Western Design Conference Goes Off Without A Hitch…

2012 Western Design Conference Finishes Another Year.

We were excited to announce that we entered one of our flutes again this year into the Western Design Conference held this past week in Jackson Hole. In addition we contributed a flute that was auctioned off prior to the gayla event, the WDC Fashion Show. The auction was a success and this flute brought one of the highest prices we have received for a donated flute. The new owner just happens to have a summer home here in Jackson Hole – Nice…

This five hole Native American Flute was handcrafted from a single piece of reclaimed Ironwood by Timothy Jennings of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Recipient of the Sonny Tutle award at last year’s Western Design Conference for his Native American Flute Entry, this custom, hand crafted flute is truly a one of a kind piece. There is not another flute quite like this to be found anywhere. Featuring an Ironwood Fetish Block called the “Teton Spike” that is attached using a light colored hand cut elk hide lace. Braided elk lace adorns the base of the flute and midway up hangs three baby bald eagle feather replicas. Built with a 7/8″ inch flute bore and tuned to the key of F# this flute is bright in sound and elegant in design. Truly a piece of functional art.

This years conference started with the Annual Fashion and Jewelry Show Gala held at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. The Western Design Conference, hosted by Teton Home and Living Magazine, brings together crafts people, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with an interest in the West. The 20th Annual Exhibit + Sale was truly a one-of-a-kind showcase for museum quality functional art. The nation’s finest Western-influenced designers and artists from across the country apply to be a part of over 100 exhibitions on display. Over $22,200 in cash was awarded for handcrafted works in leather, metal, accents, woodworking, jewelry and fashion. The energy generated by tourists, artists, local businesses and residents made the Western Design Conference unforgettable — for both exhibitors and attendees.

Our Flute Entry Finds A Home In Colorado…

This year we entered a hand crafted flute into the Western Design Conference Juried portion of the show and this flute was on display the entire weekend for show visitors to view. Our entry was a five hole Native American Style Flute that feature black Wyoming Jade stones that were bezel set in Sterling Silver. Crafted from Old Growth Walnut this flute was really a beautiful piece. If you hold the flute and roll it in your hands the light colored sap wood changed to the beautiful dark brown so coveted with black walnut. Leather accents were cut from hand selected elk hides and the bead work was a combination of black Crow Beads and Sterling Silver bead work. Three hand painted baby Eagle feathers adorned the center of the flute and the fetish was also crafted from the same walnut stock . The custom flute case was made from hand selected elk hides. Designed by Timothy Jennings and crafted by Leah Burgess, River Song Studios in Laramie, Wyoming, this flute was truly a Made In Wyoming event. We ere excited to show this flute off to the public this past right here in Jackson Hole. Finally this flute found its new home which will be in the Beaver Creek area of Colorado. We were proud that the new owner recognized our hard work.

Morning Coffee Returns…

Last winter we started posting several times per week to our blog what we called “Morning Coffee”. Simply put we drop our youngest daughter off at school and then head to the coffee shop for a cup and then we head out to see what we can find.  We try to frequent our favorite coffee hangouts but we usually hit them all throughout the year.  Summer has been absolutely spectacular here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  But the summers here are too short and we try to make everyday count.  But as quickly as summer rolls in – it rolls out and into Fall.  Fall is actually one of my favorite times of the year.  Cool crisp mornings and absolutely beautiful warm days.

Well school has started and we are back at it.  This past weekend we purchased a new camera in Bozeman Montana.  The new Nikon D3200 was our choice and so far we like it very much.  This morning we headed north of town on the west bank side of the Snake River.  Passing along the Moose Wilson Road we were met with a traffic jam as a Black Bear was foraging through the Hawthorne trees looking for berries.  We decided to pass through the mayhem and onto Antelope Flats.  There were almost no animals this morning with the exception of the bear but we did manage to find a small group of Pronghorn Antelope and shoot these shots.  We are still trying to figure out how to use our new camera but I thought these pictures of a mother and her young were worth sharing.

The Pronghorn Antelope is a beautiful creature to see.  They are the fastest animal in North American and can run at speeds that approach 60 miles per hour.  They also migrate each year to and from the Yellowstone basin and their migration paths are some of the longest.  This year the herds in our area have had a good year with offspring and they are growing in size.  It won’t be long now before they start on their long journey south for the winter.  When they do we will not see them again until next spring.  The return of these awesome little guys marks the beginning of the coming summer which makes everyone around here happy.  Stay tuned though as Fall and Winter approach we will be back at it again posting things we think are worth sharing about our home.  We look forward to seeing some new and exciting events worthy of a post.

