As we move through our Spring months here in Wyoming, like much of the country we have been experiencing unusual Spring weather even for us. Lots of rain, snow, thunder storms and just kind of miserable weather. This morning however was different. Woke up early and looked outside to see a beautiful warm sunny morning. About time I said to myself…
Without hesitation I grabbed a cup of coffee and went for a morning walk. My favorite walk is just over 3 miles round trip and basically it just takes me down our main road that leads to our home. Just a beautiful morning for a walk. The temperature was a very nice 50 degrees, lots of sun, just perfect.
As I made the turn out of my driveway and down to the corner the main road is pretty much a straight shot south. On both sides of the road are farms with much of them dedicated to cattle and hay. This road, Allred Road sits almost squarely in the middle of Star Valley on the Afton end. We are completely surround by mountain ranges. This time of year is simply… well green.
As usual I ran out of coffee fairly quick but the morning air was heavenly and the views spectacular. Truly blessed to live in this part of Wyoming. I have my favorite spot to make my turn around which is this fence line you see here.
I headed back home already thinking about my next cup of hot coffee. As I make my way back and turn onto our street I can see my home and being the coffee freak I seem to be I headed straight for my kitchen. Another beautiful start to another Authentic Wyoming day.
This is another moment in time captured this past Fall here in the Yellowstone Basin. On this morning Peyton and I traveled to Jackson Hole Wyoming to pickup our morning coffee before heading out to this beautiful spot. Located on the Gros Ventre River east of Kelly Wyoming this drainage is one of my favorite places to spend time and just be still.
Just east of this spot on the river is where the huge landslide happened in the early 1900’s that created the two Slide Lakes that are now part of this amazing landscape. The Gros Ventre was one of the original trails into the valley that the trappers used to hunt and trap this beautiful place. The Teton are visible most of the way down this drainage and one can see for miles.
This little bend in the river is a very nice place to sit and sip on some Morning Coffee and reflect on the beauty that is the result of the ultimate artist, God himself. Enjoy a snapshot in time and share with me the quite serenity of this place knows as the Gros Ventre River. Enjoy….
I have just ordered some 16×24 Metal prints of this big boy. This image was capture in the summer of 2017 north of Jackson Hole Wyoming in the Antelope Flats area. Part of the Yellowstone herd comes south each summer to hang out in this awesome spot that sits basically within or right next to Teton National Park, north of Jackson Hole Wyoming.
This image can be reproduced in pretty much any size but I really like the the 16×24 vertical presentation. Not too big and not too small. If a more contemporary look is your desire hang directly on your wall. If you are looking for a more traditional fits to you space maybe add a nice frame. Available now.
I have started shaping a new flute crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar that will be painted Acrylic Black just like the image in the header of this post. This flute however will be about 22 inches in length and because of it’s 7/8″ bore it will more than likely be in the F or G range.
The Totem will be a Mustang and the Totem Rails will be crafted from American Maple just like it’s big brother. This Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute like the Big Red one finished earlier this year will be a sister flute to it. All of my painted flutes are finished on the inside as the outside so that there is consistency throughout.
Price point for this finished flute will be the same as the red flute at $285.00 plus shipping. If you have interest in this flute call or Text (307) 690-0427 or email me @ email@example.com.
From time to time I come across a flute project I did for someone else and as I look back on it I get excited about how the flute came out. One of my favorite woods to work with is Port Orford Cedar which is not easy to get anymore. But I do have some stashed away for special occasions.
This flute was made for a client in the Cave Creek Arizona area and I really liked how it turned out. The customer wanted to have a flute that voiced an “A” @ 440Hz. As most of you know I live in the Yellowstone Basin here in Wyoming so our altitude and weather patterns are quite a bit different than the desert region of Arizona. Building a flute in Wyoming and shipping to Arizona and hitting the mark for tuning is always a challenge. All in all I think I was able to get pretty close.
