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New Commission for Black Willow Flute…

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I have been commissioned to build a new flute from the above pre-glued Black Willow flute blank.  Although this blank is currently sitting at a C# @ 440Hz we will be changing this and tuning this flute to the requested 444Hz range.  Not sure of the key but I should know pretty quick.

I am building this flute for one of my favorite customers, Mary.  She always likes to challenge me with something new and different.  This will be the first flute I tune at the “new” 444Hz as she tells me.   I am excited to see how this flute turns out.  More to follow…

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New Pipe Commission Starts to Take Shape…

I have started a new project which again is a very high honor for me to have been chosen as their pipemaker.  I have received a new commission to build 7 pipes for 7 women who have been studying under Sequoyah-Blue Deer Eagle and Sandra Moon Dancer  (Canadian First Nations People) for 4 years to as long as 9 years getting ready to become the pipe carriers for their respective clans.

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“We are honoured to receive pipes from a master pipemaker, whose hands are guided by Spirit. It is with deep gratitude that we send this message.

Sequoyah-Blue Deer Eagle”

These woman have been studying the Mother Earth teachings that have been handed down for hundreds if not thousands of years by their ancestors.   These seven woman will be honored in ceremony in 2017 with these pipes and take a very important role with their people.

I cannot emphasize enough how humbled and honoured I am to have been selected to complete this project.  I am not Native but yet I have been selected for this sacred task and once again I will honor my commitment to the First Nations People of Canada to bring to them 7 pipes that will in turn bring honor to these woman and help them on their very important new journey that they will undertake early next year!

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Catlinite Native American Styled Personal Pipe…

3featherspipe_4_leftviewWhen I receive a commission for a custom pipe I always save just about every piece of pipestone from each pipe as I can always find uses for the remnants.  This pipe was crafted from just that – remnants of stone from a previous commission.  I personally like small pipes as they are easier to handle and when you want to have a smoke by the fire these are a great choice.

3featherspipe_4_rightviewThis pipe is actually a midsize personal pipe according to my way of thinking.  The pipestone in this pipe shares a two-tone coloring with a real deep traditional pipestone red on the left side of the pipe and a lighter pinkish red on the right side of the pipe.  There is a teepee effigy towards the back of the pipe and the left front side has an eagle’s head totem while the right side is a set of feathers.

dsc0650_wdc_eagle_tetons_01_72dpi_672pxwideThe detail in this pipe is not as high as in commission pipes (seen eft) such as the eagle pipe I recently finished.  But this is a pretty cool little pipe.  The overall length of this pipe with stem is 21″ inches long and the stone itself is 4 3/4″ long.  The tobacco bowl is 1/2″ in diameter and the depth of the bowl 1 5/8″ deep.  If you are looking for a personal pipe that you can smoke with friends this would be a good choice.

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This pipe is prices at $165.00 and it ships with a protective bag.  Shipping on this pipe should be less than $10.00 depending on your zip code.  If you are interested in this pipe or you have questions please reach out to me at “timjen333@gmail.com“.

 

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The Eagle (Anukasa) and the Range…”Nakhota”…

The “Nakota” Souix (pronounced nah-KO-tah ) is the tribe’s name for themselves and may mean“friends” or “allies.” It comes from the Yankton word, Nakhota, sometimes translated as “alliance of friends.”   another meaning for the name is “those who consider themselves kindred.”

Earlier this year I was contacted by a very special man, Jesse-Blue Forrest Sequoyah-Blue Deer Eagle who reached out to me to commission an eagle pipe that would be used in ceremony over several years as this pipe was to take a long journey across Canada on what is now known as the Tree of Unity Peace Walk.

Once I had accepted this commission which was and is a great honor, I knew I had an important task set before me.  As I pondered the path I would take to craft the sacred pipe that was to be an Eagle pipe I for some reason decided to start two pipes at the same time, one of which is the pipe you see before you here and the other at the top of this post.  It was made very clear to me the importance of the commission I was about to undertake and the very next day I started on the journey with great passion – a journey that would end with two pipes.

