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A New Chapter In Flute Building Begins…

All things change and yet nothing remains the same… for the most part anyway.  For the past 15 years I have been on a roller coaster journey with my career with so many changes to our industry and none of it has been within my control.  For more than 32 years my primary occupation has been that of a full time International Health Insurance Broker and I still actively work at this daily.  The last 15 years of my career I have also worked as a commissioned artist in my spare time working mostly in the medium of wooden Native American Style Flutes.  In addition I also work in the medium of stone crafting mostly pipes.  Catlinite (pipestone) is a wonderful medium to work in and it provides a powerful source of energy for me.

Over the past several years I have had the pleasure to craft some really wonderful projects for many different clients.  Some flutes and some pipes and some projects that combined both the flute and the pipestone into a single project.  For many of these years I have been a primary source for flute builders both new to the flute and professionals alike and I have supplied thousands of flute blanks both pre-bored and simple stock ready to bore.   I have even provided much needed knowledge to those who seek it.  There have been times over the past several years where my day job and my passion for the Native American Flute simply create a conflict.  Each demands your time and attention.

As I approach my 58th birthday this December I reflect on that which has actually brought me peace and joy over my lifetime.  For sure my family sits on top of this list.  My career of 32 years as a broker also sits on that list.  But building Native American styled flutes of all types has and is definitely a highlight and sharing the real healing power of the flute is a big part of it.  As we all grow through our lives and reflect on what it is we do on a daily basis I think we all must come to a place where the passion for what you have been doing starts to disappear.  For me this is true and I have reached this place and now I hope and want to focus more on the things that bring me satisfaction with my daily endeavors.

Our family recently made the decision to move a little south of Jackson Hole to the Star Valley part of Wyoming.  For many reasons but in short we wanted more land for our horses, more room for my shop and we want to be a little more accessible to those who may be visiting our region in the coming years.  In the next few weeks we will be moving to our new home and it is here in Star Valley where I plan to focus further on my craft.  This past summer we had a very small shop that allowed some people to visit but the need to grow and expand made it clear we needed to find another place to call home.  Within the next few months I plan to open a new shop that will be located on our property that will include a very nice showroom.  One goal is to have probably the largest selection of Native American Style flutes along with parts and supplies within the state of Wyoming.  You will be able to come visit, shop and take home your new found treasure.  In addition our shop will feature some of my photography centered on the Yellowstone Basin and everything on the walls will be available for sale.

For those of you who have followed me through the years you know I have attempted this more than once.  The desire to share my art with others has never been more present than it is now.  After speaking with several of the galleries in the Jackson area and talking to other artists it eventually became clear that the path for me had to my own showroom/shop.  So with this in mind please subscribe to our blog and follow me as we set these new goals and open our doors starting this winter.  I have had several people ask if our showroom will be open for the 2018 summer and the answer is YES it will.  If you have plans to travel to Jackson Hole, Yellowstone or any part of this are we will be easy to find and worth the trip to our shop.  If you will travel from the Salt Lake City basin then you will drive right past our place.  Watch for future post and hopefully many new creations will be ready for the new season soon to kick off.

 

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Native American Style Flute Blanks For Sale…

timjennings_coronadoBuilding your own flute is a journey within reach for everyone who has the ability to use their hands.  The Native American Flute is one of the most pleasant-sounding wind instruments to play and one that anyone who has the interest and desire to play can learn.  Building your own flute whether it be for personal satisfaction or because you want to build them and sell them to the public is truly a satisfying endeavor.  Not everyone one has the space, time or money to have a workshop that allows you to create the supplies you will need to build your own flute.

“Several years ago I slowly became a resource for flute builders all over the country.  Before I realized what had happened I was in the lumber business and every day I got further away from what it was I loved to do – Build Native American Style Flutes.  So last year I finally said “enough”  I had lost my way!  The journey I was on was no longer the one I started out with.  I had to get back to the flute!  Today I am back at it and I am still here willing to help those seeking a spiritual path to building your own flute. There is nothing quite like it!”

