Many years ago I embarked on a journey to jury for a show that has been long recognized as the Premier Art Show for Western FUNCTIONAL Art! The Western Design Conference brings emphasis on the WESTERN and FUNCTIONAL side of art. Held each Fall in Jackson Hole Wyoming the WDC is a kick off to the Fall Arts Festival also held each year in the town of Jackson. Some of the finest artisans and craftsman travel from all corners of the United States to show off their best functional art.
In the past I have been honored with not only first place awards within my art category but I have also been honored with the coveted Sunny Tutle Award which is an award that represents an authentic Native/Western theme. Art collectors, enthusiasts, designers, and every day people come from all over to experience this show looking for something special. Each year I can attest to the amazing quality of the art presented.
For several years I have entered this show each time with an art piece that was influenced by our history here in Wyoming. I have presented many different flute designs as each one of my entries is a fully functional flute ready to play at any time. These past entries had a very strong Native American influence consistent with our First Nations People’s history. For me these influences came mostly from the Plains history of which Wyoming is part of and each time I tried to present an authentic representation of what we now know as the Native American flute.
This years entry was a hard one for me as I thought initially I would step outside my flute building craft and maybe try something new. But after weeks of agonizing thought I decided to create a piece consistent with what I have become known for and yet still step outside the box I have been so accustom to being part of… which is to say keeping it old school.
This years entry is the first flute that I have painted and then lacquered to a high gloss. This years art piece represents a marriage of the old and the new. My goal was to seek and find Simple Elegance all the while bringing honor to this great two chambered wind instrument. The contemporary side of this piece represents all that is new with both the journey the Native American Styled flute has traveled, the history of it’s origins and what is new in American life on our reservations. I hope it brings a smile to your face!
Crafted from a single piece of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar this 1 inch bore flute is tuned to the key of E @ 432Hz. Painted black on both the inside and outside this flute was finally finished with 30+ coats of hand applied high gloss lacquer. The Totem rails and the totem are hand crafted from an piece of Old Growth Maple harvested in Colorado. The totem or fetish theme is the powerful Mustang.
Set into the body of the flute is a hand cut cabochon of Elk Antler harvested right here in Wyoming. The elk antler is bezel set in Sterling Silver and then inlaid into the flute body. All leather accents are from hand cut Elk hides and the beading is both black and red Crow Glass Beads separated by sterling silver beads.
The stand is hand crafted from American Black Walnut and also painted in the same way as the flute body. The only difference is that the stand has a semi-gloss finish. The red cloth you see is a traditional red trade cloth color. Both flute and stand are available for purchase at the show and beyond. If you are interested in this one of a kind Jackson Hole Tim original reach out to me through email or phone. This piece is also available for commission and you can set the color theme.
Just completed are our new business cards and collateral rack cards. After creating a new business card with a new theme and changing it many times I have settled on final design. Although these images do not do these new collateral advertising pieces they came out great. I wanted to capture the some of the flavor that Wyoming and the Yellowstone Basin delivers. Wyoming simply offers some of the best eye candy God ever laid his artful hand on.
If you would like one of my business cards sent to you or some of our collateral rack cards for your store or gallery let me know. I want to share with the world what I see every day living here. I want to share “Authentic Wyoming” with you! Contact me by email “Sales@Jacksonholetim” or call me (307) 690-0427.
We now stock and cut our own Bison Leather Lace for our production flutes and for all of you flute makers we are now adding Bison Lace with each Pre-Bore Flute Blanks Set ordered from this page. Select the flute blank(s) you want and one of 4 current colors of lace available from the shopping cart. Each flute blank ordered will ship with it’s own lace so when you complete your flute you will be ready to tie your fetish on your new flute. The Bison lace shipped with each order will be pre-cut lace that is 3/8″ wide (most popular) by 36″inches in length. This provides you with plenty of length for each flute blank you order. Current colors available are:
PLUS – All Flute Blanks Ordered Ship with 3 Schematic Drawings
If you are new to building flutes we now include with each order beginning August 1st 2018 three proprietary Flute Drawing Schematics that should assist you in your flute building journey at no additional cost. These schematics will help detail the important components for crafting the Windway or Cutting Edge. These drawings will share with you the exact process I use in my own personal flute building. When your order is placed and paid for we will email you these schematics in advance of your order shipping. We also sell these schematics as a stand alone order for $6.95.
