Many have been asking for more inventory on our end cap blanks. Well stand by more are on the way! We just received a small shipment of some nice exotic billets. Each of these billets come to us smothered in wax, which by the way is a pain and a mess to remove. But the wax keeps the billet in pristine condition until we are ready to use them.
Not all of our End Cap blanks are crafted from exotic wood. We try when we find a piece worthy of an end cap to make some from domestic stock as well. New End Cap blanks are being made as I write this. We will have end caps in Black Walnut, Brazilian Ebony, African Blackwood, Zircote, and East Indian Rosewood. Other species are being sourced now.
Species that are being use for the main body of the flute will be Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Port Orford Cedar, and Sitka Spruce. All three of these species are Old Growth first cut generation lumber. Each bunk we purchase is of musical instrument quality. Very nice stuff so watch for these blanks to be listed as they come available.
Four Options Available
We are gluing most of our end cap blanks as solid billets. You have four options at the time of purchase that you can upgrade to. You can purchase the basic end cap billet, you can select Pre-Bored, Add the True Sound Hole and finally you can select to add Totem Rails.
We are still working with perfecting the ordering process on these blanks so if you have questions call us (307) 690-0427 or email us at “firstname.lastname@example.org” for more information. Below is an information for you can complete and send in for those who have questions.
Just Arrived and In Stock
Triton 3 1/4 HP
Precision Plunger Routers
We received our first shipment of Triton Precision Plunge Routers. These are the very same routers we use here in our shop. People have asked and now we can make available to you the very same.
These are hard to find routers so don’t wait too long to get yours. Couple this router with our Katana Core Box big shank router bits and you have the perfect Flute Blank making machine. If you have questions reach out by phone or email.
NEW to Jacksonholetim.com! We have added to our list of tools that we now carry for sale is the Triton Precision Plunge Router. This is the very same router we use here in our shop with our jigs. For those who want to craft their flutes from start to finish this is the one tool you will need to add to your shop.
We have several of these routers in our shop and some are 10 years old and work as good as the day we purchased them. Couple this machine with some of our CORE BOX Router Bits and you have all the making for a flute makers shop!
ROUTER JIGS FOR FLUTE MAKERS
In the coming weeks we will introduce to those of you who want to set up shop with one of our custom designed Router Jigs. For more than 20 years I have tried many designs and the ones we use now in our shop are just simple easy and accurate to use. With one of our jigs you will be able to route 3/4″, 7/8″, 1″ and 1 1/8″ flute bores all in the same jig.
Buy your flute blank stock in lumber form, billets, or pre-cut billet halves. If you have an accurate table saw or small drum sander you can make your own blank stock or buy for our coming inventory of halved billet stock.
It is worth mentioning again that we are one of the few small specialty wood suppliers that focus on Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Port Orford Cedar and Sitka Spruce. Our Alaskan Cedar boards are the BEST Mother Nature has been able to grow. We spec out ONLY instrument grade lumber and pay a premium to bring in large hand selected bunks of timber. All of our lumber comes in width of 10 -12 inches and boards as long as 16+ feet. No order is too small so order a single board or an entire truck load… we can help you get what you need.
If you have interest in talking about a jig or sourcing your own lumber reach out via email to “email@example.com”. In the meantime our first shipment of routers are on the way. These routers can be difficult to find and our last order for a single router just got here and we ordered it in October 2020.
