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Ready for Glue Up

Alaskan Yellow Cedar in RED!

Ready for Glue Up! Another painted flute inbound… This shot of the inside of the flute blanks prior to glue-up shows the Red that has been chosen for this new flute project.  This flute will be very similar in design as the black one shown below.  Difference will be this flute is a 7/8″ bore NOT a 1″ and it will not have an elk antler cabochon.   But it will feature the same style rails and Mustang fetish.  Plans for tuning are in the F# – G range at 440 or 432 Hz.  Finish will be many coats of HIGH Gloss lacquer.  Shout out if you like what you see.

Share thoughts if you dare… I will update as we go through the stages… Interested in this flute? Reach out to me…  Email me at “sales@jacksonholetim.com” or phone (307) 690-0427

2018 Western Design Conference Entry
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Port Orford Cedar F# @432 Hz

Just completed this six hole hard to find Port Orford Cedar flute is tuned F# @432 Hz.  Handcrafted from a selected matched blank set of Old Growth Port Orford Cedar this flute features our Whimsical Otter fetish design crafted from American Black (Red) Walnut.   The fetish is attached to the flute body with our in-house hand-cut Wyoming Mocha Bison Leather.  Flute bore is 7/8″ in diameter giving this F# flute a very calm voice.  She plays easily with quite a bit of back pressure allowing you play her with very little breath.  This can be adjusted to your preference if need be.  Flute body features my signature hand cut step in front of the Totem area giving this flute a very nice aesthetic.

Specs of Flute:

  1. Port Orford Cedar
  2. 7/8 Bore, Six Hole Flute, Matched blanks set
  3. 23 1/2″ Long
  4. 3/8″ Focusing Channel
  5. Key F# @432Hz
  6. Hole Spacing 1 1/8″ holes #1,2 &3.  1 1/16 holes 4,5 & 6

The flute was finished with High Gloss lacquer and sealed inside as well.  Flute is tuned at 6,400 feet in elevation in the Rockies.  Flute currently is tuned slightly to the flat side of the note.  Altitude, temperature and humidity will affect tuning as it is made of wood.  This flute should always be in tune with itself regardless of temperature and humidity.  Accents can still be added to this flute even up to the point of the final finishes.  Hand cut stones, deer antler, Elk antler, handmade catlinite beads, feathers or braids can be added to this beautiful flute.  This flute like all of our flutes ships with a protective bag.

Play Sample of Port Orford Cedar F# Flute Here: COMING SOON

Available

$225.00 Plus Shipping

International Shipping

Please contact us in advance for the most accurate International shipping prices.  We do not control any VAT taxes that may be due on your end depending on what country you live in.  Shipping abroad is usually handled via U.S. Priority International mail.

Price does not include additional accents.  To add additional accents please contact me for pricing.  DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO HOLD.

Purchase Online, or if you have questions call  (307) 690-0427 or email me.  Available for Custom Order – email “sales@jacksonholetime.com”

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Grizzly Bear Carving

Living here in Jackson Wyoming one of the things we have plenty of is art galleries.  Although Jackson is considered one of the premier locations to find Western Art it does tend to be expensive.  So many bronzes to choose from with price tags in the many many of thousands to boot.  Even small bronze curios will start at $1,000 bucks.  This little project was something I have always wanted to do and it was directly inspired by my Grizzly Bear Flute Fetish I designed a couple of years ago. Truthfully this is one of my favorite whimsical totems I make.

I hate to waste anything from Mother Earth and the many wood trims left over from my flute projects are no exception.  This carving is a larger version of the totem you see here to the left.  It is simply designed to be a decoration piece and one that has a price point that is affordable.  Like most of my totem designs it is a bit whimsical in design yet you know exactly what it is when you see it.  In my mind this is a real representation of what I like to call “AUTHENTIC WYOMING!

The image to the right shows the scale of this little guy.  The candle is a typical two wick candle so you can see that it is not too big.  Overall dimensions are 4″L x 3″H x 2″W and should fit on just about any shelf or wall in your home or office.  Completely free hand carved from a solid piece of Red (Black) Walnut, no two will be the same.  And at a price point that is reasonable.  Who wants a one of these little guys?

