As many of you know we love everything about the Native American Flute. A very special wind instrument with healing powers. Jackson Hole Artist Timothy Jennings recently completed another Port Orford Cedar flute winner. The working qualities and finished product Tim produces always makes us smile. This little flute is no exception. This six hole Native American Style flute is now one of my favorite flutes we have produced. Completely hand crafted with a 3/4″ bore and tuned to the Key of G @ 432Hz – we love how this flute plays and sounds. Simple elegance is the best description we have come up with.
The Otter fetish also crafted from Port Orford Cedar sits atop his new drop step design. On many of Tim’s new flutes he is adding a drop step just in front of the windway that gives really nice aesthetic effect. This step is completely created by hand and the results is a sleeker taper through the barrel of the flute. There are no added accents to this flute other than the hand cut black Elk hide lace. Overall length on this flute is 23″ measure tip to tip on the top of the flute. Playing holes are spaced for comfort and the bottom 3 holes are 1 1/8″ on center. The top three are 1 1/26″ on center with a 1 1/4″ spacing between the #3 and #4 playing holes. This little flute is a real joy to play. Signed by artist Timothy Jennings and priced to be affordable.
This flute ships with a protective bag and the price is $285.00 plus freight. This is the lowest price flute Tim has offered in quite sometime.
Tim Jennings says that “we want everyone to be able to afford one of our hand made flutes and this is a best effort attempt at making this possible”.
Currently Tim has several Port Orford Cedar flutes finished waiting for a home. Two smaller flutes similar to this one are available with inlays to the cutting edge. Check them out when you get a chance. To hear a sound sample of this flute click the link below.
Play Sample of Port Orford Cedar Flute Here: [audio http://www.individualhealth.com/flutefiles/PortOrf_432G.mp3 ]
After hours of self-reflection local artist Tim Jennings finally came up with their newest fetish block for your next Native American Flute project or existing one. This new fetish was inspired by one of our more proliferate residences of the Jackson Hole area, the North American Bison or more commonly known as the buffalo. Truly one of my favorite animals to watch and photograph here in western Wyoming. For those of you who know Tim’s flutes you know that most of the fetish blocks he crafts tend to be more whimsical than literal. This has been his style and Tim actually enjoys it when people see different things within the same fetish.
As an artist Tim wanted to capture something a bit different this time. He wanted a fetish that when someone sees it, it is clear to them what it represents but at the same time still maintains the whimsical aura that seems to fit his other designs. “I think we have found a clear balance with this new fetish”. This fetish stands about 2 1/2″ tall, it is about 3″ in length and 7/8″ wide at the base. He added a chimney to this fetish that is approximately 3/8″ wide and 7-8mm deep so it should fit most NAF flutes where the Focusing Channel is cut into the body of the flute. The picture presented here was crafted from a piece of old growth black walnut.
Each of these fetish blocks are entirely hand crafted by artist Tim Jennings and takes several hours to complete and thus no two are the same. Each fetish will be signed by Tim on the bottom of the buffalo. Teton Marketing, a local company here in Jackson is currently crafting a series of them out of some old growth walnut stock they have been saving for this very project. There will be a limited supply of these available for sale so if you are interested in one call Tim (307-690-0427) or send him an email . Please visit their website at http://www.tetonmarketing.com and see what is new. If you would like to order one you can do it by phone or click on the order button below and purchase it directly from the Teton Marketing shopping cart. Tim hopes this new fetish brings added value to your next flute project.
Jackson Hole Wyoming is truly an amazing place to visit, live and work. Most people when they think about visiting Jackson Hole will tell you that they think about the majesty of the Teton Mountain Range, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone Park, the wildlife plus all of the amazing thermal activity found just north of town. Whitewater rafting, hiking, tram rides, fishing and of course eating at one of the many fine eateries Jackson has to offer. Truthfully Jackson Hole Wyoming is a magical place for those who love the outdoors and appreciate the finest that God has to offer.
For those of you seeking a little taste of the old west while visiting Jackson Hole, set aside an evening and go to the Jackson Hole Rodeo. This is a truly an evening event worth spending time with your family. This is the real deal folks – for more than 100+ years the Jackson Hole Rodeo has been an integral part of Jackson Hole and the old west. For 2+ hours the Wilson family (5th generations Jackson Hole) will entertain you with brave young men who attempt to master the backs of bulls and broncs, while mostly the girls take to the backs of their quickest horse for a shot at being the fastest around the barrels.
