Funny how things work out. This Walnut Drone is a good example. Sometimes some things are just to be. When I started this flute I had a specific person in mind for whom I have built several flutes for. Originally I had started this flute for Mary in mind but as fate has it – it was not meant to be… at least initially. Some things changed in Mary’s world and this flute was just not going to end up in her home. I decided to continue to build it as if I would be building it for her and this was the end result.
Reluctantly I listed this Drone for sale on Jacksonholetim.com and from the very beginning it generated a lot of comments and interest. Recently I had a small flurry of offers for this flute but something inside just said no. Although the price point was already below what this flute should have been marketed at I was ok with it as long as it was able to claim a fair price and a good home. I had just turned down an offer on this flute when BAM it sold.
I woke up to an alert on my phone and I could see that there was an order for the Drone. When looked at the order and saw who had just purchased it, it made my heart full. The very person who this flute must have been destined to be and in my opinion just the right person. I shipped it off to Mary with a day or so and woke up this morning to this testimonial below. What can I say but simply that I am humbled…
So just one more “long” comment after spending major time with the new addition to my flute family…it takes a lot to leave me in so much amazement that I am speechless, yet that is how I felt sitting there with this flute. I am looking at all the details, the wood, the finish, the smoothness and trying to wrap my mind around how anybody could create something so visually perfect and at the same time with such a musical voice. One time you commented that maybe someday you would make me the perfect flute…I think the mission was accomplished. The more I play it and it gets it’s true voice, the more it sounds almost like a set of bagpipes and my daughter said that when she hears it she sees wide open spaces like you would find in Ireland or Scotland. Other times when played more softly the harmony is so smooth that it flows like fine silk. Each flute has it’s own mystery component and the details of this flute were absolutely divinely inspired in more ways than I can explain. While trying to wrap my mind around the “true” value of this instrument. I can only say that it couldn’t possibly have a price point that would match that value. These are the kinds of instruments you were meant to build, the priceless kind, that people will stand back in amazement and awe that they get to enjoy something so special. In our carbon copy world of commerce very few people get to sit in the presence of such incredible value. Hopefully these comments will stay with you as you continue to fellowship in the carpentry shop with the King of Carpenters! This morning I am celebrating the talent and excellence that make you the artist that you are and praying that only those who will truly appreciate your gifts get to enjoy them. Also praying that finances in abundance, come from unusual sources, to free you to create for this audience. Feel free to post all or part of this glowing recommendation on your blog…LOL! I am not a women of few words when she has something to say!
Mary Blakeley, Athol Idaho
Play Sample of Black Walnut Drone Flute Here:
There is nothing more satisfying to know that you hit the mark for a client. Mary is a special lady and she trusts me implicitly and always gives me complete artistic freedom. What more can I ask for. Finally this might all sound like I am bragging a bit and to be truthful I actually am!
As we move further into winter and most of my outdoor adventures are curtailed I am refocusing on building up my inventories for the upcoming Spring 2019. I am working on a number of new flutes as I write this post and all with have affordable price points. I have in the works a new Native American Style Catlinite pipe, and of coarse I will be working on Photographic moments. Here is a short list of what I have going on…
UNDER CONSTRUCTION LIST
Alaskan Yellow Cedar with Sapodilla Rails – 1″ Bore Key D 440 Hz – being tuned now.
Port Orford Cedar with Sapodilla Rails – 1″ Bore Key D 432Hz – being finished now – Semi-Gloss
Large Bore Port Orford Cedar with Totem Rail – to be determined
Alaskan Yellow Cedar – 1″ Bore, walnut inlay in finishing
Black Walnut – 1 1/8″ large bore flute, in glue up – beautiful blank
Alaskan Yellow Cedar – Walnut totem rails, walnut inlay cutting edge in shaping
Alaskan Yellow Cedar – to be painted Gun Metal Blue, 7/8″ Bore G 440Hz, Maple totem rails, in final sanding before paint
Just about ready for glue up is this reclaimed piece of ASH that is from a very old hand hewn beam I picked up a few years ago. The sister to this flute can be seen here. This flute blank set has been bored with a 7/8″ bore and features a Iron Wood Cutting Edge inlay. Plans for this flute is for it to be an F# but there is still time to make a change if you are interested. This flute could be an F, F#, G or G# I am thinking. The fetish will be our whimsical otter fetish and attached with our hand-cut Wyoming Bison lace.