$69.00 Plus Shipping

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Western Red Cedar, Entry Level F#

Entry Level Flute… Price that is

This is a unique opportunity to own one of our truly hand crafted flutes.  The Western Red Cedar flute was completely hand carved both inside and out (NO ROUTERS) by artist Timothy Jennings a couple of years ago.  This is a flute we have had in our personal inventory for sometime and being one of our few fully hand carved flutes makes this a unique find.  I have decided to sell this flute in an effort to open up this flute to those seeking a lower price point.  This is a wonderful sounding and easy flute to play.

I no longer carve the inside of the flute bores primarily because of time involved and the requirement for a softer species of wood.  Also we have generally used woods such as Western Red Cedar because of its softer and straight qualities.  Although I do not make many flutes today using this wood primarily because of how soft the wood it is, Western Red does make a really warm sounding flute.

The flute is no exception.  A 7/8″ bore tuned to F# @ 440 Hz this flute also features our whimsical Otter design totem and is attached via hand cut Wyoming Black Bison lace.  The flute bore has the 4 Winds tuning hole for a longer aesthetic, 3 black onyx cabochons (no bezels) set into the flute body, a pre-cut groove you can hand a feather or horse hair from and finally a wider mouth piece which is preferred by some.

All in all this is great little flute.  The biggest concern for caring for this flute is that because it is made from Western Red Cedar the extreme softness of the species makes it prone to dent and ding if you bump it against something hard.  Ships with a protect flute bag.

$145.00 Plus Shipping – JUST SOLD

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Another Flute Finds A Home…

Authentic Wyoming

Leaving the shop today is this simple but powerful five hole flute.  Hand crafted from Port Orford Cedar with a Black Walnut cutting edge inlay.  Features a 7/8″ bore tuned to G @ 440Hz, whimsical Otter fetish and hand-cut Bison lace, this little flute simply has a beautiful voice.  I am excited for the new owner of this flute.  Home will be in North Carolina.  Check out how beautiful this flute sounds.

SOUND  CLIP

If you are interested in one or my Port Orford Cedar flutes reach out to me.  Some are Online now while others are in the construction phase.  Email sales@jacksonholetim.com or call (307) 690-0427.

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2018 Western Design Conference Entry

AUTHENTIC WYOMING!

Many years ago I embarked on a journey to jury for a show that has been long recognized as the Premier Art Show for Western FUNCTIONAL Art!  The Western Design Conference brings emphasis on the WESTERN and FUNCTIONAL side of art.  Held each Fall in Jackson Hole Wyoming the WDC is a kick off to the Fall Arts Festival also held each year in the town of Jackson.  Some of the finest artisans and craftsman travel from all corners of the United States to show off their best functional art.

In the past I have been honored with not only first place awards within my art category but I have also been honored with the coveted Sunny Tutle Award which is an award that represents an authentic Native/Western theme.  Art collectors, enthusiasts, designers, and every day people come from all over to experience this show looking for something special.  Each year I can attest to the amazing quality of the art presented.

For several years I have entered this show each time with an art piece that was influenced by our history here in Wyoming.  I have presented many different flute designs as each one of my entries is a fully functional flute ready to play at any time.  These past entries had a very strong Native American influence consistent with our First Nations People’s history.  For me these influences came mostly from the Plains history of which Wyoming is part of and each time I tried to present an authentic representation of what we now know as the Native American flute.

This years entry was a hard one for me as I thought initially I would step outside my flute building craft and maybe try something new.  But after weeks of agonizing thought I decided to create a piece consistent with what I have become known for and yet still step outside the box I have been so accustom to being part of… which is to say keeping it old school.

This years entry is the first flute that I have painted and then lacquered to a high gloss.   This years art piece represents a marriage of the old and the new.  My goal was to seek and find Simple Elegance all the while bringing honor to this great two chambered wind instrument.  The contemporary side of this piece represents all that is new with both the journey the Native American Styled flute has traveled, the history of it’s origins and what is new in American life on our reservations.  I hope it brings a smile to your face!

