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“Spirit of the Pipe”…

Spirit of the Pipe Commission Ships Out

spiritofpipe_16_bEvery Once and a while a project comes along that really finds a place in your soul.  This is one of those times.   On Monday I will be shipping this project to its new owner in Canada.  A First Nations man will carry this flute with him on an upcoming journey that will take him across Canada over a two-year period.

The idea for this flute came about after recently delivering a Native Styled pipe to the Western Ojibwe in Canada for which I was commissioned to craft.  In a way this flute is a continuation of this pipe.  The pipe which will be carried across Canada for the upcoming Tree of Peace Unity Walk will now have this flute as it’s companion.  I have named this flute the “Spirit of the Pipe”.

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Testimony

I shared a vision with my Elders, Clan Mothers, and Grandfathers.  At the Council Fire they contemplated my vision, and in turn, they received a vision of a Sacred Eagle Pipe that was to be gifted to me.  Through ceremony and reflection, Spirit guided us to Timothy.  The Elders, Clan Mothers, and Grandfathers saw in his previous work, that it was evident that Timothy has a connection with the spirit of the materials he uses.  This was very important to us as this Sacred Eagle Pipe will lead a Tree of Peace Unity Walk and the planting of 44 Peace Trees across Canada.  This Unity Walk is the vision I received that will bring together First Nations Peoples and all Canadians for world peace and the healing of Mother Earth. When I received the pipe in a ceremony, I felt the energy of Timothy’s connection with the spirit in the wood and stone, in the making of this sacred pipe. Timothy is a master craftsman and artist who’s hands are blessed by the Great Spirit. In gratitude from myself and the Elders, Clan Mothers, and Grandfathers of the Cherokee, Iroquois, Ojibwe, and Cree of the Council Fire of this vision, we honor Timothy and his creation of the sacred pipe.

Walk Sacred, Talk Sacred,
Jesse-Blue Forrest – Sequoyah-Blue Deer Eagle

I wanted to incorporate the spirit from the sacred pipe by attaching a mouth piece to the flute that was crafted from the very same stone the pipe was made from.  In addition my plans were to craft a cabochon from the same stone to inlay into this flute.  In my mind’s eye this addition of the stone to the flute would help carry the spirit of this pipe over to the flute.  I had hopes that this flute would share in the very same journey as the pipe.

As one draws in the smoke from the pipe in ceremony this same breath would give life through their playing of the flute.  If this were to happen this would accomplish my vision for this piece.

This six hole  flute features a 1″ inch bore crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  It is tuned to the Key of D#.  It features the Four Winds tuning holes and by most standard this is a large flute.  Although I think it is the perfect size as its new owner like me is a large man and should have no trouble playing it.

The theme for the pipe was that of the Eagle and so too we carried the same theme through to the flute by adding a fetish that represents a whimsical vision of the Eagle in flight.  The fetish sits between two rails crafted from a special wood called Sapodilla.  This reclaimed wood has much the same color tones as the pipestone.

One of the interesting twists in all of this is that the Tree of Peace Unity Walk will start it’s journey on a sacred mountain on Vancouver
Island.  The very same place the Alaskan Yellow Cedar used in this spiritofpipe_18_b72flute was harvested from several years ago.

It is always an honor when I have the opportunity to be commissioned for a project.  I am always humbled that there are those who find my style of art pleasing.  But it is especially humbling when I am given the opportunity to create something as special as these two projects for the First Nations People of Canada and know that they will be used in Ceremony and not used as a cliché…

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

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Commission Complete…

Eagle Themed 6 Hole, 4 Winds, Tuned to D @440Hz

It is always an honor when someone reaches out to me for a special project they have in mind.  This flute was no exception.  This piece was commissioned by a gentleman in Scottsdale Arizona who had a vision for a flute he wanted.  Originally this project was to have a Bison theme to it but soon after we started construction there was a change request which we agreed to as it seem to make perfect sense.

jkrohn_07_72DPI_DSC0553This 6 hole flute is hand crafted from Old Growth Black Walnut and features Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar Fetish rails.  The Eagle fetish is crafted from both Black Walnut and the bird itself is from Maple.  As with every flute I build specifically for someone I look for the story behind the project.  In this case this buyers story fit the end product we will finally deliver this week.

The genesis for this flute started back in the mid 1850’s when pioneers heading west brought with them Walnut trees to be planted around their farm houses and barns.

“Wow! That is a masterpiece, a master who is in touch with the spirit of the material. One who is truly connected to the elements of Mother Earth. It has been an honor to know you and your work. The Great Spirit, the Creator has gifted you. ”

Jesse-Blue Forrest
Sequoyah-Blue Deer Eagle
(Walking Thunder)

The walnut this flute came from was harvested from trees planted just west of Boulder Colorado and as best we can tell the tree was planted around 1850 or so.

