Category Archives: Custom Made Flutes

NEW Acrylic Red Ready for Shaping

Voiced and Ready to Shape

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.

2019 Alaskan Yellow Cedar 7/8″ Bore G @432 Hz. Home is now Montana

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.

3 New Flutes Under Construction

Available to Reserve Now

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.

Gloss Black! Alaskan Yellow Cedar Flute with Maple Totem and Rails. Custom Elk Cabochon

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.

Big Red! Alaskan Yellow Cedar Flute with Maple Totem and Rails

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.

Just Orange! Alaskan Yellow Cedar Flute with Maple Totem and Rails

If you would like to more information on any of these flutes under construction reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427 or email me at “sales@jacksonholetim.com”.

Butterfly Fetish

 

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.

Shaped But Unfinished Butterfly Fetish

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.

Port Orford Cedar Flute Available Now

Port Orford Cedar D @440Hz

Just finished is this simple yet elegant six hole Port Orford Cedar flute.  Hand crafted by flute artist Timothy Jennings and fully crafted and voiced here in Wyoming.  True Old Growth Port Orford Cedar continues to be rare and hard to find.

This is a 1″ inch bore flute with a longer Slow Air Chamber and block that gives this flute an overall longer aesthetic.  Both Totem Rails and the Totem (fetish)  are crafted from river reclaimed Sapodilla.

Unique to this flute is the hand cut Elk Antler cabochon that was crafted from Wyoming harvested elk and is bezel set in Sterling Silver and inlaid into the body of the flute.  Over all a very nice flute.

Click Here for more information and price point for this newly completed flute.  Ships with it’s own protective bag.

Alaskan Yellow Ceder Flute in Acrylic Red

Another flute on its way to it’s new home in Montana.  This Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute is another Acrylic Red and features maple totem rails and maple Mustang fetish.  Like it’s twin it was tuned to G @432 Hz.  A very nice looking and playing flute.

I personally am excited that it’s new owner Nakoa Heavyrunner from Poplar Montana.  Nakoa is one of the best flute player I personally know.  He is well known in Indian Country as an accomplished Pow Wow singer and he and his brother Donavan appear on RezKast Radio.  Check them out early mornings.

I am hoping Nakoa will be kind enough to pass some recordings our way so we can share with the world his amazing flute playing talents.  Enjoy Nakoa Heavyrunner…

 

Port Orford Cedar Update

I wanted to update a previous post about this Port Orford Cedar flute that I have been working on.  As of this post I have completed the Mustang fetish and it is in the last stages of finishing.  Crafted from the same Sappodilla as the totem rails the combination works nice with the natural colors of the Port Orford Cedar.

New to this flute will be the addition of a hand cut Elk antler cabochon.  The antler was harvested from our own Wyoming Elk herds here in Star Valley area.  This cabochon is being set in Sterling Silver and then it will be inlaid into the body of the flute as shown in the feature image above.

One other small adjustment is that when this flute was first voice I thought it would end up a D tuned to 432Hz.  Well it is still a D but 440Hz was better suited.

This flute is available for purchase pre-completion for a significant savings in cost.  After completion the price point will be higher as it is only then I can total the man hours.  CLICK HERE for more information or CALL (307) 690-0427 or EMAIL me at sales@jacksonholetim.

Port Orford Cedar Nears Completion

Port Orford Cedar, Sapodilla Rails & Totem

Currently I have been working on Two 1 inch bore flutes crafted from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar.  This particular flute is just about done other than final finish choices and some tweaking on the tuning.  Which on this flute is tuned to “D” @ 432 Hz.

I really cannot get enough Port Orford Cedar as it is one of my favorite woods to craft flutes from.  This one has a very pleasing deeper voice giving it a soothing melody.  The totem rails are crafted from river reclaimed Sapodilla as it the Totem or Fetish itself.  Once again this flute will feature my signature whimsical mustang.  This time I am crafting it out of the same Sapodilla the totem rails are made from.  This should be a stunning yet eloquent flute.

Currently I have this flute finished with a Satin/Semi-Gloss finish but more than likely it will end up with a high gloss finish.  Although this is a fairly large flute the finger holes are positioned with comfort in mind.  This flute like all of our flutes will ship with a protective bag as this recent completed flute did.

The price point has not been set and there is still time to add adornments such as hanging horse hair, feathers or even an inlaid cabochon.  Port Orford Cedar is almost impossible to get anymore… this is a very nice wind instrument just about ready for a home.

If you are interested reach out to me via email @ Sales@JacksonHoleTim.com or call or text (307) 690-0427.

 

Orange Alaskan Cedar Flute Headed to Texas

Just finished this Orange Acrylic painted flute hand crafted from Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  Tuned to the Key of F# @440 Hz this flute has a wonderful tone.

Maple Totem rails and my whimsical Mustang Fetish crafted from a piece of Port Orford Cedar.  Black Wyoming Black hand cut Bison lace and shipped in it’s protective bag.  All in all a really nice flute project!

Orange is the Color

Earlier this year I started on a new journey of flute making. For so many years I have focused on the aesthetics of the natural wood and how it finishes as God’s eye intended. To this day most of the flutes I craft are in this vein.

Last September I decided built a flute for the 2018 Western Design Conference held each year in Jackson Hole Wyoming that was different than I had done in past shows. This flute was the first flute I painted a color and in this case I chose high gloss black. I loved it so much I decided to build another one just like it only with a 7/8″ bore flute while this one featured a 1″ bore.

Black Flute Sound Sample

Flutes like the one shown here have a lot of man hours in them and thus typically a much higher price point. This flute found a home in Nashville Tennessee early this summer. I have since built several others one in Red and another in Gun Metal Blue. But the flute I am working on now shown at the top of this post is for a customer in Texas who was a Texas Longhorn fan. However the color this time for me was inspired by a 1972 Orange and White Chevy pickup truck.

Big Red Sound Sample

This new orange flute features the same design as the others in that the totem rails are crafted from Maple and the whimsical mustang fetish is crafted of either Maple or Port Orford Cedar. The flute itself is made from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar which produces a very nice sounding flute. Listen to the samples of the others provided and here how nice these flutes sound. The 7/8″ bore makes this a very nice sized flute in your hands.

My goal with these new flutes is to make available a very nice flute at a price point that is affordable and yet a bit different. Of coarse we can bling them up but I think this new line of flutes offers something most artists seek and that is “Simple Elegance”

Another Black Flute

I have started shaping a new flute crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar that will be painted Acrylic Black just like the image in the header of this post.  This flute however will be about 22 inches in length and because of it’s 7/8″ bore it will more than likely be in the F or G range.

The Totem will be a Mustang and the Totem Rails will be crafted from American Maple  just like it’s big brother.  This Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute like the Big Red one finished earlier this year will be a sister flute to it.  All of my painted flutes are finished on the inside as the outside so that there is consistency throughout.

Price point for this finished flute will be the same as the red flute at $285.00 plus shipping.  If you have interest in this flute call or Text (307) 690-0427 or email me @ sales@jacksonholetim.com.