Cool New Jackson Hole Hat Now Available…

Teton_BrushStroke_idea4Many of you know Teton Marketing because of the Native American Flutes they handcraft right here in Jackson Hole.  Teton Marketing is growing and adding new products all the time.  Recently they released their first hat that was primarily a hat to help spread the word about the company. Now they add a new hat that should appeal to everyone who lives or visits Jackson Hole.

tmt_cap_JH_Front__ebay_05High Altitude Designs from Teton Marketing is a new line of active wear clothing that people can use every day living here in Jackson Hole and beyond. Watch for the introduction of clothing, hats and more as they introduce them throughout the summer.  Each clothing item will be branded with the Teton Marketing logo and appropriate taglines.  All logos and taglines will be embroidered for a clean tasteful look.  Teton Marketing hopes that you will enjoy each addition as they come available.

tmt_cap_foreverwest_back_ebay_05The current Teton Marketing hats come from the Otto Collection and they are adjustable to fit any head. There are now offer three versions of the hats, all three versions feature variations of the Teton Marketing Logo, the website address, the Wyoming Bucking horse,  the state name “Wyoming”, “Forever West” and of coarse “Jackson Hole”on the back of the cap.  All of the current caps are jet black in color. These are very nice hats and all logos are embroidered, not silk screened. Each hat is $23.99 plus shipping. They are planning to add several more hat designs for those of you who love Jackson Hole Wyoming as much as they do. You can Get your Teton Marketing hat today at www.tetonmarketing.com.

About Their Logo

Teton_BrushStrokeOnly_70x127wymadeInspired by the place they live. The Teton Range is truly one of the most inspiring mountain range in the world. Most people equate the Grand Tetons with Jackson Hole. Their Logo for Teton Marketing is their vision of what they see everyday. Like many of their flute fetishes that tend to be more whimsical, their logo falls comfortably in line with them. They tried to find a balance between a literal view of the range and their whimsical view. We think they accomplished this.  Visit their website to see other products offered from Teton Marketing…

Local Artist Tim Jennings Creates New Buffalo Fetish…

newbuffalo_1_ebayAfter hours of self-reflection local artist Tim Jennings finally came up with their newest fetish block for your next Native American Flute project or existing one. This new fetish was inspired by one of our more proliferate residences of the Jackson Hole area, the North American Bison or more commonly known as the buffalo.  Truly one of my favorite animals to watch and photograph here in western Wyoming.  For those of you who know Tim’s flutes you know that most of the fetish blocks he crafts tend to be more whimsical than literal.  This has been his style and Tim actually enjoys it when people see different things within the same fetish.

As an artist Tim wanted to capture something a bit different this time.  He wanted a fetish that when someone sees it, it is clear to them what it represents but at the same time still maintains the whimsical aura that seems to fit his other designs. “I think we have found a clear balance with this new fetish”. This fetish stands about 2 1/2″ tall, it is about 3″ in length and 7/8″ wide at the base. He added a chimney to this fetish that is approximately 3/8″ wide and 7-8mm deep so it should fit most NAF flutes where the Focusing Channel is cut into the body of the flute.  The picture presented here was crafted from a piece of old growth black walnut.

morningcoffee_12_09_11_8Each of these fetish blocks are entirely hand crafted by artist Tim Jennings and takes several hours to complete and thus no two are the same.  Each fetish will be signed by Tim on the bottom of the buffalo.  Teton Marketing, a local company here in Jackson is currently crafting a series of them out of some old growth walnut stock they have been saving for this very project.  There will be a limited supply of these available for sale so if you are interested in one call Tim (307-690-0427) or send him an email .  Please visit their website at www.tetonmarketing.com and see what is new.  If you would like to order one you can do it by phone or click on the order button below and purchase it directly from the Teton Marketing shopping cart.  Tim hopes this new fetish brings added value to your next flute project.

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Images West Magazine Features Western Design Conference Artists…

imageswestmag_3Each year Jackson Wyoming is host to the Western Design Conference which opens the Fall Art Festival held each year in Jackson Hole.. WDC is one of the premier shows that features “Functional Art”. Every artist must be juried in to be part of the annual event and their art must be a functional piece of original work. Some of the best artists this country has to offer attend this 3 day event. This summer Images West magazine has highlighted several WCD Artists in an article titled “Functional Art”. We were so proud to be considered for this article as one of these artists. On page 30 you can read about some of the artist’s and their work, including ours.

