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Bozeman and Barrels

This past weekend we had the great pleasure to make our way to Bozeman Montana.  We live in the Jackson Hole area and from here it is a good 235 miles to Bozeman.  We just love our weekends in this great town.  Good food, shopping, great people… and more important COSTCO.   Bozeman is just a really great town.  It sits on the northern boundary of Yellowstone Park in a beautiful valley completely surrounded by mountain ranges.  This time of the year the park is closed so we travel through West Yellowstone and climb through the westernmost reaches of Yellowstone Park and then we follow the Gallatin River down into Bozeman.

One of the highlights of our trips to Bozeman is finding a favorite restaurant to eat at before we get busy with our day.  One of our favorite places to eat breakfast at is a place called “Jam!”.  Jam! is located on Main Street in old downtown Bozeman and this place is so much fun.  It is run amazingly well, food is always top notch and the coffee… well it is really good and HOT just the way I like it.  The atmosphere is so very cool and the vibe in this place is so much fun.  The old brick walls and the local mural on the wall in the back is really something.  Service is friendly, and the food is always fabulous.  Finally you will have a smile on your face when the bill comes – they are so reasonable in their pricing that it is hard to not smile when you are all done.  Before you venture out to Copper Springs get some great food at Jam!

One of the highlights of the weekend was our time spent at the Copper Springs Ranch facility as this weekend they were having one of their great Barrel Racing Events.  As many know we are living with multitudes of snow this time of year and our arenas are covered with deep white powder.  Very difficult to prepare for winter events like this.  So this trip we decided to just watch and see what the competition looked like.  My daughter Brynn and her companion Rebecca Star wait all winter long for the Barrel Season to officially kick off in the Spring.

If you have ever watched a Barrel Racing Event it really is a treat.  It is a fast paced timed event that can be really exciting to watch.  This weekend we saw just about everything you would expect,  Nice trailers, beautiful horses, the very young and some a bit older than you would expect.  We even saw a crash or two which is never a good thing – but I think everyone came through it ok.  One of the really fun things to watch is the tractor race that happens in between each 4-6 racers.  They come out of the gate and really clean things up in a very quick manner.  You will swear it is a racing even with tractors.  These guys are so good at what they do and they keep the races on track.

Copper Springs is located just west of Bozeman on the road to Ennis Montana.  Located on the top of a hill on the west side of the Gallatin River this place is picture perfect.  The facility itself is amazing, clean and lots of room.  The interior of the barn where the events are held is first class with plenty of seating and even a full snack bar.  They have a full and complete staff and the place is immaculate and offers great seating.  Simply a great place to spend a weekend.

Our goal was to scope out some of the racers and see how everyone was placing in their time slots.  We watched the very young, novice racers and then some really accomplished riders followed.  I took my camera and took some shots which you can see below.  If you ever make it to Bozeman Montana when one of these events are taking place at Copper Springs – check it out for a few hours.  You will enjoy your visit.

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Cutting New Black Willow & China Berry Blanks

Today I will be starting some new Pre-Bored flute blanks that will be cut from some Black Willow and China Berry.  I am hoping to get 7-10 nice blanks sets in 1″ and 7/8″ bores.  Black Willow is a really nice wood to make a flute from and it is easy to work and produces a very nice sounding flute.  China Berry is a bit hard much like Black Locust.  Although it is harder and the wood is a bit tricky to hand plane it too produces a nice sounding flute – although with a bit of a brighter voice.  You can find current inventory on our Pre-Bored Flute Blank Page.  Check them out…

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Blanks, Billets and Boards

After many months and a big move the past year to our new little ranch here in Wyoming we are bringing back Blanks, Billets and Boards to  A big part of our business in the past has been selling quality hard to find specialty lumber available in very small quantities.  Our motto here is WASTE NOT.  There are so many boards that have issue with them such as knots, checks, splits and just damaged areas.  Plus it is hard to find a place where you can purchase just one single quality board.

blanksreadytoboreSome of the best blank sets come from these very challenged boards.  We take the time to cut each board to its full potential and then cut, plane and drum sand them so others including ourselves can use them.  Some of the species we like such best are Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar which both are hard to find and expensive to obtain.  We also like to keep a smattering of odd species such as Russian Olive, China Berry, Black Locust and others.

