This five hole flute tuned to G @ 440Hz has entered the final phases of finishing. The Mustang fetish has been roughly crafted and matched to this flute. Next will be final detailing of the fetish and lacquer.
The flute is a very nice playing and aesthetically pleasing flute to look and listen to. This flute will like all of our flute ship with a protective bag. Almost ready for a home…
Recently I was contacted by a woman who lives in Anaconda Montana about a flute she and her husband found while hiking on a Spring outing. As the story goes it was a dewy spring afternoon when Julie and her husband went on a day hike in the John Long Mountains in Western Montana.
Another beautiful Montana day led them along the Butte Cabin trail head where Mother Earth was delivering some of her pure mountain snow-melt down stream to a thirsty world. They came to a crossing point that consisted of an old log with a rope that had been positioned to help in crossing the stream before them. The water was moving too fast for their canine companion so Julie traveled upstream to look for a more suitable place to cross.
When she found a place her dog could safely cross it was then she looked down at her feet and saw what she thought was a beaver chew in some leaf litter. She picked it up and realized it was actually some kind of instrument with holes evenly drilled into the body. So she grabbed her newly found treasure and rushed back to the log crossing her husband was still at. Not knowing what it was they tried to make some sounds with it but to no avail.
What she actually found was the body of a Native American Style flute that was visibly worn and blotchy (as she described it). Clearly someone had lost this flute some time before, maybe making a similar hike as she and her husband were enjoying. She pondered what journeys this flute had made long before she came across this little treasure this beautiful Spring day.
Upon returning home she did some research on Native American flutes and discovered it was missing a very important part of the flute which was the Fetish or Totem as some call it. She learned that with this specific flute the fetish that was missing also required the Focusing Channel to be cut into the bottom of the fetish in order to make it play. Who made this flute she wondered and what happened to the fetish? The only identifying mark was the letter “A” that was cut into the foot of the flute. This identifying mark was actually the key of this flute.
As she searched the Internet for a possible fetish replacement she came across our website here at Jacksoholetim.com. Julie reached out to me to see if I could help her with fitting a new fetish that would work for her new found treasure. I was humbled and excited that she reached out for help and shortly thereafter she sent the flute body to me to see if I could bring new life to it. I am always humbled by those who trust me with their wind instruments not really knowing who I am. But she did and soon after I received it in the mail.
After looking at this flute closer I was pretty sure the original flute maker was High Spirits Flutes out of Patagonia Arizona. There style of flute is unique and most all of their flutes I have seen are made where the focusing channel is cut into the bottom of the bird rather than the body of flute as I do it. This was once a nice little flute that was voiced in the Key of A.
So in short I created a new Otter fetish, cut the focusing channel into the bird and finished it so I could mate it to her flute. My Otters are a bit larger than the original fetish that probably was made for this flute but I like a bit larger bird so I went with it. Mother Nature had done a job on the previous finish and left some battle scars and water stains that needed to be addressed. I am sure this flute spent a winter or two in these mountains before she was found.
It was clear that the fetish I made which was out of a piece of Black Walnut required some work in matching the color of the fetish to the flute. I sanded the flute body down to it’s natural state, added a little stain for color adjustment and finished it with many hand applied coats of Semi Gloss Lacquer. I used some of our hand cut Warriors Blood Bison lace to attach the bird and in the end a nice little flute.
All in all this was a great little project for me. Even thought I did not make this flute I hope my part in restoring to playing condition brings many hours of joyful playing for it’s new owner.
As we expand our search for quality Bison hides my goal is to offer some of the best selection of hides that can be used in the crafting the Native American Style Flute. These are the very same hides I use here in my shop for my flute projects.
NEW This Week Are These 4 Hides
This new hide is one of a kind and was a one off tanning. Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful. Feature little or no sheen. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.
Wyoming Cave Brown
This is a very dark almost chocolate brown color. Little or no sheen depending on the hide. Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.
Wyoming Warriors Blood
This hide is one my new favorites. Like the other Bison hides here there is almost no sheen at all and this hide tends to have a very rustic look. Titled Warriors Blood, these hides show the battle scars from the scrapes and fights these big animals have during their lifetime. Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful. Feature little or no sheen. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.
Wyoming Ruby Red
Very similar to the Warriors Blood hides the Ruby Red is a bit darker in color and tanned with a more even coloring throughout. Like the other hides above there is little to no sheen on these hides as well. Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful. Feature little or no sheen. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.
Sold by the Foot
All of our Bison Lace we sell is hand cut. There are no perfectly cut hide lace as it is difficult to cut in the first place. So for example a 3/8″ lace is an approximate in width. To see more about purchasing lace from us check the link below. If you have questions or need something specific reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427 or email me @ email@example.com… I am here to help!
This Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute has taken shape and is now tuned. She ended up being a five hole G @ 440 Hz. Crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar featuring Maple Totem Rails and my signature Wyoming Mustang fetish.
She is a beautiful playing flute and sounds great like all of our AYC flutes. Final sanding is underway and then she will get her many coats of Acrylic and finally finished with a High Gloss Lacquer. Like the flute before her she will be a beauty.
Wyoming Warriors Blood Lace
New to this flute is that she is a Five Hole flute and she will get our new Warriors Blood red Bison Lace. This should add a nice finish to this flute. We have ordered and will have this coming week some new bison hides one of which will be this hide color.