Custom 3 Feathers Flute Finds Home In Laramie Wyoming…

We just finished a custom flute that was made for Leah Burgess of Riversong Leather Studio in Laramie, Wyoming. Leah is a talented leather maker that lives and work in Wyoming. If you are looking for custom-made leather items give a shout out to Leah and see what she can do for you. This flute was made specifically for Leah and was crafted from Old Growth Walnut. A five hole flute with a 1 inch bore and tuned to the Key of F making this flute a wonderful flute to play. We did some recording with it prior to delivering the flute to Leah and wow – we loved how this flute turned out. This flute was accented with custom hand cut Elk lace, glass crow beads and three flicker feathers that hang from the center of the flute. Finally we inlaid a gold turquoise stone in the top of the flute body and finished it off with a Teton Spike fetish. We were very pleased with the final product and we are happy to have placed it in a good home. Click on the picture above to see a larger picture of this flute. Just know that this picture does not do this flute justice.

One of our Native American Flutes Makes Front Cover…

Yesterday we received in the mail our new “Wyoming MadeProduct Catalog for companies that live and make products here in Wyoming.  This program is called the Wyoming First program and we are members of this great organization and tool for those of us who live and work here in Wyoming.  To our surprise on the front cover was a picture of one of our Native American Flutes that was made right here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Needless to say this was a very pleasant surprise.  This is just one example of how Wyoming First can help you and your company.  Thank You Wyoming First!!

Wyoming Made Product CatalogThe Wyoming First Program is a way to identify and showcase great products made in Wyoming. All of the companies call Wyoming home and are proud of the quality they represent. All of the Wyoming First products are unique and made in Wyoming.

The Wyoming First Program is designed to assist Wyoming companies with the identification and promotion of their Wyoming Made products or substantially enhanced products and services. Membership allows Wyoming First participants to use the familiar “Bucking Horse and Rider” design stickers and hang tags on their products.

Wyoming First is a program of the Wyoming Business Council. The opportunities for Wyoming First Members include: the ability to use the Wyoming First Bucking Horse and Rider stickers and tags, notification of marketing opportunities, listing on this Web site, eligibility for Trade Show Incentive Grants, Wyoming First posters, and more!

We love Wyoming!

Morning Coffee – Antelope Flats is Alive Again…

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Over the past couple of days I have ventured north of town with Peyton as every day offers something new and different.  No real stories to tell except that Antelope Flats is alive again with activity.  We have seen Moose, Coyotes, Buffalo, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Deer, Ground Varmints, Badgers, Hawks, Eagles, beautiful vistas – awesome.  Spring is definitely a time when all of mother nature is on the move. Although none of these pictures by themselves are spectacular, they are representative of what we see every single morning.  Antelope flats is easy to get to and in 1 hour you will be blessed to be surrounded by some of this areas greatest inhabitants.  The bears are out and we have ventured into the park to see if we could find them.  Yellowstone opens in the next week or so and we will soon be traveling into the parks for more photo fun. Come to Jackson as see what we are talking about.  Enjoy…

Morning Coffee – Mother Nature Gets Ready…

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This morning as I lay in bed trying to drag myself out and head for the gym I pondered what I wanted to do today besides work.  My wife and younger daughter were visiting family and my college girl had headed back to school for the final push before she ends her Junior year.  The forecast was for rain and snow believe it or not and as I drove to the gym it was still too dark to determine what the morning would hold weather wise.

On my way home from the gym the sky was blue with just a cloud or two and it did not look like weather to me but in this part of the Rockies this is subject to change by the hour.  I headed home, changed my clothes, grabbed a camera (wrong lens again) and headed to my favorite coffee shop.  Paid for my cup of joe and headed north of town.  For the most part all of the snow in the valley is just about gone or melting fast with some patches lying around.  As I passed the National Elk Refuge I was surprised to see so many elk just hanging out.  But then again, the snow was gone, the sun was out – why not just chill.

One thing that I like about this time of the year is the solitude you can find within a few miles of your home.  For the most part I did not run into anyone this morning.  Lonely? Nope!  I had all of my friends around on this morning.  I was surrounded on three sides for a while by three different groups of elk.  I wish I had a better lens with me but I hope you can get the picture (so to speak).  I sat at one point and watched a very healthy coyote hunt some ground varmints and I actually got a shot of him mid-air as he dived through a snow patch to grab his pray.  You can see it in the pics above – very cool thing to watch.

