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Carving Some Mustang Fetishes

After completing several of these Mustang fetish/totems I have decided to craft in advance several of these new Mustang Fetishes for those of you who may want a new totem for an existing flute.  These will be fully completed fetishes.  Designed to work with a Native American Style Flute that has the focusing channel crafted or cut into the body of the flute.  Is is best suited for a larger bore flute of 7/8″ or better as this totem is a bit on the larger size.  The image in above was an 7/8″ Bore flute made for a customer in Cave Creek Arizona.  People seem to really like this totem so I thought I would build 3 or 4 on spec.

This totem/fetish will feature a chimney and the standard width is 3/8″ with a depth of around 7mm.  If you have a larger bore flute that has a larger windway area please contact me so we can match them up.  For example – a 1″ bore flute although typically will have a 3/8″ wide windway are it can be as wide as 1/2″ and still be correct.  The chimney needs to match your flutes windway as close as possible so it plays correctly.

The first three will be crafted from an old growth block of Maple.  The image that sits on the Port Orford Cedar flute above was crafted from this same block of wood.   Each of the totems I will carve will not be finished until I know who will purchase one.  Some like their flutes and totems to be oiled and other like a lacquered so the call will be yours.  Any fetish purchased will be shipped with a generous amount of 3/8″ Bison leather so you can attach it immediately to your chosen flute.

This is a fairly labor intensive totem so if you have any interest in purchasing one of these Mustang Fetishes please reach out to me by phone or email.  This fetish can also be crafted in other wood species if you are looking for another color pattern.  Price point will be determined on finish and species of wood selected.  If these are available when finished I will price them accordingly at that time.  Call or text me at (307) 690-0427 or email me at Sales@Jacksonholetim.com.

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Jackson Hole Tim Website Makes a Change!

As long as I have lived in Wyoming I have made Native American Style flutes, Wyoming influenced one of a kind jewelry, custom fetish designs and I have built some amazing commissioned pipe projects.  My view of Wyoming is also shared through my photography as I see it through the lens of a camera.  It is these things that bring purpose and joy to my life and as with all things time seems to find a way to erode away at them.  Jacksonholetim.com over time has become more of a store selling parts to others who seek the knowledge to build or learn to build the wind instrument known to most as the Native American Flute rather than a platform to share my art.  I have spent countless hours crafting flute parts and sharing what took me years to learn which is to share the knowledge of how to build one of these fine instruments.  I have enjoyed sharing what I have learned but now it;s time to get back to the genesis of all this.

As I get older I find less and less time to actually do what it is I want… no feel called to do which is to be a builder of flutes, pipes and share my visions of Wyoming through the lens of a camera.  As I approach 60 years of age I find that time is now my biggest enemy with less and less of it at hand.  I want to go back to my craft and create flutes that others will find joy in playing.  So from this post forward you will see a change in our menu choices and the elimination of flute parts, wood stocks and other flute making supplies and I will begin to focus back on creating, crafting and designing new projects for others.  I am actively interviewing for new commissions for flute and pipe projects.  Because of the time each commission project consumes I have a limit amount of project slots I can offer each year.  If you want to open a dialog for a new project that I can do for you simply reach out and let’s talk.

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Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Walnut Rails Key D 440

Currently under construction this is going to be a beautiful 1 inch bored flute.  Tentative tuning will be a D @ 440 Hz.  This flute will feature Black Walnut fetish guide rails and an inlaid cutting edge also in walnut.  Overall length of this flute should come in at 27 1/2 Inches measured on top.  This flute has a fundamental note of D @ 440 Hz but could be changed if you hurry.  Plans to finish with a high gloss lacquer but this too could be changed if you are interested in this flute.  Progress for this flute can be found in our UNDER CONSTRUCTION LINK found in our menu system.

If you are interested simply email me at “sales@jacksonholetim.com” and reference this flute.  Or call me at 307-690-0427.  Price for this flute has yet to be determined… still time to make it your own.

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Abby Gershuny & Brock Jennings Record Nickel Creek Cover…

Abby Gershuny
Abby Gershuny

A couple of years have past since we have written anything about two of our local favorite music artists.  Abby Gershuney has stayed with us several time over the past years and has truly become family.  Abby ha worked her magic at the Jackson Hole Playhouse many time over the years and is currently performing in St. George Utah at Tuacahn Center for the Arts for the 2018 summer shows..  Abby can sing, dance, act… she can do it all but when she sings she makes people like me smile.