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Tree of Peace Unity Walk Sacred Eagle Ceremonial Pipe Completed July 2016

The most important task was to complete the Tree of Unity Peace Walk pipe then I could focus on the second pipe to follow which I am calling “Anukasa and the Range – Nakhota, Alliance of Friends”.  This eagle pipe will be seen by thousands of people at the upcoming Western Design Conference to be held this weekend here in Jackson Hole Wyoming.  I am hoping to share a small glimpse into the world of the Sacred Pipe by way of display.

As many of you know I live in Jackson Hole Wyoming, home of the Teton Mountain Range, known worldwide.  This powerful mountain range rises above the Teton Valley and it is the Southern Gateway into the Yellowstone Basin.  Les Trois Tetons it is believed was the name given to the mountain range by the Iroquois or French Canadian trappers in the very early 1800’s.  Since then these majestic peaks have been called by many names.

It is a very rare event that I trek north of Jackson Hole when I do not see one or more Bald Eagles soaring around the valley and into the base of these mountains.  When you see the majesty of these magnificent birds and how they interact with Mother Earth and her ranges it is clear there is an Alliance of Friends or another way of saying it is Nakota or Nakhota which are names used to describe today’s Assiniboine First Nations People.

dsc0644_wdc_eagle_tetons_01_100dpiSo why use this translation and not something else?  Well truth be told all of the Sacred Pipestone I receive comes from a single family who are Assiniboine descendants and they live on the Assiniboine Reservations located in Northeastern Montana.  Donovan Archambault is my Assiniboine Elder Mentor, a Master Pipe Maker in his own right.  Each summer Donovan and younger parts of his family travel back to their ancestral  region in Minnesota to hand quarry the sacred stone from Mother Earth.  It is then hauled back from Minnesota to Montana where I gather stone that was hand quarried and allotted for me.

So it is in this spirit that I use the Name of the Nakota people and their indigenous language translation for the name  “Eagle”.  When you see these powerful and very sacred birds interact with the nature that surrounds us here in the Yellowstone Basin you can certainly grasp the Alliance that must take place between their very nature and Mother Earth in order for them to survive.

 

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“Spirit of the Pipe”…

Spirit of the Pipe Commission Ships Out

spiritofpipe_16_bEvery Once and a while a project comes along that really finds a place in your soul.  This is one of those times.   On Monday I will be shipping this project to its new owner in Canada.  A First Nations man will carry this flute with him on an upcoming journey that will take him across Canada over a two-year period.

The idea for this flute came about after recently delivering a Native Styled pipe to the Western Ojibwe in Canada for which I was commissioned to craft.  In a way this flute is a continuation of this pipe.  The pipe which will be carried across Canada for the upcoming Tree of Peace Unity Walk will now have this flute as it’s companion.  I have named this flute the “Spirit of the Pipe”.

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Testimony

I shared a vision with my Elders, Clan Mothers, and Grandfathers.  At the Council Fire they contemplated my vision, and in turn, they received a vision of a Sacred Eagle Pipe that was to be gifted to me.  Through ceremony and reflection, Spirit guided us to Timothy.  The Elders, Clan Mothers, and Grandfathers saw in his previous work, that it was evident that Timothy has a connection with the spirit of the materials he uses.  This was very important to us as this Sacred Eagle Pipe will lead a Tree of Peace Unity Walk and the planting of 44 Peace Trees across Canada.  This Unity Walk is the vision I received that will bring together First Nations Peoples and all Canadians for world peace and the healing of Mother Earth. When I received the pipe in a ceremony, I felt the energy of Timothy’s connection with the spirit in the wood and stone, in the making of this sacred pipe. Timothy is a master craftsman and artist who’s hands are blessed by the Great Spirit. In gratitude from myself and the Elders, Clan Mothers, and Grandfathers of the Cherokee, Iroquois, Ojibwe, and Cree of the Council Fire of this vision, we honor Timothy and his creation of the sacred pipe.

Walk Sacred, Talk Sacred,
Jesse-Blue Forrest – Sequoyah-Blue Deer Eagle

I wanted to incorporate the spirit from the sacred pipe by attaching a mouth piece to the flute that was crafted from the very same stone the pipe was made from.  In addition my plans were to craft a cabochon from the same stone to inlay into this flute.  In my mind’s eye this addition of the stone to the flute would help carry the spirit of this pipe over to the flute.  I had hopes that this flute would share in the very same journey as the pipe.