If you have never been to a real rodeo you are in for a treat. A real piece of Americana that will not only make you proud to be an American but the Jackson Hole Rodeo will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire evening. But the real story that I find at the rodeo is not the spectacle that takes place within the arena but what takes place behind the bucking chutes. Boys and men of all ages getting prepared to take their shot at making the 8 second ride into glory. And I mean all ages! There are boys as young as 4 years old getting their first rides all the way up to men in their late 40’s. And that alone is amazing to me as this is really a young mans sport.
Bravery comes in many forms but make no mistake, it takes a man with an incredible constitution to climb on the back of one of these very large and dangerous animals. Behind the chutes you will find these brave young men going through all kinds of rituals as they get ready for their rides. Some are jumping up and down trying to shake off their fears, others practice their ride by sitting on their bronc saddles while they lay on the floorboards of the chute area. Others walk around talking to themselves as if they are trying to convince one half of their other personality everything is ok while the other half is telling them NOT TO GO. These men, and I mean men, come from long distances and they pay a handsome fee to ride and compete for the best score. Most of them are clearly friends that come from the many ranches around the states of Idaho, Montana and of coarse, Wyoming.
As you mingle behind the chutes and fade into the background you can watch these men prepare themselves both physically and mentally for their next ride. You can see the grit and determination, the desire, hunger, fear, concerns, the focus they seek preparing themselves for their upcoming turn in the chutes. They pat each other on the back, high fives, words of encouragement, a nervous chuckle and for some just a simple stare into the eyes of one of their close friends looking for that simple smirk of encouragement and support. There is only constant support for those who are about to ride. No, behind these chutes is no place for a weak man.
Contrary to what many might think, these brave souls come in all shapes and sizes. young men with boyish faces, men with that expected cowboy look, men with scars, casts, slings, limps all giving testimony to earlier events. Many of them ride at least twice a week at this rodeo alone. When you are privileged to be part of this behind the chutes environment you gain a new respect for todays cowboys. They are a breath of fresh air in my opinion as they give testimony and carry on in the tradition of the old west and those men who came before them.
Yes I say – go to the rodeo and I promise you that you will enjoy an event that will leave you with a certain sense pride that only comes with being an American. The rodeo arena is an exciting place to watch all this unfold. A place where America’s truly most original sport was born and 8 seconds of sheer terror takes place right in front of your eyes. Watch with amazement as each young man climbs onto the back of their bull, their bronc, their ride that will surely come. For these men who ride, ride for both themselves as much as they ride for your entertainment. To do this comes only with a passion that is ingrained in the cowboy tradition that still lives on today right here in Jackson Hole Wyoming. These young men and women come to this event with the strong need to participate in this American sport. And yes courage and honor exist right here behind the bucking chutes of American Rodeo.
Hard to believe that January, 2013 is in its last week already. The past three weeks here in the Yellowstone Basin and Jackson Hole have been cold. Some of the temperatures in the Moran Junction area were recorded as low as -38 degrees earlier this week. In Jackson the temperatures have been below zero almost every day. The high temps for the day if lucky have been just above zero.
That seems to be changing now as the cold temps are moving to the east. I laugh at the news reports when they say the low is going to be in the low 20’s. The good thing about these cold days is that they are created by a high pressure area and the sky’s are generally clear and blue. I have been out almost every morning looking for something special to shoot with my camera and it has been slim pickins as they say.
This morning I traveled north of town with Peyton after stopping for our morning cup of coffee and a blueberry scone. The sky was absolutely clear – devoid of morning haze and such. On mornings such as these the skyline that is behind the Teton Range to the west is usually a dark blue that helps perfectly highlight the shape of these magnificent peaks.
The pictures above are all taken this morning all within 10 minutes of each other. Each picture was taken from a different location on HWY 89 which is the road to Yellowstone. If you look closely you will see how the views of the Teton change. The first picture was taken from Antelope Flats area just north of Dornan’s. The second was above Schwabachers Landing, the third from Glacial Turnout and the fourth from the Ansel Adams turnout. Enjoy…
Wow Christmas has come and gone again! Hard to believe how fast the time seems to pass these days. As many of you know winter came late to the Yellowstone basin this year and for a while we were actually starting to wonder if we would ever see the snow fall. Needless to say it did and it is now cold like it should be with plenty of white stuff on the ground.
