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Bison Lace Included with All Pre-Bored Blanks

Pre-Bored Flute Blanks Now Ship with Bison Leather Lace

We now stock and cut our own Bison Leather Lace for our production flutes and for all of you flute makers we are now adding Bison Lace with each Pre-Bore Flute Blanks Set ordered from this page.  Select the flute blank(s) you want and one of 4 current colors of lace available from the shopping cart.  Each flute blank ordered will ship with it’s own lace so when you complete your flute you will be ready to tie your fetish on your new flute.  The Bison lace shipped with each order will be pre-cut lace that is 3/8″ wide (most popular) by 36″inches in length.  This provides you with plenty of length for each flute blank you order.  Current colors available are:

Wyoming Black

Wyoming Mocha

Wyoming Tan

Wyoming Sand

If you are not sure what kind of fetish you want to craft check out some our Do It Yourself (DIY) Fetish blanks we offer – Click Here.  This is a good way to get started with a preformed fetish design that you will finish yourself.

PLUS – All Flute Blanks Ordered Ship with 3 Schematic Drawings

Each order we now include beginning January 1st 2018 three proprietary Flute Drawing Schematics that should assist you in your flute building journey at no additional cost.  These schematics will help detail the important components for crafting the Windway or Cutting Edge.  These drawings will share with you the exact process I use in my own personal flute building.  When your order is placed and paid for we will email you these schematics in advance of your order shipping.  We also sell these schematics as a stand alone order for $6.95.

CLICK TO VIEW AVAILABLE PRE-BORED FLUTE BLANKS

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New Flute Blanks Added

I have just completed and added 16 new pre-bored flute blanks to our flute blank pages.  Four of the new blanks are crafted from China Berry which has characteristics of Black Locust.  All fours blanks are 24″ inches long cut with a 7/8″ bore.

The other blanks include 7/8″ and 1″ bores cut in Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar.  Lengths are 24″, 28″ and 30″ inches long.  All windways and focusing channels are cut to 3/8″ wide but on the 1″  bored blanks you can enlarge them up to 1/2″ wide if desired.

These blanks are available now – CLICK HERE to VIEW.

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Black Walnut Flute with Sapodilla Rail F# 432 Hz

Just completed this flute is one that has been shared in our Under Construction Page.  This six hole Native American Style flute is handcrafted from a piece of very old Black Walnut harvested from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.  Not a matched set of blanks but cut from the same board.  This flute features a 7/8″ bore tuned to the key of F# @432Hz and Sapodilla rails which nests the fetish which is our Teton Spike.  The Spike is crafted from a piece of Bubinga which is seldom used in our shop and it will be attached with a matrix of our Handcut Wyoming Tan Bison Leather.  Flute body features our signature hand cut step.  Another very nice flute.   Available for $325.00 plus shipping.  CLICK HERE for full details on this flute.

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New Port Orford Cedar Flute Key G @ 440Hz

We have just added a new flute available for sale.  This Port Orford Cedar flute is a five hole flute tuned to the Key of G @ 440Hz.  This is a very very nice POC flute with an incredible voice.  In an attempt to make some of our flutes more affordable we have priced this flute at $185.00.  This is in a small way our attempt to make some of our flutes available for the first time flute buyer.  But do not be fooled by the price – this little flute is really nice. beginner or not  For more information CLICK HERE and see the full details of this amazing little flute.

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Pre-Bored Flute Blanks Added for Sale

As I write this post we are adding 15 new Pre-Bored Native American Style flute blanks to our Pre-Bored Blanks for sale page.  In this batch there are 3 26″ long China Berry blanks bored with a 7/8″ bore.  One Old Growth Port Orford Cedar blank 28″ long and a 7/8″ bore.  One 30″ long Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar 30″ long.  There are five 1″ bore Port Orford Cedar flute blanks all five are 30″ inches long.  Finally we have added five more 24″ long 7/8″ bore Alaskan Yellow Cedar blanks.

All of our blanks are individually shrink wrapped to help maintain the quality of the blank before and during shipping.  Each blank list on our Pre-Bore Flute Blanks Page are listed individually and the picture you see is the actual blank you are purchasing.  All 15 will be identified with the tag NEW in the listing.  ALL of these new blanks are first-rate blanks and the Port Orford Cedar blanks are some of the best I have cut in a long time.  Check them out.

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Bison Leather Back In Stock

Inbound as I write this post are several of the first new Bison hides I have selected for all of you flute builders out there.  These first hides will be available in four great colors with more colors to come.  If you are building your own flutes you will once again be able to purchase pre-cut lace for next project.

