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 @ “firstname.lastname@example.org”. 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.
This flute was a favorite in 2019. Currently under construction this is a new 7/8″ Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute with plans to tune to the key of F or F# @ 440 Hz. She is all glued up with totem rails in place ready for the shaping process to begin.
All of my painted flutes are crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar. This flute like the one before it will feature my signature Mustang totem and ship with a protective bag.
This flute is currently available for pre-purchase. This post will be updated as progress is made. CLICK HERE for more information on availability of this flute.
This past year I had the opportunity to build several flutes that were painted with acrylics and finished with a high gloss lacquer. These flutes were the first time I actually painted a flute rather than finishing it in its natural wood tones. To say the least these were a hit with customers. All of the flutes I made and finished with acrylic colors were crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Yellow Cedar makes a beautifully tones flute and the extremely tight grain of the wood makes it perfect to paint and finish.
I have just started 3 new flutes with 7/8″ and 1 1/8″ bore, maple totem rails and the popular Mustang Fetish also crafted from maple. One is Black (1 1/8″ bore) , one Orange and one Red (both 7/8″ bores). These three colors where the most popular of the flutes I made last year that were painted. I plan to add other colors later this summer after these are done.
If you are looking for a new flute that is not only beautiful to look at but sound wonderful and easy to play consider reserving one of these flutes to call you own. Price point is $245.00 per flute for the 7/8″ bores and $285 for the black 1 1/8″ bore flute plus shipping which typically runs around $18.00. Each flute ships with a protective bag.
This past week I have spent the entire time cutting new flute blank stock in both 24 and 30 inch lengths. All of the blank stock cut is from match stock. The end result will be an array of newly available Pre-Bored Flute Blanks for those of you who are building your own flutes.
Flute Bore Sizes
in the coming weeks I will be adding the following size flute bores:
3/4″ – 24″ length
7/8″ – 24″ length
1″ = 30″ length
1 1/8″ – 30″ length
Species Available in this Lot
River Reclaimed Mahogany
Alaskan Yellow Cedar
Port Orford Cedar
Our Pre-Bored Flute blanks ship ready for you to do your magic. Each blank is shrink wrapped to protect the blank until you are ready to work on them. Our prices range from $32 – 56 per blank set.
Every blank shipped comes with a 3 foot piece of hand cut Bison leather and a set of our proprietary flute schematics that should help guide you in your flute building project.
If you are ready to shop for a set of Pre-Bore Flute Blanks visit our page where you can select from available inventory.
Crafted from hand quarried Sacred Minnesota Catlinite stone (Sacred Pipe Stone) this piece is made by Wyoming Artist Timothy Jennings. This Soul Pendent was had made from a single piece of Sacred Catlinite Stone that was a remnant from one of Tim’s past pipe commissions. Tim never throws any of the stone remnants out and instead he re-purposes them into pendants, cabochons, beads and other jewelry items.
Blessed at the Base of the Tetons
The Native American Communities have long considered this stone to be sacred to their people. Used for generations by many of the First Nations People, this hand quarried stone has been used for centuries in the crafting of personal and ceremonial pipes as well as other personal items. This handmade pendent like all of our pipe stone Tim receives has been blessed at the base of the Teton Range here in the Yellowstone Basin of Wyoming.
More than a Pendent
The genesis of this piece came to Tim while shaping a cabochon that he later bezel set in sterling silver and inlaid into one of his flute commissions. Tim found myself handling a flattened piece of stone and as he sat contemplating his next step of the project Tim was working on he found himself holding this flatten stone in my hand and rubbing it between his fingers.
“The strange thing was the more I held the stone in my hand the more relaxed I seemed to be. This has happened many times and in fact I had kept this flat stone on my desk and from time to time I would pick it up and rub the stone while thinking about the task before me.”
The First Nations People have long known that there was power within the stone. It has been demonstrated by the use of this stone for some of their most sacred ceremonial gatherings. As a pipe maker mentored many years ago by an Assiniboine Elder from Montana, he too had learned to respect this unusual stone used by so many for so long. Could there be more to it than just stories past down by many who came before us?
Wyoming Soul Stone Pendent
Tim made the first necklace or pendent for one of his children and since Tim still has his piece of flatten stone on his desk and he still picks it up regularly. Tim decided to create this Soul Stone for those who might need to have one handy and when the need arises. Simply reach up and rub the Soul Stone in your fingers. Feel the power of Mother Earth and the Blessings received from one of the most powerful places on earth… The Great Teton Range.
The flatten stone is hand set onto a solid sterling silver backing and a sterling silver loop. The necklace is braided leather that features a sterling silver lobster clasp. Each Soul Pendent is hand made and no two are alike. This Soul Pendent is available now for purchase and ready to ship. The more you rub your stone the more the natural patina will shine. And maybe… just maybe some of your worries or inspirations will leave or rise from the ashes…
Available for Commission – choose the type of necklace for your Soul Pendent. Leather, Silver, Gold… you choose.
I have just completed a new custom fetish for a new customer. In this case the customer had an already purchased flute and wanted to add a new totem to her existing flute. She has a connection with Butterflies and she reached out to me and requested a custom fetish to be made.
To be truthful I had never made one with this design before and I really was not sure how it would turn out. I cautiously accepted the commission after explaining my concerns to her. She gave me complete artistic freedom which was important.
My art tends to be more whimsical than a literal translation of the design idea. This butterfly fetish was hand carved from a single solid block of Old Growth Maple. It was hand shaped and finished with a clear high gloss lacquer. It will ship with some of our hand cut Wyoming Black Bison lace.
All in all this was a fun project and I am actually pleased with the results. I must admit that when I sent pictures to the client I was as I always am… concerned how it will be received. She was very kind and really seems to like the end result.
Wyoming’s own artist Brock Jennings releases two songs from his upcoming second album “Wide Awake”. The Title Track to this album is the song “Wide Awake” is now available to purchase and Stream on all music platforms.
After almost 2 years of writing, re-writing, recording, producing, mixing and mastering Brock releases the two of 10 songs on this production. Recorded in Jackson Hole Wyoming this long awaited release will not disappoint.
Currently two of the ten songs are now streaming on ALL music platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google, iHeart, Pandora and more with the third song about to be released shortly. If you subscribe to any of these add Brock Jennings to your playlists and support Local Artists.
Exclusive to Jackson Hole Tim
“Wide Awake” Then new album from Wyoming Music Artist Brock Jennings is available here for the first time in it’s entirety. Brock has given us permission to post all ten songs from his newly debuted album Wide Awake.
New for 2020! Like our drink coasters we are also offering some of our selected Wyoming Photography on a really nice 11 ounce solid black ceramic mugs. We looked at a lot of mugs and being a coffee drinker I wanted one that looked good, felt right in your hand, microwave safe and easy to wash.
Some great looking mugs are a bit too large in that your coffee or tea gets cold before you get to the bottom of the mug. Now you can take home some memories of our awesome state. The perfect gift for those who LOVE Wyoming! We strive to make all our products “Authentic Wyoming”.