This morning as the sun was starting to creep its way over the Wind River Range I decided I was going to get up and grab one of my favorite cups of coffee and head north of town to see what I could find. I had an hour or two to kill so why not. It was a bit over cast and cold to boot. But once my truck warmed up and I had my cup in hand I was all about finding something fun and cool to watch. And as usual I did not disappoint myself.
This morning in short I saw quit a few characters from the neighborhood. I counted more than 25 moose, hundreds of buffalo, deer, elk, eagles, coyotes and more. This was not my first rodeo with taking pics of buffalo but this morning was bit unusual. The female in the slide-show did not want to get out of my way. She just stood fast and stared me down..So after taking a few pics of her I tried to nudge my truck past her and she did not like this. She let me know with a few twitches of her tail and growled at me loud enough to let me know I was getting too close.
Then to the right of me after plowing down a barbed wire fence I saw her boyfriend at a full run coming right at me. At first I was not sure what he was doing but I figured it out quickly. So I swung my camera around, snapped this shot and hit the gas and moved just past him as he passed within feet of my rear bumper. All I could see was this big guy plowing straight into the side of my truck – head first.
For the next hour or so I just marveled at the sheer beauty of this morning and although I was alone I was not… I was surrounded by the majesty of the morning, the mountains, the rising sun and the wildlife that accompanied me on my morning journey. And of coarse, some really solid classic vinyl (XM Radio). I will have to do this again…
Some of you may be wondering what happened to our weekly posts and the truth be told is we have been enjoying the most amazing Fall weather. I can’t remember when the last time we saw such a beautiful, warm, completely awesome Fall in Jackson Hole. Weekends at the lakes with our kids, people still riding their bikes around town and on the trails and more tourists seemed to hang around longer than in years past. Simply a very nice surprise for those of us living in the Yellowstone Basin.
But as we all know the winds of change come quickly when mother nature decides that it is time. One of most unusual things I noticed this fall was the complete lack of snow on the Tetons. It seems that there is always snow somewhere on these majestic peaks but this fall snow was almost devoid of this precious white commodity.
One of the side effects of this wonderful warm weather was the total lack of water that we saw this summer. Jackson narrowly escaped one of the worst fire seasons on record and because of the heroic efforts of so many firemen and state and federal assets Jackson narrowly escape what could have been a tragedy. So with our rivers and streams down and our open spaces brown with thirst this warm fall season left many of the true locals lacking the very basic things they need to survive the upcoming winter. We saw a return of the Bison to the area north of town and it was clear to me that this past spring and summer was good to these herds as their young were everywhere. But the lack of tall grass like we saw last year seems to be on the thin side and so we ponder how they will fair this winter.
One clear sign that pickings are thin were the numerous bears we saw this fall all looking for something to eat. On the Moose Wilson road the Hawthorne bushes that are usually packed with life giving berries simply did not seem to materialize. The lack of water this summer showed clearly how devastating this could be when it came time for these animals to find food in preparation for winter. We watched bears climbing trees and pulling empty berry branches to their mouths eating what ever they could get their paws on (literally).
Another event that fall brings is the beginning of the hunting season. People are pulling permits for Elk, Bear, Antelope, Wolves (new this year), Bison and even birds. Especially for the elk, fall brings the double hazard of foraging for food while hiding from hunters doing the same. Small groups which to me look like little families run for cover after coming out of hiding for a well deserved drink and then it is quickly up the hill side to the safety of the trees. Although I enjoy a good elk steak I enjoy even more seeing these beautiful animals in the wild. Yes Jackson Hole and the surround area is a magical place to live. And with each change in the seasons you definitely know what time of the year it is.
My worry this year is that because of the amazing summer and warm fall weather we have enjoyed, this winter may bring a true struggle for life for all that inhabit the great Yellowstone Basin. Especially for the young, this first winter for them will be the test of how strong they are. Food is scarce and they need these calories to make it through the winter.