What I like about this flute is the simple elegance it embraced and the mix of the Sapodilla Totem Rails, Cutting Edge inlay and the Maple Mustang fetish it was a really eye appealing flute when finished. Easy to play and sounded wonderful. We recorded the sound clip here in Wyoming after it was finished so check out the voice of this flute in the clip below.
Commissioned projects are always fun yet stressful to do. This flute project was one I really enjoyed. I would love to work on another project like this one again for a new customer. Maybe that customer is you? Let me know what you think of this flute in the comments below. If you would like to explore a flute for you similar reach out to me.
The latter part of 2018 I started to craft some flutes with the intent to paint them rather than finish them in their natural state. This flute is one of 4 that I am either building or finished with. This particular flute is hand crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and finished both inside and out in Acrylic Black.
This is a larger flute with a bore of 1″ and tuned to the key of D# @ 440Hz. In addition I have added a hand cut Wyoming Elk Antler Cabochon that is set in a Sterling Silver Bezel. I added a pair of Totem rails for the Mustang fetish and both the rails and the fetish are crafted from American Maple and finished in their natural wood colors.
I made a stand for this flute and like the flute the stand is finished in a high gloss black acrylic. The stand however is made from Old Growth Black Walnut harvested from the Boulder Colorado area. Final accents are the hand cut Wyoming Black Bison lace and I have added some Sterling Silver beads that have finally tarnished to their natural state and some red and black glass Crow beads.
This is a beautiful flute that not only sounds and plays well it will look fabulous in a prominent place in your home or business. One of my favorites to date.
Available for Commission
This flute like most of the flutes you can see here at jacksonholetim.com is available for commission. This was not a commissioned piece but one that I just wanted to build for my own satisfaction. This flute could be duplicated with other very cool colors other than black.
Black Alaskan Yellow Cedar Sound Clip
$785 Plus Shipping. Shipping within the lower 48 is generally $16.95 FEDEX GROUND. For other shipping options please contact me. Call or Text (307) 690-0427 or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am now releasing two of my images from this past two summers. One is titles “A Girl and Her Horse” and the other “Antelope Flats Barn and The Tetons”. Both images were taken by me about the same time of year but one year apart. They are available as 16 x 24 Metal Prints. If you like one of them click the link for more information. This is “Authentic Wyoming!”
Last Fall I decided to take some time and share with all of you some of my favorite places here in Wyoming. We are truly blessed in this State to have so many places one can go to and just sit and be quite. This spot is on Swift Creek in Afton Wyoming.
Swift Creek is the drainage where the one can hike and make their way to the Intermittent Spring, one of only two in the world. I will post more on this incredible place in a future post. As the snow around us continues to melt our creeks, streams and rivers are flowing at a fairly good clip. Fall on Swift Creek can be a magical place. A great place to sit and enjoy a cup of Morning Coffee and just listen.
Newly completed flute in the Key of G tuned @ 432 Hz. This flute is hand crafted from Old Growth, First Generation cut Alaskan Yellow Cedar. The bore on this flute is 7/8″ in diameter giving this flute a very nice mid tone voice.
This flute is finished both inside and out with the same color red so that no areas show the natural Alaskan Cedar coloring. Also featured on this flute are hand cut Maple Totem Rails that helps keep the Mustang fetish focused on the cutting edge as well as giving it a signature look that only a hand shaped flute offers.
The Totem or Fetish selected for this flute is my whimsical interpretation of the wild Mustang. This fetish is completely hand carved and shaped from a solid piece of old growth maple. This fetish does feature a chimney design so placement is fairly easy to accomplish.
Overall length is 23 1/4″ long and the playing holes are are spaced at 1 1/8″ apart for the bottom 3 playing holes and the upper three are set 1 1/16″ apart on center. There is a 1 1/4″ space between the #3 and #4 holes.
Finally this flute is finished with a high gloss lacquer with more than 25 hand rubbed coats applied. The leather is our hand cut Wyoming Black Bison. This flute ships with a protective bag. For pricing CLICK HERE for the full page description.
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.
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…