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.
i have just secured a new shipment of true Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar boards that will be here first of next week. This current shipment includes Cedar boards that reach lengths of 12 feet and all are 10″ wide and 8/4″ thick. This is the absolute best of the best all very tight Vertical Grain milled boards.
In addition I have secured some larger cant trims that are 4 and 6 inches thick by 12″ inches wide and up to 6 feet in length. These too are very nice solid AYC lumber that is perfect for carving, lathe turning and other projects requiring thicker stock.
Cut Your Own Stock
Are you a flute builder, relief carver, specialty cabinet builder, lathe turner? The source for this kind of quality stock requires purchases that are rather large and difficult to source. As in years past we will ship any size order, nothing is too small. Save money when you purchase stock in larger quantities. No orders are too large.
We expect to have the first boards on the ground here in Wyoming first of next week. Watch for new menu items to be added to our website in coming days. Links will list pricing and specialty boards as they become available.
If you are interested reach out to me early and get your name on some of this beautiful hard to get Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar. We will ship individual boards or if needed we can surface them for your for a upcharge. These are all rough sawn kiln dried boards.
I have started limited production for sale, flute blanks that feature unique hardwood end caps. The first blanks that will be available will be 24″ long blanks with bore sizes of 3/4″ and 7/8″. The end caps will be 3″ long at the foot of the blank and 2 3/4″ long at the mouth piece with the main part of the body approximately 18 1/4″ long.
The first few to be available will feature East Indian Rosewood and African Blackwood. If you are thinking about building a flute with a little more aesthetic appeal consider one our JHT Pre-Bored flute blanks. These new End Cap Blanks will be added to inventories on our Pre-Bore Flute Blank Page. Also available will be appropriate sized pieces for those who want to add their own totem rails.
Available for Pre-Order
These take time to craft properly and if you are wanting to purchase one reach out to me via the form below. Price points will vary based on Solid Turning blanks to pre-bored blanks made just like most all of the ones you are familiar with.
Check out this bad boy… This 1″ inch bore six hole flute is crafted from clear Texas Juniper. This image really does not do this flute body justice. I have always loved the color ranges in a nice piece of juniper and this one is no exception.
This flute features Maple Totem Rails and scheduled to have my Mustang Fetish. Still time to choose a different species for the Mustang but Maple will look real nice. Also add a hand made cabochon to make this flute completely yours.
Tuned to E @432Hz this flute as a nice deeper voice and sounds great. Final shaping and tuning is complete and I an now in the finishing stages. The finish will be a high gloss finish and accented with our hand cut Bison lace.
This is one of my favorite flutes I have made this year. I have posted information about this flute before offering what I consider to be the best flute of 2020 so far. Crafted from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar this large bore flute feature Sapodilla Totem Rail and my Mustang Fetish also made from Sapodilla.
Highlights of this flute was the addition of a hand cut Wyoming harvested Elk Antler cabochon set in Sterling Silver. The 1″ inch bore of this flute gives it a deeper voice tuned to D @440 Hz. Leather accents is our Wyoming handcut Bison lace. Nothing fancy just a really nice instrument. Simple Elegance achieved!
The new owner of this flute lives in Riverside, California and it is scheduled to ship late this week. I will miss this flute in my shop! As with all of the flutes I make I hope this flute bring them years of personal enjoyment.
If you like this flute as I do please visit the link below as there is a sister flute to this only crafted from Alaskan Yellow Cedar but features the same totem rail design and Mustang fetish. If you think you might like to peak then CLICK HERE for more information on the sister flute available.
As always this flute is available for commission. I still have some really nice Port Orford Cedar blanks. Contact me at “Sales@Jacksonholetim.com for more.
Earlier I made a post about three new flutes that I had started one of which is this Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute that will be finished in Acrylic Orange. This is an update specific to this flute.
The rough shaping and placement of the playing holes are complete and it is now in final shaping and sanding stage. Once the flute is shaped and sanded I will tune it prior to the final stages of finishing. As this flute gets down to it’s final shape it is going to be a beauty.
As planed this flute will also get my Wyoming Mustang fetish crafted from maple as are the totem rails. The flute above which was the first in orange for me found a home in Texas which seems appropriate as the color fits.
This flute is available to purchase ahead of completion so if interested visit the web page specific to this flute.
This five hole flute tuned to G @ 440Hz has entered the final phases of finishing. The Mustang fetish has been roughly crafted and matched to this flute. Next will be final detailing of the fetish and lacquer.
The flute is a very nice playing and aesthetically pleasing flute to look and listen to. This flute will like all of our flute ship with a protective bag. Almost ready for a home…
A customer just sent me this photo this morning of them making breakfast. From Scottsdale, Arizona Kirk recently received his order of 2 Flat Spatulas and one medium Spoon. It always warms our hearts when customers share with us how they use our Functional Art…
Most of you know jacksonholetim.com as primarily an artist website with a focus on Native American Style flutes and their parts as well as hand crafted pipes and local photography. Well nothing is changing there but we are adding a new hand crafted product line for consideration.
