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Cherry Wood Native American Flute…

American Cherry Native American Style Backpacker Flute

Cherry Wood Flute, Backpacker – Key of A

A couple of years ago I came across some old American Cherry that came from an old hand hewn beam.  The best we could tell this beam was more  than 200 years old when the timber was cut.  Because of its size this Native American Style flute would make a very nice back packer flute.  This five hole flute was eventually tuned to the Key of A and both the flute body and the fetish were handcrafted from this reclaimed Cherry wood stock. This flute ended up right at 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 which was cut with a gouge. The cutting edge was built into the body of the flute not an inlay. The fetish was from my otter series and was tied on using our hand cut black Deer Leather.

This flute like all of my flutes was hand planed to achieve its signature shape.  We added a hand braided deerskin leather lace accent at the foot of the flute and there were 8 multicolored Crow Beads attached.  The inside of the flute bore and slow air chamber were sealed with many coats of finish to help prevent moisture absorption.  The outside was finished with more than 20+ light coats of high gloss lacquer.  The tonal quality of this flute was in the upper range and it is very easy to play and very forgiving. This flute felt really nice in your hands and the color of the reclaimed Cherry gave it a very nice look.  This was a very simple yet great sounding flute that actually found a home with a buyer that takes it backpacking on a regular basis.

Cherry makes for a great sounding flute but as you can see from these pictures it also produces a simple elegance.  Although this flute has been sold it is available for commission.  All flutes ship with a hand crafted flute bag to protect the during shipping and storage at home.  Shipping is in addition to the price of the flute.  Call us at (307) 690-0427 or email me at timjen333@gmail.com.

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Aveda Salon “Tori” Is Expanding…

wymadeI was contracted to build two large mirror frames for the newly expanding Aveda Salon “Tori” located here in Jackson Hole.  Tori is a rapidly expanding salon and soon they will double their size.  The two mirror frames in the picture below were hand crafted from selected old barn wood that Tori Carson found in Idaho.  Monday they go in for the mirrors and then to her shop.  I will update the pics when the glass is in…

Available for Custom Order – contact timjen333@gmail.com

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Teton Marketing Highlighted on KGWN Cheyenne, WY…

Recently we joined the Wyoming First Program that is run by the Wyoming Business Council.  The purpose Wyoming First is to assist companies located in this state with identification and promotion of their Wyoming made products or substantially enhance products and services.  Wyoming is a small state population wise but Wyoming is a very strong state financially and they are all about helping business within the state prosper.  You would be surprised at all the small companies in this state.

Last month we were contacted about our products and invited to provide additional information about what we do.  Wyoming Made wanted to highlight our little company on KGWN News in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  We were flattered and so we supplied them with the requested information.  Below is the clip from the show were they highlighted our little Jackson Hole Company.  Take a moment and check it out…

CBS Channel 5, Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Wyoming Made, Made In Jackson Hole…

Wyoming Made, Made in Jackson Hole…

At a time when “MADE IN THE USA” is practically an anomaly there are still a few small businesses out there trying to create new products and services that can boast the “MADE IN THE USA” title.  Wyoming is a state that actually has quite a large number of small entrepreneurs that craft products from their home or small business and sell them to the public both within the borders of Wyoming and abroad.  One place that highlights these Wyoming based businesses is the Wyoming Business Council and they list many of these businesses on their website www.wyomingfirst.org.

Blaire Jennings

The Wyoming First Program is a way to identify and showcase great products made in Wyoming.  All of the companies listed on this website call Wyoming home and are proud of the quality they represent.  Wyoming First provides you with the opportunity to shop and locate products that are made within this state.  This post today is no exception.  I want to highlight a member of my family that is doing just that – designing and making products for sale right here in Jackson Hole.  Blaire joins others here in Jackson that also make and sell their products though retail outlets and their websites.

Blaire Jennings is a college student in her Junior year at CU Boulder in Colorado and she is studying Digital Art, Studio Art and Communications.  Blaire has always been a creative soul and she loves painting, shaping pottery, photography, pretty much design of any kind.  Over the past year Blaire along with her mother Peyton have created a unique line of hand crafted jewelry all made by hand right here in Jackson Hole.  Her latest creation is a line of wooden feather like earrings featuring very high quality sterling silver findings.  These whimsical feather like earrings are being marketed under the name “307 Wear” and they are gaining in their popularity with locals and others living outside of the state of Wyoming.  “307 Wear” simply translates into “Wyoming Wear” as the area code of 307 is unique to the state of Wyoming.  In addition to earrings Blaire is adding some of her necklace designs and currently has many new ideas under development.

What started out as an idea has started to blossom into a small business opportunity for Blaire and she is starting to make some headway.  These earrings are truly unique and one of a kind.  They are crafted from woods such as Walnut, Maple, Ironwood, Bubinga and other wood species.  Each pair is hand crafted and no two pairs are exactly a like.  They retail from $39.00 a pair up to $69.00 a pair depending on the wood species and sterling silver findings.  If you would like to find out more about these whimsical feather like earrings check out our website at www.tetonmarketing.com and see what Blaire currently has to offer.  Blaire is looking for potential retail outlets that may want to carry some of her designs.  She especially would like to find retail outlets here in her home state of Wyoming in addition to all other parts of the U.S.A.  If you would like more information about 307 Wear than contact Peyton or Blaire at “sales@tetonmarketing.com” .