Images West is published at the beginning of each summer and is available throughout Jackson Hole. Published for FREE, you can find one at just about every hotel and gallery in town. Images West is a very nice publication featuring the Arts in Jackson Hole. If you plan to visit here this summer pick one up and see what the Jackson Art Community has to offer.  Oh yeh be sure to visit the website www.tetonmarketing.com and the blog www.3feathersflutes.com for more…

Courage Displayed Weekly At Jackson Hole Rodeo…

rodeo1Jackson Hole Wyoming is truly an amazing place to visit, live and work.  Most people when they think about visiting Jackson Hole will tell you that they think about the majesty of the Teton Mountain Range, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone Park, the wildlife plus all of the amazing thermal activity found just north of town.  Whitewater rafting, hiking, tram rides, fishing and of course eating at one of the many fine eateries Jackson has to offer.   Truthfully Jackson Hole Wyoming is a magical place for those who love the outdoors and appreciate the finest that God has to offer.

rodeo2For those of you seeking a little taste of the old west while visiting Jackson Hole, set aside an evening and go to the Jackson Hole Rodeo.  This is a truly an evening event worth spending time with your family.  This is the real deal folks – for more than 100+ years the Jackson Hole Rodeo has been an integral part of Jackson Hole and the old west.  For 2+ hours the Wilson family (5th generations Jackson Hole) will entertain you with brave young men who attempt to master the backs of bulls and broncs,  while mostly the girls take to the backs of their quickest horse for a shot at being the fastest around the barrels.


rodeo6If you have never been to a real rodeo you are in for a treat.  A real piece of Americana that will not only make you proud to be an American but the Jackson Hole Rodeo will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire evening.  But the real story that I find at the rodeo is not the spectacle that takes place within the arena but what takes place behind the bucking chutes.  Boys and men of all ages getting prepared to take their shot at making the 8 second ride into glory.  And I mean all ages!  There are boys as young as 4 years old getting their first rides all the way up to men in their late 40’s.  And that alone is amazing to me as this is really a young mans sport.

rodeo3Bravery comes in many forms but make no mistake, it takes a man with an incredible constitution to climb on the back of one of these very large and dangerous animals.  Behind the chutes you will find these brave young men going through all kinds of rituals as they get ready for their rides.  Some are jumping up and down trying to shake off their fears, others practice their ride by sitting on their bronc saddles while they lay on the floorboards of the chute area.  Others walk around talking to themselves as if they are trying to convince one half of their other personality everything is ok while the other half is telling them NOT TO GO.  These men, and I mean men, come from long distances and they pay a handsome fee to ride and compete for the best score.  Most of them are clearly friends that come from the many ranches around the states of Idaho, Montana and of coarse, Wyoming.

As you mingle behind the chutes and fade into the background you can watch these men prepare themselves both physically and mentally for their next ride.  You can see the grit and determination, the desire, hunger, fear, concerns, the focus they seek preparing themselves for their upcoming turn in the chutes.  They pat each other on the back, high fives, words of rodeo4encouragement, a nervous chuckle and for some just a simple stare into the eyes of one of their close friends looking for that simple smirk of encouragement and support.  There is only constant support for those who are about to ride.  No, behind these chutes is no place for a weak man.

Contrary to what many might think, these brave souls come in all shapes and sizes.  young men with boyish faces, men with that expected cowboy look, men with scars, casts, slings, limps all giving testimony to earlier events.  Many of them ride at least twice a week at this rodeo alone.  When you are privileged to be part of this behind the chutes environment you gain a new respect for todays cowboys.  They are a breath of fresh air in my opinion as they give testimony and carry on in the tradition of the old west and those men who came before them.

rodeo5Yes I say – go to the rodeo and I promise you that you will enjoy an event that will leave you with a certain sense pride that only comes with being an American.  The rodeo arena is an exciting place to watch all this unfold.  A place where America’s truly most original sport was born and 8 seconds of sheer terror takes place right in front of your eyes.  Watch with amazement as each young man climbs onto the back of their bull, their bronc, their ride that will surely come.  For these men who ride, ride for both themselves as much as they ride for your entertainment.   To do this comes only with a passion that is ingrained in the cowboy tradition that still lives on today right here in Jackson Hole Wyoming.  These young men and women come to this event with the strong need to participate in this American sport.  And yes courage and honor exist right here behind the bucking chutes of American Rodeo.

 

Morning Coffee In Jackson, Just Another Day…

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Wow, hard to believe it is February, 2013 already.  I know I keep saying this but time is flying by as they say.  After several days of winter weather the sky’s opened up this morning and gave us clear blue sky’s, well with a few clouds floating around.  It was 9 degrees at the coffee shop but something makes you seem a lot warmer when you see good ol Mr. Sun.

One more stop at the DOG (Down On Glen) for one of Jackson’s premier breakfast burritos and off we go.  Today’s destination was Oxbow Bend and Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.  The pictures above are a very typical morning here in the valley.  You never know what will catch your eye when you cruise along.  The truck in the pictures is our first brand new Ford F350 which we will be using this spring when we kick off our new Private Party Tours that we will be offering through our website www.tetonmarketing.com. If you are visiting Jackson this summer consider letting us take you out and see some of the things we are blessed to experience every day.  More on this in future posts.