Any of these flutes can be reserved or pre-purchased before they are complete. If you have interest please reach out to me via email @ “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Winter months are upon us and I will be looking for those secret shots that come every winter. Most everything I shoot that I think is worth is available for print or digital download. I will be working hard this winter to update our photographic section of Jacksonholetim.com.
16×24 Preformatted Digital Download of one of the most commented photos from this Fall. Taken in the Gros Ventre River Basid looking upon the Teton Range.
Download and save to your Desktop or create a folder to save to. When you are ready you can print it yourself or upload to your favorite Online Photographic Provider such as a COSTCO.com, Bayphoto.com or other.
Recently I sold this Walnut flute to a new client who lives in Bergamo Italy. I always am humbled when someone likes one of my flutes enough to spend their hard earned money on one. This flute shares a special journey that has touched my heart and one that I would like to share with all of you. This particular flute I have liked from the minute I started to shape it. Not really sure why but it was one of my favorites that I made this year. It sounds great and looks good to boot.
Over a period of several weeks I have exchanged emails with a man I now call my friend. Both before he purchased the flute and after the sale we both struggled though the translations that Google so graciously provided. Italian to English and English to Italian. It always surprises me when I meet people from other countries that have a love of our Native American Heritage that is truly part of who we are as Americans and even more impressive to know they have taken the time learn so much about our past. Davide is one of those special people.
During the flute’s transit time from Wyoming to Bergamo he share with me his desire, no – his “dream” to play a Native American Style flute in a very special place that meant so much to his family. A place where he and his father would visit and spend time together and today it is the final resting place of his father. His dream as he shared with me was to find a day of solitude and take with him his new flute and play songs in honor of his father. Just he and the spirit of his father. By his descriptions in his previous emails I thought I had a pretty good vision of this place in my mind. Yet when I saw the pictures he sent to me of this day it did in some weird way seem familiar to me even though I knew it was a place thousands of miles away from Wyoming.
A few days ago I received a follow up email from Davide along with some images of his day spent in this very special place. He finally received his new flute he gathered some personal things together and picked a day to journey to this place. As you can see from these pictures it appears to be a cold day which he did confirm in his message to me. Aside from the cold and even colder hands he sat down and started to play.
It is times like these that confirm to me the healing properties of these very special wind instruments. Davide shared that it was very quite and still when he sat down to play. As he started to play his flute he noticed that there were a vibrations coming across the water and to him he imagined this to mean vibrations of joy. To be truthful I am not sure exactly how long he stayed in this place on this day but it was clear from his email to me that it met all of his dreams and expectation for this special occasion.
Although I do not have any recordings of this day I am sure the music Davide played hit the mark as witnessed by the vibrations upon the water. As a flute builder there is no better compliment than when a client shares a story like this with me. This is real and it is meaningful to all who have been part of this personal journey. My heart is full knowing that a flute that I have created with my hands right here in Wyoming has made such a long journey to a place that has brought in some small way a healing to another human being so far way.
UPDATE 11/29/2018 – Below is an updated image of the progress of this new flute. This flute is in its final stages of being finished. Totem is complete and also in the finishing stage. This flute is available for purchase now. Contact Tim Jennings for more information @ Sales@Jacksonholetim.com.
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 “email@example.com” or phone (307) 690-0427
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.
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
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Purchase Online, or if you have questions call (307) 690-0427 or email me. Available for Custom Order – email “firstname.lastname@example.org”
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?
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call (307) 690-0427.
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!
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.