Category Archives: Custom Made Flutes

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

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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?

Old Growth Black Walnut Flutes 1 Inch Bores…

OGW_6H_GRNTURQ_120412_2_lgIt has been a while since I posted flutes on this blog and site.  Over the past two years life has taken many turns but the time has come to get back to the flute.

A while ago I had almost finished a couple of Black Walnut flutes that where just about ready to find a home.  These are two of them.  Since then I have just about finished these two flutes and they are in the final stages of finishing.  There were a few adjustments that needed to be made but all in all they are with days of being ready.

OGW_6H_GRNTURQ_120412_1_lgThese are two very nice flutes.  Crafted from Old Growth, 1st Generation Cut Black Walnut stock.  One thing I look for when choosing a walnut board are boards or slabs that contain the sap wood.  Sap wood is white in color and the contrast between the sap wood and the regular color of the walnut can be quite striking.  Many people disregard this part of the wood but I like it.

When I cut the blanks for these two flutes we cut them out of the same section of the wood stock.  One flute features the typical beautiful wood tones and grains we all love about black walnut and the second flute is whiter in color on top and as you rotate the flute the color darkens to the warm browns and blacks found in OGW.

OGW_6H_PURPLETURQ_122712_2_lgBoth of these flutes are six hole flutes and both were made with 1 inch bores.  The Slow Air Chambers are both 4 inches in length which help give the longer aesthetics to these two flutes.   Both flutes are 27 inches in overall length, measured on top and for the most part they are brothers.  But one is tuned to the Key of E and the other D#, both @ 440Hz.  These are very nice sounding flutes and they are easy to play as well.
horsehead1_lgWe have adorned each flute with our new Horse Fetish that we designed early this winter.  This fetish will be part of a new collection we will be making later this next year that will be built in collaboration with Nakoa Heavyrunner.  In both cases the horse fetishes used here were crafted from a piece of stock from the very same board that the flutes came from.  They are attached to the flute bodies with 1/2″ Elk and Bison leather lace.
OGW_6H_PURPLETURQ_122712_3_lgEach flute features 10mm x 14mm Cabochons that are set in sterling silver bezels.  The Green Mojave and Purple Mojave Turquoise both come from the Kingman mine in Kingman, Arizona.  Some of the best turquoise in the world comes from this mine.  It is one of the oldest mine yielding turquoise dating back to the days when Native Americans mined the stones here.

All beads that we use are either sterling silver or glass crow beads.  The beads hanging from the foot of the lighter colored flute are high quality beads that add a nice touch to an already beautiful flute.

brownbisonbag1_smThe hole spacing for the playing holes on both of these flutes are as follows…  The spacing for the 3 bottom holes is 1 1/8″ on center, then there is 1 1/4″ spacing between holes #4 & #5.  The top three holes are spaced a little closer at 1 1/16″ on center.   The #3 hole is positioned at the midpoint between the foot of the flute and the cutting edge.  For flutes that are this large these are very comfortable to play.

DSC_0454_02These are Gallery Quality Flutes!  They look and sound amazing and we are pleased to have them in our inventory.  All of our flute ship with a protective bag but if you really want something special consider buying one of our hand crafted flute bags.  These flute bags were designed by me and they are hand crafted by Riversong Leather Studio out of Laramie, Wyoming.  They are available in many colors and most are crafted from hand selected Bison and Elk hides.  If we do not stock what you want order one and we will have it to you in a couple of weeks.

Sound Clip from Flute with Purple Cabochons

FOR SALE $285 Plus $16.95 Shipping

For more information on these two flutes call me at (307) 690-0427 or email me at “timjen333@gmail.com“.

A Story About Mary

EternalComfort_12_smNot too long ago 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 we 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.

EternalComfort_4_smThis 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.

Because we 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.

The fetish is one of my custom made whimsical feather designs that was
crafted from a single piece old growth walnut with a band of sap wood 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.

EternalComfort_13_lgAfter 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.

MaryBlakeley_1_smUPDATE: Mary received her flute and 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…