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Walnut Drone Finds Home in Idaho…

Walnut Drone Ships to Idaho

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…

Buyers Testimonial

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!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

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Ready for Glue Up

Alaskan Yellow Cedar in RED!

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 “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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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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Western Design Conference 2018 Entry

Update: 07/30/2018

The flute continues to take its path to final form.  Here is an updated picture during the finishing stages of this flute.  Here you can see how the Maple rails and totem look against the jet black finish.  The Elk Antler Cabochon is about done and ready to set into the flute body.  This flute in person is beautiful.

Update: 07/19/2018

The fetish design selected is my Mustang Themed fetish.  Hand carved from a solid piece of old growth maple this fetish will be finished with a clear lacquer to preserve the natural beauty of the wood.  The flute body is now in it’s finishing stages.  The body is Jet Gloss Black with a hand crafted Elk Antler Cabochon set in Sterling Silver.  I am still working on the bezel but will post pics shortly.

UPDATE: 07/08/2018

Flute takes shape.  Tuning holes are marked and ready to give voice.  I am going to voice the flute and find the fundamental note, tune it and then start the finishing process.  So far this is turning out to be a very nice flute.

UPDATE: 06/27/2018

All glued up and tuning holes and the Four Winds tuning holes are marked.  This will be a E at 432 Hz as I see it now.  This is the ugly stage of the flute process.  From here the birth of this flute will truly begin.  So many point to cover but watch for the next update to see how this Western Design Conference entry progresses.  Here you can see the beginnings of the Maple Totem/Fetish rails.  Soon they will take shape and add to the overall elegance this flute will display.
UPDATE: 06/23/2018

I have just completed the cutting and finishing of the Windway and the inside of the flute bore.  Ready for Glue Up and later today we will start with the addition of the Totem Rails.  Because this project is slated for a complete GLOSS BLACK finish it was important to make sure the inside was pre-treated as well.  I have selected a very nice piece of American Maple from which these rails will be made from.  They will be natural in their finish and should really accent the black coloring.  I am excited to get the rails on and start the shaping process.  This should be an exceptionally beautiful flute when done… a bit outside my traditional crafting but then that is what makes it fun!

WDC-Exhibit-Sale-LogoI am once again excited for the upcoming Western Design Conference to be held in Jackson Hole Wyoming September 6th thru the 9th at the base of the Snow King Resort.  Each year some of the BEST Functional Artists from all over the United States jury for entry into the WDC.

The Western Design Conference (WDC) brings together artists, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects, and fashion designers with a passion for the West.  From documented American craft, to home design, to fashion, the show is expanding to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design.  This event celebrates functional museum-quality creations capturing the spirit of the West.

Last Fall for the 2017 WDC I decided not to participate and become a spectator.  I have to admit once I arrived to view other artist’s entries and see some old friend I wish I had entered the conference.  As a returning two time award winner in the category “ACCENTS” I am always excited to see how the judges view my craft.  Crafting unique Plains Influenced art is a passion that I have followed for quite some time.   This year I have decided to enter a juried piece that will be the first Native American Styled flute I have made that I have painted with the idea to have a more contemporary appeal.

Take The Journey With Me

This years piece will be for sale prior to, during and after the conference.  This flute is being done completely on spec.  The picture at the top of this post is an image of the actual flute blank that will become this years entry.  This image is the ugly beginnings of what will be an amazingly beautiful flute.

The flute is being crafted from a piece of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  I have select this wood species for it’s ability to produce a beautiful sounding flute.  In addition Alaskan Ceder when finished finishes like glass and is the perfect medium for the acrylic and lacquer finish it will receive.

This flute will be a 1 inch bored flute and will feature Old Growth American Maple totem rails with the totem to be my newly design whimsical Mustang fetish.  The bore of the flute will feature a Stirling Silver bezel set cabochon hand made from Wyoming Elk Antler.  The actual antler piece that the cabochon will be crafted from is seen below.  This will be set into the body of the flute and should pop right off of the black setting with a high polished bezel to really give it a classy appeal.

Available for Purchase

This flute is available for purchase at any time during the construction of the project.  Although the price has yet to be determined I can assure you this will be a one of a kind Timothy Jennings crafted flute.  Delivery will not take place until after the Western Design Conference.  Any winnings during the conference belong to the artist.  If you are interested please complete the form below.  Check back from time to time to see the journey this flute will make from concept, to craft stage to voicing.  This flute will be voice at the base of the Tetons later this summer.  Key will probably be in the lower D – E range.  If you have questions reach out to me at “Sales@Jacksonholetim.com” or call me 307-690-0427.

2018 Western Design Entry Form

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Walnut Drone Flute Key of D 444Hz

Black Walnut Drone flute enters finishing stage.  This flute has gone through a long journey and it should be completed in the coming week or so.  This Drone flute features 1″ inch bores and had been tuned to D @444Hz per request of a previous interested party.  This flute will be included in our farm gallery inventory when complete.

The fetish has been hand carved from a single piece of Black Walnut and features an arrowhead theme.  Leather for the fetish will be hand cut bison lace – probably in a dark brown color.  There are no additional accents at this time on this flute other than the hand carving seen here on the top of the flute.  The bottom of the drone is smooth across the entire bottom.  There is a subtle elevation separation at the mouth piece that should help ones ability to play one side or the other or both.

This flute is to be finished with a high gloss lacquer that should really make it pop.  The walnut coloring is pretty much a traditional walnut look and feel and although a drone it is fairly comfortable in your hands.  A recording should be available shortly of how this drone sounds and plays.  The entire construction of this flute was done by me by hand.

Available for purchase:

  1. This flute is available for purchase at this time.   Current plans are for a high gloss lacquer finish. There is still time to add any additional accents, select the finish for this flute, add feather or horse hair accents, add stones for a higher price point  PRE-COMPLETION PRICE: $895 PLUS $16.95 Shipping (lower 48 states).  NO additional accents.  To add additional accents please contact me for pricing.  DEPOSIT REQUIRED for changes.

Call to purchase this Black Walnut Drone flute (307) 690-0427 or email me.  This flute is Available for Custom Order – email “sales@jacksonholetim.com”