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First Place in Accents at Western Design Conference 2014…

Artist Tim Jennings brings home the Blue Ribbon for his presentation of “Ta Tanga Ax Dog”, “Runs with Buffalo”.  The Western Design Conference is held each year here in Jackson Hole and it features some of the finest western designers in the world.  This is the second award Tim Jennings has received in four years in recognition of his art.  Below is the story behind this unique one-of-a-kind piece.

Art presented at the WDC must be fully functional and crafted by the artist themselves.  This is the first time Tim has presented one of his award winning Native American Styled flutes with a functional stand that also doubles as a sculpture.  Both flute and stand were hand crafted over many hours from reclaimed Old Growth Black Walnut.  Harvested from the eastern slopes of the Colorado Rockies – these walnut trees made their way west in the backs of covered wagons during the Oregon Trail days in the 1840’s & 50’s.  They were planted around the farms and ranches in Boulder Colorado.

Please read the story below that was the genesis for this work of art.  This piece is available for purchase and if interested please contact Timothy Jennings at timjen333@gmail.com or call him at (307) 690-0427.  If you like what you see please leave a comment or two.

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Runs With Buffalo

Native American Styled Flute & Sculptured Stand

“Ta Tanga Ax Dog”
(Assiniboine Translation, Fort Belknap, Montana)

Buffalo Running – “boy-shahn  doo-wyn ching” 
(Shoshone Translation, Wind River Reservation, Wyoming)

“Buffalo” Translations

In Assiniboine (Nakota Sioux)
“Ta Tanga”

In Lakota (Lakota Sioux)
“Tatanka”

In Shoshone (Wind River – Fort Hall Dialect)
“Bozheenai”

The importance of the North American Bison to the Plains Indians cannot be understated.  Once measured in the millions, the North American Bison (Plains Bison) was hunted almost to complete extinction in the mid 1880’s. The intent was to remove the indians from the territories while at the same time eliminate potential hazards caused by large herds to the railroad which would soon occupy this land.

This presentation is titled “Runs With Buffalo”.  Run’s With Buffalo is a tribute to this magnificent animal that has remained sacred to the Native American’s and today still roams free within the Yellowstone Basin here in Wyoming.  The Native American Styled Flute presented within this functional sculpture is a tribute to the Plains Indians that still occupy many of the lands here in Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas.  The buffalo fetish, or totem that sits on top of this flute is my vision of this majestic animal as it presents itself here in our native lands that surround Jackson Hole.  An attempt to blend the literal while at the same time preserving the whimsical vision I see when I am present with these ancient animals throughout the year.

The functional Flute Stand Sculpture is hand carved from a single piece of Black Walnut trunk harvested from old growth walnut trees found on the eastern slopes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Not indigenous to this part of Colorado, these trees were originally brought to the area around Boulder Colorado via the Oregon Trail many generations ago.  Hand selected, this crotch piece of wood blends the whiter sapwood with the darker traditional black walnut coloring which are the results of two separate branches coming together.  The two branches coming together represents to me the blending of the fetish and the flute into a single wind instrument completing my vision for this piece.

This fully functional six hole flute was handcrafted from the very same old growth black walnut harvested from this same part of Colorado.  Featuring the whimsical buffalo fetish with leather accents cut from a hand selected buffalo hides.  The stone work is a single cabochon crafted from Canadian Jade and bezel set in .999 Silver.   Voiced at the foot of the Teton’s this flute is tuned to the Key of E at 432 Hz (the healing frequency).  This 1 inch bored flute breathes in a deep healing tone.

“Runs With Buffalo”, “Ta Tanga Ax Dog” is a one of a kind piece that brings together the spirit of the plains indians art of sound with the ghosts of the sacred buffalo that once roamed the great plains areas unobstructed and was truly the life’s blood of the Plains Indian People. 

Artist – Timothy Jennings, Jackson, Wyoming
This piece is Available.  Commissions Available.

Local Artist Tim Jennings Creates New Buffalo Fetish…

newbuffalo_1_ebayAfter 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.

morningcoffee_12_09_11_8Each 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 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.

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Images West Magazine Features Western Design Conference Artists…

imageswestmag_3Each year Jackson Wyoming is host to the Western Design Conference which opens the Fall Art Festival held each year in Jackson Hole.. WDC is one of the premier shows that features “Functional Art”. Every artist must be juried in to be part of the annual event and their art must be a functional piece of original work. Some of the best artists this country has to offer attend this 3 day event. This summer Images West magazine has highlighted several WCD Artists in an article titled “Functional Art”. We were so proud to be considered for this article as one of these artists. On page 30 you can read about some of the artist’s and their work, including ours.

