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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 @ “email@example.com”
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”.
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Recently I was blessed with another commission for a gentleman who lives in the South along the Gulf Coast. After several email exchanges and a few phone calls I agreed to make the flute you see here. This order was for a flute that was basically complete and playable leaving the final finishing work for the customer. This flute was handcrafted from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar and it was crafted with a 7/8″ Bore. I tuned it to F# @432 Hz. Because of the extreme difference between my altitude here in Wyoming and his along the gulf I did my best to set the tuning to the flat side of the note. The image you see here has NO finish on either the flute or the walnut spike totem. Just the natural colors of both.
As we all know wood is ever-changing with its environment. Some say it is a living being. The fact is we are at 6200 feet and he at around 250. Temperature and humidity are vastly different too. But the flute is leaving in tune with itself and I am sure he will be very pleased with how it plays. The fetish or totem was originally planned to be my whimsical Otter Design but after building the flute it was clear the totem needed to be one that had a chimney. Every one of my Windways are hand cut and no matter how many I do I never really know how it will be until after glue up. As with all the flutes I make we will ship this with a protective bag.
If you would like to commission a flute like this simply reach out. I would love to build one just for you.
Earlier this summer I was invited by a very good friend of mine to come to see a showing of a very talented Tlingit (pronounced “cling-git”) Native American artist here in Jackson Hole Wyoming. The gallery where his art was to be shown was at ASYMBOL Gallery based here in Jackson. I was excited to see his work because of the style of art James does and truthfully James is one of the last of his people painting in their traditional ways. ASYMBOL is owned by Travis Rice, world famous extreme snowboarder and producer of many fine things. The passion Travis shares for art and those who create imagery for all to enjoy comes through with their support for James.
So my wife and I went with great anticipation and really not knowing much about his style of art, which is really the telling of stories. James was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska and he belongs to the Ch’aak Dakl’aweodi Clan (Eagle/Killerwhale). It was his late father from the Raven/Shark Clan that first encouraged him to pursue Tlingit carving and learn the traditional Tlingit formline.
James is named after his Grandfather, Chief Peter Johnson of Angoon and his Great Grandfather Jimmy Johnson of Angoon. James says his art honors his Tlingit heritage. From the very first moment I met James I just simply loved this guy as well as his artwork. Not only is it different from the Plains Indian influenced art that has been my passion I truly believe that his art comes in the form of simple elegance. The lines, the colors, the medium all come together to tell his stories.
James’s art is represented by several entities such as N-Grained, alongside Mark Landvik, ASYMBOL by Travis Rice and he is also an artist for Zohi Gallery in Santa Fe New Mexico. Zohi Gallery is 100% Native Owned and Operated representing 30 of the top native artists in the country. In addition James is supported by Sealaska Heritage Foundation in Juneau. Sealaska supports the top Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Artists from Alaska working to preserve each tribe’s heritage and culture thru their respective art.
James takes very seriously the honor that has been bestowed upon him to carry on the traditions and cultures of his people. Although James tells me there is no word for “Art” in the Tlingit language you will beg to differ when you see his work. Traditional Tlingit formline is the foundation for James’s artwork and “Art Form” that was developed thousands of years ago by his ancestors. James’s current work is a healthy mix of both traditional and contemporary Tlingit styles of his own.
Recently I had the opportunity to share with James some lumber that I wanted to give to him. One of the species I work in almost daily was a piece of true old growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar. My favorite second is the amazing Port Orford Cedar and both make the most beautiful flute instruments. I provided James with one Alaskan Yellow Cedar and one Port Orford Cedar Board and within weeks he created two amazing works of art. The Dancing Eagle paddle shown here to the right was one of but two amazing works by James.
After meeting James and seeing how he turned a solid single board into this beautifully crafted paddle I knew I had to try to see if we could work together. So as I often do I reached out to James and asked him if he would have an interest in bringing some of his Tlingit Formlines to some of my flutes. James responded right away and the short version is we are going to craft two flutes that will be available for purchase soon. These two flutes will more than likely be the ONLY two of their kind when done. Both of these flutes are being crafted from old growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and the image above is one of the flute bodies that will be the blank canvas for James to work his magic.
The above image is of one of the actual flute bodies we are crafting. We are just about to tune these flutes and once this is complete they will be shipped to James for him to create his Formline Art. In addition to his artwork James will also be carving the totem for each of these two flutes. Both flutes are 1″ inch bored flutes and will be probably in the low E range. Depending on the final product we will craft flute bags crafted from either Elk or Bison hides. We will be posting additional picture as we make progress.
For those of you who collect flutes this might be the time for you to extend yourselves and gain ownership in true works of art. This is functional art at its very best and I am excited to work with James on my very first Plains Indian Influenced flute and true traditional Tlingit Form Art. If you are interested in finding out more about these two in production flutes send us an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org”. There is no price point established as of this post but these will be gallery quality works of art. It has not yet been decided where these flutes will be available to be seen but more on that later.
I am excited to be working with James on this new project and I have high expectations to the finished product…
For more than 10 years we have been a resource for flute builders, both weekend warrior types and professionals to boot. For a period of time we carried and sold fetish blanks that we of the same designs I have used here in my shop for both commission flutes and flutes I choose to make on my own. All of the fetish themes I make tend to be lean a bit towards the whimsical side of my mind. We have sold and supplied a lot of fetish blanks that the end user completes in their own shop. As of today we have added them back to our menu list and we have created the initial fetish blanks that you can purchase and finish yourself.
Each of these fetish blanks have been pre-cut for a specific totem theme which you will complete in your shop at home. Images on the page show how the finished totems or fetishes should look when you are done. Use your favorite dremel, file set, carving knives, sand paper to give life to your new fetish. Some of these can be crafted with or without a chimney if needed. You are the final artist so part of you will be represented in your next flute project.