For those of you who are wanting to purchase one or more items from Jackson Hole Tim please note we have updated our payment gateway. In order to simplify the purchasing process and experience we have now the PAYPAL payment gateway. If you have a PayPal account you can choose to login to your PayPal account and process your purchase based on your account preferences. If you do not have a PayPal account or you simply want to pay using a credit card of choice you have the option too. You can also choose to pay by credit card on the checkout pages in place of the PayPal gateway.
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After carefully reviewing hundreds of images I have select these 7 new images to add to our Greeting Card Collection. This brings the choices to a total of 16 cards in all. Again these are 5×7 Folded format cards with envelopes. Each card will ship with their own protective clear sleeve. $3.85 per card plus shipping.
Do you own a retail store that sells Greeting Cards? Reach out to us via email to “firstname.lastname@example.org”
The flute continues to take its path to final form. Here is an updated picture during the finishing stages of this flute. Here you can see how the Maple rails and totem look against the jet black finish. The Elk Antler Cabochon is about done and ready to set into the flute body. This flute in person is beautiful. This piece will be available for purchase at the 2018 Western Design Conference the first week of September held in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Would love to hear any feedback! Enjoy.
This link below is to a video titled Sonic Geometry. If you are a lover of the Native American Flute and it’s haunting and pleasing tones then you may find this video of great interest to you. They talk about the frequency of 432 and how frequency and geometry are tied together. This is a great lesson…
I have been building flutes for a very long time… Living in a place like Wyoming brings a never ending stream of inspiration to draw from. Like my passion for photography I share an equal passion for building Native American Style flutes. I have spent many an hour working on commissioned base flutes trying to deliver an end product that hopefully meets or exceeds the buyer of my art. I fully enjoy the commissioned project experience but I just can’t stop wanting to build more.
As I approach my 58th birthday this year I find myself once again seeking a change in what I do. Many who know me know that for the past 33 years I have been a health insurance broker with focus on the International Expat markets. This will continue to be part of my daily efforts but as for my website Jackson Hole Tim I want to be more proactive in my flute building efforts. Crafting one of these awesome wind instruments never get tiring. Although I have enjoyed the commission side of building flutes I prefer designing the flute, building it and then sharing it with others.
I am pretty sure that I maintain the largest selection of Native American Style flutes here in the state of Wyoming. Every one of my flutes is hand made by me using mostly hand tools. That is just the way I do it. My inventories are finally starting to grow for the first time in a while. If you were to visit my farm gallery here in Afton Wyoming you would find a minimum 25+ flutes in various stages of the build with more on the way. I have over 100 blanks pre-cut and gluing up new ones weekly. By end of summer I may have as many as 40 or more to choose from.
One of the nice things about how I build my flutes is that I work on many at a time so each one is in a different phase some from the glue the up stage to being a fully completed flute. Having a variety in different phases of construction allows you to pick one that stands out to you that may not be completely finished and this allows for my to still add some of you to the flute before delivery. My shop is now in Afton Wyoming and our little ranch is open to those who want to venture out and visit us. We are just a mile or so off of the main highway (HWY 89) and we very easy to find. Although we are home most of the time we do travel from time to time so call first. But feel free to stop by and check out the flutes I have available. We are open 9-5 Monday through Friday so reach out to me and stop by… I would love to meet you.