The Flute

Crafted from a single piece of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar this 1 inch bore flute is tuned to the key of E @ 432Hz.  Painted black on both the inside and outside this flute was finally finished with 30+ coats of hand applied high gloss lacquer.  The Totem rails and the totem are hand crafted from an piece of Old Growth Maple harvested in Colorado.  The totem or fetish theme is the powerful Mustang.

Set into the body of the flute is a hand cut cabochon of Elk Antler harvested right here in Wyoming.  The elk antler is bezel set in Sterling Silver and then inlaid into the flute body.  All leather accents are from hand cut Elk hides and the beading is both black and red Crow Glass Beads separated by sterling silver beads.

The stand is hand crafted from American Black Walnut and  also painted in the same way as the flute body.  The only difference is that the stand has a semi-gloss finish.  The red cloth you see is a traditional red trade cloth color.  Both flute and stand are available for purchase at the show and beyond.  If you are interested in this one of a kind Jackson Hole Tim original reach out to me through email or phone.  This piece is also available for commission and you can set the color theme.

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New Business and Collateral Cards

 

AUTHENTIC WYOMING

Just completed are our new business cards and collateral rack cards.  After creating a new business card with a new theme and changing it many times I have settled on final design.  Although these images do not do these new collateral advertising pieces they came out great.  I wanted to capture the some of the flavor that Wyoming and the Yellowstone Basin delivers.  Wyoming simply offers some of the best eye candy God ever laid his artful hand on.

If you would like one of my business cards sent to you or some of our collateral rack cards for your store or gallery let me know.  I want to share with the world what I see every day living here.  I want to share “Authentic Wyoming” with you!  Contact me by email “Sales@Jacksonholetim” or call me (307) 690-0427.

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Largest Selection of Flutes in Wyoming

I have been building flutes for a very long time… Living in a place like Wyoming brings a never ending stream of inspiration to draw from.  Like my passion for photography I share an equal passion for building Native American Style flutes.  I have spent many an hour working on commissioned base flutes trying to deliver an end product that hopefully meets or exceeds the buyer of my art.  I fully enjoy the commissioned project experience but I just can’t stop wanting to build more.

As I approach my 58th birthday this year I find myself once again seeking a change in what I do.  Many who know me know that for the past 33 years I have been a health insurance broker with focus on the International Expat markets.  This will continue to be part of my daily efforts but as for my website Jackson Hole Tim I want to be more proactive in my flute building efforts.  Crafting one of these awesome wind instruments never get tiring.  Although I have enjoyed the commission side of building flutes I prefer designing the flute, building it and then sharing it with others.

 

I am pretty sure that I maintain the largest selection of Native American Style flutes here in the state of Wyoming.  Every one of my flutes is hand made by me using mostly hand tools.  That is just the way I do it.  My inventories are finally starting to grow for the first time in a while.  If you were to visit my farm gallery here in Afton Wyoming you would find a minimum 25+ flutes in various stages of the build with more on the way.  I have over 100 blanks pre-cut and gluing up new ones weekly.  By end of summer I may have as many as 40 or more to choose from.

Map to 85 Rich Lane Afton Wyoming

One of the nice things about how I build my flutes is that I work on many at a time so each one is in a different phase some from the glue the up stage to being a fully completed flute. Having a variety in different phases of construction allows you to pick one that stands out to you that may not be completely finished and this allows for my to still add some of you to the flute before delivery.  My shop is now in Afton Wyoming and our little ranch is open to those who want to venture out and visit us.  We are just a mile or so off of the main highway (HWY 89) and we very easy to find.  Although we are home most of the time we do travel from time to time so call first.  But feel free to stop by and check out the flutes I have available.  We are open 9-5 Monday through Friday so reach out to me and stop by… I would love to meet you.

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Native American Flutes & Stroke Victims

Many Years ago I received a call from a gentleman who had seen one of my flutes offered Online for Sale.  This gentleman had been looking at a new flute I had recently completed.  What was interesting about this flute was it was one of the first flutes I had made where I tuned it using the 432Hz frequency.  My son who is an accomplished musician had made the suggestion that tuning a flute at 432Hz might be interesting to craft and see if people could tell the difference.  That is for another post but we found plenty of evidence that people in many cases without knowing will choose a flute tuned to 432 Hz verses the standard 440Hz without knowing the specifics.

