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.
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.
Building your own flute is a journey within reach for everyone who has the ability to use their hands. The Native American Flute is one of the most pleasant-sounding wind instruments to play and one that anyone who has the interest and desire to play can learn. Building your own flute whether it be for personal satisfaction or because you want to build them and sell them to the public is truly a satisfying endeavor. Not everyone one has the space, time or money to have a workshop that allows you to create the supplies you will need to build your own flute.
“Several years ago I slowly became a resource for flute builders all over the country. Before I realized what had happened I was in the lumber business and every day I got further away from what it was I loved to do – Build Native American Style Flutes. So last year I finally said “enough” I had lost my way! The journey I was on was no longer the one I started out with. I had to get back to the flute! Today I am back at it and I am still here willing to help those seeking a spiritual path to building your own flute. There is nothing quite like it!”
Artist Timothy Jennings has worked for many years providing flute makers all over the country with some of the best quality old growth specialty wood flute blanks to help you complete your flute project. Most of the wood Tim uses is indigenous to North America, with very few exceptions. All the leather accents he uses to craft his flutes come from hand selected Buffalo and Elk hides and this same material is available for purchase on this website. Save yourself some time, money, and space by ordering from Tim Jennings @ JacksonHoleTim.com you may just find just what you need for your next flute project.
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.
Each Fall here in Jackson Hole a Conference is held that is one of the elite places for Functional Art to be displayed, sold and judged. The Western Design Conference is the premier place for artists like myself to showcase their best art. This fall I will be entering one of my pieces to be juried and judged by the best of the best.
I have chosen the theme for my entry and I want to share with you my journey over the next few months. This years entry will consist of two art pieces incorporated into a single entry. This year I will enter a pipe and a flute with a common theme running through the whole piece. Below is a drawing I have made for the pipe that I will start today. The flute will also be started this weekend and this will be one of the toughest projects I will undertake.
Each art piece will have a custom-made bison leather case that will in their own right be beautiful components of the whole project. This Art project is available for purchase. Delivery will not be available until after the Western Design Conference has completed in early September. If you have interest in this project for your home or business reach out to me at “email@example.com”. Follow me on this journey and see how it goes…
Although I have used my spare time for many years to build and create what I call Plains Influenced Art there just never seems to be enough time to accomplish all that I create in my head. Many who know me know that my primary career is that of an International Health Insurance Broker. It is in the down time from this career that I have endeavored to create my Art over the years.
Several times during the past years I have found myself engulfed in supplying others with the parts to make Native American Styled Flutes and other specialty lumbers. I love doing this and I love helping others but I do find myself short of time to do what it is I really want to do and that is to do my own art. That art now consists of crafting Flutes, Jewelry, Native Pipes and one of my first loves Photography.
Couple all this with having a family and three wonderful children I now find that I have NO time for myself. I want to re-focus my extra time to my art. JacksonHoleTim.com will now become the primary place where I will showcase my art. Hopefully I now will find time to finish so many of the projects that I want to craft and new ideas can percolate and come to fruition. I will continue to support the flute making world as best I can so please feel free to call upon me with any questions and should you need supplies check out what I have to offer on JacksonHoleTim.com.
The commissioned art pieces that I have worked on or I am currently working on give me the freedom to take some of my ideas and bring them to life for those who really like my work. There is nothing more satisfying than working with a customers vision and being able to hit the mark. Hopefully JacksonHoleTim.com will be the place where I can share with all of you what I have accomplished and a place to showcase the new. Please come back and visit as share with me some of the art I hope to bring to life for others.
Today I added updates on 3 new flutes that have been started. View new pictures to our Under Construction Page. One is a Commissioned piece and the other two are currently available. There is time to add custom touches to them if you are interested. For those interested in following what I am up to our Under Construction page is a good place to check out. Everything you find on this page that is not available can be commissioned. Check out the latest update and follow the journey of one of my newly Commissioned Art pieces…
Just listed on our website is this simple but nice flute perfect for the first time flute owner or as a gift to a friend. Hand crafted out of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and features a 3/4 inch bore. In an effort to offer flutes at price points that most anyone can afford this flute fits right in with this. Artist Timothy Jennings wants everyone who comes to the flute to be able to afford one.
This flute is easy to play and small enough to stuff into your backpack so you can take it with you wherever you go. Read more about this Otter Themed flute that is ready for a new home. CLICK HERE to visit this flutes page on our website. Priced at $165.00 plus $16.95 shipping. Visit the page to also here the latest sound clip on this flute.
All of the flutes listed on JacksonHoleTim.com are available for Commission. Questions? Call (307) 690-0427 or send an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org”. We would love to hear any feedback from you after you visit the page.
Today I added new pictures to our Under Construction Page. If you are interested in following what I am up to this is a good place to check out. Everything you find on this page that is not available can be commissioned. Check out the latest update and follow the journey of one of my Commissioned Art pieces seen above…
We just added a new sound clip to this AWARD Winning flute titled “Ta Tanga Ax Dog” (Runs With Buffalo). This flute was completed for the Western Design Conference two years ago and I have kept this flute since then as it took First Place in Accents that Fall.
This flute is now available for purchase or I can build one similar on a Commission Basis. I absolutely Love like this flute but we can make it your own by adding your vision to the project. Let me hear from you if you like how it sounds … or not…
Listen to Sound Sample from this flute
This flute design is available for Commission so if you have interest please reach out to me at “email@example.com” or call (307) 690-0427.
As of this afternoon I have added a couple of new posts to our Under Construction Page. If you are interested in following what I am up to this is a good place to check out. Everything you find on this page that is not available can be commissioned. Check it out and let me know what you think??