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.

Hand Cut Cantlinite Cabochon Necklace

Cantlinite Cabochon Necklace Set In Sterling

Just completed this necklace for a Christmas 2019 present.  This is a ONE OF A KIND necklace that was hand made by Wyoming Artist Timothy Jennings.  The stone is a hand cut and shaped Cabochon crafted from Cantlinite (Sacred Pipestone).

Many of our customers know that Tim makes hand crafted pipes most of which are used as Personal Pipes.  Some of his pipes however have been crafted and actually been used in Ceremony.  Each pipe that is crafted is made from hand quarried Cantlinite stone and as the pipes are cut there are many remnants of stone that are byproducts of the construction.  No remnant stone is discarded but instead re-purposed into personal jewelry.

This cabochon was crafted from just that – a remnant piece of stone from a previous pipe commission.  The stone was set in a sterling silver bezel with a solid sterling backing.  The necklace piece also made from sterling silver was pre-shaped so it hangs naturally on the neck.

A truly one of a kind piece.  I have available several Cantlinite stones that could be used to replicate this necklace although each would be unique in every way.  Reach out to us if you would like one made for you.  Email questions to “sales@jacksonholetim.com”.

New Brynn Jennings Turtle Coasters

Recently we have ordered with great success some really nice coasters.  Our first image selected for delivery was this hand drawn sea turtle drawn by our daughter Brynn Jennings.  These Photo Coasters are 4″ x 4″ and are feature a durable high gloss finish.

Each coaster is backed with a .125″ thick durable cork backing which is great on any surface.  They are easy to clean, light and store in a very small amount of space.  Our first order sold out!

These will be in stock shortly and prices start at $4.95 for a single Coaster or order by the set.  The set sizes start at 2 units and are available in 2, 4, 6 and 8 coasters all with the same image or shortly we will have mixed sets.

Watch for more coaster sets coming soon with images of Authentic Wyoming!

Sea Turtle Coaster Set

 

Port Orford Cedar Flute Available Now

Port Orford Cedar D @440Hz

Just finished is this simple yet elegant six hole Port Orford Cedar flute.  Hand crafted by flute artist Timothy Jennings and fully crafted and voiced here in Wyoming.  True Old Growth Port Orford Cedar continues to be rare and hard to find.

This is a 1″ inch bore flute with a longer Slow Air Chamber and block that gives this flute an overall longer aesthetic.  Both Totem Rails and the Totem (fetish)  are crafted from river reclaimed Sapodilla.

Unique to this flute is the hand cut Elk Antler cabochon that was crafted from Wyoming harvested elk and is bezel set in Sterling Silver and inlaid into the body of the flute.  Over all a very nice flute.

Click Here for more information and price point for this newly completed flute.  Ships with it’s own protective bag.

Mormon Temple Afton

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 are 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.

Mormon Temple Afton Wyoming Image 2

More Blanks On The Way

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.

Russian Olive Flute Blank Sets

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.

 

Alaskan Yellow Ceder Flute in Acrylic Red

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…

 

Port Orford Cedar Update

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.

Morning Coffee and Butch Cassidy

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.

The Little Rock Church Auburn Wyoming

Morning Coffee – Afton

Mormon Temple Afton Wyoming

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…