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Sacred Soul Pendent

Crafted from hand quarried  Sacred Minnesota Catlinite stone (Sacred Pipe Stone)  this piece is made by Wyoming Artist Timothy Jennings.  This Soul Pendent was had made from a single piece of Sacred Catlinite Stone that was a remnant from one of Tim’s past pipe commissions.  Tim never throws any of the stone remnants out and instead he re-purposes them into pendants, cabochons, beads and other jewelry items.

Blessed at the Base of the Tetons

The Native American Communities have long considered this stone to be sacred to their people.  Used for generations by many of the First Nations People, this hand quarried stone has been used for centuries in the crafting of personal and ceremonial pipes as well as other personal items.  This handmade pendent  like all of our pipe stone Tim receives has been blessed at the base of the Teton Range here in the Yellowstone Basin of Wyoming.

More than a Pendent

The genesis of this piece came to Tim while shaping a cabochon that he later bezel set in sterling silver and inlaid into one of his flute commissions. Tim found myself handling a flattened piece of stone and as he sat contemplating his next step of the project Tim was working on he found himself holding this flatten stone in my hand and rubbing it between his fingers.

“The strange thing was the more I held the stone in my hand the more relaxed I seemed to be.  This has happened many times and in fact I had kept this flat stone on my desk and from time to time I would pick it up and rub the stone while thinking about the task before me.”

The First Nations People have long known that there was power within the stone.  It has been demonstrated by the use of this stone for some of their most sacred ceremonial gatherings.  As a pipe maker mentored many years ago by an Assiniboine Elder from Montana, he too had learned to respect this unusual stone used by so many for so long.  Could there be more to it than just stories past down by many who came before us?

Wyoming Soul Stone Pendent

Tim made the first necklace or pendent for one of his children and since Tim still has his piece of flatten stone on his desk and he still picks it up regularly.  Tim decided to create this Soul Stone for those who might need to have one handy and when the need arises.  Simply reach up and rub the Soul Stone in your fingers.  Feel the power of Mother Earth and the Blessings received from one of the most powerful places on earth… The Great Teton Range.

The Pendent

The flatten stone is hand set onto a solid sterling silver backing and a sterling silver loop.  The necklace is braided leather that features a sterling silver lobster clasp.  Each Soul Pendent is hand made and no two are alike.  This Soul Pendent is available now for purchase and ready to ship.  The more you rub your stone the more the natural patina will shine.  And maybe… just maybe some of your worries or inspirations will leave or rise from the ashes…

Available for Commission – choose the type of necklace for your Soul Pendent.  Leather, Silver, Gold… you choose.

$185.00 plus  Shipping

Butterfly Fetish

 

I have just completed a new custom fetish for a new customer.  In this case the customer had an already purchased flute and wanted to add a new totem to her existing flute.  She has a connection with Butterflies and she reached out to me and requested a custom fetish to be made.

Shaped But Unfinished Butterfly Fetish

To be truthful I had never made one with this design before and I really was not sure how it would turn out.  I cautiously accepted the commission after explaining my concerns to her.  She gave me complete artistic freedom which was important.

My art tends to be more whimsical than a literal translation of the design idea.  This butterfly fetish was hand carved from a single solid block of Old Growth Maple.  It was hand shaped and finished with a clear high gloss lacquer.  It will ship with some of our hand cut Wyoming Black Bison lace.

All in all this was a fun project and I am actually pleased with the results.  I must admit that when I sent pictures to the client I was as I always am… concerned how it will be received.  She was very kind and really seems to like the end result.

New Photographic Mugs

 

Jackson Hole Tim Photographic Mugs

New for 2020!  Like our drink coasters we are also offering some of our selected Wyoming Photography on a really nice 11 ounce solid black ceramic mugs.  We looked at a lot of mugs and being a coffee drinker I wanted one that looked good, felt right in your hand,  microwave safe and easy to wash.

Some great looking mugs are a bit too large in that your coffee or tea gets cold before you get to the bottom of the mug.  Now you can take home some memories of our awesome state.  The perfect gift for those who LOVE Wyoming!  We strive to make all our products “Authentic Wyoming”.

Watch for the addition of this product line shortly.  In the meantime if you are interested in a mug reach out to us a “sales@jacksonholetim.com”.