Recently I announced I had selected 9 of my favorite images of Wyoming and the Yellowstone Basin to be made into folded Greeting Cards. Well the first order is now here ready to ship. This cards are 5×7 folded with a blank interior for your message and credits on the back. Each card ships with it’s own envelope for mailing. These are printed on a really nice card stock and the images are fairly impressive. Shop them now right here on Jacksonholetim.com.
If you like what you see and you have a retail shop or Online business we want to talk to you. These greeting cards would be a great value add to your shop. If interested reach out to Tim Jennings at Sales@Jacksonholetim.com. We want to earn your business!
Many Years ago I received a call from a gentleman who had seen one of my flutes offered Online for Sale. This gentleman had been looking at a new flute I had recently completed. What was interesting about this flute was it was one of the first flutes I had made where I tuned it using the 432Hz frequency. My son who is an accomplished musician had made the suggestion that tuning a flute at 432Hz might be interesting to craft and see if people could tell the difference. That is for another post but we found plenty of evidence that people in many cases without knowing will choose a flute tuned to 432 Hz verses the standard 440Hz without knowing the specifics.
In addition my wife who is a fairly spiritual being had asked that I add a series of cabochons to this flute. She had selected seven stones from a recent stone buying trip and the colors of these represented the colors of the Human Chakra. Being a flute builder I am always looking for new ideas to introduce with my flutes so I thought why not. This particular flute was crafted from an old piece of Black Walnut that has been harvested on the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder Colorado. What is cool about many of these old beasts is that these giant walnut trees were planted over 160 years ago by settlers making their way west on what today is known as the Oregon Trail. People brought these trees in small pots to plant near their farm houses and such for the shade they produced as well as their fruit they bare.
So I built this flute, added the cabochons and tuned it to a D# as it was a 1 inch bored flute and we called it our first Chakra Flute. Truthfully I had no idea how this flute would be received but it turned out really nice, and actually it was fairly simple in design. It played really well, sounded good and for the most part looked the part.
Back to this gentleman I mentioned earlier. I honestly do not remember his name, only the story behind this post. We spoke over the phone many times as I remember and I was pretty sure he had settled on this flute for himself. He was an older gentleman… that is to say is was in his early 60’s. He had recently discovered the Native American Style Flute and something grabbed him and he told me that he was hooked. This was to be his first flute purchase and I was honored to be his first flute builder. Then all of a sudden I stopped hearing from him.
This Story Comes To Life Recently
Now this first part of the story happened more than 6 or so years ago. To be truthful I had forgotten about this story for some time which is weird in that it really is a story that needs to be told. So about two weeks ago we had a visit from one of our dear friends who was our neighbor in Jackson Hole for several years and she had relocated to Boise Idaho a few years ago. Her son was on a trip back east and the people he was traveling in was from Star Valley Wyoming so when she came to pick him up she spent an evening with us reminiscing. Somewhere in the evening she began talking about all of the flutes I had on my walls throughout my home. She now works in the area of neuroscience and somehow we landed on this story about this Chakra flute.
A Stroke of Bad Luck!
One of the things we had been chatting about is how so many people come to the flute for so many different reasons and that there are so many stories out there about inner healing that the music somehow brings to so many people. I had been telling her about some really interesting stories about a woman named Mary who I have built many flute for and how she uses the Native flute to bring healing to those who are struggling in many facets of their lives. After sharing this story with Carol she encouraged me to share it with others as there may be a blessing in disguise in my discoveries.
Somewhere during the conversation I remembered the story about this Chakra flute and I began the share it with her. As I mentioned above I thought this gentleman whom had contacted me some time ago about this particular flute was going to purchase it but yet disappeared. So back to this story… after several weeks had gone by I received a call from this guys wife and she wanted to know if this Chakra flute was still available and I said yes it was. She shared with me who she was and that her husband whom I had been talking with had recently had a stroke in the past couple of weeks. I was mortified… I truthfully did not know what to say to her.