The temperatures this morning in Grand Teton National Park was hovering around a comfortable 10 degrees.  I say comfortable because there was zero wind and the sun was beaming down bright upon us.  Winter in the park can offer some really spectacular vistas and wildlife opportunities for your camera.  We had the place to ourselves.  We could stop on the road and pretty much do what ever we wanted. We saw several moose but they did not want to cooperate and pose for us.  Nothing like a cup of hot coffee and some really spectacular scenery start your day out right.  Enjoy…

Jackson Hole Art Association Celebrates 50 Years With Friday Night Kickoff…

This Friday, January 25th, the Art Association of Jackson Hole will begin their celebration of 50 years in Jackson.  Their annual show called “the Jackson Salon” will begin its annual show with their exhibition opening starting at 5:30pm.  This show features local artists and some of their artwork displayed in many mediums.

The opening event kicks off at 5:30 pm and goes until 7:30 pm and there will be a reception of food and drink along with live music.  This three-week event is open to the public so all can visit and enjoy the many different forms of art.  Most of the pieces will be available for purchase and the proceeds will be split between the artists and the Art Association which helps support further education and exhibitions.

ImageWe have entered a piece for the show and it will be available for purchase.  Our entry this year is only the second time we have created a piece like this.  Our entry is one of our latest Native American Styled Flutes designed around the colors of the human Chakra.  This flute was hand crafted from a single piece of old growth, reclaimed American Cherry.  This is a long flute reaching almost 30 inches in length and features a 1″ inch flute bore giving a rich deep voice to this flute.

cherry_chakra_2A six hole flute that is tuned to the key of D at 432Hz (true pitch) makes this flute a very pleasing flute to play and to listen to.  There are seven 10 x 14mm bezel set cabochons that are inlay-ed into the body of the flute.  These seven stones represent the seven primary colors of the human Chakra. The fetish that sits atop the flute is one of our Teton Spike designed fetishes and it was crafted from a piece of African Cocobolo.  This fetish is attached to the flute using a single piece of hand selected and hand cut Elk leather lace.

Hanging from the center of the flute body is a tuft of Sorrel colored horse hair wrapped in a traditional red wool cloth.  The wrap is tied with black sinu.  The playing holes are set at brownbisonbag1_lgcomfortable intervals making this a very easy flute to play.  The flute will be displayed on top of a hand crafted flute stand made from a single piece of Ironwood.

Finally this flute has been finished in a high gloss of more than 30 light coats of hand rubbed lacquer.   Also part of the display is a flute bag that was designed by us and hand-made for the show by Leah Burgess of Riversong Leather Studio’s out of Laramie Wyoming.  This bag is crafted from a chocolate-brown buffalo hide also hand selected for these bags.  This flute is a truly one of a kind hand crafted, gallery quality, made in Wyoming piece.  Come to the show if you are in town over the next three weeks.  I am sure you will see some nice works of art.

Please consider subscribing to our blog JacksonHoleTim.com and receive updated posts each time we submit one.  All posts come to your inbox at the email address you provide.  Visit our website at www.tetonmarketing.com to see some of our other Native American Styled Flutes now available.

Tetons From Four Winter Views…

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Hard to believe that January, 2013 is in its last week already.  The past three weeks here in the Yellowstone Basin and Jackson Hole have been cold.  Some of the temperatures in the Moran Junction area were recorded as low as -38 degrees earlier this week.  In Jackson the temperatures have been below zero almost every day.  The high temps for the day if lucky have been just above zero.

That seems to be changing now as the cold temps are moving to the east.  I laugh at the news reports when they say the low is going to be in the low 20’s.  The good thing about these cold days is that they are created by a high pressure area and the sky’s are generally clear and blue.  I have been out almost every morning looking for something special to shoot with my camera and it has been slim pickins as they say.

This morning I traveled north of town with Peyton after stopping for our morning cup of coffee and a blueberry scone.  The sky was absolutely clear – devoid of morning haze and such.  On mornings such as these the skyline that is behind the Teton Range to the west is usually a dark blue that helps perfectly highlight the shape of these magnificent peaks.

The pictures above are all taken this morning all within 10 minutes of each other.  Each picture was taken from a different location on HWY 89 which is the road to Yellowstone.  If you look closely you will see how the views of the Teton change. The first picture was taken from Antelope Flats area just north of Dornan’s.  The second was above Schwabachers Landing, the third from Glacial Turnout and the fourth from the Ansel Adams turnout.  Enjoy…

Morning Coffee – Christmas plus two days and counting….