As one draws in the smoke from the pipe in ceremony this same breath would give life through their playing of the flute.  If this were to happen this would accomplish my vision for this piece.

This six hole  flute features a 1″ inch bore crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  It is tuned to the Key of D#.  It features the Four Winds tuning holes and by most standard this is a large flute.  Although I think it is the perfect size as its new owner like me is a large man and should have no trouble playing it.

The theme for the pipe was that of the Eagle and so too we carried the same theme through to the flute by adding a fetish that represents a whimsical vision of the Eagle in flight.  The fetish sits between two rails crafted from a special wood called Sapodilla.  This reclaimed wood has much the same color tones as the pipestone.

One of the interesting twists in all of this is that the Tree of Peace Unity Walk will start it’s journey on a sacred mountain on Vancouver
Island.  The very same place the Alaskan Yellow Cedar used in this spiritofpipe_18_b72flute was harvested from several years ago.

It is always an honor when I have the opportunity to be commissioned for a project.  I am always humbled that there are those who find my style of art pleasing.  But it is especially humbling when I am given the opportunity to create something as special as these two projects for the First Nations People of Canada and know that they will be used in Ceremony and not used as a cliché…

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

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Commissioned Pipe Goes to Arizona…

I always enjoy the opportunity to create something unique for a client.  Kirk’s love for the pipe goes back to his childhood when his dad would work in their garage and smoke a pipe while he pondered his next move on whatever project he was tackling.  Kirk wanted a simple yet functional Native Styled Pipe for his collection and personal use.

Although this was not a fancy pipe it is a perfect size for personal use.  This personal pipe was crafted for Kirk who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The pipestone I used for this personal pipe was actually the remnants from another eagle pipe I made a couple of years ago.  I throw nothing out from the sacred pipestone and try to use as much of it as I can.

“I am writing to let you know how pleased I am with the Native American pipe you crafted. I provided no input of my expectations and am thrilled with the interpretation, design and workmanship of the pipe you created.

The wood working is perfect and pipe stone carving of the tee pee and feathers is spiritual and, to me, soulful. It is truly a work of art, but functions well as a working pipe. It draws well, has no problem staying lit and is a pleasure to smoke. When not being used, it is proudly displayed in a cabinet in my den, where it receives a lot of attention and compliments.

Thank you again.”

Kirk Jenkins
Exec. Vice President /Principal
Daum Commercial Real Estate Services

3featherspipe_2The pipe had carved into the long part of the stone 2 feathers, one on each side.  An eagles head on one side and a representation of a tepee on the other.  The pipestem was crafted from Old Growth Black Walnut that I gathered from the Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountain outside of Boulder Colorado.

3featherspipe_1The stem was decorated with hand cut bison hide lace, crow glass beads and an owl feather (replica) wrapped in traditional trade cloth and sinu.  Over all this was a very cool little pipe and as I understand it the Kirk smokes it (tobacco only) twice each year on two special days that have meaning for the family.

I was honored that Kirk had come to me for this project.  Kirk is a lifetime friend of mine and that made this commission even more special.  He is one of the finest people I have ever known and I look forward to a time when we can smoke it together.

Native American Pipe

 

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Commission Complete…

Eagle Themed 6 Hole, 4 Winds, Tuned to D @440Hz

It is always an honor when someone reaches out to me for a special project they have in mind.  This flute was no exception.  This piece was commissioned by a gentleman in Scottsdale Arizona who had a vision for a flute he wanted.  Originally this project was to have a Bison theme to it but soon after we started construction there was a change request which we agreed to as it seem to make perfect sense.

jkrohn_07_72DPI_DSC0553This 6 hole flute is hand crafted from Old Growth Black Walnut and features Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar Fetish rails.  The Eagle fetish is crafted from both Black Walnut and the bird itself is from Maple.  As with every flute I build specifically for someone I look for the story behind the project.  In this case this buyers story fit the end product we will finally deliver this week.

The genesis for this flute started back in the mid 1850’s when pioneers heading west brought with them Walnut trees to be planted around their farm houses and barns.

