Production

In production now is this Lone Bull Bison taken this past summer here in the Yellowstone Basin.  This is a very nice 16″ x 24″ Acrylic Mount that is in the process of being framed.  The frame is being crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and is available in both a natural High Gloss finish and a High Gloss Black.  This acrylic is currently scheduled to be framed in a natural high gloss frame.  This image was printed on high resolution archival Epson Metallic Photo paper using Epson archival inks.  This paper type gives this print a luminous and iridescent appearance.

This image was then mounted onto a clear acrylic, finished with a 1/8” black sintra adhered to the back.  Other Acrylic prints are typically printed directly onto the acrylic itself resulting in a lower resolution print with much less vibrance.  Finally I had the edges of the acrylic diamond polished with a 3 step process to ensure a diamond shine that adds a stunning finishing touch.  Even though this image is set into our own frame design the polished edges really make for a clean finished mount.

This acrylic will be mounted from the front of the frame giving it a true floating off of the wall appearance.  The image of this ram shown here was done in just this way and this should give you an idea of how the finished product will look.  It is hard to capture how nice these prints look in a web based image – they really look great in person.

Reserve it Now

If you are interested in this Bison acrylic please complete the form below.  If you have questions simply write them in the comments section.  If you would like to order a different sized version of this image let me know and we can order it from the lab. If you want to purchase this print before it is completed here in our shop simply purchase it now from the link below.  Please select from the drop down menus the 16 x 24 option and the frame choice.  If you hurry you can select either the High Gloss Natural (as scheduled) or the High Gloss Black.  Finally this image is also available as just an acrylic mount that has no frame and mounts directly to your wall.

$615.00 Plus Shipping

Questions?  Complete Form Below

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First Place in Photo Contest Afton Wyoming

Earlier this month I entered some of my photos from the past couple of years in a photo contest here in Afton Wyoming.  I just received an email giving me the good news.  The photo you see here is my daughter Brynn loving on her mare Rebecca Star in a small creek here in Jackson Wyoming.  This picture was taken this past summer and I thought it was truly representative of the story of the Wyoming Cowgirl.  No belt buckles, cowboy hats, shirts, rodeo drama just a girl and her horse.  I am humbled this picture was chosen as the winner in the Cowboy & Cowgirl Category.

Available for Print

This image is available for print.  The first prints will be Acrylic Mounts and custom framed here in our shop.  If you are interested in purchasing this print titled “A Girl and Her Horse” complete the form below.  Print sizes available will be in 8.5″ x 10″ and 11″ x 17″ plus framing.  Framing will be crafted out of Alaskan Yellow Cedar and mounted from the front.  Below is an example of a recent print completed in this way.  Frame will be available in Natural High Gloss finish and a High Gloss Black.

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