The Alaskan Yellow Cedar used for the rails comes from Old Growth trees cut from Vancouver Island that are at least hundreds of years old and the Maple also came from the Boulder Colorado area.  So this  lumber has traveled another 500 miles north to my shop here along the Snake River here in Jackson Wyoming.  Then one last journey of 900 miles to its new home in Scottsdale Arizona.

jkrohn_01_DSC0442-fetishonly_02The Eagle Theme was something I had not really done previously and when Jim shared with me other eagle fetish designs he had seen and liked I knew I would need to find a fetish that fits within my whimsical fetish designs and its coming marriage to this flute.  I did not want this to be in any way a representation of someone elses work.

jkrohn_01_DSC0442-fetishonly_01Because I live along the Snake River there are many Bald Eagle nests around my home and while on my afternoon walks I would watch the males fishing from above.  This fetish is my representation of watching these magnificent birds dive for fish along the river and this is where the idea for this particular bird came from.

Idaho_Jasper_Krohn_01_DSC0488I wanted to inlay a stone into this flute so I selected a piece of polished Idaho Picture Jasper and set it in a silver bezel which I inlaid into the body of the flute.  I really liked the colors in this stone as it really seems to match the colors found in both the flute, the leather and the stands.  Although this is a time-consuming value add I really like how it came out and this stone seemed to be right at home once it was set.  All of
the leather accents are from hand selected Bison hides matching the
colors in the stone perfectly.

jkrohn_09_bead_DSC0528One really cool feature is the way the feathers (replicas) are hung from the flute body.  In stead of using trade cloth and sinew to wrap the upper portion of the leather straps I hand crafted a stone bead crafted from a piece of Catlinite (Sacred Pipestone) and it acts kind of like a bolo tie which makes it easy to adjust and even remove the feathers if desired.  Another time-consuming value add but well worth the effort as it really makes or a clean presentation.

The stands came right out of the forest behind my home here in Wyoming.  I guess you could say they are truly repurposed tree branches.  Anyway I wanted to make something simple, yet functional and look good too.  Finally I added a hand crafted Bison leather case for the flute to be carried or stored in.  Hand crafted by Leah Burgess from Riversong buckskinbisonbag2Leather Studios out of Laramie Wyoming.  This is a beautiful work of art all in its own right.

Once the flute was complete and ready to be delivered I added the final accents of leather braid and beads.  The beads that hang from the braid are a combination of Sterling Silver and Glass Crow beads.  We added a 4th hole leather cover that can be used as is or removed.  All in all a very nice project that I am very proud of !  Oh… and it plays nice and sounds good.  Listen to the clip below…

Future Commissions are available for those interested in a project of their own so reach out to me with questions at “timjen333@gmail.com” … I would love to make one for you.

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

Eagle Themed NAF Flute crafted by Timothy Jennings Jackson Hole Wyoming

 

 

Under Construction Page Update…

wyomingfirst_profileToday I added updates on 3 new flutes that have been started.  View new pictures to our Under Construction Page.  One is a Commissioned piece and the other two are currently available.  There is time to add custom touches to them if you are interested.  For those interested in following what I am up to our Under Construction page is a good place to check out.  Everything you find on this page that is not available can be commissioned.  Check out the latest update and follow the journey of one of my newly Commissioned Art pieces…

Construction Page Update…

wyomingfirst_profileToday I added new pictures to our Under Construction Page.  If you are interested in following what I am up to this is a good place to check out.  Everything you find on this page that is not available can be commissioned.  Check out the latest update and follow the journey of one of my Commissioned Art pieces seen above…

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Raven Themed Flute Sound Clip

NEW SOUND CLIP -Available for Purchase

Raven_03_DSC0295We just added a new sound clip to this recently completed Alaskan Yellow Cedar Raven Themed flute.  This flute was completed for a customer recently and we wanted you to be able to hear how beautiful of a voice Alaskan Yellow Cedar can deliver.

This flute is now available for a new home… Click Here to visit this flute on our website.  Also available for Commission – I can build one similar on a Commission Basis.  I really like this flute but we can make it your own by adding your vision to the project.  Let me hear from you if you like how it sounds … or not…

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

This flute design is available for Commission so if you have interest please reach out to me at timjen333@gmail.com” or call (307) 690-0427.

Buffalo Themed Flute Sound Clip Added…

NEW SOUND CLIP

wdc_tatanaaxdog_sm_1We just added a new sound clip to this AWARD Winning flute titled “Ta Tanga Ax Dog” (Runs With Buffalo).  This flute was completed for the Western Design Conference two years ago and I have kept this flute since then as it took First Place in Accents that Fall.

This flute is now available for purchase or I can build one similar on a Commission Basis.  I absolutely Love like this flute but we can make it your own by adding your vision to the project.  Let me hear from you if you like how it sounds … or not…

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

This flute design is available for Commission so if you have interest please reach out to me at timjen333@gmail.com” or call (307) 690-0427.