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Artist Timothy Jennings has worked for many years providing flute makers all over the country with some of the best quality old growth specialty wood flute blanks to help you complete your flute project.  Most of the wood Tim uses is indigenous to North America, with very few exceptions.  All the leather accents he uses to craft his flutes come from hand selected Buffalo and Elk hides and this same material is available for purchase on this website.  Save yourself some time, money, and space by ordering from Tim Jennings @ JacksonHoleTim.com  you may just find just what you need for your next flute project.

Click Here for More Information About Flute Supplies…

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Studio Gallery to be Open Summer of 2017…

Come Visit Our Studio Gallery This Summer

Should you be traveling through Jackson Hole this summer or next please come visit me in my Studio Gallery.  We are easy to find as we are just south of the town of Jackson Hole located in Star Valley area.  If you are looking for a pleasant afternoon and you want to explore something outside of Jackson Hole then take the journey south and view our art.

Please come spend a part of your day with Tim.  This fall, 2017 we are moving to Afton Wyoming which is just about one hour south of the town of Jackson Hole.  Take as much time as you need to explore the many finished flutes we will have.  Enjoy a beverage complimentary on us.  In addition to Flutes some of Tim’s jewelry and local photography will be on display.  We can also ship any purchase to your home or business so you don’t have to take it with you.

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Artist In Resident

This past summer we tried to secure a location within the town of Jackson as the Artist in Resident.  Beginning in 2018 Tim will be the Artist In Resident at our home gallery which will be open to the public. Come visit with Tim and watch how some of his art is actually crafted by hand.  Everything will be available for purchase.

The Largest Selection of Flutes in Wyoming

Come see my collection of hand crafted award-winning Native American Styled Flutes here at our Studio Gallery on your next visit to Jackson Hole.  The entire selection of Native American Styled flutes are crafted by local award-winning artist Timothy Jennings.  We have fully completed flutes, flutes ready for final production (Available to customize), Flute Making Supplies and we will be taking commissions for the winter of 2017 – 2018.

How do you get here?

We will be posting complete instructions on how to get to our property as we get closer to November 1st.  We will post a video that will give you a taste of what you can expect to see on your journey.

If you are interested please contact me via phone @ (307) 690-0427 or email me @ timjen333@gmail.com.  Feel free to leave a comment to this post if this interests you… I would love to see you…

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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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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.

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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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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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Under Construction Page Update…

wyomingfirst_profileToday I added updates on 3 new flutes that have been started.  View new pictures to our Under Construction Page.  One is a Commissioned piece and the other two are currently available.  There is time to add custom touches to them if you are interested.  For those interested in following what I am up to our Under Construction page is a good place to check out.  Everything you find on this page that is not available can be commissioned.  Check out the latest update and follow the journey of one of my newly Commissioned Art pieces…

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NEW Otter Themed Alaskan Yellow Cedar Flute…

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Just listed on our website is this simple but nice flute perfect for the first time flute owner or as a gift to a friend.  Hand crafted out of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and features a 3/4 inch bore.  In an effort to offer flutes at price points that most anyone can afford this flute fits right in with this.  Artist Timothy Jennings wants everyone who comes to the flute to be able to afford one.

This flute is easy to play and small enough to stuff into your backpack so you can take it with you wherever you go.  Read more about this Otter Themed flute that is ready for a new home.  CLICK HERE to visit this flutes page on our website.  Priced at $165.00 plus $16.95 shipping.  Visit the page to also here the latest sound clip on this flute.

All of the flutes listed on JacksonHoleTim.com are available for Commission.  Questions?  Call (307) 690-0427 or send an email to “timjen333@gmail.com”.  We would love to hear any feedback from you after you visit the page.

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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.

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Truth About Blanks…

wymadeRecently I have been hearing all kinds of criticism about the quality of flute blanks people have been purchasing lately.  Believe me I have heard just about everything negative there is to say over the past few years but lately it seems to have gotten worse.  I must say though that most of the criticism has not been directed at me and our products which in a way makes me feel better – I think.  The truth is there are so many variables than can affect the quality of a flute blank and I thought I would take some time to address some of the concerns that have been expressed to me recently and then try to help you better understand the difficulties in crafting a quality flute blank ready for you to complete.

