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2018 Western Design Conference Entry

AUTHENTIC WYOMING!

Many years ago I embarked on a journey to jury for a show that has been long recognized as the Premier Art Show for Western FUNCTIONAL Art!  The Western Design Conference brings emphasis on the WESTERN and FUNCTIONAL side of art.  Held each Fall in Jackson Hole Wyoming the WDC is a kick off to the Fall Arts Festival also held each year in the town of Jackson.  Some of the finest artisans and craftsman travel from all corners of the United States to show off their best functional art.

In the past I have been honored with not only first place awards within my art category but I have also been honored with the coveted Sunny Tutle Award which is an award that represents an authentic Native/Western theme.  Art collectors, enthusiasts, designers, and every day people come from all over to experience this show looking for something special.  Each year I can attest to the amazing quality of the art presented.

For several years I have entered this show each time with an art piece that was influenced by our history here in Wyoming.  I have presented many different flute designs as each one of my entries is a fully functional flute ready to play at any time.  These past entries had a very strong Native American influence consistent with our First Nations People’s history.  For me these influences came mostly from the Plains history of which Wyoming is part of and each time I tried to present an authentic representation of what we now know as the Native American flute.

This years entry was a hard one for me as I thought initially I would step outside my flute building craft and maybe try something new.  But after weeks of agonizing thought I decided to create a piece consistent with what I have become known for and yet still step outside the box I have been so accustom to being part of… which is to say keeping it old school.

This years entry is the first flute that I have painted and then lacquered to a high gloss.   This years art piece represents a marriage of the old and the new.  My goal was to seek and find Simple Elegance all the while bringing honor to this great two chambered wind instrument.  The contemporary side of this piece represents all that is new with both the journey the Native American Styled flute has traveled, the history of it’s origins and what is new in American life on our reservations.  I hope it brings a smile to your face!

The Flute

Crafted from a single piece of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar this 1 inch bore flute is tuned to the key of E @ 432Hz.  Painted black on both the inside and outside this flute was finally finished with 30+ coats of hand applied high gloss lacquer.  The Totem rails and the totem are hand crafted from an piece of Old Growth Maple harvested in Colorado.  The totem or fetish theme is the powerful Mustang.

Set into the body of the flute is a hand cut cabochon of Elk Antler harvested right here in Wyoming.  The elk antler is bezel set in Sterling Silver and then inlaid into the flute body.  All leather accents are from hand cut Elk hides and the beading is both black and red Crow Glass Beads separated by sterling silver beads.

The stand is hand crafted from American Black Walnut and  also painted in the same way as the flute body.  The only difference is that the stand has a semi-gloss finish.  The red cloth you see is a traditional red trade cloth color.  Both flute and stand are available for purchase at the show and beyond.  If you are interested in this one of a kind Jackson Hole Tim original reach out to me through email or phone.  This piece is also available for commission and you can set the color theme.

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Largest Selection of Flutes in Wyoming

I have been building flutes for a very long time… Living in a place like Wyoming brings a never ending stream of inspiration to draw from.  Like my passion for photography I share an equal passion for building Native American Style flutes.  I have spent many an hour working on commissioned base flutes trying to deliver an end product that hopefully meets or exceeds the buyer of my art.  I fully enjoy the commissioned project experience but I just can’t stop wanting to build more.

As I approach my 58th birthday this year I find myself once again seeking a change in what I do.  Many who know me know that for the past 33 years I have been a health insurance broker with focus on the International Expat markets.  This will continue to be part of my daily efforts but as for my website Jackson Hole Tim I want to be more proactive in my flute building efforts.  Crafting one of these awesome wind instruments never get tiring.  Although I have enjoyed the commission side of building flutes I prefer designing the flute, building it and then sharing it with others.

 

I am pretty sure that I maintain the largest selection of Native American Style flutes here in the state of Wyoming.  Every one of my flutes is hand made by me using mostly hand tools.  That is just the way I do it.  My inventories are finally starting to grow for the first time in a while.  If you were to visit my farm gallery here in Afton Wyoming you would find a minimum 25+ flutes in various stages of the build with more on the way.  I have over 100 blanks pre-cut and gluing up new ones weekly.  By end of summer I may have as many as 40 or more to choose from.

Map to 85 Rich Lane Afton Wyoming

One of the nice things about how I build my flutes is that I work on many at a time so each one is in a different phase some from the glue the up stage to being a fully completed flute. Having a variety in different phases of construction allows you to pick one that stands out to you that may not be completely finished and this allows for my to still add some of you to the flute before delivery.  My shop is now in Afton Wyoming and our little ranch is open to those who want to venture out and visit us.  We are just a mile or so off of the main highway (HWY 89) and we very easy to find.  Although we are home most of the time we do travel from time to time so call first.  But feel free to stop by and check out the flutes I have available.  We are open 9-5 Monday through Friday so reach out to me and stop by… I would love to meet you.

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Award Winning Photo Ordered In Metal

A Wyoming Cowgirl and Her Horse

Ordered and On It’s Way

A Girl & Her Horse

I have just placed an order for our “Wyoming Cowgirl and Her Horse” photo taken last summer at the Jackson Hole Polo Fields.  This award winning photo will be available for shipping early next week.  We have order this in a 16″ x 24″ format and it is being printed on Metal.

This photo embodies everything good about Wyoming, Horses and the young women that help make up this great state.  We are blessed to live in a place that is… well simply beautiful in every way.