As of now they look strong to me, and I am sure the Great Spirit will lift her hand to comfort them and bring them through what is about to come. I leave you with a Native American Flute Song that shares with you a message of peace and hope. Written and produced by Nakoa Heavyrunner, Assiniboine Native American Music Artist, The Honoring is presented first in song, then by Native American Flute, then English and finally one more time in Northern Cree. We too wish all of you peace and good life this winter.
2012 Western Design Conference Finishes Another Year.
We were excited to announce that we entered one of our flutes again this year into the Western Design Conference held this past week in Jackson Hole. In addition we contributed a flute that was auctioned off prior to the gayla event, the WDC Fashion Show. The auction was a success and this flute brought one of the highest prices we have received for a donated flute. The new owner just happens to have a summer home here in Jackson Hole – Nice…
This five hole Native American Flute was handcrafted from a single piece of reclaimed Ironwood by Timothy Jennings of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Recipient of the Sonny Tutle award at last year’s Western Design Conference for his Native American Flute Entry, this custom, hand crafted flute is truly a one of a kind piece. There is not another flute quite like this to be found anywhere. Featuring an Ironwood Fetish Block called the “Teton Spike” that is attached using a light colored hand cut elk hide lace. Braided elk lace adorns the base of the flute and midway up hangs three baby bald eagle feather replicas. Built with a 7/8″ inch flute bore and tuned to the key of F# this flute is bright in sound and elegant in design. Truly a piece of functional art.
This years conference started with the Annual Fashion and Jewelry Show Gala held at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. The Western Design Conference, hosted by Teton Home and Living Magazine, brings together crafts people, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with an interest in the West. The 20th Annual Exhibit + Sale was truly a one-of-a-kind showcase for museum quality functional art. The nation’s finest Western-influenced designers and artists from across the country apply to be a part of over 100 exhibitions on display. Over $22,200 in cash was awarded for handcrafted works in leather, metal, accents, woodworking, jewelry and fashion. The energy generated by tourists, artists, local businesses and residents made the Western Design Conference unforgettable — for both exhibitors and attendees.
Our Flute Entry Finds A Home In Colorado…
This year we entered a hand crafted flute into the Western Design Conference Juried portion of the show and this flute was on display the entire weekend for show visitors to view. Our entry was a five hole Native American Style Flute that feature black Wyoming Jade stones that were bezel set in Sterling Silver. Crafted from Old Growth Walnut this flute was really a beautiful piece. If you hold the flute and roll it in your hands the light colored sap wood changed to the beautiful dark brown so coveted with black walnut. Leather accents were cut from hand selected elk hides and the bead work was a combination of black Crow Beads and Sterling Silver bead work. Three hand painted baby Eagle feathers adorned the center of the flute and the fetish was also crafted from the same walnut stock . The custom flute case was made from hand selected elk hides. Designed by Timothy Jennings and crafted by Leah Burgess, River Song Studios in Laramie, Wyoming, this flute was truly a Made In Wyoming event. We ere excited to show this flute off to the public this past right here in Jackson Hole. Finally this flute found its new home which will be in the Beaver Creek area of Colorado. We were proud that the new owner recognized our hard work.
Last winter we started posting several times per week to our blog what we called “Morning Coffee”. Simply put we drop our youngest daughter off at school and then head to the coffee shop for a cup and then we head out to see what we can find. We try to frequent our favorite coffee hangouts but we usually hit them all throughout the year. Summer has been absolutely spectacular here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But the summers here are too short and we try to make everyday count. But as quickly as summer rolls in – it rolls out and into Fall. Fall is actually one of my favorite times of the year. Cool crisp mornings and absolutely beautiful warm days.
Well school has started and we are back at it. This past weekend we purchased a new camera in Bozeman Montana. The new Nikon D3200 was our choice and so far we like it very much. This morning we headed north of town on the west bank side of the Snake River. Passing along the Moose Wilson Road we were met with a traffic jam as a Black Bear was foraging through the Hawthorne trees looking for berries. We decided to pass through the mayhem and onto Antelope Flats. There were almost no animals this morning with the exception of the bear but we did manage to find a small group of Pronghorn Antelope and shoot these shots. We are still trying to figure out how to use our new camera but I thought these pictures of a mother and her young were worth sharing.
