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JHT Kitchen Launches with Utensils

Hand Crafted Functional Kitchen Utensils

Dual Use Salad Utensils or use individually as a curved spatula. Left & Right handed option.

Most of you know jacksonholetim.com as primarily an artist website with a focus on Native American Style flutes and their parts as well as hand crafted pipes and local photography.  Well nothing is changing there but we are adding a new hand crafted product line for consideration.

The Back Story

Traditional Flat Ended Spatuala

Those who know me know that I have three children ages ranging from 18 – 34 years of age.  Our son Brock is a very accomplished Chef as well as a musician.  Brock has really grown into an exception chef with lots of experience both in the home and in restaurants.  His younger sister Blaire although not a working chef is also very much one in her own right.  What this means is Peyton and eat really well when they come to visit.

The journey that led to the crafting of a line of kitchen utensils was one of desire to find a better quality type of wooden cooking utensils that Brock wanted in his kitchen and a need to find purpose to all of the exceptional Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar I use in many of my flute projects but so much for various reasons cannot be used in flute making.  I do not waste a single board.

Truly Hand Crafted One of A Kind

Old workshop

So it seemed natural to makes some utensils for Brock and Blaire to use.  Then is dawned on me that people might like to have some of these as well.  We sat down and came up with a small line of hand crafted utensils which will be rolled out in the coming weeks, a line of functional yet durable utensils.  For me though I am NOT about production pieces… I wanted to make these by hand as crazy as it sounds.

So let it be clear that every single utensil whether in inventory or ordered by a customer each one is fully hand crafted by me, in the USA, in the state of Wyoming.  Unlikely you will find any wooden kitchen utensil so unique and yet functional made not with waste but premium quality USA Sourced materials.  I truly put my own heart and soul into every piece I make whether it be a flute, pipe, wooden utensil, jewelry piece… everything that l make is part of my art working in multiple mediums.

Until I am able to catch up on exiting orders and build some small inventory to make available on this website send me a message of what you might want below and I will let you know costs and estimated time for delivery.  These are really cool even if I do make them… lol

Place an Order Here

 

 

 

Router Bits Are Back

I continue to get questions as to what router bits I use to craft the flute blanks.  So I have added back to our menus the bits that I carry and sell.   I have used this line of router bits for years now and really like them.  They last long, cut well and stay sharp.

You can order Online a limited line of the bits I use daily.  They are worth the investment.  Quality tools make ALL the difference.  If we can help let us know how.

CLICK HERE FOR PRICING

Found Flute in Montana Restored To New

Recently I was contacted by a woman who lives in Anaconda Montana about a flute she and her husband found while hiking on a Spring outing.   As the story goes it was a dewy spring afternoon when Julie and her husband went on a day hike in the John Long Mountains in Western Montana.

Another beautiful Montana day led them along the Butte Cabin trail head where Mother Earth was delivering some of her pure mountain snow-melt down stream to a thirsty world.  They came to a crossing point that consisted of an old log with a rope that had been positioned to help in crossing the stream before them.  The water was moving too fast for their canine companion so Julie traveled upstream to look for a more suitable place to cross.

Flute as Presented as found in John Long Mountains of Montana

When she found a place her dog could safely cross it was then she looked down at her feet and saw what she thought was a beaver chew in some leaf litter.  She picked it up and realized it was actually some kind of instrument with holes evenly drilled into the body.  So she grabbed her newly found treasure and rushed back to the log crossing her husband was still at.  Not knowing what it was they tried to make some sounds with it but to no avail.

What she actually found was the body of a Native American Style flute that was visibly worn and blotchy (as she described it).  Clearly someone had lost this flute some time before, maybe making a similar hike as she and her husband were enjoying.  She pondered what journeys this flute had made long before she came across this little treasure this beautiful Spring day.

Upon returning home she did some research on Native American flutes and discovered it was missing a very important part of the flute which was the Fetish or Totem as some call it.  She learned that with this specific flute the fetish that was missing also required the Focusing Channel to be cut into the bottom of the fetish in order to make it play.  Who made this flute she wondered and what happened to the fetish?  The only identifying mark was the letter “A” that was cut into the foot of the flute.  This identifying mark was actually the key of this flute.

As she searched the Internet for a possible fetish replacement she came across our website here at Jacksoholetim.com.  Julie reached out to me to see if I could help her with fitting a new fetish that would work for her new found treasure.  I was humbled and excited that she reached out for help and shortly thereafter she sent the flute body to me to see if I could bring new life to it.  I am always humbled by those who trust me with their wind instruments not really knowing who I am.  But she did and soon after I received it in the mail.