This image is available to be purchased and printed in a variety of paper, metal and acylic mounts.  I have this image in my shop as it is truly one of my favorites.  If you want to inquire about image prints please call (307) 690-0427 or complete the simple form below and I will get back to you.

Metal prints can be hung on your favorite wall as is or they can be placed in a custom frame.  This image is also available as part of our 5×7 Greeting Card collection for $3.95 per card which will also be available starting next week.

Available for purchase now on Jacksonholetim.com.

Image is priced at $176.00 (metal print only) plus shipping.

Custom Print Inquiry

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3 New Greeting Cards Added to Selection

Folded Gift Cards

We have just ordered our first series of Jackson Hole Tim gift cards.  These cards will be 5×7 inches and come with a plain white envelope for mailing.  The back of the cards have credits while the inside of the cards are blank.  You write and share any message you desire.  We have three new images for a total of 9 Greeting Card choices.  All images were taken Timothy Jennings here in the Jackson and Western Wyoming area.  They will be available shortly on our website right here for $3.95 per card plus shipping.

Retailers Wanted

If you own a retail store and would like inquire about carrying some or all of our gift cards please contact Timothy Jennings by email “sales@jacksonholetim”.  Wholesale pricing available.

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Jackson Hole Tim Greeting Cards On Their Way

Folded Gift Cards

We have just ordered our first series of Jackson Hole Tim gift cards.  These cards will be 5×7 inches and come with a plain white envelope for mailing.  The back of the cards have credits while the inside of the cards are blank.  You write and share any message you desire.  All 6 of these images were taken Timothy Jennings here in the Jackson area.  They will be available shortly on our website right here for $3.95 per card plus shipping.

Retailers Wanted

If you own a retail store and would like inquire about carrying some or all of our gift cards please contact Timothy Jennings by email “sales@jacksonholetim”.  Wholesale pricing available.

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New Earrings Listed Under Wyoming Jewelry

Just published to Jackson Hole Tim are five new Fresh Water Pearl and one copper bead earrings designed by Peyton Jennings.  Each one features either sterling silver or gold filled hoop earring findings.  Each one ships with it’s own black gift box.  Attractive and light on the ears.  $49.00 per pair plus shipping.  Great gift item…

Click Here for more info….

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Jackson Hole Tim Website Makes a Change!

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.

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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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Port Orford Cedar Flute Commission Completed…

Earlier this year I was commissioned to craft a new flute from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar.  The client requested a flute tuned to the Key of A @ 440 Hz and she wanted it to be “Concert Tuned”.   I was excited to build this new flute as Port Orford Cedar is one of my very favorite species to work with.

So I found the stock I was going to craft this flute from and from the very beginning it just all seem to come together.  One new addition to this flute was the addition of an inlaid Sapodilla Cutting Edge and two totem rails crafted from the same piece of Sapodilla as the inlaid edge.  By spending the extra time on an inlaid edge and using a wood species quite a bit harder than the POC this would insure a cleaner sound and more resistant to future potential damage – not to mention is looks really  cool.

Because this flute was being crafted with a 7/8″ Bore and we were shooting for an “A” I knew this flute would tend to be a bit shorter than many that I make.  I designed this flute to have  a longer Slow Air Chamber and a stop block of around 1 1/4″ along with a 2 3/4″ blowhole to help with the overall aesthetics.   One other addition was to tune the fundamental note using the 4 Winds tuning holes which also give additional length to the overall flute.

Because I handcraft and hand shape all of my flutes I have to be careful when it comes to adding Totem Rails which you can see in the image above.  At this point you can see the Cutting Edge inlay is complete, the playing holes and 4 Winds tuning  holes have been laid out.  The Totem Rails have been added and glued to the body of the flute and at this point it was time to start the shaping of this flute.

“I am amazed and grateful for the experience of working with Tim Jennings to create a flute for me. He is quite the flute maker master! His attention to details adds a unique dimension to his flutes – the clarity of sound is amazing. The hand of flute makes it feel alive. And Tim is easy to work with, and truly listens and responds to the customer’s needs. He keeps the customer up to date every step of the way.”

Claudia Cocco
Cave Creek, Arizona

After a few weeks of prep work, gluing, clamping, shaping and sanding I had come up with what for me was a new design in that this flute feature a tapered rail that when the fetish or totem was added the back of the fetish would meet the end of the taper.  This approach created a bit different shape towards the mouthpiece, meaning not so round,  but more of an edgy look and overall I really like it.

Tuning this flute was also a challenge as I live in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of over 6400 feet.  Our humidity is higher than Arizona which is where this flute would call home.  Finally temperature is another real issue when tuning.  So I decided to tune the flute to the flat side of the note with the expectation that when the flute finds its way home to Arizona the lower humidity, lower elevation and higher temperatures the note would play closer to fundamental note of A.  We will see… some tweaking down the road may be required.

The final job to complete was to come up with a totem that met the desire of the client by yet allowed me to keep my whimsical tendencies that seems to run a common thread in other totems I have designed.  This flute was to have some sort of horse head totem and so this was what I ended up with.  The new owner likes to affectionately call it the Crazy Horse totem.  Seems fitting…

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

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Jackson Hole Tim Hats

Last summer we designed some hats for our customers.  We wanted a hat that makes a statement about Jackson Hole and Wyoming in general.  We have new hats in stock and a lower price point.  All of these are quality hats – no junk here.  If you are looking for hat from Jackson Hole consider one of ours.  The logo we designed is unique and like much of what I create a bit whimsical.  Check them out…

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