Category Archives: Native American Flutes

JHT Lumber

Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar Lumber

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.

First Bunk ready for pick up. Old Growth Vertical Grain Alaskan Yellow Cedar

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.

Alaskan Cedar Request Form

Texas Juniper Flute Ready for A Home

TEXAS JUNIPER WITH MUSTANG FETISH

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.

If you are interested in this flute CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Port Orford Cedar Flute Finds Home in California

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.

Orange Acrylic Flute Taking Shape

Updated image 07/15/2020. Rough shape and playing hole layout identified. Final shaping and sanding under way

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.

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Big Red 5 Hole Flute Update

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…

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS FLUTE…

Found Flute in Montana Restored To New

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.

Flute as Presented as found in John Long Mountains of Montana

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.

 

New Bison Hides Arriving

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

Sapphire Blue

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 @ sales@jacksonholetim.com… I am here to help!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE BISON LACE INFORMATION

Big Red 2 Takes Her Shape

Big Red Update

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.

Big Red #1 Alaskan Yellow Cedar 7/8″ Bore G @432 Hz. Home is now Montana

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 @ sales@jacksonholetim.com.

Some Shop Additions

New 5 x 7.5 foot Flute Crafting Table

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.

New 15 Inch Jet Band Saw

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!