After looking at this flute closer I was pretty sure the original flute maker was High Spirits Flutes out of Patagonia Arizona.  There style of flute is unique and most all of their flutes I have seen are made where the focusing channel is cut into the bottom of the bird rather than the body of flute as I do it.  This was once a nice little flute that was voiced in the Key of A.

So in short I created a new Otter fetish, cut the focusing channel into the bird and finished it so I could mate it to her flute.  My Otters are a bit larger than the original fetish that probably was made for this flute but I like a bit larger bird so I went with it.  Mother Nature had done a job on the previous finish and left some battle scars and water stains that needed to be addressed.  I am sure this flute spent a winter or two in these mountains before she was found.

It was clear that the fetish I made which was out of a piece of Black Walnut required some work in matching the color of the fetish to the flute.  I sanded the flute body down to it’s natural state, added a little stain for color adjustment and finished it with many hand applied coats of Semi Gloss Lacquer.  I used some of our hand cut Warriors Blood Bison lace to attach the bird and in the end a nice little flute.

All in all this was a great little project for me.  Even thought I did not make this flute I hope my part in restoring to playing condition brings many hours of joyful playing for it’s new owner.

 

New Bison Hides Arriving

As we expand our search for quality Bison hides my goal is to offer some of the best selection of hides that can be used in the crafting the Native American Style Flute.  These are the very same hides I use here in my shop for my flute projects.

NEW This Week Are These 4 Hides

Sapphire Blue

This new hide is one of a kind and was a one off tanning.  Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful.  Feature little or no sheen. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.

Wyoming Cave Brown

This is a very dark almost chocolate brown color.  Little or no sheen depending on the hide. Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful.  Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.

Wyoming Warriors Blood

This hide is one my new favorites.  Like the other Bison hides here there is almost no sheen at all and this hide tends to have a very rustic look.  Titled Warriors Blood, these hides show the battle scars from the scrapes and fights these big animals have during their lifetime.  Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful.  Feature little or no sheen. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.

Wyoming Ruby Red

Very similar to the Warriors Blood hides the Ruby Red is a bit darker in color and tanned with a more even coloring throughout.  Like the other hides above there is little to no sheen on these hides as well.  Tanned from North American Bison this Sapphire Blue hide is beautiful.  Feature little or no sheen. Available in almost any size you need from 1/4″ up to 1/2 ” Lace.

Sold by the Foot

All of our Bison Lace we sell is hand cut.  There are no perfectly cut hide lace as it is difficult to cut in the first place.  So for example a 3/8″ lace is an approximate in width.  To see more about purchasing lace from us check the link below.  If you have questions or need something specific reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427 or email me @ sales@jacksonholetim.com… I am here to help!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE BISON LACE INFORMATION

Big Red 2 Takes Her Shape

Big Red Update

This Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute has taken shape and is now tuned.  She ended up being a five hole G @ 440 Hz.  Crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar featuring Maple Totem Rails and my signature Wyoming Mustang fetish.

She is a beautiful playing flute and sounds great like all of our AYC flutes.  Final sanding is underway and then she will get her many coats of Acrylic and finally finished with a High Gloss Lacquer.  Like the flute before her she will be a beauty.

Wyoming Warriors Blood Lace

New to this flute is that she is a Five Hole flute and she will get our new Warriors Blood red Bison Lace.  This should add a nice finish to this flute.  We have ordered and will have this coming week some new bison hides one of which will be this hide color.

Because this is a five hole flute there is room for some customization for those who would like to have something truly unique.  Where the #4 hole would normally be cut is a perfect place for a hand made cabochon out of Catlinite or Wyoming harvested Elk Antler… think about it.

Big Red #1 Alaskan Yellow Cedar 7/8″ Bore G @432 Hz. Home is now Montana

Available for Purchase Now

Like many of the flute I build you can purchase them prior to them being finished.  If you want this flute but would like some customization now is the perfect time to get it donw.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER $245.00 PLUS SHIPPING

Call or Text (307) 690-0427 or email me @ sales@jacksonholetim.com.

Reclaimed Western Red Cedar Heartwood

Old Western Red Cedar Heartwood Trimmed Cants waiting to be repurposed

From time to time I come across some old cants that were part of earlier jobs.  Several years ago I purchased a pallet of what were 8″x8″ trims off a big job in Oregon.  These cants where the trims off larger beams.  They were also the heartwood of the tree so I bought them sight unseen.

