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.
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.
As we expand our search for quality Bison hides my goal is to offer some of the best selection of hides that can be used in the crafting the Native American Style Flute. These are the very same hides I use here in my shop for my flute projects.
NEW This Week Are These 4 Hides
This new hide is one of a kind and was a one off tanning. Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful. Feature little or no sheen. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.
Wyoming Cave Brown
This is a very dark almost chocolate brown color. Little or no sheen depending on the hide. Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.
Wyoming Warriors Blood
This hide is one my new favorites. Like the other Bison hides here there is almost no sheen at all and this hide tends to have a very rustic look. Titled Warriors Blood, these hides show the battle scars from the scrapes and fights these big animals have during their lifetime. Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful. Feature little or no sheen. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.
Wyoming Ruby Red
Very similar to the Warriors Blood hides the Ruby Red is a bit darker in color and tanned with a more even coloring throughout. Like the other hides above there is little to no sheen on these hides as well. Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful. Feature little or no sheen. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.
Sold by the Foot
All of our Bison Lace we sell is hand cut. There are no perfectly cut hide lace as it is difficult to cut in the first place. So for example a 3/8″ lace is an approximate in width. To see more about purchasing lace from us check the link below. If you have questions or need something specific reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427 or email me @ email@example.com… I am here to help!
This Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute has taken shape and is now tuned. She ended up being a five hole G @ 440 Hz. Crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar featuring Maple Totem Rails and my signature Wyoming Mustang fetish.
She is a beautiful playing flute and sounds great like all of our AYC flutes. Final sanding is underway and then she will get her many coats of Acrylic and finally finished with a High Gloss Lacquer. Like the flute before her she will be a beauty.
Wyoming Warriors Blood Lace
New to this flute is that she is a Five Hole flute and she will get our new Warriors Blood red Bison Lace. This should add a nice finish to this flute. We have ordered and will have this coming week some new bison hides one of which will be this hide color.
Because this is a five hole flute there is room for some customization for those who would like to have something truly unique. Where the #4 hole would normally be cut is a perfect place for a hand made cabochon out of Catlinite or Wyoming harvested Elk Antler… think about it.
Available for Purchase Now
Like many of the flute I build you can purchase them prior to them being finished. If you want this flute but would like some customization now is the perfect time to get it donw.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER $245.00 PLUS SHIPPING
Call or Text (307) 690-0427 or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
From time to time I come across some old cants that were part of earlier jobs. Several years ago I purchased a pallet of what were 8″x8″ trims off a big job in Oregon. These cants where the trims off larger beams. They were also the heartwood of the tree so I bought them sight unseen.
I have finally decided to re-purpose these trimmed cants into boards suitable to our clientele. Most of these Western Red Cedar boards you will find listed on our website will be 7/8″ thick or 9/16″ thick. Lengths are from 20″ inches in length up to 36″ in length. Some will be resawn to 1″ thickness when appropriate.
Each board is trimmer to length based on any checking we find in the cutting of the boards. These are great from making flute blanks, fetish stock, or other hobby projects. The grain in these boards is hard to find in Western Red Cedar… these are really nice boards ready for your next flute building or hobby project.
These boards will be added to our HOBBY LUMBER & BILLETS page shortly. In the meantime if you are interested in some reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427 or email @ “email@example.com”. When they are gone they are GONE!
I thought I would share a quick post about a project I started over a week ago. I have been wanting to build a new table for the shop that would be just right for flute building as well as cutting hides . I am all of 6-4 and a lot of my height is in my midsection. So bending over low tables gets old quick.
This table is almost complete as it is sanded and ready for finish and stains. It measures about 5 feet deep by 7 1/2 feet long and stands counter height. Casters make it easy to maneuver when needed and the shelf underneath give ample storage of excess lumber and such. Solid as a rock and will soon feature a new wood vise as well. This will give the extra surface I need without having to bend over all the time.
The second addition of late is this new band saw from Jet. Also on a set of casters this heavy band saw is easy to move around when needed. This machine will be used mostly for small resaw project and fetish crafting.
Next on the list will be a new helical planer and jointer probably from Powermatic. Time to replace and upgrade some of my power equipment.
Coming soon is some new lumber that I am trying to acquire out of Colorado. My favorite stash of urban harvest lumber provides truth old growth trees that were planted around the time of the Oregon Trail when pioneers headed west. As they age or get crushed by urban sprawl one guy has made it his mission to harvest these valuable trees. Watch for more posts about what we find.
Finally I have will cutting and offering some new blank designs that will feature end caps. This has not been my normal path because I do not turn my flutes on a lathe, however some of the flute builders that shop our blanks have ask for them. Some of the first selected woods should land in my shop any day. Watch for future post alerts on these new blanks.
As always reach out with questions… I am hear to help!
We have finally added back our page on available hand cut Bison Lace that is used primarily to attach your fetish or totem to the body of their flute. We are offering various colors as widths for purchase.