Brock Jennings

Many of you who know us know our son Brock Jennings.  Brock is another amazingly talented singer song writer and he has an amazing voice.  Abby was staying with over the Christmas Holiday while she worked for the playhouse a couple of winters ago.  Not sure why they do but they waited until the last day to actually lay down some tracks.  Abby had to return to New York City for while.

One of the tracks they laid down was not one of their own but a cover from Nickel Creek titled “When You Come Back Down”.  Although this is a rough, uncut, unfinished track  I wanted to share this with all of you again.  I hope you like it.  If you do please let us know we would love to see these two play this summer here in Jackson Hole and maybe some other areas too.

Click on Player below to listen to “When You Come Back Down”
“When You Come Back Down” Recorded by Abby Gurshuney and Brock Jennings, Produced by Brock Jennings, Written by Nickel Creek

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Bozeman and Barrels

This past weekend we had the great pleasure to make our way to Bozeman Montana.  We live in the Jackson Hole area and from here it is a good 235 miles to Bozeman.  We just love our weekends in this great town.  Good food, shopping, great people… and more important COSTCO.   Bozeman is just a really great town.  It sits on the northern boundary of Yellowstone Park in a beautiful valley completely surrounded by mountain ranges.  This time of the year the park is closed so we travel through West Yellowstone and climb through the westernmost reaches of Yellowstone Park and then we follow the Gallatin River down into Bozeman.

One of the highlights of our trips to Bozeman is finding a favorite restaurant to eat at before we get busy with our day.  One of our favorite places to eat breakfast at is a place called “Jam!”.  Jam! is located on Main Street in old downtown Bozeman and this place is so much fun.  It is run amazingly well, food is always top notch and the coffee… well it is really good and HOT just the way I like it.  The atmosphere is so very cool and the vibe in this place is so much fun.  The old brick walls and the local mural on the wall in the back is really something.  Service is friendly, and the food is always fabulous.  Finally you will have a smile on your face when the bill comes – they are so reasonable in their pricing that it is hard to not smile when you are all done.  Before you venture out to Copper Springs get some great food at Jam!

One of the highlights of the weekend was our time spent at the Copper Springs Ranch facility as this weekend they were having one of their great Barrel Racing Events.  As many know we are living with multitudes of snow this time of year and our arenas are covered with deep white powder.  Very difficult to prepare for winter events like this.  So this trip we decided to just watch and see what the competition looked like.  My daughter Brynn and her companion Rebecca Star wait all winter long for the Barrel Season to officially kick off in the Spring.

If you have ever watched a Barrel Racing Event it really is a treat.  It is a fast paced timed event that can be really exciting to watch.  This weekend we saw just about everything you would expect,  Nice trailers, beautiful horses, the very young and some a bit older than you would expect.  We even saw a crash or two which is never a good thing – but I think everyone came through it ok.  One of the really fun things to watch is the tractor race that happens in between each 4-6 racers.  They come out of the gate and really clean things up in a very quick manner.  You will swear it is a racing even with tractors.  These guys are so good at what they do and they keep the races on track.

Copper Springs is located just west of Bozeman on the road to Ennis Montana.  Located on the top of a hill on the west side of the Gallatin River this place is picture perfect.  The facility itself is amazing, clean and lots of room.  The interior of the barn where the events are held is first class with plenty of seating and even a full snack bar.  They have a full and complete staff and the place is immaculate and offers great seating.  Simply a great place to spend a weekend.

Our goal was to scope out some of the racers and see how everyone was placing in their time slots.  We watched the very young, novice racers and then some really accomplished riders followed.  I took my camera and took some shots which you can see below.  If you ever make it to Bozeman Montana when one of these events are taking place at Copper Springs – check it out for a few hours.  You will enjoy your visit.

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Sassafras Flute Returns for Re-Work

This is a post for a flute I just finished re-working and sent back to a client.  It came to me as a C# and we changed it to a D @432Hz.  This is a flute I made several years ago for a client in Idaho and when it came back to me I immediately saw some things I wanted to change.  The eagle fetish now placed on the flute was one she purchase from me a year ago for another flute and she wanted to use it on this flute along with the feather fetish originally created as you can see in the photo below.  We did not put a finish on the flute originally by request nor did we this time after reshaping.

