Category Archives: Custom Made Flutes

New 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.

Port Orford Cedar with Sapodilla Totem Rail

From time to time I come across a flute project I did for someone else and as I look back on it I get excited about how the flute came out.  One of my favorite woods to work with is Port Orford Cedar which is not easy to get anymore.  But I do have some stashed away for special occasions.

This flute was made for a client in the Cave Creek Arizona area and I really liked how it turned out.  The customer wanted to have a flute that voiced an “A” @ 440Hz.  As most of you know I live in the Yellowstone Basin here in Wyoming so our altitude and weather patterns are quite a bit different than the desert region of Arizona.  Building a flute in Wyoming and shipping to Arizona and hitting the mark for tuning is always a challenge.  All in all I think I was able to get pretty close.

What I like about this flute is the simple elegance it embraced and the mix of the Sapodilla Totem Rails, Cutting Edge inlay and the Maple Mustang fetish it was a really eye appealing flute when finished.  Easy to play and sounded wonderful.  We recorded the sound clip here in Wyoming after it was finished so check out the voice of this flute in the clip below.

Commissioned projects are always fun yet stressful to do.  This flute project was one I really enjoyed.  I would love to work on another project like this one again for a new customer.  Maybe that customer is you?  Let me know what you think of this flute in the comments below.  If you would like to explore a flute for you similar reach out to me.

Port Orford Cedar Native American Style Flute Tuned to A @440Hz

Port Orford Cedar A @440Hz Sound Clip

Black Alaskan Cedar

The latter part of 2018 I started to craft some flutes with the intent to paint them rather than finish them in their natural state. This flute is one of 4 that I am either building or finished with. This particular flute is hand crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and finished both inside and out in Acrylic Black.

This is a larger flute with a bore of 1″ and tuned to the key of D# @ 440Hz. In addition I have added a hand cut Wyoming Elk Antler Cabochon that is set in a Sterling Silver Bezel. I added a pair of Totem rails for the Mustang fetish and both the rails and the fetish are crafted from American Maple and finished in their natural wood colors.

I made a stand for this flute and like the flute the stand is finished in a high gloss black acrylic. The stand however is made from Old Growth Black Walnut harvested from the Boulder Colorado area. Final accents are the hand cut Wyoming Black Bison lace and I have added some Sterling Silver beads that have finally tarnished to their natural state and some red and black glass Crow beads.

This is a beautiful flute that not only sounds and plays well it will look fabulous in a prominent place in your home or business. One of my favorites to date.

Available for Commission

This flute like most of the flutes you can see here at jacksonholetim.com is available for commission. This was not a commissioned piece but one that I just wanted to build for my own satisfaction. This flute could be duplicated with other very cool colors other than black.

Black Alaskan Yellow Cedar Sound Clip

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$785 Plus Shipping.  Shipping within the lower 48 is generally $16.95 FEDEX GROUND.  For other shipping options please contact me.   Call or Text (307) 690-0427 or email me @ sales@jacksonholetim.com.

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Port Orford Cedar Flute Commission Completed…

Earlier this year I was commissioned to craft a new flute from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar.  The client requested a flute tuned to the Key of A @ 440 Hz and she wanted it to be “Concert Tuned”.   I was excited to build this new flute as Port Orford Cedar is one of my very favorite species to work with.

So I found the stock I was going to craft this flute from and from the very beginning it just all seem to come together.  One new addition to this flute was the addition of an inlaid Sapodilla Cutting Edge and two totem rails crafted from the same piece of Sapodilla as the inlaid edge.  By spending the extra time on an inlaid edge and using a wood species quite a bit harder than the POC this would insure a cleaner sound and more resistant to future potential damage – not to mention is looks really  cool.

Because this flute was being crafted with a 7/8″ Bore and we were shooting for an “A” I knew this flute would tend to be a bit shorter than many that I make.  I designed this flute to have  a longer Slow Air Chamber and a stop block of around 1 1/4″ along with a 2 3/4″ blowhole to help with the overall aesthetics.   One other addition was to tune the fundamental note using the 4 Winds tuning holes which also give additional length to the overall flute.

Because I handcraft and hand shape all of my flutes I have to be careful when it comes to adding Totem Rails which you can see in the image above.  At this point you can see the Cutting Edge inlay is complete, the playing holes and 4 Winds tuning  holes have been laid out.  The Totem Rails have been added and glued to the body of the flute and at this point it was time to start the shaping of this flute.

After a few weeks of prep work, gluing, clamping, shaping and sanding I had come up with what for me was a new design in that this flute feature a tapered rail that when the fetish or totem was added the back of the fetish would meet the end of the taper.  This approach created a bit different shape towards the mouthpiece, meaning not so round,  but more of an edgy look and overall I really like it.

Tuning this flute was also a challenge as I live in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of over 6400 feet.  Our humidity is higher than Arizona which is where this flute would call home.  Finally temperature is another real issue when tuning.  So I decided to tune the flute to the flat side of the note with the expectation that when the flute finds its way home to Arizona the lower humidity, lower elevation and higher temperatures the note would play closer to fundamental note of A.  We will see… some tweaking down the road may be required.

The final job to complete was to come up with a totem that met the desire of the client by yet allowed me to keep my whimsical tendencies that seems to run a common thread in other totems I have designed.  This flute was to have some sort of horse head totem and so this was what I ended up with.  The new owner likes to affectionately call it the Crazy Horse totem.  Seems fitting…