In addition you will be able to order Bison Leather by the square foot, half hides and even full hides.  Create new and exciting leather accents for your flutes such as fringed wraps, bags, lace, straps and more.  These are very high quality first grade hides NOT sloppy seconds.

Look for our new Bison Hide pages to be added in our menu system in the next few days.  I am excited to bring quality  orth American Bison hides to our customers.  In the meantime if you have questions email me @ “timjen333@gmail.com”

Click Here for Pricing and Order Information…

Four New Colors

Wyoming Black
Wyoming Sand
Wyoming Mocha
Wyoming Tan

 

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Nice Black Willow Pre-Bored Flute Blanks…

From time to time I want to highlight certain products available on our website for sale.  I want to share with those who are looking for Pre-Bored Native American Styled Flute Blanks for their next flute project these really nice pre-bored flute blanks.  Although most all of the pre-bored flute blanks we list are very nice blanks occasionally there are some that are easily missed.  I have four more 30 inch Black Willow flute blanks ready to ship.  These are very nice blanks three with a 1″ bore and one with a 1 1/8″ bore, all with the focusing channel currently set to 3/8″ in width.  All four of these blanks are from the same board and are book matched blanks.  Black Willow make for a very nice flute, easy to work and aesthetically pleasing.  Below are the four blanks currently available.  You can also find them through the menu system by mousing over “Native American Flute”…”Flute Blank Supplies”…”Pre-Bored Flute Blanks”.

Black Willow

1. BW_M_002 – Black Willow 1 1/8″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 1/2″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set. View $48
2. BW_M_003 – Black Willow 1″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 3/8″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set. View $48
3. BW_M_004 – Black Willow 1″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 3/8″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set. View $48
4. BW_M_005 – Black Willow 1″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 3/8″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set. View $48
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New Payment Gateway Added…

For those of you who are wanting to purchase one or more items from Jackson Hole Tim please note we have changed our payment gateway.  In order to simplify the purchasing process and experience we are now using the PAYPAL payment gateway.  If you have a PayPal account you can choose to login to your PayPal account and process your purchase based on your account preferences.  If you do not have a PayPal account or you simply want to pay using a credit card of choice you have the option too.

Shop as a guest on Jackson Hole Tim or you can create an account Online which you can come back, visit, shop and login.  If you do not have a PayPal account you may want to consider creating one – it’s FREE.  PayPal is a very solid secure payment gateway to process your Online orders.  We hope you find the checkout process here on Jackson Hole Tim a simplified one.  If you have questions about product, shipping options or you just want an updated quote give us a call (307) 690-0427. Now let’s shop!

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Port Orford Cedar Commission Ships Out…

Recently I was blessed with another commission for a gentleman who lives in the South along the Gulf Coast.  After several email exchanges and a few phone calls I agreed to make the flute you see here.  This order was for a flute that was basically complete and playable leaving the final finishing work for the customer.  This flute was handcrafted from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar and it was crafted with a 7/8″ Bore.  I tuned it to F# @432 Hz.  Because of the extreme difference between my altitude here in Wyoming and his along the gulf I did my best to set the tuning to the flat side of the note.  The image you see here has NO finish on either the flute or the walnut spike totem.  Just the natural colors of both.

As we all know wood is ever-changing with its environment.  Some say it is a living being.  The fact is we are at 6200 feet and he at around 250.  Temperature and humidity are vastly different too.  But the flute is leaving in tune with itself and I am sure he will be very pleased with how it plays.  The fetish or totem was originally planned to be my whimsical Otter Design but after building the flute it was clear the totem needed to be one that had a chimney.  Every one of my Windways are hand cut and no matter how many I do I never really know how it will be until after glue up.   As with all the flutes I make we will ship this with a protective bag.

If you would like to commission a flute like this simply reach out.  I would love to build one just for you.

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James Johnson Tlingit Native American Artist to Collaborate on Two New Flutes…

Earlier this summer I was invited by a very good friend of mine to come to see a showing of a very talented Tlingit (pronounced “cling-git”) Native American artist here in Jackson Hole Wyoming.  The gallery where his art was to be shown was at ASYMBOL Gallery based here in Jackson.  I was excited to see his work because of the style of art James does and truthfully James is one of the last of his people painting in their traditional ways.  ASYMBOL is owned by Travis Rice, world famous extreme snowboarder and producer of many fine things.  The passion Travis shares for art and those who create imagery for all to enjoy comes through with their support for James.

So my wife and I went with great anticipation and really not knowing much about his style of art, which is really the telling of stories.  James was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska and he belongs to the Ch’aak Dakl’aweodi Clan (Eagle/Killerwhale).  It was his late father from the Raven/Shark Clan that first encouraged him to pursue Tlingit carving and learn the traditional Tlingit formline.