SAMPLE WRAP AROUND VIEW OF OUR WYOMING BISON MUG

 

Hand Cut Cantlinite Cabochon Necklace

Cantlinite Cabochon Necklace Set In Sterling

Just completed this necklace for a Christmas 2019 present.  This is a ONE OF A KIND necklace that was hand made by Wyoming Artist Timothy Jennings.  The stone is a hand cut and shaped Cabochon crafted from Cantlinite (Sacred Pipestone).

Many of our customers know that Tim makes hand crafted pipes most of which are used as Personal Pipes.  Some of his pipes however have been crafted and actually been used in Ceremony.  Each pipe that is crafted is made from hand quarried Cantlinite stone and as the pipes are cut there are many remnants of stone that are byproducts of the construction.  No remnant stone is discarded but instead re-purposed into personal jewelry.

This cabochon was crafted from just that – a remnant piece of stone from a previous pipe commission.  The stone was set in a sterling silver bezel with a solid sterling backing.  The necklace piece also made from sterling silver was pre-shaped so it hangs naturally on the neck.

A truly one of a kind piece.  I have available several Cantlinite stones that could be used to replicate this necklace although each would be unique in every way.  Reach out to us if you would like one made for you.  Email questions to “sales@jacksonholetim.com”.

New Brynn Jennings Turtle Coasters

Recently we have ordered with great success some really nice coasters.  Our first image selected for delivery was this hand drawn sea turtle drawn by our daughter Brynn Jennings.  These Photo Coasters are 4″ x 4″ and are feature a durable high gloss finish.

Each coaster is backed with a .125″ thick durable cork backing which is great on any surface.  They are easy to clean, light and store in a very small amount of space.  Our first order sold out!

These will be in stock shortly and prices start at $4.95 for a single Coaster or order by the set.  The set sizes start at 2 units and are available in 2, 4, 6 and 8 coasters all with the same image or shortly we will have mixed sets.

Watch for more coaster sets coming soon with images of Authentic Wyoming!

Sea Turtle Coaster Set

 

Port Orford Cedar Update

I wanted to update a previous post about this Port Orford Cedar flute that I have been working on.  As of this post I have completed the Mustang fetish and it is in the last stages of finishing.  Crafted from the same Sappodilla as the totem rails the combination works nice with the natural colors of the Port Orford Cedar.

New to this flute will be the addition of a hand cut Elk antler cabochon.  The antler was harvested from our own Wyoming Elk herds here in Star Valley area.  This cabochon is being set in Sterling Silver and then it will be inlaid into the body of the flute as shown in the feature image above.

One other small adjustment is that when this flute was first voice I thought it would end up a D tuned to 432Hz.  Well it is still a D but 440Hz was better suited.

This flute is available for purchase pre-completion for a significant savings in cost.  After completion the price point will be higher as it is only then I can total the man hours.  CLICK HERE for more information or CALL (307) 690-0427 or EMAIL me at sales@jacksonholetim.

Morning Coffee and Butch Cassidy

For quite some time now I have been wanting to stop by a little rock church found in Auburn Wyoming.  Auburn is a little community not far from my home here in Afton Wyoming and it is a true piece of Americana as Auburn was a gateway for part of the Oregon Trail that passed through this part of Star Valley during the migration west in the mid 1800’s.

The Lander Cut Off once it was discovered helped these pioneers save 7 days in the journey heading west starting in Le Barge Wyoming making their way through  true wilderness range and popping out in Smoot Wyoming just a stones throw from me here in Afton.  It was Auburn where these pioneers made their was back into the mountains once they had crossed the Valley floor here on their way to Fort Hall Idaho.  It may not sound like much but 7 days could make the difference between life or death back then.  Remember the Donner Party?  But that journey is really for another post.

No more excuses as my wife politely reminded me that in the morning the weather should be perfect for me.  I woke up and she already had my very large YETI mug full of hot coffee ready for my morning’s journey.  When I asked her why she was not dressed she just looked at me and said “Are you kidding me?  It’s cold outside… no I will see you when you get back”.  So with camera AND coffee in hand I headed out.

In Auburn there is not much as far as stores and places to shop, just a quaint little piece of Wyoming that many call home.  Auburn sits on the border between Wyoming and Idaho…  just inside the Wyoming line.  It is here in Auburn that this beautiful rock LDS church sits.