If you look closely at the original photo below you will see that this flute was a bit on the big side and with a 1″ bore a C# is really not the best key for it.  So I re-tuned it to a D @432Hz.  This flute sounds a lot better and plays really nice.  I had to make some adjustments to the eagle fetish chimney so it would not interfere with the flow of air.  The image above is the same flute after re-working it.  Much more slender, hand carved signature step in front of the windway and a much tighter mouthpiece.  I did not change anything in the length of the flute nor did I adjust the playing holes.  All tuning was done using an undercutting technique.  I only hope she is pleased with the end result.

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Jackson Hole Tim Bison Hats Stitch Up

Well after getting lost in the mail we finally received our first mockup (Stitch Up) of our new Jackson Hole Time Bison Hat.  This is our first generation Bison hat that we will release shortly and it is available to purchase now.  This Bison hat is being embroidered right here in Wyoming and I really like it.  The first hats we will receive with logo on them will be the FLEX FIT 210 Flat Billed Skater hat.  It will look just like the mockup image to the left.  The back of the hat will feature the Wyoming Bucking Horse, Wyoming and Forever West tagline .  If you are interested in this hat visit our JACKSON HOLE TIM HATS PAGE.

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Black Walnut Flute with Sapodilla Rail F# 432 Hz

Just completed this flute is one that has been shared in our Under Construction Page.  This six hole Native American Style flute is handcrafted from a piece of very old Black Walnut harvested from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.  Not a matched set of blanks but cut from the same board.  This flute features a 7/8″ bore tuned to the key of F# @432Hz and Sapodilla rails which nests the fetish which is our Teton Spike.  The Spike is crafted from a piece of Bubinga which is seldom used in our shop and it will be attached with a matrix of our Handcut Wyoming Tan Bison Leather.  Flute body features our signature hand cut step.  Another very nice flute.   Available for $325.00 plus shipping.  CLICK HERE for full details on this flute.

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New Port Orford Cedar Flute Key G @ 440Hz

We have just added a new flute available for sale.  This Port Orford Cedar flute is a five hole flute tuned to the Key of G @ 440Hz.  This is a very very nice POC flute with an incredible voice.  In an attempt to make some of our flutes more affordable we have priced this flute at $185.00.  This is in a small way our attempt to make some of our flutes available for the first time flute buyer.  But do not be fooled by the price – this little flute is really nice. beginner or not  For more information CLICK HERE and see the full details of this amazing little flute.

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Bison Bull Acrylic Mount In Production

In production now is this Lone Bull Bison taken this past summer here in the Yellowstone Basin.  This is a very nice 16″ x 24″ Acrylic Mount that is in the process of being framed.  The frame is being crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and is available in both a natural High Gloss finish and a High Gloss Black.  This acrylic is currently scheduled to be framed in a natural high gloss frame.  This image was printed on high resolution archival Epson Metallic Photo paper using Epson archival inks.  This paper type gives this print a luminous and iridescent appearance.

This image was then mounted onto a clear acrylic, finished with a 1/8” black sintra adhered to the back.  Other Acrylic prints are typically printed directly onto the acrylic itself resulting in a lower resolution print with much less vibrance.  Finally I had the edges of the acrylic diamond polished with a 3 step process to ensure a diamond shine that adds a stunning finishing touch.  Even though this image is set into our own frame design the polished edges really make for a clean finished mount.

This acrylic will be mounted from the front of the frame giving it a true floating off of the wall appearance.  The image of this ram shown here was done in just this way and this should give you an idea of how the finished product will look.  It is hard to capture how nice these prints look in a web based image – they really look great in person.

Reserve it Now

If you are interested in this Bison acrylic please complete the form below.  If you have questions simply write them in the comments section.  If you would like to order a different sized version of this image let me know and we can order it from the lab. If you want to purchase this print before it is completed here in our shop simply purchase it now from the link below.  Please select from the drop down menus the 16 x 24 option and the frame choice.  If you hurry you can select either the High Gloss Natural (as scheduled) or the High Gloss Black.  Finally this image is also available as just an acrylic mount that has no frame and mounts directly to your wall.

$615.00 Plus Shipping

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