James is named after his Grandfather, Chief Peter Johnson of Angoon and his Great Grandfather Jimmy Johnson of Angoon.  James says his art honors his Tlingit heritage.  From the very first moment I met James I just simply loved this guy as well as his artwork.  Not only is it different from the Plains Indian influenced art that has been my passion I truly believe that his art comes in the form of simple elegance.  The lines, the colors, the medium all come together to tell his stories.

James’s art is represented by several entities such as N-Grained, alongside Mark Landvik, ASYMBOL by Travis Rice and he is also an artist for Zohi Gallery in Santa Fe New Mexico.  Zohi Gallery is 100% Native Owned and Operated representing 30 of the top native artists in the country.  In addition James is supported by Sealaska Heritage Foundation in Juneau.  Sealaska supports the top Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Artists from Alaska working to preserve each tribe’s heritage and culture thru their respective art.

James takes very seriously the honor that has been bestowed upon him to carry on the traditions and cultures of his people.  Although James tells me there is no word for “Art” in the Tlingit language you will beg to differ when you see his work.  Traditional Tlingit formline is the foundation for James’s artwork and “Art Form” that was developed thousands of years ago by his ancestors.  James’s current work is a healthy mix of both traditional and contemporary Tlingit styles of his own.

Recently I had the opportunity to share with James some lumber that I wanted to give to him.  One of the species I work in almost daily was a piece of true old growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  My favorite second is the amazing Port Orford Cedar and both make the most beautiful flute instruments.  I provided James with one Alaskan Yellow Cedar and one Port Orford Cedar Board and within weeks he created two amazing works of art.  The Dancing Eagle paddle shown here to the right was one of but two amazing works by James.

Actual Alaskan Yellow Cedar Flute Blank – One of Two to be Crafted by Tim and James

After meeting James and seeing how he turned a solid single board into this beautifully crafted paddle I knew I had to try to see if we could work together.  So as I often do I reached out to James and asked him if he would have an interest in bringing some of his Tlingit Formlines to some of my flutes.  James responded right away and the short version is we are going to craft two flutes that will be available for purchase soon.  These two flutes will more than likely be the ONLY two of their kind when done.  Both of these flutes are being crafted from old growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar  and the image above is one of the flute bodies that will be the blank canvas for James to work his magic.

The above image is of one of the actual flute bodies we are crafting.  We are just about to tune these flutes and once this is complete they will be shipped to James for him to create his Formline Art.  In addition to his artwork James will also be carving the totem for each of these two flutes.  Both flutes are 1″ inch bored flutes and will be probably in the low E range.  Depending on the final product we will craft flute bags crafted from either Elk or Bison hides.  We will be posting additional picture as we make progress.

For those of you who collect flutes this might be the time for you to extend yourselves and gain ownership in true works of art.  This is functional art at its very best and I am excited to work with James on my very first Plains Indian Influenced flute and true traditional Tlingit Form Art.  If you are interested in finding out more about these two in production flutes send us an email to “timjen333@gmail.com”.  There is no price point established as of this post but these will be gallery quality works of art.  It has not yet been decided where these flutes will be available to be seen but more on that later.

I am excited to be working with James on this new project and I have high expectations to the finished product…

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Flute Fetish/Totem Blanks are Back

For more than 10 years we have been a resource for flute builders, both weekend warrior types and professionals to boot.  For a period of time we carried and sold fetish blanks that we of the same designs I have used here in my shop for both commission flutes and flutes I choose to make on my own.  All of the fetish themes I make tend to be lean a bit towards the whimsical side of my mind.  We have sold and supplied a lot of fetish blanks that the end user completes in their own shop.  As of today we have added them back to our menu list and we have created the initial fetish blanks that you can purchase and finish yourself.

Each of these fetish blanks have been pre-cut for a specific totem theme which you will complete in your shop at home.  Images on the page show how the finished totems or fetishes should look when you are done.  Use your favorite dremel, file set, carving knives, sand paper to give life to your new fetish.  Some of these can be crafted with or without a chimney if needed.   You are the final artist so part of you will be represented in your next flute project.

Click Here to View More Information…

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A Story About Mary

 

MaryBlakeley_1_smA couple of years ago I was commissioned to build a very special flute.   I have made a post about this before but I wanted to update this article as there has been some very nice things take place this past summer directly related to this post.  I completed the construction of a very nice flute for one of my favorite customers, Mary Blakeley, who lives in Idaho. This is one of the first flutes where I crafted the entire flute and fetish but did not put a finish on the flute prior to shipping.