“Wow! That is a masterpiece, a master who is in touch with the spirit of the material. One who is truly connected to the elements of Mother Earth. It has been an honor to know you and your work. The Great Spirit, the Creator has gifted you. ”

Jesse-Blue Forrest
Sequoyah-Blue Deer Eagle
(Walking Thunder)

The walnut this flute came from was harvested from trees planted just west of Boulder Colorado and as best we can tell the tree was planted around 1850 or so.

The Alaskan Yellow Cedar used for the rails comes from Old Growth trees cut from Vancouver Island that are at least hundreds of years old and the Maple also came from the Boulder Colorado area.  So this  lumber has traveled another 500 miles north to my shop here along the Snake River here in Jackson Wyoming.  Then one last journey of 900 miles to its new home in Scottsdale Arizona.

jkrohn_01_DSC0442-fetishonly_02The Eagle Theme was something I had not really done previously and when Jim shared with me other eagle fetish designs he had seen and liked I knew I would need to find a fetish that fits within my whimsical fetish designs and its coming marriage to this flute.  I did not want this to be in any way a representation of someone elses work.

jkrohn_01_DSC0442-fetishonly_01Because I live along the Snake River there are many Bald Eagle nests around my home and while on my afternoon walks I would watch the males fishing from above.  This fetish is my representation of watching these magnificent birds dive for fish along the river and this is where the idea for this particular bird came from.

Idaho_Jasper_Krohn_01_DSC0488I wanted to inlay a stone into this flute so I selected a piece of polished Idaho Picture Jasper and set it in a silver bezel which I inlaid into the body of the flute.  I really liked the colors in this stone as it really seems to match the colors found in both the flute, the leather and the stands.  Although this is a time-consuming value add I really like how it came out and this stone seemed to be right at home once it was set.  All of
the leather accents are from hand selected Bison hides matching the
colors in the stone perfectly.

jkrohn_09_bead_DSC0528One really cool feature is the way the feathers (replicas) are hung from the flute body.  In stead of using trade cloth and sinew to wrap the upper portion of the leather straps I hand crafted a stone bead crafted from a piece of Catlinite (Sacred Pipestone) and it acts kind of like a bolo tie which makes it easy to adjust and even remove the feathers if desired.  Another time-consuming value add but well worth the effort as it really makes or a clean presentation.

The stands came right out of the forest behind my home here in Wyoming.  I guess you could say they are truly repurposed tree branches.  Anyway I wanted to make something simple, yet functional and look good too.  Finally I added a hand crafted Bison leather case for the flute to be carried or stored in.  Hand crafted by Leah Burgess from Riversong buckskinbisonbag2Leather Studios out of Laramie Wyoming.  This is a beautiful work of art all in its own right.

Once the flute was complete and ready to be delivered I added the final accents of leather braid and beads.  The beads that hang from the braid are a combination of Sterling Silver and Glass Crow beads.  We added a 4th hole leather cover that can be used as is or removed.  All in all a very nice project that I am very proud of !  Oh… and it plays nice and sounds good.  Listen to the clip below…

Future Commissions are available for those interested in a project of their own so reach out to me with questions at “timjen333@gmail.com” … I would love to make one for you.

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

Eagle Themed NAF Flute crafted by Timothy Jennings Jackson Hole Wyoming

 

 

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Getting Ready for the Western Design Conference…

westerndesignconferenceEach Fall here in Jackson Hole a Conference is held that is one of the elite places for Functional Art to be displayed, sold and judged.  The Western Design Conference is the premier place for artists like myself to showcase their best art.  This fall I will be entering one of my pieces to be juried and judged by the best of the best.

I have chosen the theme for my entry and I want to share with you my journey over the next few months.  This years entry will consist of two art pieces incorporated into a single entry.  This year I will enter a pipe and a flute with a common theme running through the whole piece.  Below is a drawing I have made for the pipe that I will start today.  The flute will also be started this weekend and this will be one of the toughest projects I will undertake.