There are no leaves on the trees yet but you can start to see the buds plump up in anticipation of warmer weather.  Although I did not get any pics of moose they were hanging around this morning but just too far away for the lens I had.  I kind of marveled at the stark contrast of the still brown grass, leafless trees, snow-covered mountains, all against the blue sky.  I tried to get some shots that help illustrate this very thing.  At one point I just stopped and sat down in the middle of the road and took the shot of the yellow line.  All alone for sure!

Some of the other pics came from the Mormon Row area as they had just opened this stretch of road again.  Along this small stretch of road you can see all kinds of activity this time of year.  This is where I got the shot of the coyote and a couple of lone trees as well.  Its funny, this part of the valley is so spectacular at any time of the year and I never get tired of just hanging out up here.  Very soon the grasses will start to green up and the trees will burst with color.  At just the right time Mother Nature will speak to the wild flowers and summer will be on.

If you are planning to visit this part of the country this summer you need to visit this area at least once while you stay.  Feel free to contact me via email if you have questions about where to go while you visit – I am always happy to help share what I know.  The summer of 2012 is shaping up to be a fabulous one especially if you are into fishing.  Unlike last year when we had record amounts of snow and a very cool spring that left our rivers crazy mad – this year is looking awesome.

Watch for future Morning Coffee posts as the season changes and transforms into summer.  We hope to share with you some really cool stuff this year.  Feel free to email me at “sales@tetonmarketing.com” if you have questions. Oh and one last thing… Please slow down while visiting as we lost 6 moose this winter to automobile accidents.  People have been driving way too fast – besides you will miss too much if you are in a hurry.

Cherry Wood Native American Flute – Made In Jackson Hole…

NEW Cherry Wood Flute, Backpacker – Key of A – $155

Another made in Jackson Hole product… 307 Flutes are a line of hand crafted flutes made entirely in Jackson Hole by award winning artist Timothy Jennings.  Check out their stuff…

This Cherry wood flute was Just finished. Because of its size this NAF flute would make a very nice back packer flute. Tuned to the Key of A this Native American five hole flute is hand crafted from reclaimed Cherry wood stock. This flute is 21 1/2 inches in length and features a 3/4″ flute bore. Please note that this flute was crafted entirely by hand including the flute bore. The cutting edge is built into the body of the flute and is not an inlay. The fetish is our otter series and it is made from the same Cherry wood stock as the flute body and cutting edge. The fetish is tied on using our hand cut Deer Leather, color is black.

This flute like all of our flutes was hand planed to achieve its signature shape. We have added a hand braided deer skin leather lace accent at the foot of the flute and there are 8 multicolored Crow Beads attached. Finished with more than 20+ light coats of high gloss lacquer. The inside of the flute bore and slow air chamber have also been sealed with many coats of finish to help prevent moisture absorption. The tonal quality of this flute is in the upper range and it is very easy to play and very forgiving. This flute feels really nice in your hands and the color of the reclaimed Cherry gives it a very nice look.

Cherry makes for a great sounding flute but as you can see from these pictures it too produces simple elegance. All flutes
ship with a hand crafted flute bag to protect the flute. Shipping is in addition to the price of the flute.  We ship all of our flutes via Fedex and shipping on this flute average $25.  Call us at (619) 435-6700 or email us at sales@tetonmarketing.com.

Local Music Artist Is One Of Our Best Kept Secrets…

It is interesting, Jackson Hole has actually quite of few very talents musicians that either live and work from here or got their start here.  One that comes to mind is Isaac Hayden who was raised here in Jackson and got his start here.  Now he is in Nashville doing his thing and he is actually doing a very solid job of getting his music out there.

Another local artist is Brock Jennings.  Brock used to work with Issac Hayden on occasion  playing drums for him as well as collaborating in song writing.  Brock’s genesis in music is that of a very accomplished drummer and he has played professionally since he was 10.  Recently Brock laid down tracks for another new band, Mod Era, also from Jackson.

Brock made the transition to singer song writer over several years and he recently released his first CD – “Coming Home”.  Over the next month or so we will try to highlight some of Brock’s music on this blog.  Below is a link to one of the songs (click on picture) on youtube off his Coming Home CD titled “Journey”. A simple video but I love this song.  Check it out and if you like it let us know.  Brock has a website at www.brockjennings.com so visit it if you like what you here.