The Back Story
Those who know me know that I have three children ages ranging from 18 – 34 years of age. Our son Brock is a very accomplished Chef as well as a musician. Brock has really grown into an exception chef with lots of experience both in the home and in restaurants. His younger sister Blaire although not a working chef is also very much one in her own right. What this means is Peyton and eat really well when they come to visit.
The journey that led to the crafting of a line of kitchen utensils was one of desire to find a better quality type of wooden cooking utensils that Brock wanted in his kitchen and a need to find purpose to all of the exceptional Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar I use in many of my flute projects but so much for various reasons cannot be used in flute making. I do not waste a single board.
Truly Hand Crafted One of A Kind
So it seemed natural to makes some utensils for Brock and Blaire to use. Then is dawned on me that people might like to have some of these as well. We sat down and came up with a small line of hand crafted utensils which will be rolled out in the coming weeks, a line of functional yet durable utensils. For me though I am NOT about production pieces… I wanted to make these by hand as crazy as it sounds.
So let it be clear that every single utensil whether in inventory or ordered by a customer each one is fully hand crafted by me, in the USA, in the state of Wyoming. Unlikely you will find any wooden kitchen utensil so unique and yet functional made not with waste but premium quality USA Sourced materials. I truly put my own heart and soul into every piece I make whether it be a flute, pipe, wooden utensil, jewelry piece… everything that l make is part of my art working in multiple mediums.
Until I am able to catch up on exiting orders and build some small inventory to make available on this website send me a message of what you might want below and I will let you know costs and estimated time for delivery. These are really cool even if I do make them… lol
I continue to get questions as to what router bits I use to craft the flute blanks. So I have added back to our menus the bits that I carry and sell. I have used this line of router bits for years now and really like them. They last long, cut well and stay sharp.
You can order Online a limited line of the bits I use daily. They are worth the investment. Quality tools make ALL the difference. If we can help let us know how.
Recently I was contacted by a woman who lives in Anaconda Montana about a flute she and her husband found while hiking on a Spring outing. As the story goes it was a dewy spring afternoon when Julie and her husband went on a day hike in the John Long Mountains in Western Montana.
Another beautiful Montana day led them along the Butte Cabin trail head where Mother Earth was delivering some of her pure mountain snow-melt down stream to a thirsty world. They came to a crossing point that consisted of an old log with a rope that had been positioned to help in crossing the stream before them. The water was moving too fast for their canine companion so Julie traveled upstream to look for a more suitable place to cross.
When she found a place her dog could safely cross it was then she looked down at her feet and saw what she thought was a beaver chew in some leaf litter. She picked it up and realized it was actually some kind of instrument with holes evenly drilled into the body. So she grabbed her newly found treasure and rushed back to the log crossing her husband was still at. Not knowing what it was they tried to make some sounds with it but to no avail.
What she actually found was the body of a Native American Style flute that was visibly worn and blotchy (as she described it). Clearly someone had lost this flute some time before, maybe making a similar hike as she and her husband were enjoying. She pondered what journeys this flute had made long before she came across this little treasure this beautiful Spring day.
Upon returning home she did some research on Native American flutes and discovered it was missing a very important part of the flute which was the Fetish or Totem as some call it. She learned that with this specific flute the fetish that was missing also required the Focusing Channel to be cut into the bottom of the fetish in order to make it play. Who made this flute she wondered and what happened to the fetish? The only identifying mark was the letter “A” that was cut into the foot of the flute. This identifying mark was actually the key of this flute.
As she searched the Internet for a possible fetish replacement she came across our website here at Jacksoholetim.com. Julie reached out to me to see if I could help her with fitting a new fetish that would work for her new found treasure. I was humbled and excited that she reached out for help and shortly thereafter she sent the flute body to me to see if I could bring new life to it. I am always humbled by those who trust me with their wind instruments not really knowing who I am. But she did and soon after I received it in the mail.
After looking at this flute closer I was pretty sure the original flute maker was High Spirits Flutes out of Patagonia Arizona. There style of flute is unique and most all of their flutes I have seen are made where the focusing channel is cut into the bottom of the bird rather than the body of flute as I do it. This was once a nice little flute that was voiced in the Key of A.
So in short I created a new Otter fetish, cut the focusing channel into the bird and finished it so I could mate it to her flute. My Otters are a bit larger than the original fetish that probably was made for this flute but I like a bit larger bird so I went with it. Mother Nature had done a job on the previous finish and left some battle scars and water stains that needed to be addressed. I am sure this flute spent a winter or two in these mountains before she was found.
It was clear that the fetish I made which was out of a piece of Black Walnut required some work in matching the color of the fetish to the flute. I sanded the flute body down to it’s natural state, added a little stain for color adjustment and finished it with many hand applied coats of Semi Gloss Lacquer. I used some of our hand cut Warriors Blood Bison lace to attach the bird and in the end a nice little flute.
All in all this was a great little project for me. Even thought I did not make this flute I hope my part in restoring to playing condition brings many hours of joyful playing for it’s new owner.