Mary wanted to complete this process for her flute on her own and I was excited to see what she has in mind. This flute was crafted from a very interesting piece of Sassafras.  Sassafras is very nice wood to work with and I like the tonal qualities of this wood.  Generally Sassafras is kind of non descriptive wood and it does not have the flash that other domestic species can have.

This board was unusual because the grain patterns were very nice. The problem was – the board was twisted and bent and wow – I was not sure I would be able to make it work.  After consulting with Mary she made the decision that this piece was the one for her so I agreed to go ahead and see what I could do.

EternalComfort_4_smBecause I liked the grain patterns so well I cut the best sections out of the board and spent two weeks trying various tricks to help straighten the blanks out.  After a couple of weeks and several different methods I realized that I was going to have to simply do my best during the glue up phase and make sure I had enough clamps on the blanks and a good solid coat of glue to boot.

EternalComfort_6_smPrior to glue up there were two things I needed to do.  First Mary requested I write into the inside of the flute the name “GOD” in Paleo Hebrew which I did.  I then sealed the name into the flute body and it is now part of this flute forever.  Second, I scored the entire gluing surfaces by hand with a sharp blade to give us some extra bite for the glue.  Prior to the glue up I inlaid a small piece of ironwood into the top of the flute. This inlay became the cutting edge on this flute and the contrast came out perfect.  Then I clamped it up and as you can see we made sure we had enough on the blanks. We left the blanks in the clamps overnight to make sure we gave it ample drying time and later the next day we removed the clamps and the results could not have been better.

“Amazing but that is what God does with music. Most believers want to have their emotions manipulated with music but they don’t realize that to God, music is communication. He communicates to us through the music of creation, twinkling stars, rushing water, winds that whisper and winds that roars through the trees, crashing waves and babies cries. The native flute is so special because when we give it our breath, it give us it’s song and each one has a song all its own. Through it we can release the deep sounds of our being.”

Mary Blakeley

We wanted to shoot for a lower C# which made this a very long flute, almost 30 inches in length. We used the four winds tuning holes and spent hours tuning the flute the best I could.  A C# is just about at the outside abilities for a 1 inch bored flute.  I was able to achieve the fundamental note and like all of our flutes I voiced it for the first time right here in Jackson Hole Wyoming, home of the Teton Mountain  range.

EternalComfort_13_lgThe fetish was one of my custom made whimsical feather designs that was crafted from a single piece old growth walnut with a band of sapwood in it.  The base of the fetish is the sapwood and the feather is the black walnut color.  A chimney was created to help with prevention of the #6 hole from jumping to easily and the results were pleasing.

After many hours of frustration and several challenges that we were faced with this flute ended up being one my favorites that I have worked on in quite some time.  Nothing came easy on this flute and there were several times where I thought it was going to end up in my fireplace.  But with Mary’s constant coaxing and support this flute came out just beautiful.  We shipped this flute to her some time ago and I awaited pictures from her once she had completed her finishing project.  All in all a very nice project.

After Mary had received her flute she finished it herself with her favorite wood oil and beeswax  The picture to the left is the finished flute at her home in Idaho.  Mary did a real nice job on completing the project and now she is busy bringing the life of this flute to others where she if helping people heal from problems they face.  Recently Mary sent an email to me about one of her first experiences playing the flute she now calls “Eternal Comfort”.  In her message to me she was sharing an experience where she was playing this flute over a sick woman trying to bring comfort to her.  Within minutes this lady had fallen to sleep.  Above is a block quote from her email to me that is one of the best descriptions of how sound and music communicates to us.  This is a project where I have received more from Mary then Mary has from me.  This is a very special woman with a desire to only help others – we need more like her…

UPDATE:  Recently I received a package in the mail from Mary.  It was long like a flute but I thought how could this be.  I had recently crafted a new flute for her at her request out of a piece of Black Willow I had been saving.  Mary had a vision that her next flute was to be an eagle flute and so this is what we came up with.  Again this new flute was to be shipped with no finish on the wood as she would take care of this herself.  Could this package I just received be this flute I had shipped to her earlier in the year?  So I eagerly opened the package and to my surprise it was a flute but to my great relief it was not the flute below.  After looking at it carefully I suddenly realized that is was the very flute this article was written about.  Mary was returning it to me as a gift – one that I had never received before in all the flutes I have made for people.  Mary wanted me to have this flute and to do something new and exciting with it.  To be truthful I am not sure what exactly that is but I have this flute in front of me and I see it every day.  I think of Mary most days and I think of all the flutes we have shared over the past few years.  Mary has a gift, a gift of love and sharing the word of God.  A very spiritual women she is and I thank God everyday for our chance meeting many years ago.