First Chakra Flute D# @ 432 Hz

In addition my wife who is a fairly spiritual being had asked that I add a series of cabochons to this flute.  She had selected seven stones from a recent stone buying trip and the colors of these represented the colors of the Human Chakra.  Being a flute builder I am always looking for new ideas to introduce with my flutes so I thought why not.  This particular flute was crafted from an old piece of Black Walnut that has been harvested on the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder Colorado.  What is cool about many of these old beasts is that these giant walnut trees were planted over 160 years ago by settlers making their way west on what today is known as the Oregon Trail.  People brought these trees in small pots to plant near their farm houses and such for the shade they produced as well as their fruit they bare.

So I built this flute, added the cabochons and tuned it to a D# as it was a 1 inch bored flute and we called it our first Chakra Flute.  Truthfully I had no idea how this flute would be received but it turned out really nice, and actually it was fairly simple in design.  It played really well, sounded good and for the most part looked the part.

Back to this gentleman I mentioned earlier.  I honestly do not remember his name, only the story behind this post.  We spoke over the phone many times as I remember and I was pretty sure he had settled on this flute for himself.  He was an older gentleman… that is to say is was in his early 60’s.  He had recently discovered the Native American Style Flute and something grabbed him and he told me that he was hooked.  This was to be his first flute purchase and I was honored to be his first flute builder.  Then all of a sudden I stopped hearing from him.

This Story Comes To Life Recently

Now this first part of the story happened more than 6 or so years ago.  To be truthful I had forgotten about this story for some time which is weird in that it really is a story that needs to be told.  So about two weeks ago we had a visit from one of our dear friends who was our neighbor in Jackson Hole for several years and she had relocated to Boise Idaho a few years ago.  Her son was on a trip back east and the people he was traveling in was from Star Valley Wyoming so when she came to pick him up she spent an evening with us reminiscing.  Somewhere in the evening she began talking about all of the flutes I had on my walls throughout my home.  She now works in the area of neuroscience and somehow we landed on this story about this Chakra flute.

A Stroke of Bad Luck!

One of the things we had been chatting about is how so many people come to the flute for so many different reasons and that there are so many stories out there about inner healing that the music somehow brings to so many people.  I had been telling her about some really interesting stories about a woman named Mary who I have built many flute for and how she uses the Native flute to bring healing to those who are struggling in many facets of their lives.  After sharing this story with Carol she encouraged me to share it with others as there may be a blessing in disguise in my discoveries.

Somewhere during the conversation I remembered the story about this Chakra flute and I began the share it with her.  As I mentioned above I thought this gentleman whom had contacted me some time ago about this particular flute was going to purchase it but yet disappeared.  So back to this story… after several weeks had gone by I received a call from this guys wife and she wanted to know if this Chakra flute was still available and I said yes it was.  She shared with me who she was and that her husband whom I had been talking with had recently had a stroke in the past couple of weeks.  I was mortified… I truthfully did not know what to say to her.

She wanted to try to bring some joy to his day and she knew how much he liked this flute so she decided to purchase it for him as a gift.  She told me she was a bit concerned about giving it to him as she did not know if he could even hold it yet alone play it.  Again I had no words other than to be as encouraging as I could.  She paid for it and I shipped it the next day.   I hoped that in some small way it would bring some joy to this man not knowing the impact it would have… in the short-term anyway.

Weeks went by and life was back to normal for me as I had not heard a word from her about the flute.  I assumed it was received ok and I know that FEDEX did their part to deliver it in a timely manner.  Then one day several weeks later I received a call from his wife again.  She shared with me that she delivered the flute to him and that when she did his eyes lit up and his face was adorned with a big smile.  Over several days he apparently played with the flute for hours each day.  He even began to play the flute and produced some fairly pleasant music I am told.  In fact there were times when hospital staff and other patients lined his doorway as he played away.

