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.
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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.
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…
NEW SOUND CLIP
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??
I finally decided to add a new page to our website at Jacksonholetim.com which is the “Under Construction” page. I will add new information as it becomes available about new projects I am working on. Some are projects I have selected to complete for myself and when finished these projects will be available for purchase on our site.
Some of the posts will be for commissioned art that I am working on. Recently I had one person tell me that although they were Native American they had never seen a pipe made or pictures of the construction phase – they had only seen the finished product. I hope that many of you will follow the journey of one or more of these new projects. Feedback is always welcome good or bad….
The link for the Under Construction page can be found in both of our menu systems under the “Plains Influenced Art” menu links. Click Here to View Under Construction Page
Black Locust NAF Flute – Key of F# 440Hz
This new six hole Native American Styled flute is hand crafted from Old Growth, 1st generation cut Black Locust from eastern slopes of the Colorado Rockies. Black Locust is a very hard domestic wood that many people consider junk wood but I like it. This flute measures 23 1/2″ long (measured on top) and features a 3/4″ inch bore give this F# a nice bright tone. The Slow Air Chamber (SAC) is 3 1/2″ in length with the blow-hole approximately 2 1/2″ in length giving this flute a longer aesthetic. Completely hand crafted and this flute features my signature step in front of the windway. Simple in design I have added our Otter fetish block which is crafted from a piece of Black Locust. Leather accents are hand cut Bison and is Dark Brown in color.
This flute like all of our flutes has been sealed on the inside of the flute to help against wetting out. This is a very easy flute to play and it allows you to blow soft or hard and not lose the sound. Tuned to F# at 440Hz at 6500 foot elevation, the 3/4 inch bore gives this flute a very bright voice.
The focusing channel on this flute is what I would consider a standard width and a proper depth providing some comfortable back pressure. I like playing this flute. If you are looking for a smaller bore flute that you will love to play consider adding this to your collection. Playing holes are average for this size flute and they are spaced a at approximately 1 1/8″ apart for the bottom 3 holes and 1 1/16 for the top three. There is a space of 1 1/4″ between the #3 and #4 holes . Ships with a protective flute bag.
Sound Sample Coming Soon
Price: $310.00 Plus $16.95 Shipping
Interested in this flute? CLICK HERE
If you have any question please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (307) 690-0427 with questions.
Raven Themed Alaskan Yellow Cedar Key of E @ 440Hz
I have just about completed the crafting of this Raven Themed Flute. I believe this has turned out to be a beautiful Native American Styles Flute. This flute is hand crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and features a 1 inch bore and is tuned to the Key of E @ 440 Hz. The Wind Way area features a Black Walnut inlay for the cutting edge. The leather accents are hand cut from select Elk Hides including a leather piece that covers the #4 playing hole. The tassel is black Horse hair and is wrapped in traditional red trade cloth using black sinu. The beads are a combination of black and red glass Crow Beads and there are 4 sterling silver bead in between the Crow Beads.
Finally this flute features my signature hand cut step that steps down from the Wind Way area to the bore of the flute. All in all a very nice flute. This flute I believe has been spoken for but I would love to build one just for you. I would love to hear feedback on this piece.
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.