First I have to say the some of the criticisms voiced about some of the other suppliers that I personally know have not been well founded.  Usually these types of complaints/concerns come from people who are fairly new to flute building – that is just he simple truth.  This is not to say that their concerns are not well founded and at the very least they should be listened to but we are dealing with a wood product and no two flute blanks are the same.

POC_75_432G_10_13_1_lgThe schematic at the top of this page is a general example of the two blank halves that make up a typical flute.  It is important to note that in our shop we have always crafted our flutes in this manner.  There are a few other suppliers out there that use the rifle boring method and then turning the blank on a lathe for final shape.  Two different ways to craft a flute and both are correct.  I have always crafted my flutes by hand – or as much of the process I can do by hand.  The blank itself… we use power tools to create the main components of the flute blank for many reasons but primarily consistency and speed.  But the signature shape my flutes have come entirely from hand planing the flute body to shape.

Although the components of the NAF flute seem and are fairly simple, crafting a consistently good flute blank is actually harder than it may look.  First finding the right lumber to cut the blanks from is not only a journey in itself – it is time-consuming and expensive to get.  Then any lumber we use here in my shop it is left to sit and acclimate sometimes for weeks or even months before it is cut.  We hope to stabilize the wood as best we can to our local climate before we cut into it.  Then there is the issue of warping or twisting which is fairly common.  Some of the warping comes from the cutting process and other times it comes from weather changes.

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The most common complaint I here is that the blank set is warped or twisted.  One of the most common factors that can cause a blank set to warp is how it was cut.  Secondly, the blank itself is only 7/8″ thick and 1 3/4″ wide.  When you cut a matched set from a larger piece of wood-stock you are subject to the way the fibers unload.  We try to cut most of our blanks from tight old growth vertical grain stock which helps eliminate this.  Letting the lumber acclimate to your climate is very important.  But we can ship a blank set from here in Jackson Wyoming at 6,475 feet in elevation, limited humidity and ship it to the coast or the south and the change in climate can and will have an effect on the blank set.  If the warping is limited to a bow or reverse bow you should let it sit for a week and then you should be able to work with it.  If the lumber twists then it can make building your flute much more difficult.  But I am pretty sure that the guys I know that manufacture flute blanks do not intentionally ship bad stock.

I have always tried to use Old Growth stock or very old reclaimed lumber for my blanks.  I prefer air-dried lumber over kiln dried AND air-dried is more expensive usually.  There is the sheer cost to deal with as well.  The cost of good lumber is very high – much higher that what you can find in your local lumber yard usually.  The people I like to deal with know what they have and their lumber garners a fairly high price.

The actual process of boring the components of the blank takes a proper jig setup as well as time and skill.  I have produced countless flute blanks both by using my proprietary jig setup and using CNC technology.  After cutting a lot of blanks using both methods I have come to the conclusion that the hand crafted blanks – for me – are preferable.  For some reason CNC cut blanks have more warping issued than the hand cut ones and I can actually control the cut better by hand.  We use both crafting methods but for the most part most of the blanks from my shop are really pretty nice.

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So when you shop for a blank set to for your next flute project keep in mind how much cost and work actually goes into the finished product.  Our pre-bored flute blanks sets range from a low price point of $28.00 all the way up to around $70.00 depending on the wood.  It is important to note that I do not use any exotics in my shop – only domestic species.  Part of the reason for this is the Plains Indians did not have access to Cocobolo or Ebony or other exotics.  They used what was immediately available to them in their region.  You can make a Native American styled flute from just about any wood or plastic material, but when you have a nice piece of old growth wood properly bored you have the foundation for a really nice flute project.

Many of you have shopped with us before when we had our website Teton Marketing…  After closing it last year to re-focus on flutes and not lumber we are now selling a limited supply of nice flute blanks with several bore sizes.  Each blank has been hand select by me and those that are currently available can be found on our new website at www.JacksonHoleTim.com.  If you would like to see what we are up to and what supplies we have ready to ship check them out…

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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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