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Jackson Hole Tim Goes Social….

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As you may already know Peyton and I have been blogging for the past year or so and currently we maintain 3 blogs in our family.  “Insurance Simplified” (insurancesimplified.wordpress.com), “3 Feathers Flutes” (www.3feathersflutes.com), and “Jackson Hole Tim” (www.jacksonholetim.com).  This has been a journey for sure that has developed and grown each and every month.

Jackson Hole Tim has been a very enjoyable blog for us to create.  Our goal has always been to share all the wonderful things that we enjoy here in the Jackson area as well as all things that have to do with Wyoming.  As many as 3 million people can come through the parks area each year.  People come to visit Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone Park.  Then in the winter people come for the incredible skiing and snowmobiling.  Many people don’t know that Togwotee Pass is one of the top 5 places in the world for snow mobiles.  But how can just two people share everything there is to know about an area as unique as this.

We have always wanted to be able to grow Jackson Hole Tim to include other people who share the same passions for this area and be able to let them participate in all the things that go on up here even if they have only visited a time or two.  We have been searching for a social network platform that would allow us to open this up to anyone who has an interest in Wyoming and more specific the Jackson Hole area and we think we have found it.

This week we pushed live our new social network site called “Jackson Hole Tim” and now you can join as a member for FREE and participate in sharing your experiences with others on the site.  Create blogs posts, upload pictures, participate in forums, upload video, music, advertise – what ever.  I think you will find many of your friends will eventually be members and so it really is a community that you can get involved with.

So please take a moment and visit http://jacksonholetim.ning.com and if you like what you see join our membership and share your stories about Jackson Hole, Teton National Park, Yellowstone Park and any Wyoming story that stirs fond memories.  We will still be maintaining this blog page as well so if you just enjoy our posts nothing will change here.

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Morning Coffee After Overnight Dusting…

Here I go again!  Another morning coffee story.  The past couple of days have been leaving us with the feeling that our beautiful fall days had come and gone.  Last week we had snow in town, the first snow of the season, then rain, then wind, then more rain, you get the picture.  This morning when I woke up and peaked out my window it was really hard to tell how the day was going to be.  It gets dark early and light late these days.

So I climbed into my jeep and headed for the gym.  Still dark out but I could see stars so I was feeling good about the prospects of another beautiful fall day.  As night turned to day my expectations were confirmed.  I rushed home from the gym as I do every morning to pick up Peyton and Brynn and we headed out to drop Brynn off at school.

By the time we left her school it was clear that this was a morning we needed to get our coffee and find a place of solitude and enjoy the many wonders this valley offers.  So off to our favorite coffee shop, grabbed a bagel, a latte and a large coffee and we headed north of town.  There is a favorite spot of mine where we can park right in front of the Grand Tetons and this time of year you have this spot all to yourself.

For the next hour or so we sat in front of the Grand Tetons and this was our view this morning.  The sky was blue and clear.   The smoke from the summer fires were gone and it was crystal clear in every direction.  It had rained and snowed the day and night before this morning.  The clouds were all nestled against the mountains as if they did not want to leave.  Kind of magical in a way.  As you can tell from the last picture here there are still a few trees that are not wanting to give up their leaves but sadly in another week or so they will all be gone.  But what a morning and what a great way to enjoy a cup of coffee!

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End of Summer Comes to Jackson Hole…

Town Square Park

Summertime in Jackson Hole is a magical time especially for families with children.  One of the most visited events during the summer is when the Farmers Market comes to town each weekend.  They begin around the 4th of July and they continue until late September. Vendors from all over Wyoming and Idaho come to town with their goods hoping to entice the locals into buying – and buy they do.  The quality of the produce, meats, bakery goods, fruits and vegetables is awesome.  The selection is vast and the quality of everything you find is really at the top of scale.

Town Square Farmers Market

Today was a sad day for some as this day marked the last Farmers Market for the season.  We will not see this event until July of 2012 of next year.  When you attend the Farmers Market on the town square you will find local farmers with organic produce, locally raised beef ranchers, bakers, boutique foods and more.  Then there is the music, the shops and other street vendors that make this for a fun morning here in Jackson.  Jackson closes off the square allowing you to walk freely throughout the town square and not have to worry about traffic.  We are sad to see this come to an end this summer as we have seen some outrageously cool foods, goods and services.  We will miss you Farmers Market 2011.

Farmers Market Town Square

But with the ending of summer comes the beginning of fall.  Fall in Jackson is also another magical time to be here.  Nature puts on a show with the fall colors that is nothing short of spectacular.  This is a time when photographers from all over descend upon our town to take advantage of the smorgasbord of photo opportunities.  But more on fall in a later post.  Today we say good by to summer.