Because this is a five hole flute there is room for some customization for those who would like to have something truly unique. Where the #4 hole would normally be cut is a perfect place for a hand made cabochon out of Catlinite or Wyoming harvested Elk Antler… think about it.
Available for Purchase Now
Like many of the flute I build you can purchase them prior to them being finished. If you want this flute but would like some customization now is the perfect time to get it donw.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER $245.00 PLUS SHIPPING
Call or Text (307) 690-0427 or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
I thought I would share a quick post about a project I started over a week ago. I have been wanting to build a new table for the shop that would be just right for flute building as well as cutting hides . I am all of 6-4 and a lot of my height is in my midsection. So bending over low tables gets old quick.
This table is almost complete as it is sanded and ready for finish and stains. It measures about 5 feet deep by 7 1/2 feet long and stands counter height. Casters make it easy to maneuver when needed and the shelf underneath give ample storage of excess lumber and such. Solid as a rock and will soon feature a new wood vise as well. This will give the extra surface I need without having to bend over all the time.
The second addition of late is this new band saw from Jet. Also on a set of casters this heavy band saw is easy to move around when needed. This machine will be used mostly for small resaw project and fetish crafting.
Next on the list will be a new helical planer and jointer probably from Powermatic. Time to replace and upgrade some of my power equipment.
Coming soon is some new lumber that I am trying to acquire out of Colorado. My favorite stash of urban harvest lumber provides truth old growth trees that were planted around the time of the Oregon Trail when pioneers headed west. As they age or get crushed by urban sprawl one guy has made it his mission to harvest these valuable trees. Watch for more posts about what we find.
Finally I have will cutting and offering some new blank designs that will feature end caps. This has not been my normal path because I do not turn my flutes on a lathe, however some of the flute builders that shop our blanks have ask for them. Some of the first selected woods should land in my shop any day. Watch for future post alerts on these new blanks.
As always reach out with questions… I am hear to help!
We have finally added back our page on available hand cut Bison Lace that is used primarily to attach your fetish or totem to the body of their flute. We are offering various colors as widths for purchase.
This flute was a favorite in 2019. Currently under construction this is a new 7/8″ Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute with plans to tune to the key of F or F# @ 440 Hz. She is all glued up with totem rails in place ready for the shaping process to begin.
All of my painted flutes are crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar. This flute like the one before it will feature my signature Mustang totem and ship with a protective bag.
This flute is currently available for pre-purchase. This post will be updated as progress is made. CLICK HERE for more information on availability of this flute.
This past year I had the opportunity to build several flutes that were painted with acrylics and finished with a high gloss lacquer. These flutes were the first time I actually painted a flute rather than finishing it in its natural wood tones. To say the least these were a hit with customers. All of the flutes I made and finished with acrylic colors were crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Yellow Cedar makes a beautifully tones flute and the extremely tight grain of the wood makes it perfect to paint and finish.
I have just started 3 new flutes with 7/8″ and 1 1/8″ bore, maple totem rails and the popular Mustang Fetish also crafted from maple. One is Black (1 1/8″ bore) , one Orange and one Red (both 7/8″ bores). These three colors where the most popular of the flutes I made last year that were painted. I plan to add other colors later this summer after these are done.
If you are looking for a new flute that is not only beautiful to look at but sound wonderful and easy to play consider reserving one of these flutes to call you own. Price point is $245.00 per flute for the 7/8″ bores and $285 for the black 1 1/8″ bore flute plus shipping which typically runs around $18.00. Each flute ships with a protective bag.
This past week I have spent the entire time cutting new flute blank stock in both 24 and 30 inch lengths. All of the blank stock cut is from match stock. The end result will be an array of newly available Pre-Bored Flute Blanks for those of you who are building your own flutes.
Flute Bore Sizes
in the coming weeks I will be adding the following size flute bores:
3/4″ – 24″ length
7/8″ – 24″ length
1″ = 30″ length
1 1/8″ – 30″ length
Species Available in this Lot
River Reclaimed Mahogany
Alaskan Yellow Cedar
Port Orford Cedar
Our Pre-Bored Flute blanks ship ready for you to do your magic. Each blank is shrink wrapped to protect the blank until you are ready to work on them. Our prices range from $32 – 56 per blank set.
Every blank shipped comes with a 3 foot piece of hand cut Bison leather and a set of our proprietary flute schematics that should help guide you in your flute building project.
If you are ready to shop for a set of Pre-Bore Flute Blanks visit our page where you can select from available inventory.
I have just completed a new custom fetish for a new customer. In this case the customer had an already purchased flute and wanted to add a new totem to her existing flute. She has a connection with Butterflies and she reached out to me and requested a custom fetish to be made.
To be truthful I had never made one with this design before and I really was not sure how it would turn out. I cautiously accepted the commission after explaining my concerns to her. She gave me complete artistic freedom which was important.
My art tends to be more whimsical than a literal translation of the design idea. This butterfly fetish was hand carved from a single solid block of Old Growth Maple. It was hand shaped and finished with a clear high gloss lacquer. It will ship with some of our hand cut Wyoming Black Bison lace.
All in all this was a fun project and I am actually pleased with the results. I must admit that when I sent pictures to the client I was as I always am… concerned how it will be received. She was very kind and really seems to like the end result.