We are adding daily new inventory as of the date of this post.  We have changed the name of our “Ready To Bore” blanks page to “Blanks, Billets & Boards” and you now can find the link to this page from several places within our menu system.  You will find pre-cut ready to bore flute blank sets, solid billets, and pre-cut and surfaces quality lumber boards.  This page should be of interest to more than just flute makers as the billets are perfect for lathe turners, and the boards are first rate lumber.  Most of our stock will be in lengths less than 60 inches in length but this is subject to change.  I hope that you will find this new inventory listing helpful in your project – whatever it may be.

For flute makers that craft their own flute blanks you will find some very nice board stock much of it in the 6 – 10 inch widths.  If you are cutting your own or wanting to cut your own flute blank stock this is a great way to go.  To be truthful when we cut a board we always seem to look at it for it flute blank potential.  Enjoy shopping.

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New Flute Blanks Added

I have just completed and added 16 new pre-bored flute blanks to our flute blank pages.  Four of the new blanks are crafted from China Berry which has characteristics of Black Locust.  All fours blanks are 24″ inches long cut with a 7/8″ bore.

The other blanks include 7/8″ and 1″ bores cut in Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar.  Lengths are 24″, 28″ and 30″ inches long.  All windways and focusing channels are cut to 3/8″ wide but on the 1″  bored blanks you can enlarge them up to 1/2″ wide if desired.

These blanks are available now – CLICK HERE to VIEW.

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Jackson Hole Tim Bison Hats Stitch Up

Well after getting lost in the mail we finally received our first mockup (Stitch Up) of our new Jackson Hole Time Bison Hat.  This is our first generation Bison hat that we will release shortly and it is available to purchase now.  This Bison hat is being embroidered right here in Wyoming and I really like it.  The first hats we will receive with logo on them will be the FLEX FIT 210 Flat Billed Skater hat.  It will look just like the mockup image to the left.  The back of the hat will feature the Wyoming Bucking Horse, Wyoming and Forever West tagline .  If you are interested in this hat visit our JACKSON HOLE TIM HATS PAGE.

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Black Walnut Flute with Sapodilla Rail F# 432 Hz

Just completed this flute is one that has been shared in our Under Construction Page.  This six hole Native American Style flute is handcrafted from a piece of very old Black Walnut harvested from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.  Not a matched set of blanks but cut from the same board.  This flute features a 7/8″ bore tuned to the key of F# @432Hz and Sapodilla rails which nests the fetish which is our Teton Spike.  The Spike is crafted from a piece of Bubinga which is seldom used in our shop and it will be attached with a matrix of our Handcut Wyoming Tan Bison Leather.  Flute body features our signature hand cut step.  Another very nice flute.   Available for $325.00 plus shipping.  CLICK HERE for full details on this flute.

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Bison Bull Acrylic Mount In Production

In production now is this Lone Bull Bison taken this past summer here in the Yellowstone Basin.  This is a very nice 16″ x 24″ Acrylic Mount that is in the process of being framed.  The frame is being crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and is available in both a natural High Gloss finish and a High Gloss Black.  This acrylic is currently scheduled to be framed in a natural high gloss frame.  This image was printed on high resolution archival Epson Metallic Photo paper using Epson archival inks.  This paper type gives this print a luminous and iridescent appearance.

This image was then mounted onto a clear acrylic, finished with a 1/8” black sintra adhered to the back.  Other Acrylic prints are typically printed directly onto the acrylic itself resulting in a lower resolution print with much less vibrance.  Finally I had the edges of the acrylic diamond polished with a 3 step process to ensure a diamond shine that adds a stunning finishing touch.  Even though this image is set into our own frame design the polished edges really make for a clean finished mount.

This acrylic will be mounted from the front of the frame giving it a true floating off of the wall appearance.  The image of this ram shown here was done in just this way and this should give you an idea of how the finished product will look.  It is hard to capture how nice these prints look in a web based image – they really look great in person.

Reserve it Now

If you are interested in this Bison acrylic please complete the form below.  If you have questions simply write them in the comments section.  If you would like to order a different sized version of this image let me know and we can order it from the lab. If you want to purchase this print before it is completed here in our shop simply purchase it now from the link below.  Please select from the drop down menus the 16 x 24 option and the frame choice.  If you hurry you can select either the High Gloss Natural (as scheduled) or the High Gloss Black.  Finally this image is also available as just an acrylic mount that has no frame and mounts directly to your wall.