Another Port Orford Native American Flute Ready For A Home…

New Port Orford Cedar Flute Special $210 + Shipping

Several times over the past months we have hand crafted a smaller Native American Flute that is greatly suited for carrying with you in your backpack when you hike into the back country.  The last NAF flute we made in this size was crafted from a reclaimed piece of Hawaiian Koa and it was really a cool flute and found a home right here in Wyoming.  So we decided to make a new one and this time the wood of choice was from a piece of Old Growth Port Orford Cedar.

This flute was crafted from a single piece of wood and the flute is 21 inches overall length and it features a 3/4 inch bore.  This is a five hole NAF flute tuned to the key of A at 440Hz  and features the Four Winds tuning holes.  The cutting edge is crafted from a single piece of inlaid walnut which provides a very nice color contrast between the woods. This flute was tuned at an altitude of 6400 feet and a temperature of approximately 65 degrees.  The fetish was crafted from the same stock of wood and it is our Otter styled design.  The fetish is attached to the flute body with a single piece of hand cut Buffalo hide lace, black in color.

This flute like all of our flutes was hand planed to achieve its signature shape. Although this flute does not feature any added accents it is a beautiful little flute and it plays beautifully. The body of the flute is finished with more than 20+ light coats of high gloss lacquer. The inside of the flute bore and slow air chamber were also sealed with many coats of finish to help prevent moisture absorption. Small enough to put into most any backpack you can take it on the trail with you, in your car, on your bike… this is a really nice flute.

Port Orford Cedar not only makes for a great sounding flute but as you can see from these pictures it also produces simple elegance. All flutes ship with a hand crafted flute bag to help protect your flute. Shipping is in addition to the price of the flute and we prefer to ship our flutes via FEDEX.  We do not mass produce these flutes and these backpacker style flutes are truly one of a kind.  Each flute is signed by Timothy Jennings, the artist and the key of the flute is imprinted on the body next to the signature.

If you are interested in purchasing the flute please call us at (619) 435-6700 and ask for Tim.  If you have question feel free to email us at sales@tetonmarketing.com and put “307 POC Flute Ironwood Bird” in the subject line of the email.  If you prefer you can purchase this flute on Etsy at the following link.

New Native American Flute to Carry In Your Backpack…

Back Packers Special Offer $165 + Shipping

Several times over the past months we have hand crafted a smaller Native American Flute that is greatly suited for carrying with you in your backpack when you hike into the back country.  The last NAF flute we made in this size was crafted from a reclaimed piece of Hawaiian Koa and it was really a cool flute and found a home right here in Wyoming.  So we decided to make a new one and this time the wood of choice was from a piece of Old Growth Port Orford Cedar.

This flute was crafted from a single piece of wood and the flute is 21 inches overall length and it features a 3/4 inch bore.  This is a five hole NAF flute tuned to the key of A at 440Hz  and features the Four Winds tuning holes.  The cutting edge is crafted from a single piece of inlaid walnut which provides a very nice color contrast between the woods. This flute was tuned at an altitude of 6400 feet and a temperature of approximately 65 degrees.  The fetish was crafted from the same stock of wood and it is our Otter styled design.  The fetish is attached to the flute body with a single piece of hand cut Buffalo hide lace, black in color.

This flute like all of our flutes was hand planed to achieve its signature shape. Although this flute does not feature any added accents it is a beautiful little flute and it plays beautifully. The body of the flute is finished with more than 20+ light coats of high gloss lacquer. The inside of the flute bore and slow air chamber were also sealed with many coats of finish to help prevent moisture absorption. Small enough to put into most any backpack you can take it on the trail with you, in your car, on your bike… this is a really nice flute.

Port Orford Cedar not only makes for a great sounding flute but as you can see from these pictures it also produces simple elegance. All flutes ship with a hand crafted flute bag to help protect your flute. Shipping is in addition to the price of the flute and we prefer to ship our flutes via FEDEX.  We do not mass produce these flutes and these backpacker style flutes are truly one of a kind.  Each flute is signed by Timothy Jennings, the artist and the key of the flute is imprinted on the body next to the signature.

If you are interested in purchasing the flute please call us at (619) 435-6700 and ask for Tim.  If you have question feel free to email us at sales@tetonmarketing.com and put “POC Backpacker Flute” in the subject line of the email.  If you prefer you can purchase this flute on Etsy at the following link.  Visit our website at www.tetonmarketing.com.

Timothy Jennings Award Winning Artist, Photographer

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