Each art piece will have a custom-made bison leather case that will in their own right be beautiful components of the whole project.  This Art project is available for purchase.  Delivery will not be available until after the Western Design Conference has completed in early September.  If you have interest in this project for your home or business reach out to me at “timjen333@gmail.com”.  Follow me on this journey and see how it goes…

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Brock Jennings & Abby Gershuny New Song Bounce…

Brock Jennings and Abby Gershuny Original

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Brock Jennings Jackson Hole Wyoming

There are times when one sits and ponders about things that really can make a difference in their lives.  For me my son Brock Jennings and his fantastic girlfriend Abby Gershuny certainly fulfills that which is lacking sometimes in my day.  Although Brock is my son I can honestly say that he is one of the brightest young talents I have ever known – even though he has not yet been discovered by the masses he is certainly deserving of the effort.

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Abby Gershuny Sherman Oaks

Abby is an amazingly talented woman soon to be superstar I am sure.  But it is her voice that captures me on a regular basis and when the two of them come together in a song it is pure magic.  Their new song Bounce can no longer wait for people to hear.  In my opinion they are ready for prime time.  All original and self produced these two have what it takes.  Brock’s latest production of Bounce is one that I think will flat reach out and grab you – so take a moment and check it out below.  Then please give us some feedback – I want to brag a little….

Listen to Bounce – Copyright Brock Jennings 2015

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Jackson Hole Tim Hats Now In Stock…

wymadeMany of you are familiar with Teton Marketing primarily because of our Native American Flutes handcrafted right here in Jackson Hole.   Last year we released our first hat that was primarily a hat to help spread the word about the company.  Our latest hats should appeal to everyone who lives or visits Jackson Hole Wyoming.

C4732High Altitude Designs from Teton Marketing is a 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 is branded with the Teton Marketing logo and appropriate taglines.  All logos and taglines are embroidered for a clean tasteful look.  We hope you will enjoy each addition as they come available.  Each of our hats are designed and made right here in the state of Wyoming, truly Wyoming Made.

backofhatlogo_01The current line of hats come from mostly from the Otto Collection.  We currently have available in three hat designs.  Adjustable to fit any head.  We offer three versions of the hats, all three feature variations of the Teton Marketing Logo, the Wyoming Bucking horse,  the state name “Wyoming”, the States Tag Line “Forever West” and of coarse name “Jackson Hole”on the front of the cap.

brynn_armyhat_01The current caps are available in jet black, Khaki, and dark Gray in color. These are very nice quality hats and all logos are embroidered, not silk screened.   Our newest addition is a new ladies with the popular military style hat.  A sample picture of the this new hats style is located below and to the right.  If you are interested in one of these new ladies hats email us to reserve one.

AVAILABLE HATS

tmt_cap_foreverwest_back_ebay_05Unstructured Adjustable

tmt_cap_JH_Front__ebay_05OTTO Design – Non-structured cap is made with 100% Cotton.  Fully Adjustable using a Velcro adjustment strap on the back of the hat.  The Teton Logo and the name “Jackson
Hole” is embroidered on the front of the cap.

Unsctructured_khaki_front_01Price Per Hat $28.99 plus shipping

 skaterhat_Back_01Flat Bill Skater Style  Cap

skaterhat_Front_01Premium Flex FitFlat billed 210 Fitted Skater type hat in two sizes.  83% Acrylic, 15% Wool, 2% Spandex Fitted Cap (no Strap) Currently available in Black and two sizes…

Per Hat $34.95 plus shipping

  • 210 Fitted Black – 6 7/8″ – 7 1/4″ – Buy Now
  • 210 Fitted in Black – 7 1/4″ – 7 5/8″ – Buy Now

Womans Army Style  Cap

ladies_military_front_01100% Cotton Army Style ladies cap.  Fully adjustable in  back using Velcro adjustment strap.  Soft unstructured cap.  Logo is embroidered on one side of the front panel and the name Jackson Hole on the other panel.

Per Hat $28.95 plus shipping

Order By Phone

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If you wish to place your order by phone please call (307) 690-0427.  You can pay for your order using your credit card  or we can invoice you via PayPal or send an online invoice to your email address that you can pay online.  If you have questions you can also reach out to us via email “timjen333@gmail.com“.

ABOUT THE LOGO

Teton_BrushStroke_idea4Inspired by the place we 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.  Our Logo for Teton Marketing is our vision of what we see everyday.  Like many of our flute fetishes that tend to be more whimsical, our logo falls comfortably in line with them.  We have tried to find a balance between a literal view of the range and their whimsical view.  We think they accomplished this.