$615.00 Plus Shipping

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First Place in Photo Contest Afton Wyoming

Earlier this month I entered some of my photos from the past couple of years in a photo contest here in Afton Wyoming.  I just received an email giving me the good news.  The photo you see here is my daughter Brynn loving on her mare Rebecca Star in a small creek here in Jackson Wyoming.  This picture was taken this past summer and I thought it was truly representative of the story of the Wyoming Cowgirl.  No belt buckles, cowboy hats, shirts, rodeo drama just a girl and her horse.  I am humbled this picture was chosen as the winner in the Cowboy & Cowgirl Category.

Available for Print

This image is available for print.  The first prints will be Acrylic Mounts and custom framed here in our shop.  If you are interested in purchasing this print titled “A Girl and Her Horse” complete the form below.  Print sizes available will be in 8.5″ x 10″ and 11″ x 17″ plus framing.  Framing will be crafted out of Alaskan Yellow Cedar and mounted from the front.  Below is an example of a recent print completed in this way.  Frame will be available in Natural High Gloss finish and a High Gloss Black.

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Pre-Bored Flute Blanks Added for Sale

As I write this post we are adding 15 new Pre-Bored Native American Style flute blanks to our Pre-Bored Blanks for sale page.  In this batch there are 3 26″ long China Berry blanks bored with a 7/8″ bore.  One Old Growth Port Orford Cedar blank 28″ long and a 7/8″ bore.  One 30″ long Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar 30″ long.  There are five 1″ bore Port Orford Cedar flute blanks all five are 30″ inches long.  Finally we have added five more 24″ long 7/8″ bore Alaskan Yellow Cedar blanks.

All of our blanks are individually shrink wrapped to help maintain the quality of the blank before and during shipping.  Each blank list on our Pre-Bore Flute Blanks Page are listed individually and the picture you see is the actual blank you are purchasing.  All 15 will be identified with the tag NEW in the listing.  ALL of these new blanks are first-rate blanks and the Port Orford Cedar blanks are some of the best I have cut in a long time.  Check them out.

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Bison Leather Back In Stock

Inbound as I write this post are several of the first new Bison hides I have selected for all of you flute builders out there.  These first hides will be available in four great colors with more colors to come.  If you are building your own flutes you will once again be able to purchase pre-cut lace for next project.

In addition you will be able to order Bison Leather by the square foot, half hides and even full hides.  Create new and exciting leather accents for your flutes such as fringed wraps, bags, lace, straps and more.  These are very high quality first grade hides NOT sloppy seconds.

Look for our new Bison Hide pages to be added in our menu system in the next few days.  I am excited to bring quality  orth American Bison hides to our customers.  In the meantime if you have questions email me @ “”

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Four New Colors

Wyoming Black
Wyoming Sand
Wyoming Mocha
Wyoming Tan


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Nice Black Willow Pre-Bored Flute Blanks…

From time to time I want to highlight certain products available on our website for sale.  I want to share with those who are looking for Pre-Bored Native American Styled Flute Blanks for their next flute project these really nice pre-bored flute blanks.  Although most all of the pre-bored flute blanks we list are very nice blanks occasionally there are some that are easily missed.  I have four more 30 inch Black Willow flute blanks ready to ship.  These are very nice blanks three with a 1″ bore and one with a 1 1/8″ bore, all with the focusing channel currently set to 3/8″ in width.  All four of these blanks are from the same board and are book matched blanks.  Black Willow make for a very nice flute, easy to work and aesthetically pleasing.  Below are the four blanks currently available.  You can also find them through the menu system by mousing over “Native American Flute”…”Flute Blank Supplies”…”Pre-Bored Flute Blanks”.

Black Willow

1. BW_M_002 – Black Willow 1 1/8″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 1/2″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set. View $48
2. BW_M_003 – Black Willow 1″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 3/8″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set. View $48
3. BW_M_004 – Black Willow 1″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 3/8″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set. View $48
4. BW_M_005 – Black Willow 1″ Bore, 30″ long blank, 3/8″ wide Focusing Channel, Matched Set, Graded A-1. Nice Blank Set. View $48
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New Payment Gateway Added…

For those of you who are wanting to purchase one or more items from Jackson Hole Tim please note we have changed our payment gateway.  In order to simplify the purchasing process and experience we are now using 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.

Shop as a guest on Jackson Hole Tim or you can create an account Online which you can 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!