Examples our re-purposed Western Red Cedar Hobby Boards

I have finally decided to re-purpose these trimmed cants into boards suitable to our clientele.  Most of these Western Red Cedar  boards you will find listed on our website will be 7/8″ thick or 9/16″ thick.  Lengths are from 20″ inches in length up to 36″ in length.  Some will be resawn to 1″ thickness when appropriate.

Each board is trimmer to length based on any checking we find in the cutting of the boards.  These are great from making flute blanks, fetish stock, or other hobby projects.  The grain in these boards is hard to find in Western Red Cedar… these are really nice boards ready for your next flute building or hobby project.

These boards will be added to our HOBBY LUMBER & BILLETS page shortly.  In the meantime if you are interested in some reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427 or email @ “sales@jacksonholetim.com”.  When they are gone they are GONE!

NEW Acrylic Red Ready for Shaping

Voiced and Ready to Shape

This flute was a favorite in 2019.  Currently under construction this is a new 7/8″ Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute with plans to tune to the key of F or F# @ 440 Hz.  She is all glued up with totem rails in place ready for the shaping process to begin.

2019 Alaskan Yellow Cedar 7/8″ Bore G @432 Hz. Home is now Montana

All of my painted flutes are crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  This flute like the one before it will feature my signature Mustang totem and ship with a protective bag.

This flute is currently available for pre-purchase.  This post will be updated as progress is made.  CLICK HERE for more information on availability of this flute.

3 New Flutes Under Construction

Available to Reserve Now

This past year I had the opportunity to build several flutes that were painted with acrylics and finished with a high gloss lacquer.  These flutes were the first time I actually painted a flute rather than finishing it in its natural wood tones.  To say the least these were a hit with customers.  All of the flutes I made and finished with acrylic colors were crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  Yellow Cedar makes a beautifully tones flute and the extremely tight grain of the wood makes it perfect to paint and finish.

Gloss Black! Alaskan Yellow Cedar Flute with Maple Totem and Rails. Custom Elk Cabochon

I have just started 3 new flutes with  7/8″  and 1 1/8″ bore, maple totem rails and the popular Mustang Fetish also crafted from maple.  One is Black (1 1/8″ bore) , one Orange and one Red (both 7/8″ bores).  These three colors where the most popular of the flutes  I made last  year that were painted.   I plan to add other colors later this summer after these are done.

Big Red! Alaskan Yellow Cedar Flute with Maple Totem and Rails

If you are looking for a new flute that is not only beautiful to look at but sound wonderful and easy to play consider reserving one of these flutes to call you own.  Price point is $245.00  per flute for the 7/8″ bores and $285 for the black 1 1/8″ bore flute plus shipping which typically runs around $18.00.  Each flute ships with a protective bag.

Just Orange! Alaskan Yellow Cedar Flute with Maple Totem and Rails

If you would like to more information on any of these flutes under construction reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427 or email me at “sales@jacksonholetim.com”.

New Blanks on the Way

This past week I have spent the entire time cutting new flute blank stock in both 24 and 30 inch lengths.  All of the blank stock cut is from match stock.  The end result will be an array of newly available Pre-Bored Flute Blanks for those of you who are building your own flutes.

Flute Bore Sizes

in the coming weeks I will be adding the following size flute bores:

  1.  3/4″ – 24″ length
  2.  7/8″ – 24″ length
  3.  1″ = 30″ length
  4.  1 1/8″ – 30″ length

Species Available in this Lot

  1.  Black Walnut
  2.  River Reclaimed Mahogany
  3.  Alaskan Yellow Cedar
  4.  Port Orford Cedar
  5.  Russian Olive

Price Point

SAMPLE JACKSON HOLE TIM PRE-BORED FLUTE BLANK SET

Our Pre-Bored Flute blanks ship ready for you to do your magic.  Each blank is shrink wrapped to protect the blank until you are ready to work on them.  Our prices range from $32 – 56 per blank set.

Every blank shipped comes with a 3 foot piece of hand cut Bison leather and a set of our proprietary flute schematics that should help guide you in your flute building project.

Shop Now

If you are ready to shop for a set of Pre-Bore Flute Blanks visit our page where you can select from available inventory.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP CURRENT INVENTORY

If you have questions or wish to order something specific give me a call (307) 690-0427 or email me @ “Sales@Jacksonholetim.com”

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