I 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.
It has been some time since I posted a Morning Coffee post so I hope you like the first one for Spring 2018. Living in Wyoming offers so many opportunities for one with a camera. This mornings journey began around 4:30 am when my alarm went off. I popped out of bed, made some coffee, woke Peyton and got my camera gear together, jumped in the truck and headed south west. This morning’s adventure would take us about 50 miles to the Bear Valley area and just west of Montpelier Idaho. For those of you who grew up in the 70’s you may remember the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman.
This is Butch Cassidy country for sure. Butch Cassidy was known to summer just a few miles from our home here in Star Valley Wyoming but that story is for another post. Montpelier Idaho is not only home to one of the best Oregon Trail museums in the country as this town was a major hub for those heading west it is also home to a bank that was robbed by the infamous Butch Cassidy and his merry band of men. August 13, 1896 was a very bad day for the Montpelier Bank as Butch managed to rustle up more than $16,500 in Gold, Silver and Currency. A good days haul for his criminal band for sure.
But this was not my intended destination this day. I was actually heading to the south west end of Bear Lake to a place where an old School house sits that I have wanted to photograph for some time. Not sure when it was built but I have been told it was well before the turn of the century. This school house sits right on one of the main pathways of the Oregon Trail and it seems to be in pretty good shape considering all the long winters that have attempted to rob this place of its soul.
Peyton and I arrived, coffee cups empty, and waited for our 10 minute window to get some pictures in the early morning light. I have waited for a morning like this for over 3 weeks as we have had days of clouds, rain and thunderstorms. However this morning was absolutely beautiful. We pulled up to the school house and I did my thing and ten minutes later we were back in the truck heading back home. On the way back through Montpelier I snapped this picture of the Butch Cassidy museum that sits right on main street across from where the bank robbery occurred. If you ever plan a trip to the Yellowstone Basin put Montpelier and the Bear Valley in your travel plans. You won’t be disappointed.
After completing several of these Mustang fetish/totems I have decided to craft in advance several of these new Mustang Fetishes for those of you who may want a new totem for an existing flute. These will be fully completed fetishes. Designed to work with a Native American Style Flute that has the focusing channel crafted or cut into the body of the flute. Is is best suited for a larger bore flute of 7/8″ or better as this totem is a bit on the larger size. The image in above was an 7/8″ Bore flute made for a customer in Cave Creek Arizona. People seem to really like this totem so I thought I would build 3 or 4 on spec.
This totem/fetish will feature a chimney and the standard width is 3/8″ with a depth of around 7mm. If you have a larger bore flute that has a larger windway area please contact me so we can match them up. For example – a 1″ bore flute although typically will have a 3/8″ wide windway are it can be as wide as 1/2″ and still be correct. The chimney needs to match your flutes windway as close as possible so it plays correctly.
The first three will be crafted from an old growth block of Maple. The image that sits on the Port Orford Cedar flute above was crafted from this same block of wood. Each of the totems I will carve will not be finished until I know who will purchase one. Some like their flutes and totems to be oiled and other like a lacquered so the call will be yours. Any fetish purchased will be shipped with a generous amount of 3/8″ Bison leather so you can attach it immediately to your chosen flute.
This is a fairly labor intensive totem so if you have any interest in purchasing one of these Mustang Fetishes please reach out to me by phone or email. This fetish can also be crafted in other wood species if you are looking for another color pattern. Price point will be determined on finish and species of wood selected. If these are available when finished I will price them accordingly at that time. Call or text me at (307) 690-0427 or email me at Sales@Jacksonholetim.com.
As long as I have lived in Wyoming I have made Native American Style flutes, Wyoming influenced one of a kind jewelry, custom fetish designs and I have built some amazing commissioned pipe projects. My view of Wyoming is also shared through my photography as I see it through the lens of a camera. It is these things that bring purpose and joy to my life and as with all things time seems to find a way to erode away at them. Jacksonholetim.com over time has become more of a store selling parts to others who seek the knowledge to build or learn to build the wind instrument known to most as the Native American Flute rather than a platform to share my art. I have spent countless hours crafting flute parts and sharing what took me years to learn which is to share the knowledge of how to build one of these fine instruments. I have enjoyed sharing what I have learned but now it;s time to get back to the genesis of all this.
As I get older I find less and less time to actually do what it is I want… no feel called to do which is to be a builder of flutes, pipes and share my visions of Wyoming through the lens of a camera. As I approach 60 years of age I find that time is now my biggest enemy with less and less of it at hand. I want to go back to my craft and create flutes that others will find joy in playing. So from this post forward you will see a change in our menu choices and the elimination of flute parts, wood stocks and other flute making supplies and I will begin to focus back on creating, crafting and designing new projects for others. I am actively interviewing for new commissions for flute and pipe projects. Because of the time each commission project consumes I have a limit amount of project slots I can offer each year. If you want to open a dialog for a new project that I can do for you simply reach out and let’s talk.
A couple of years have past since we have written anything about two of our local favorite music artists. Abby Gershuney has stayed with us several time over the past years and has truly become family. Abby ha worked her magic at the Jackson Hole Playhouse many time over the years and is currently performing in St. George Utah at Tuacahn Center for the Arts for the 2018 summer shows.. Abby can sing, dance, act… she can do it all but when she sings she makes people like me smile.
Many of you who know us know our son Brock Jennings. Brock is another amazingly talented singer song writer and he has an amazing voice. Abby was staying with over the Christmas Holiday while she worked for the playhouse a couple of winters ago. Not sure why they do but they waited until the last day to actually lay down some tracks. Abby had to return to New York City for while.
One of the tracks they laid down was not one of their own but a cover from Nickel Creek titled “When You Come Back Down”. Although this is a rough, uncut, unfinished track I wanted to share this with all of you again. I hope you like it. If you do please let us know we would love to see these two play this summer here in Jackson Hole and maybe some other areas too.
Click on Player below to listen to “When You Come Back Down”
“When You Come Back Down” Recorded by Abby Gurshuney and Brock Jennings, Produced by Brock Jennings, Written by Nickel Creek
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.