Depth Adjustment Micro winder
Electronic Speed Maintenance Yes
No Load Speed 8000-21000rpm
Plunge Range 0 – 2 3/5
Power 3-1/4hp / 15A
Power On Indicator Neon
Product Height 12 1/4″
Product Length 7 1/8″
Product Weight 14.33lb
Product Width 11 3/4″
Safety Power Switch Yes
Sound Pressure LP 89.8dB
Sound Power LW 100.8dB
Speed Maintenance Under Load 8000 – 21,000rpm
Compatible with 01 DCA300
Compatible with 02 RTA300
Compatible with 03 FJA300
Included Accessory – 01 Table height winder
Included Accessory – 02 Multi-function fence
Included Accessory – 03 1/4″ collet
Included Accessory – 04 1/2″ collet
Included Accessory – 05 12mm collet
Compatible with 06 TGA250
Compatible with 07 TWX7RT001
Compatible with 08 TRTA001
Compatible with 04 AJA150
Compatible with 05 TGA001
What’s in the box – 01 1 x TRA001 2400W Plunge Router
i have just secured a new shipment of true Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar boards that will be here first of next week. This current shipment includes Cedar boards that reach lengths of 12 feet and all are 10″ wide and 8/4″ thick. This is the absolute best of the best all very tight Vertical Grain milled boards.
In addition I have secured some larger cant trims that are 4 and 6 inches thick by 12″ inches wide and up to 6 feet in length. These too are very nice solid AYC lumber that is perfect for carving, lathe turning and other projects requiring thicker stock.
Cut Your Own Stock
Are you a flute builder, relief carver, specialty cabinet builder, lathe turner? The source for this kind of quality stock requires purchases that are rather large and difficult to source. As in years past we will ship any size order, nothing is too small. Save money when you purchase stock in larger quantities. No orders are too large.
We expect to have the first boards on the ground here in Wyoming first of next week. Watch for new menu items to be added to our website in coming days. Links will list pricing and specialty boards as they become available.
If you are interested reach out to me early and get your name on some of this beautiful hard to get Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar. We will ship individual boards or if needed we can surface them for your for a upcharge. These are all rough sawn kiln dried boards.
Check out this bad boy… This 1″ inch bore six hole flute is crafted from clear Texas Juniper. This image really does not do this flute body justice. I have always loved the color ranges in a nice piece of juniper and this one is no exception.
This flute features Maple Totem Rails and scheduled to have my Mustang Fetish. Still time to choose a different species for the Mustang but Maple will look real nice. Also add a hand made cabochon to make this flute completely yours.
Tuned to E @432Hz this flute as a nice deeper voice and sounds great. Final shaping and tuning is complete and I an now in the finishing stages. The finish will be a high gloss finish and accented with our hand cut Bison lace.
This is one of my favorite flutes I have made this year. I have posted information about this flute before offering what I consider to be the best flute of 2020 so far. Crafted from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar this large bore flute feature Sapodilla Totem Rail and my Mustang Fetish also made from Sapodilla.
Highlights of this flute was the addition of a hand cut Wyoming harvested Elk Antler cabochon set in Sterling Silver. The 1″ inch bore of this flute gives it a deeper voice tuned to D @440 Hz. Leather accents is our Wyoming handcut Bison lace. Nothing fancy just a really nice instrument. Simple Elegance achieved!
The new owner of this flute lives in Riverside, California and it is scheduled to ship late this week. I will miss this flute in my shop! As with all of the flutes I make I hope this flute bring them years of personal enjoyment.
If you like this flute as I do please visit the link below as there is a sister flute to this only crafted from Alaskan Yellow Cedar but features the same totem rail design and Mustang fetish. If you think you might like to peak then CLICK HERE for more information on the sister flute available.
As always this flute is available for commission. I still have some really nice Port Orford Cedar blanks. Contact me at “Sales@Jacksonholetim.com for more.
Earlier I made a post about three new flutes that I had started one of which is this Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute that will be finished in Acrylic Orange. This is an update specific to this flute.
The rough shaping and placement of the playing holes are complete and it is now in final shaping and sanding stage. Once the flute is shaped and sanded I will tune it prior to the final stages of finishing. As this flute gets down to it’s final shape it is going to be a beauty.
As planed this flute will also get my Wyoming Mustang fetish crafted from maple as are the totem rails. The flute above which was the first in orange for me found a home in Texas which seems appropriate as the color fits.
This flute is available to purchase ahead of completion so if interested visit the web page specific to this flute.
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.