Hand Crafted Christmas Tree Ornament
We have decided to have some real fun with our art and create our first Jackson Hole Tim Christmas Tree Ornament. Too many people rush through the Holidays forgetting how fun the simple things can be. Living in Wyoming surrounded by forests of Christmas trees, cold Fall evenings and almost always a White Christmas Day is guaranteed. Nothing better than a decorated Christmas Tree, a fire and family.
2018 Christmas Grizzly Ornament
Beginning this Holiday Season each year we are going to create one whimsical Christmas Tree ornament here in our shop to help celebrate the Christmas Season. Simply the most wonderful time of year. This year, our first, we have decided to focus on the Grizzly Bear. So much attention has been brought to forest Bruin that we thought it would be a great first year ornament.
Completely hand crafted by artist Timothy Jennings here in our shop in Afton Wyoming no two Chriszly’s are the same. Crafted from American Black Walnut and finished with a natural satin look each bear will ship in it’s own box. Hang your new Chriszly Bear on your tree this Christmas and share a bit of joy from Wyoming.
Because each bear is hand made there will be a limited quantity so get your order in soon. We will begin shipping our first Chriszlys the 1st of November. This is an ornament that should last a lifetime and then some. As we approach Christmas of 2018 remember what this day is all about. Honor God, Honor Family, Honor Friends and may the Joy of Peace be will all of you! Merry Christmas!
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This morning as we got ready for our morning journey into Jackson Hole I filled my cup twice… once for a quick wake up cup and a second time to fill my thermos cup before heading out. We were heading into Jackson Hole for a very very important appointment… that is to say Peyton had an appointment with her favorite hair salon…Tori’s Salon. As usual I made the choice to find other things to do while she was beautifying her locks… So I with camera in tow headed to a local coffee shop for a refill and then north out of town.
It was late morning already and the sky was clear and bright so not really the best light for picture taking although stunningly beautiful in all directions. Where should I go I thought and the next thing I knew I was headed up the Gros Ventre River. This river runs a long ways back into the wilderness. Over 74 miles long it is. It’s final destination is a meet up with the Snake River. The Gros Ventre river drainage was at one time one of the main routes in and out of the valley that is now Jackson Hole.
Before 1800, the only people who traveled into Jackson Hole were the Native American tribes who spent the summer months hunting the wildlife in the valley and the area surrounding it. Among the tribes that trailed through the valley were the Shoshoni, Crow, Blackfeet, Bannock, and Gros Ventre. THIS is Lewis and Clark country! For those mountain men who hunted and trapped in this area, names like John Colter, Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, David Jackson, William Sublette and later on men like Beaver Dick called this area home for a time.
Today the Gros Ventre drainage is one of the most beautiful places to travel to fish, hunt, hike, explore or just chill by a mountain lake or stream and just enjoy the moment. Today I only had an hour and a half to get some pictures. These are some of what I saw during my short journey into this mountain range. The only bad things about this trip was I quickly ran out of coffee and time… in just that order too. It was time to head back to Jackson to pick up my bride and head home. Below was my view back to civilization. I am sure the Gros Ventre will be waiting for my return… very soon I hope.
THIS IS AUTHENTIC WYOMING!
Morning Coffee Meditation… Filmed on the Gros Ventre River north of Jackson Wyoming
I really have enjoyed writing my Morning Coffee posts over the years and will continue to do so. I love sharing our little Wyoming adventures we take from time to time. I want to add something new to the mix now. Often when I travel around the Yellowstone Basin with a cup of joe in my hands I will stop and enjoy moments of time at different places that reach out and speak to me. I love visiting the rivers and streams in our area as I find that the sound of the moving water helps calm my spirit. Not to mention the eye candy that surrounds me daily.
Morning Coffee Meditation will be 1 minute+ or so snippets of time taken at special locations around Wyoming. Nothing added and nothing taken away. Just one minute+ of recorded time in nature as it exists at that moment. I would like to bring a sense of calm and maybe even a smile to your face from time to time.