Black Locust NAF Flute – Key of F# 440Hz

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Black Locust NAF Flute – Key of F# 440Hz

This new six hole Native American Styled flute is hand crafted from Old Growth, 1st generation cut Black Locust from  eastern slopes of the Colorado Rockies.  Black Locust is a very hard domestic wood that many people consider junk wood but I like it.  This flute measures 23 1/2″ long (measured on top) and features a 3/4″ inch bore give this F# a nice bright tone.  The Slow Air Chamber (SAC) is 3 1/2″ in length with the blow-hole approximately 2 1/2″ in length giving this flute a longer aesthetic.  Completely hand crafted and this flute features my signature step in front of the windway.  Simple in design I have added our Otter fetish block which is crafted from a piece of Black Locust.  Leather accents are hand cut Bison and is Dark Brown in color.

BlkLocust_02_DSC0338This flute like all of our flutes has been sealed on the inside of the flute to help against wetting out.  This is a very easy flute to play and it allows you to blow soft or hard and not lose the sound. Tuned to F# at 440Hz at 6500 foot elevation, the 3/4 inch bore gives this flute a very bright voice.

The focusing channel on this flute is what I would consider a standard width and a proper depth providing some comfortable back pressure.  I  like playing this flute.  If you are looking for a smaller bore flute that you will love to play consider adding this to your collection.  Playing holes are average for this size flute and they are spaced a at approximately 1 1/8″ apart for the bottom 3 holes and 1 1/16 for the top three.  There is a space of 1 1/4″ between the #3 and #4 holes .  Ships with a protective flute bag.

Sound Sample Coming Soon

Price: $310.00 Plus $16.95 Shipping

Interested in this flute?  CLICK HERE

If you have any question please email us at timjen333@gmail.com or call us at (307) 690-0427 with questions.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar – Raven Themed Flute…

Raven Themed Alaskan Yellow Cedar Key of E @ 440Hz

Raven_01_DSC0295I have just about completed the crafting of this Raven Themed Flute.  I believe this has turned out to be a  beautiful Native American Styles Flute.  This flute is hand crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and features a 1 inch bore and is tuned to the Key of E @ 440 Hz.  The Wind Way area features a Black Walnut inlay for the cutting edge.  The leather accents are hand cut from select Elk Hides including a leather piece that covers the #4 playing hole.  The tassel is black Horse hair and is wrapped in traditional red trade cloth using black sinu.  The beads are a combination of black and red glass Crow Beads and there are 4 sterling silver bead in between the Crow Beads.

Raven_01Finally this flute features my signature hand cut step that steps down from the Wind Way area to the bore of the flute. All in all a very nice flute.  This flute I believe has been spoken for but I would love to build one just for you. I would love to hear feedback on this piece.

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

This flute design is available for commission so if you have interest please reach out to me at timjen333@gmail.com” or call (307) 690-0427.

Ash NAF Flute – Key A# 432Hz…

American Ash NAF Flute – Key of A# 432Hz

ash_1_1_ebayThis six hole Native American Styled flute is hand crafted from Old Growth, 1st generation cut American Ash from Colorado.  This flute measures 19 1/2″ long (measured on top) and features a 3/4″ inch bore give this A# a nice bright tone. Completely hand crafted and this flute features my signature step in front of the windway.  Simple in design I have added my Otter fetish block which is crafted from a piece of Wormy Chestnut.  Leather accents are hand cut Bison and is Black in color.

ash_2_1_ebayThis flute like all of our flutes has been sealed on the inside of the flute to help against wetting out.  This is a very easy flute to play and it allows you to blow soft or hard and not loose the sound.  Tuned to A# at 432Hz at 6500 foot elevation, the 3/4 inch bore gives this flute a very bright voice.

The focusing channel on this flute is a bit narrower than most giving this flute some nice comfortable back pressure.  I personally like playing this flute.  If you are looking for a smaller bore flute that you will love to play this is one to consider.  Playing holes are average for this smaller size flute and they are spaced a little closer together at approximately 1 1/16″ apart. Ships with a protective flute bag.

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

Price: $285.00 Plus $16.95 Shipping

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If you have any question please email us at “timjen333@gmail.com” or call me at (307) 690-0427 with questions.

Raven Themed Flute…

New Raven Flute About Ready For A Home

Raven_02I wanted to share this with all of you and hope to get some feedback.  I have been working on a new Native American Styled flute that will more than likely find a new home in a Gallery located in Alpine Wyoming.  The owner wanted a themed flute with the theme being the Raven so I decided to go ahead and see what I would come up with.

I spent the past few days crafting what will become the fetish for the flute. This six home flute is hand crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and the leather accents will be Black Elk Lace, this fetish, three raven feathers (replicas) and some Crow Bead work.  This look like it is going to be an awesome flute.  The Flute is already made and sounds awesome and is in the finishing stages as we speak.

This in my opinion is going to be a spectacular piece but I wanted to share with you an early peek into this almost finished flute.  I would love to hear from any of you good or bad as to what you think of this fetish.  Most of you who know my work know that my fetish designs tend to be more quite a bit more whimsical.  This is a bit closer to a literal translation. When the flute is complete I will post it on this blog and on our website JacksonHoleTim.com.  As for the flute I want to share it when it is complete.  What say you?