The Pronghorn Antelope is a beautiful creature to see. They are the fastest animal in North American and can run at speeds that approach 60 miles per hour. They also migrate each year to and from the Yellowstone basin and their migration paths are some of the longest. This year the herds in our area have had a good year with offspring and they are growing in size. It won’t be long now before they start on their long journey south for the winter. When they do we will not see them again until next spring. The return of these awesome little guys marks the beginning of the coming summer which makes everyone around here happy. Stay tuned though as Fall and Winter approach we will be back at it again posting things we think are worth sharing about our home. We look forward to seeing some new and exciting events worthy of a post.
Over the past couple of days I have ventured north of town with Peyton as every day offers something new and different. No real stories to tell except that Antelope Flats is alive again with activity. We have seen Moose, Coyotes, Buffalo, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Deer, Ground Varmints, Badgers, Hawks, Eagles, beautiful vistas – awesome. Spring is definitely a time when all of mother nature is on the move. Although none of these pictures by themselves are spectacular, they are representative of what we see every single morning. Antelope flats is easy to get to and in 1 hour you will be blessed to be surrounded by some of this areas greatest inhabitants. The bears are out and we have ventured into the park to see if we could find them. Yellowstone opens in the next week or so and we will soon be traveling into the parks for more photo fun. Come to Jackson as see what we are talking about. Enjoy…
This morning as I lay in bed trying to drag myself out and head for the gym I pondered what I wanted to do today besides work. My wife and younger daughter were visiting family and my college girl had headed back to school for the final push before she ends her Junior year. The forecast was for rain and snow believe it or not and as I drove to the gym it was still too dark to determine what the morning would hold weather wise.
On my way home from the gym the sky was blue with just a cloud or two and it did not look like weather to me but in this part of the Rockies this is subject to change by the hour. I headed home, changed my clothes, grabbed a camera (wrong lens again) and headed to my favorite coffee shop. Paid for my cup of joe and headed north of town. For the most part all of the snow in the valley is just about gone or melting fast with some patches lying around. As I passed the National Elk Refuge I was surprised to see so many elk just hanging out. But then again, the snow was gone, the sun was out – why not just chill.
One thing that I like about this time of the year is the solitude you can find within a few miles of your home. For the most part I did not run into anyone this morning. Lonely? Nope! I had all of my friends around on this morning. I was surrounded on three sides for a while by three different groups of elk. I wish I had a better lens with me but I hope you can get the picture (so to speak). I sat at one point and watched a very healthy coyote hunt some ground varmints and I actually got a shot of him mid-air as he dived through a snow patch to grab his pray. You can see it in the pics above – very cool thing to watch.
There are no leaves on the trees yet but you can start to see the buds plump up in anticipation of warmer weather. Although I did not get any pics of moose they were hanging around this morning but just too far away for the lens I had. I kind of marveled at the stark contrast of the still brown grass, leafless trees, snow-covered mountains, all against the blue sky. I tried to get some shots that help illustrate this very thing. At one point I just stopped and sat down in the middle of the road and took the shot of the yellow line. All alone for sure!
Some of the other pics came from the Mormon Row area as they had just opened this stretch of road again. Along this small stretch of road you can see all kinds of activity this time of year. This is where I got the shot of the coyote and a couple of lone trees as well. Its funny, this part of the valley is so spectacular at any time of the year and I never get tired of just hanging out up here. Very soon the grasses will start to green up and the trees will burst with color. At just the right time Mother Nature will speak to the wild flowers and summer will be on.
If you are planning to visit this part of the country this summer you need to visit this area at least once while you stay. Feel free to contact me via email if you have questions about where to go while you visit – I am always happy to help share what I know. The summer of 2012 is shaping up to be a fabulous one especially if you are into fishing. Unlike last year when we had record amounts of snow and a very cool spring that left our rivers crazy mad – this year is looking awesome.
Watch for future Morning Coffee posts as the season changes and transforms into summer. We hope to share with you some really cool stuff this year. Feel free to email me at “email@example.com” if you have questions. Oh and one last thing… Please slow down while visiting as we lost 6 moose this winter to automobile accidents. People have been driving way too fast – besides you will miss too much if you are in a hurry.