A couple of years have past since we have written anything about two of our local favorite music artists. Abby Gershuney has stayed with us several time over the past years and has truly become family. Abby ha worked her magic at the Jackson Hole Playhouse many time over the years and is currently performing in St. George Utah at Tuacahn Center for the Arts for the 2018 summer shows.. Abby can sing, dance, act… she can do it all but when she sings she makes people like me smile.
Many of you who know us know our son Brock Jennings. Brock is another amazingly talented singer song writer and he has an amazing voice. Abby was staying with over the Christmas Holiday while she worked for the playhouse a couple of winters ago. Not sure why they do but they waited until the last day to actually lay down some tracks. Abby had to return to New York City for while.
One of the tracks they laid down was not one of their own but a cover from Nickel Creek titled “When You Come Back Down”. Although this is a rough, uncut, unfinished track I wanted to share this with all of you again. I hope you like it. If you do please let us know we would love to see these two play this summer here in Jackson Hole and maybe some other areas too.
Click on Player below to listen to “When You Come Back Down”
“When You Come Back Down” Recorded by Abby Gurshuney and Brock Jennings, Produced by Brock Jennings, Written by Nickel Creek
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This Wyoming Ram was taken this past winter of 2017 in the Miller Butte area of Jackson Hole Wyoming. This is a 12′ x 12″ 1/4″ thick acrylic mounted photo on metal paper. Custom framed in Alaskan Yellow Cedar and finished in a high gloss lacquer. Outside dimensions of the frame are 14″ x 14″. The frame stands 2″ inches deep lifting this image off of the wall and with the natural color of the cedar this should fit into any decor. Available for purchase now.
I have been working on a new hat for our line that represents our home here in the Yellowstone Basin and one that is kind of fun. Our new Jackson Hole Time Bison hat is finally in production after tweaking it a bit. Final colors have been chosen and the design has gone to be digitized so we can embroider the new design on our hats. The first hats to be embroidered will be the FlexFit 210 Flat Bill Skater hat and the FlexFit regular structured hat. We will also offer this design on the Otto Unstructured hats that are adjustable in the back with a Velcro Strap.
Like our other hats this hat is design, and embroidered right here in Wyoming. All of our hats are 100% Wyoming Made. The target for pricing is $32.95 for the Flat Bill hats. All of these hats will be jet black in color with the designs as close to our sample rendering here. The backs of all of the new hats will feature our Wyoming Bucking Horse and our state tagline “Forever West”. These are very high quality hats with top notch embroidery. Great for gifts! If you have ever visited Jackson Hole Wyoming, Teton National Park or Yellowstone Park you know how prominent the North American Bison is in our area. Celebrate our new hat and if you have interest in pre-ordering one reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427 or email “email@example.com”. Let us know what you think about this new hat!
Cherry Wood Flute, Backpacker – Key of A
A couple of years ago I came across some old American Cherry that came from an old hand hewn beam. The best we could tell this beam was more than 200 years old when the timber was cut. Because of its size this Native American Style flute would make a very nice back packer flute. This five hole flute was eventually tuned to the Key of A and both the flute body and the fetish were handcrafted from this reclaimed Cherry wood stock. This flute ended up right at 21 1/2 inches in length and features a 3/4″ flute bore. Please note that this flute was crafted entirely by hand including the flute bore which was cut with a gouge. The cutting edge was built into the body of the flute not an inlay. The fetish was from my otter series and was tied on using our hand cut black Deer Leather.
This flute like all of my flutes was hand planed to achieve its signature shape. We added a hand braided deerskin leather lace accent at the foot of the flute and there were 8 multicolored Crow Beads attached. The inside of the flute bore and slow air chamber were sealed with many coats of finish to help prevent moisture absorption. The outside was finished with more than 20+ light coats of high gloss lacquer. The tonal quality of this flute was in the upper range and it is very easy to play and very forgiving. This flute felt really nice in your hands and the color of the reclaimed Cherry gave it a very nice look. This was a very simple yet great sounding flute that actually found a home with a buyer that takes it backpacking on a regular basis.
