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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Another flute on its way to it’s new home in Montana. This Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute is another Acrylic Red and features maple totem rails and maple Mustang fetish. Like it’s twin it was tuned to G @432 Hz. A very nice looking and playing flute.
I personally am excited that it’s new owner Nakoa Heavyrunner from Poplar Montana. Nakoa is one of the best flute player I personally know. He is well known in Indian Country as an accomplished Pow Wow singer and he and his brother Donavan appear on RezKast Radio. Check them out early mornings.
I am hoping Nakoa will be kind enough to pass some recordings our way so we can share with the world his amazing flute playing talents. Enjoy Nakoa Heavyrunner…
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.
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.
Just finished this Orange Acrylic painted flute hand crafted from Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Tuned to the Key of F# @440 Hz this flute has a wonderful tone.
Maple Totem rails and my whimsical Mustang Fetish crafted from a piece of Port Orford Cedar. Black Wyoming Black hand cut Bison lace and shipped in it’s protective bag. All in all a really nice flute project!
Earlier this year I started on a new journey of flute making. For so many years I have focused on the aesthetics of the natural wood and how it finishes as God’s eye intended. To this day most of the flutes I craft are in this vein.
Last September I decided built a flute for the 2018 Western Design Conference held each year in Jackson Hole Wyoming that was different than I had done in past shows. This flute was the first flute I painted a color and in this case I chose high gloss black. I loved it so much I decided to build another one just like it only with a 7/8″ bore flute while this one featured a 1″ bore.
Black Flute Sound Sample
Flutes like the one shown here have a lot of man hours in them and thus typically a much higher price point. This flute found a home in Nashville Tennessee early this summer. I have since built several others one in Red and another in Gun Metal Blue. But the flute I am working on now shown at the top of this post is for a customer in Texas who was a Texas Longhorn fan. However the color this time for me was inspired by a 1972 Orange and White Chevy pickup truck.
Big Red Sound Sample
This new orange flute features the same design as the others in that the totem rails are crafted from Maple and the whimsical mustang fetish is crafted of either Maple or Port Orford Cedar. The flute itself is made from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar which produces a very nice sounding flute. Listen to the samples of the others provided and here how nice these flutes sound. The 7/8″ bore makes this a very nice sized flute in your hands.
My goal with these new flutes is to make available a very nice flute at a price point that is affordable and yet a bit different. Of coarse we can bling them up but I think this new line of flutes offers something most artists seek and that is “Simple Elegance”
I am now releasing two of my images from this past two summers. One is titles “A Girl and Her Horse” and the other “Antelope Flats Barn and The Tetons”. Both images were taken by me about the same time of year but one year apart. They are available as 16 x 24 Metal Prints. If you like one of them click the link for more information. This is “Authentic Wyoming!”
Newly completed flute in the Key of G tuned @ 432 Hz. This flute is hand crafted from Old Growth, First Generation cut Alaskan Yellow Cedar. The bore on this flute is 7/8″ in diameter giving this flute a very nice mid tone voice.
This flute is finished both inside and out with the same color red so that no areas show the natural Alaskan Cedar coloring. Also featured on this flute are hand cut Maple Totem Rails that helps keep the Mustang fetish focused on the cutting edge as well as giving it a signature look that only a hand shaped flute offers.
The Totem or Fetish selected for this flute is my whimsical interpretation of the wild Mustang. This fetish is completely hand carved and shaped from a solid piece of old growth maple. This fetish does feature a chimney design so placement is fairly easy to accomplish.
Overall length is 23 1/4″ long and the playing holes are are spaced at 1 1/8″ apart for the bottom 3 playing holes and the upper three are set 1 1/16″ apart on center. There is a 1 1/4″ space between the #3 and #4 holes.
Finally this flute is finished with a high gloss lacquer with more than 25 hand rubbed coats applied. The leather is our hand cut Wyoming Black Bison. This flute ships with a protective bag. For pricing CLICK HERE for the full page description.