The Miracle of the Flute

This is the part that brings such joy to my heart in that I created and voiced this flute without knowing the journey it would take.  This man’s wife shared with me that one of the huge challenges for her husband was the loss of his dexterity in his one hand that the stroke clobbered.  She told me that each and every day he was gaining back dexterity in his hand and fingers as he continued to play the flute.  In fact I was told that he was looking forward to giving concerts to those who would listen.  Somehow this flute found its way to a man truly in need and by its very nature it helped this man with the healing process.  Something I would have never thought of had I not heard the story.

More time went by and I believe I heard from her one more time about the progress he had been making.  He was about to go home and she thanked me for this musical gift.  I was humbled yet pleased that in some small way I was able to take part in this journey.  I never heard from her or him again so I truthfully have no idea how this all ended up for their family.  I can only hope and pray that in the end this Chakra Flute crafted from a piece of old growth Black Walnut brought some peace and healing to him and their family.

Another Phone Call Brings Me to My Keyboard

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post I have been encouraged by Carol to share this story with all of you.  For various reasons I delayed sitting down and telling the story that needed to be told.  No real good reason as to why but it has been on my mind daily since Carol shared her excitement about this journey.  Segue to recent events in my life…

Over the past weeks I have been dealing with the end of life tribulation of an elderly father.  So I have had plenty of excuses although none of them too compelling.  Recently I received another phone call from an older gentleman that reached out to me as he was seeking a supply of Alaskan Yellow Cedar for his relief carvings.  He shared with me over several phone calls that he is a relief carver and his carving are Native American influenced.  I have never seen his work but I could feel his passion in our conversations for his art.  He knew that I made Native American Style flutes many out of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  He had recently read a post of my about a flute I had made for Tony Duncan, Native American Flute Artist and saw that it was crafted from Alaskan Cedar so he called me.

Over several weeks he attempted to purchase from me a supply of cedar and because of my responsibilities to my father I just kept dropping the ball.  We exchanged phone calls over several weeks and actually enjoyed each others conversation until finally there was a pause caused by me and as I  got things calmed down enough to reach out to him again I was only able to reach his voicemail.  Several days after my last message a week or so ago I get a call from his phone number by now which I recognized.  Only it was his wife not Bob.

She shared with me that she had received my phone calls and proceeded to apologize for any delays in getting back to me.  I assured her I was the one slacking not her.  She then told me that Bob had had a stroke the week before.  She was not sure about his prognosis but out of love for her husband wanted to make sure the Cedar was purchased and waiting for him hoping that his recovery would allow him to once again pick up his carving tools and maybe… just maybe the carving would be good for his recovery.

Immediately I told her about this post I have been needing to write about another customer of mine that had a stroke prior to purchasing a flute from me.  I shared with her the story I am writing now and just the fact that the results were on the positive side of things for this man she told me that indeed this story brings hope to her in that maybe in much of the same way the carving of the wood could help her husband with his recovery and the use of his disable hand.

The story of this Chakra flute has now given hope and healing to two people directly, one because of its physical being and the second through the story of the flute itself.  Maybe… just maybe there is a place for the Native American Style flute for those victims who have suffered strokes.  I can only hope that there is and if so I want to be part of the solution.  Peace to all who read this…

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Award Winning Photo Ordered In Metal

A Wyoming Cowgirl and Her Horse

Ordered and On It’s Way

A Girl & Her Horse

I have just placed an order for our “Wyoming Cowgirl and Her Horse” photo taken last summer at the Jackson Hole Polo Fields.  This award winning photo will be available for shipping early next week.  We have order this in a 16″ x 24″ format and it is being printed on Metal.

This photo embodies everything good about Wyoming, Horses and the young women that help make up this great state.  We are blessed to live in a place that is… well simply beautiful in every way.

This image is available to be purchased and printed in a variety of paper, metal and acylic mounts.  I have this image in my shop as it is truly one of my favorites.  If you want to inquire about image prints please call (307) 690-0427 or complete the simple form below and I will get back to you.

Metal prints can be hung on your favorite wall as is or they can be placed in a custom frame.  This image is also available as part of our 5×7 Greeting Card collection for $3.95 per card which will also be available starting next week.

Available for purchase now on Jacksonholetim.com.

Image is priced at $176.00 (metal print only) plus shipping.

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