Cherry makes for a great sounding flute but as you can see from these pictures it also produces a simple elegance. Although this flute has been sold it is available for commission. All flutes ship with a hand crafted flute bag to protect the during shipping and storage at home. Shipping is in addition to the price of the flute. Call us at (307) 690-0427 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter has finally passed here in the Yellowstone Basin. I can’t tell you how nice it is to see the ground again… and the sun! I spent a good part of this winter studying some of the latest Nikon Cameras and it was time to step up to something new. I definitely wanted something with a fast frames rate and a camera that operates in lower light as well.
Although I was hoping for the release of the new 800 series camera I decided to pull the trigger and purchase the new D500 as I shoot so many moving things up here. This new Nikon camera is just as advertised and once I was able to get it to my front door I could not wait to get out and take some new pictures. The weather however did not cooperate until this past week when I finally got a window of clear weather. Although I was not able to get out as early as I wanted I did make it to one of my favorite spots to look for interesting things to share.
This morning I decided to go to the gym first and then head north with my favorite LARGE cup of morning coffee in my hand. I must say – I need to order two cups from now on or take a thermos… One is just never enough.
This time of the year the mountains are just starting to come alive. This morning I headed to Antelope Flats just north of Kelly Wyoming. The light was not what I wanted and there was very few animals to be found. One of my favorite animals to photograph is the Pronghorn Antelope. They are hard to get close enough to and they are FAST.
This big boy was checking me out and just as I was getting into a position where I would be on the right side of the light some tourists decided to speed down the road I was next to at an unacceptable speed thus forcing me to take these shots while I could. Even though these are not what I wanted I do get excited for this summer as I am sure to encounter my friends again on favorable lighting terms.
If you are ever to visit Jackson Hole this is a wonderful part of the valley to check out as you never know what you will find. Be sure to bring your camera and enjoy Jackson Hole through the lens of your camera. You just may run into some of the locals like the Antelope, Bison, Moose, Deer, Elk, and for sure the beautiful mountain vistas that abound in every direction. A great way to share a cup of Morning Coffee…
One of the most enjoyable things I am able to do where I live is to walk out my front door and I can find so many wonderful things to take pictures of. The Yellowstone Basin is truly one of the most beautiful parts of the United States and photographic opportunities are simply everywhere.
As I have achieved a higher level of skill for this craft so too has my desire to keep up with the latest camera technology. Today’s DSLRs are simply amazing. The quality of the image taken is almost as real life as viewing it through your own eyes. I have been waiting for some new camera introductions later this year but my older Nikon was crying for help. So I decided to pull the trigger and new camera now and then watch for future releases.
I settled on the new D500 which if you look into it is simply amazing at the depth of capabilities built into this new body. With a burst rate of up to 10 FPS (Frames Per Second), 151 focal points, 4000K video and more I can’t wait to try it out in the wild. I am sure I will be sharing some new stuff real soon. I am currently awaiting an order of new Gallery Quality Acrylic Mounts that are being added to this website for sale as I write this. Acrylic Mounting is nothing short of amazing!
For several years I wrote a blog post almost daily and I called it “Morning Coffee”. I had so many people tell me how much they enjoyed these post many of which can still be found on this website by clicking on the MENU LINK “BLOG” and then in the search field search “MORNING COFFEE” and a list will render for your reading pleasure.
This new camera is inspiring me to bring this back to all of you and I hope… no I am sure I can find some really cool things to share with all of you. If you have not already subscribed to my blog you can easily do so in the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION area found in the upper left column of every page. Each time I post something new you will receive it in your Inbox. Please consider subscribing…