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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.

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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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Morning Coffee Meditation – Swift Creek

This morning Peyton and I decided to head up what is known as Swift Creek.  This beautiful creek (river for those of you in Arizona…LOL) cuts through a limestone canyon that eventually opens up into the town of Afton, Wyoming.  I will be posting quite a few videos of this beautiful canyon and the creek that runs through it.  The scenery is stunning and offers so many opportunities for the photographer to capture.  This little spot is at the base of a large rock outcropping where the crystal clear creek meets the rock and then meanders around it to further its journey toward the valley floor.  Such a peaceful spot!

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Mouth of the Intermittent Spring

This same creek is also the path that you follow to discover the world-famous Intermittent Spring that hides up this canyon 4-5 miles in.  The Intermittent Spring or Periodic Spring as some call it, is one of but maybe two in the world Cold Water Geysers that cascades out of the bottom of some spectacular cliffs.  In the fall and through the winter it ebbs and flows starting and stopping every 18-20 minutes or so.  Hiking up to the end of the box canyon is exhilarating and so beautiful.  When you get to the end of the climb take a moment to receive Mother Natures reward… fill your bottle up with some of the best water on the planet.  Recent reports say the water exiting the bottom of the cliff is more than 2,000 years old.  I will save this journey for future post.

ENJOY!

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Morning Coffee Meditation

Morning Coffee Meditation… Filmed on the Gros Ventre River north of Jackson Wyoming

I really have enjoyed writing my Morning Coffee posts over the years and will continue to do so.  I love sharing our little Wyoming adventures we take from time to time.  I want to add something new to the mix now.  Often when I travel around the Yellowstone Basin with a cup of joe in my hands I will stop and enjoy moments of time at different places that reach out and speak to me.  I love visiting the rivers and streams in our area as I find that the sound of the moving water helps calm my spirit.  Not to mention the eye candy that surrounds me daily.

Morning Coffee Meditation will be 1 minute+ or so snippets of time taken at special locations around Wyoming.  Nothing added and nothing taken away.  Just one minute+ of recorded time in nature as it exists at that moment.  I would like to bring a sense of calm and maybe even a smile to your face from time to time.

 

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Morning Coffee

It is time again to get back to my Morning Coffee posts.  One of the most enjoyable things I have done when it comes to blogging is simply sharing one of my daily adventures which starts each morning with a great cup of coffee.

For those of you who know me know that last year we moved from Jackson Wyoming to Afton Wyoming in order to obtain horse property for our daughter.  Although we now live in the Star Valley area Jackson is a frequent adventure in itself.

For those of you who may be new to our blog posts Star Valley is rich in western history.  It was for centuries a place with the Native American people who lived within travel distance came to hunt and fish during the summer months.  Then in the mid to late 1800’s the area was settled by those heading west.

The Oregon Trail in its many facets came right through was is now our back yard.  On this morning I decided to adventure not far from my home to an old homestead I pass all the time.  Each time I pass by I say to my wife and myself that I need to stop and take a few photographs.  Although I really have no idea of the history of this quint yet humble home I just love it’s setting.

I wonder by whom and when this home was built.  What about the large tree setting next to the this humble cabin?  Did the family that built it plant it and if so was it for shade or maybe just aesthetics.  Did they have children and if so whatever happened to them?  As you can see today it is a much different place.  The home is empty and the stories that must have surely been told throughout the years are now secrets of this lonely yet beautiful setting.

Wyoming is truly a magical place.  Some great adventure abound just about everywhere in the state.  Star Valley is rich in Western History some good and some not so good.  But on this morning I did stop and take the time to watch the sunrise, enjoy more than one cup of coffee, ponder the past and took some pictures… enjoy.

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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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All Pre-Bored Flute Blanks Ship with Bison Lace

Pre-Bored Flute Blanks Now Ship with Bison Lace

We now stock and cut our own Bison Leather Lace for our production flutes and for all of you flute makers we are now adding Bison Lace with each Pre-Bore Flute Blanks Set ordered from this page.  Select the flute blank(s) you want and one of 4 current colors of lace available from the shopping cart.  Each flute blank ordered will ship with it’s own lace so when you complete your flute you will be ready to tie your fetish on your new flute.  The Bison lace shipped with each order will be pre-cut lace that is 3/8″ wide (most popular) by 36″inches in length.  This provides you with plenty of length for each flute blank you order.  Current colors available are:

Wyoming Black

Wyoming Mocha

Wyoming Tan

Wyoming Sand

If you are not sure what kind of fetish you want to craft check out some our Do It Yourself (DIY) Fetish blanks we offer – Click Here.  This is a good way to get started with a preformed fetish design that you will finish yourself.

PLUS – All Flute Blanks Ordered Ship with 3 Schematic Drawings

If you are new to building flutes we now include with each order beginning August 1st 2018 three proprietary Flute Drawing Schematics that should assist you in your flute building journey at no additional cost.  These schematics will help detail the important components for crafting the Windway or Cutting Edge.  These drawings will share with you the exact process I use in my own personal flute building.  When your order is placed and paid for we will email you these schematics in advance of your order shipping.  We also sell these schematics as a stand alone order for $6.95.

CLICK TO VIEW AVAILABLE PRE-BORED FLUTE BLANKS

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Our Payment Gateway…

For those of you who are wanting to purchase one or more items from Jackson Hole Tim please note we have updated our payment gateway.  In order to simplify the purchasing process and experience we have now the PAYPAL payment gateway.  If you have a PayPal account you can choose to login to your PayPal account and process your purchase based on your account preferences.  If you do not have a PayPal account or you simply want to pay using a credit card of choice you have the option too.  You can also choose to pay by credit card on the checkout pages in place of the PayPal gateway.

Shop as a guest on Jackson Hole Tim or create an account Online which allows you to come back, visit, shop and login.  If you do not have a PayPal account you may want to consider creating one – it’s FREE.  PayPal is a very solid secure payment gateway to process your Online orders.  We hope you find the checkout process here on Jackson Hole Tim a simplified one.  If you have questions about product, shipping options or you just want an updated quote give us a call (307) 690-0427. Now let’s shop!

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Western Design Conference Entry Enters Final Finishing Stages

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.  This piece will be available for purchase at the 2018 Western Design Conference the first week of September held in Jackson Hole Wyoming.  Would love to hear any feedback!  Enjoy.

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Sonic Geometry

This link below is to a video titled Sonic Geometry.   If you are a lover of the Native American Flute and it’s haunting and pleasing tones then you may find this video of great interest to you.  They talk about the frequency of 432 and how frequency and geometry are tied together.  This is a great lesson…