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Wow Christmas has come and gone again!  Hard to believe how fast the time seems to pass these days.  As many of you know winter came late to the Yellowstone basin this year and for a while we were actually starting to wonder if we would ever see the snow fall.  Needless to say it did and it is now cold like it should be with plenty of white stuff on the ground.

This morning as the sun was starting to creep its way over the Wind River Range I decided I was going to get up and grab one of my favorite cups of coffee and head north of town to see what I could find.  I had an hour or two to kill so why not.  It was a bit over cast and cold to boot.  But once my truck warmed up and I had my cup in hand I was all about finding something fun and cool to watch.  And as usual I did not disappoint myself.

This morning in short I saw quit a few characters from the neighborhood.  I counted more than 25 moose, hundreds of buffalo, deer, elk, eagles, coyotes and more.  This was not my first rodeo with taking pics of buffalo but this morning was bit unusual.  The female in the slide-show did not want to get out of my way.  She just stood fast and stared me down..So after taking a few pics of her I tried to nudge my truck past her and she did not like this.  She let me know with a few twitches of her tail and growled at me loud enough to let me know I was getting too close.

Then to the right of me after plowing down a barbed wire fence I saw her boyfriend at a full run coming right at me.  At first I was not sure what he was doing but I figured it out quickly.  So I swung my camera around, snapped this shot and hit the gas and moved just past him as he passed within feet of my rear bumper.  All I could see was this big guy plowing straight into the side of my truck – head first.

For the next hour or so I just marveled at the sheer beauty of this morning and although I was alone I was not…  I was surrounded by the majesty of the morning, the mountains, the rising sun and the wildlife that accompanied me on my morning journey.  And of coarse, some really solid classic vinyl (XM Radio).  I will have to do this again…

Morning Coffee – Winds of Change…

Some of you may be wondering what happened to our weekly posts and the truth be told is we have been enjoying the most amazing Fall weather.  I can’t remember when the last time we saw such a beautiful, warm, completely awesome Fall in Jackson Hole.  Weekends at the lakes with our kids, people still riding their bikes around town and on the trails and more tourists seemed to hang around longer than in years past.  Simply a very nice surprise for those of us living in the Yellowstone Basin.

But as we all know the winds of change come quickly when mother nature decides that it is time.  One of most unusual things I noticed this fall was the complete lack of snow on the Tetons.  It seems that there is always snow somewhere on these majestic peaks but this fall snow was almost devoid of this precious white commodity.

One of the side effects of this wonderful warm weather was the total lack of water that we saw this summer.  Jackson narrowly escaped one of the worst fire seasons on record and because of the heroic efforts of so many firemen and state and federal assets Jackson narrowly escape what could have been a tragedy.  So with our rivers and streams down and our open spaces brown with thirst this warm fall season left many of the true locals lacking the very basic things they need to survive the upcoming winter.  We saw a return of the Bison to the area north of town and it was clear to me that this past spring and summer was good to these herds as their young were everywhere.  But the lack of tall grass like we saw last year seems to be on the thin side and so we ponder how they will fair this winter.

One clear sign that pickings are thin were the numerous bears we saw this fall all looking for something to eat.  On the Moose Wilson road the Hawthorne bushes that are usually packed with life giving berries simply did not seem to materialize.  The lack of water this summer showed clearly how devastating this could be when it came time for these animals to find food in preparation for winter.  We watched bears climbing trees and pulling empty berry branches to their mouths eating what ever they could get their paws on (literally).

Another event that fall brings is the beginning of the hunting season.  People are pulling permits for Elk, Bear, Antelope, Wolves (new this year), Bison and even birds.  Especially for the elk, fall brings the double hazard of foraging for food while hiding from hunters doing the same.  Small groups which to me look like little families run for cover after coming out of hiding for a well deserved drink and then it is quickly up the hill side to the safety of the trees.  Although I enjoy a good elk steak I enjoy even more seeing these beautiful animals in the wild.  Yes Jackson Hole and the surround area is a magical place to live.  And with each change in the seasons you definitely know what time of the year it is.

My worry this year is that because of the amazing summer and warm fall weather we have enjoyed, this winter may bring a true struggle for life for all that inhabit the great Yellowstone Basin.  Especially for the young, this first winter for them will be the test of how strong they are.  Food is scarce and they need these calories to make it through the winter.

As of now they look strong to me, and I am sure the Great Spirit will lift her hand to comfort them and bring them through what is about to come.  I leave you with a Native American Flute Song that shares with you a message of peace and hope.  Written and produced by Nakoa Heavyrunner, Assiniboine Native American Music Artist, The Honoring  is presented first in song, then by Native American Flute, then English and finally one more time in Northern Cree.  We too wish all of you peace and good life this winter.

Click to Play “the Honoring”

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.

Timothy Jennings Award Winning Artist, Photographer

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