It is said that Butch Cassidy and his gang used to winter in the Auburn area.  Heavy snowfalls made Star Valley a safe place to “hole up”, as did the fact that this area was mostly settled by polygamists.  Using aliases, Butch Cassidy and his partners were occasionally seen at church socials and dances held in the Old Rock Church in Auburn. Today this little rock church is used as a melodrama theater in the summer.

Recently I had the pleasure to visit with a current day elder who’s family has been in Auburn a very long time.   She told me that because of the small size of the church they could not fit everyone who would attend these dances so a lottery system was developed so people could buy a ticket and when their ticket was called they would get to dance.

Because Butch Cassidy seemed to always have money it was rumored he would buy up enough tickets so he could dance all night.  If people came to the area looking for him the locals where prepared to hide him or in most cases he would travel east to the Big Horn Mountains just outside Kaycee, Wyoming and not far from Sheridan Wyoming located on the east side of the Big Horns.

It is here in this place called “The Hole In The Wall” that the outlaws the likes of Butch Cassidy, Jesse James and the Sundance Kid would hole up until it was safe to move on.  But this too is for another post.

The Little Rock Church Auburn Wyoming

Morning Coffee – Afton

Mormon Temple Afton Wyoming

On this cold Fall morning I only had one thought in mind and that was to get myself to the Gym.  As the Fall days progress the daylight hours shorten it is now dark when I leave for the gym.  The dark colder mornings definitely makes it harder to get motivated.  If I am not awake when I leave the house I am by the time I reach my truck.  Cold air does a great job of awakening you in quick step.

So like most mornings I proceeded to drag myself out of bed, started the truck to warm it up ahead of the short drive and headed out to the gym.  It is important to note that my route to the gym takes me right by the newly completed Mormon Temple each morning.  A beautiful building for sure but I am so used to seeing it I usually just pass on by.

I arrived at the gym, pooped out of my truck and headed on in… except this time my FOB key wasn’t working.  I was also the only guy there so no one could let me in.  Sometimes it happens…

I reluctantly got back into my truck thinking that I was not yet ready to head back home.  It was then I looked over and saw that my camera was just sitting there staring at me.  Great I thought but then I realized how dark it still was and sunrise was still an hour away so I started the short trip back home.  As I passed the Mormon Temple again on my way this time I thought wow it looks great this morning all lit up… maybe I should stop and take a few pics.

I pulled a U-Turn and parked across the highway and it was then I discovered no tripod in the car.  After a couple of second I decided too bad I was not going home to get it so I decided to take my pictures hand held.  They came out pretty good but I will definitely have to come back and set my tripod up for some better longer exposed shots.

One final thought…  I was not immediately sure what else I was missing and it was then I realized I had NO COFFEE with me.  This made this journey a bit more of a challenge but I assure you my next picture event at the LDS Temple will include a tripod and very LARGE cup of fresh hot coffee…

 

Port Orford Cedar Nears Completion

Port Orford Cedar, Sapodilla Rails & Totem

Currently I have been working on Two 1 inch bore flutes crafted from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar.  This particular flute is just about done other than final finish choices and some tweaking on the tuning.  Which on this flute is tuned to “D” @ 432 Hz.

I really cannot get enough Port Orford Cedar as it is one of my favorite woods to craft flutes from.  This one has a very pleasing deeper voice giving it a soothing melody.  The totem rails are crafted from river reclaimed Sapodilla as it the Totem or Fetish itself.  Once again this flute will feature my signature whimsical mustang.  This time I am crafting it out of the same Sapodilla the totem rails are made from.  This should be a stunning yet eloquent flute.

Currently I have this flute finished with a Satin/Semi-Gloss finish but more than likely it will end up with a high gloss finish.  Although this is a fairly large flute the finger holes are positioned with comfort in mind.  This flute like all of our flutes will ship with a protective bag as this recent completed flute did.

The price point has not been set and there is still time to add adornments such as hanging horse hair, feathers or even an inlaid cabochon.  Port Orford Cedar is almost impossible to get anymore… this is a very nice wind instrument just about ready for a home.

If you are interested reach out to me via email @ Sales@JacksonHoleTim.com or call or text (307) 690-0427.