Images West is published at the beginning of each summer and is available throughout Jackson Hole. Published for FREE, you can find one at just about every hotel and gallery in town. Images West is a very nice publication featuring the Arts in Jackson Hole. If you plan to visit here this summer pick one up and see what the Jackson Art Community has to offer.  Oh yeh be sure to visit the website www.tetonmarketing.com and the blog www.3feathersflutes.com for more…

Morning Coffee – Christmas plus two days and counting….

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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…

Morning Coffee – Moose On The Loose…

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Today it was absolutely beautiful and cold too – about -2 degrees.  This morning we counted in excess of 25 moose all around the valley.  We saw cows and with their calves, big brutes with full racks on their heads and some younger males trying to keep up with their elders.  This was one of the best mornings for spotting moose in weeks.

The sun was just rising on the ski resort so we took a shot of the slopes from across the valley floor.  This morning there was an inversion in the valley and you can see it in a few of these shots.  Again I wish I had a better camera with a much better lens selection.  I need to get real close to these animals to get even these shots.  A new camera is on my wish list for sure.

Peyton and I are constantly amazed at all we see each morning we take a drive.  We see things that we do not take pictures simply because they are out of the range of our lenses. But today was saw Bald Eagles, beautiful vistas, many animals at a distance and more.  If you come and visit you must take in some of this for your selves.  Truly blessed!

Signs of Wyoming…

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Not sure what got into me today but I just decided to take some pictures of all the signs we have here in Wyoming.  This gallery of pics is a small example of the signs we see everyday in our state.  Call me crazy but I had a lot of fun this morning.  I saw many animals but today it was the signs that grabbed me.  Enjoy…

Morning Coffee….

Moose on the Loose

As we move ever closer to the start of the winter of 2011 we are blessed with a variety of beautiful days here in the Rockies.  On this morning we were blessed with clear blue Wyoming skies and almost no one on the roads north of town.

Our plan was as it is most mornings, grab a cup of coffee and just drive.  On this morning we decided to visit a different coffee shop that sits on the West Bank of the Snake River in the business center at the Pines . Elevated Grounds is a very cool eclectic place to visit.  The coffee is good and HOT!  If you are visiting or living in Jackson try a cup from Elevated Grounds.

As we left our daughter at school and turned onto the Village Road (heads to ski resort) we passed a mother and her two calves helping The Grand Peaking Over The Topthemselves to some tall grass right on the road.  We turned around as went back to take this quick shot of the young family.  As the temperatures drop the moose move to any place they can find food to fatten up.

This time of year the Moose Wilson Road closes just north of the resort so the only way to the north part of the town is that you have to travel back through Jackson and back north alone the East Bank of the Snake.  It was absolutely gorgeous this morning and as we turned onto the road that takes you to Kelly, Wyoming I took these next two pictures.  This area is a favorite spot for us to view antelope, bison, deer, moose, coyotes and birds of prey.

The Tetons Show Their MajestyI usually don’t find any compelling reason to take pictures of the Tetons from here but on this day the Grand seemed to be barking at me.  So I stopped and took a couple a pics.  I think the contrast between the browning grass and the fresh powdering of snow on the Grand against the blue sky is what grabbed me.  These smaller pics do not even grab the brilliant colors that existed this morning nor do they show how really blue the sky was but they should give you a feeling of the beautiful solitude that exists just north of Jackson Hole.  Morning coffee in Jackson Hole can be a really fun adventure you can take when you visit.  Almost any day and any time of year you will find something you will want to snap a picture of.  Enjoy…

Morning Coffee With My Buddy…

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Just about every morning I start my day by going to my local gym.  After I get finished with my morning workout I almost always make my way to my favorite coffee shop for a cup of morning joe.  Now most mornings after getting my needed cup I head back home to read the paper and check my email.  But about 3 days a week I get in my jeep and head north of town to see if I can find some of my favorite neighbors.

We are blessed here in Jackson Hole to have a fairly large number of wild buffalo (Tatanka) available to us.  Just drive north of town and you might be surprised at who you might run into.  On this morning I drove north of town and finished my coffee with one of these very beautiful creatures.  Although there were many buffalo to visit with I especially like this guy.  He was a large male that probably out weighed my jeep.  I am alway cautious when I am around these awesome animals but on this day we kind of hung out together and when he had enough of me he just mosied on by and headed to the rest of the herd immediately to the west.  Pretty Cool!