She wanted to try to bring some joy to his day and she knew how much he liked this flute so she decided to purchase it for him as a gift. She told me she was a bit concerned about giving it to him as she did not know if he could even hold it yet alone play it. Again I had no words other than to be as encouraging as I could. She paid for it and I shipped it the next day. I hoped that in some small way it would bring some joy to this man not knowing the impact it would have… in the short-term anyway.
Weeks went by and life was back to normal for me as I had not heard a word from her about the flute. I assumed it was received ok and I know that FEDEX did their part to deliver it in a timely manner. Then one day several weeks later I received a call from his wife again. She shared with me that she delivered the flute to him and that when she did his eyes lit up and his face was adorned with a big smile. Over several days he apparently played with the flute for hours each day. He even began to play the flute and produced some fairly pleasant music I am told. In fact there were times when hospital staff and other patients lined his doorway as he played away.
The Miracle of the Flute
This is the part that brings such joy to my heart in that I created and voiced this flute without knowing the journey it would take. This man’s wife shared with me that one of the huge challenges for her husband was the loss of his dexterity in his one hand that the stroke clobbered. She told me that each and every day he was gaining back dexterity in his hand and fingers as he continued to play the flute. In fact I was told that he was looking forward to giving concerts to those who would listen. Somehow this flute found its way to a man truly in need and by its very nature it helped this man with the healing process. Something I would have never thought of had I not heard the story.
More time went by and I believe I heard from her one more time about the progress he had been making. He was about to go home and she thanked me for this musical gift. I was humbled yet pleased that in some small way I was able to take part in this journey. I never heard from her or him again so I truthfully have no idea how this all ended up for their family. I can only hope and pray that in the end this Chakra Flute crafted from a piece of old growth Black Walnut brought some peace and healing to him and their family.
Another Phone Call Brings Me to My Keyboard
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post I have been encouraged by Carol to share this story with all of you. For various reasons I delayed sitting down and telling the story that needed to be told. No real good reason as to why but it has been on my mind daily since Carol shared her excitement about this journey. Segue to recent events in my life…
Over the past weeks I have been dealing with the end of life tribulation of an elderly father. So I have had plenty of excuses although none of them too compelling. Recently I received another phone call from an older gentleman that reached out to me as he was seeking a supply of Alaskan Yellow Cedar for his relief carvings. He shared with me over several phone calls that he is a relief carver and his carving are Native American influenced. I have never seen his work but I could feel his passion in our conversations for his art. He knew that I made Native American Style flutes many out of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar. He had recently read a post of my about a flute I had made for Tony Duncan, Native American Flute Artist and saw that it was crafted from Alaskan Cedar so he called me.
Over several weeks he attempted to purchase from me a supply of cedar and because of my responsibilities to my father I just kept dropping the ball. We exchanged phone calls over several weeks and actually enjoyed each others conversation until finally there was a pause caused by me and as I got things calmed down enough to reach out to him again I was only able to reach his voicemail. Several days after my last message a week or so ago I get a call from his phone number by now which I recognized. Only it was his wife not Bob.
She shared with me that she had received my phone calls and proceeded to apologize for any delays in getting back to me. I assured her I was the one slacking not her. She then told me that Bob had had a stroke the week before. She was not sure about his prognosis but out of love for her husband wanted to make sure the Cedar was purchased and waiting for him hoping that his recovery would allow him to once again pick up his carving tools and maybe… just maybe the carving would be good for his recovery.
Immediately I told her about this post I have been needing to write about another customer of mine that had a stroke prior to purchasing a flute from me. I shared with her the story I am writing now and just the fact that the results were on the positive side of things for this man she told me that indeed this story brings hope to her in that maybe in much of the same way the carving of the wood could help her husband with his recovery and the use of his disable hand.
The story of this Chakra flute has now given hope and healing to two people directly, one because of its physical being and the second through the story of the flute itself. Maybe… just maybe there is a place for the Native American Style flute for those victims who have suffered strokes. I can only hope that there is and if so I want to be part of the solution. Peace to all who read this…