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Ash NAF Flute – Key A# 432Hz…

American Ash NAF Flute – Key of A# 432Hz

ash_1_1_ebayThis six hole Native American Styled flute is hand crafted from Old Growth, 1st generation cut American Ash from Colorado.  This flute measures 19 1/2″ long (measured on top) and features a 3/4″ inch bore give this A# a nice bright tone. Completely hand crafted and this flute features my signature step in front of the windway.  Simple in design I have added my Otter fetish block which is crafted from a piece of Wormy Chestnut.  Leather accents are hand cut Bison and is Black in color.

ash_2_1_ebayThis 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 loose the sound.  Tuned to A# at 432Hz at 6500 foot elevation, the 3/4 inch bore gives this flute a very bright voice.

The focusing channel on this flute is a bit narrower than most giving this flute some nice comfortable back pressure.  I personally like playing this flute.  If you are looking for a smaller bore flute that you will love to play this is one to consider.  Playing holes are average for this smaller size flute and they are spaced a little closer together at approximately 1 1/16″ apart. Ships with a protective flute bag.

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If you have any question please email us at “timjen333@gmail.com” or call me at (307) 690-0427 with questions.

Jackson Hole Tim Completes 3 New NAF Flutes…

From time to time we step outside our own box as far as species of woods we will use to craft a new flute.  There are so many great species available right here in North America.  Some of our favorite species that make some really nice flutes are Russian Olive, Sycamore, Black Locust, Maple, Russian Elm, American Red Elm and others.  We use all of these species to craft flute with 3/4″, 7/8″ and 1″ bores for flutes in various keys.  Many of the flutes will include various inlays and inset stones.   Here are three of the latest flutes to be completed by artist Timothy Jennings of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  All three of these flutes represent simple elegance in design and very simple in their appearance.

Russian Olive NAF Flute – Key of F# 432 Hz – 307 Series Flute

Russian_Olive_F#432_01One of our favorite woods to build flutes out of is Sassafras. We really like the tonal qualities of this wood but it is not very spectacular to look at. A wood that is similar in its characteristics is Russian Olive wood. Some people tell us they consider this a junk wood but I suspect this is because there is not a straight branch or trunk in the entire tree. Well we have found a somewhat available source for this species. You must look hard to find the right piece to get your flute blank out of but when you do you are on your way to a really nice flute.

russian_olive_2_1_ebayThis six hole flute with a 7/8″ bore features our Teton Spike fetish design and both flute and fetish block are hand crafted from the same piece of Russian Olive. We have hand crafted a step just in front of the windway area and finished the flute with more than 25 hand applied coats of glossy lacquer. This is a very nice playing flute and not so long that you can easily pack it with you when you travel as it measures 23 1/2″ measured on the top. Tuned to 432 Hz makes this a very pleasing flute to listen to as well as play. We have added nothing other that some very humble leather to connect the fetish to the flute body. The rest of the flute shows off the beautiful grain patterns and contrast that Russian Olive has. A very nice flute ready for a home. This flute ships with a protective flute bag. Stand not included.

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Sycamore NAF Flute – Key of F 440Hz

Sycamore_F440_1inch_01Six hole Native American Style Flute made from old growth Colorado Sycamore. Tuned to the Key of F, at 440Hz at 6500 foot elevation. This flute was built with a full 1″ inch bore and measures 24″ long from tip to tip. Although this a 1 inch bored flute it has a very pleasant mid range tone and it is very easy to play. Completely hand crafted, this flute features our signature step in front of the windway. Inlaid into the top of the flute body is a squarish piece of Oregon Picture Jasper, set in a sterling silver bezel.

sycamore_2_1_ebayThe fetish on this flute is of our Otter design and it was crafted from a metal stained piece of Black Walnut stock giving it a very dark chocolate brown with some black streaked grains. This happens when the tree grows around a piece of metal such as barbed wire over many years.

The fetish seen here in the pictures is attached with hand cut elk leather that is brown in color.  This flute was completely crafted by hand and finished with more than 25+ coats of semi-gloss lacquer and rubbed to a soft finish.  The inside of the flute has been sealed prior to gluing helping with moisture absorption.  Playing holes are average for this mid size flute and they are spaced at 1 1/8″ apart. Ships with a protective flute bag.  Another nice flute and it is available now.

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American Ash NAF Flute – Key of A# 432Hz

ash_1_1_ebayThis six hole Native American Styled flute is hand crafted from Old Growth, 1st generation cut American Ash from Colorado.  This flute measures 19 1/2″ long (measured on top) and features a 3/4″ inch bore give this A# a nice bright tone. Completely hand crafted and this flute features our signature step in front of the windway.  Simple in design we have added our Otter fetish block which is crafted from a piece of Wormy Chestnut. Leather accents are hand cut Bison and is Black in color.

ash_2_1_ebayThis 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 loose the sound.  Tuned to A# at 432Hz at 6500 foot elevation, the 3/4 inch bore gives this flute a very bright voice.

The focusing channel on this flute is a bit narrower than most giving this flute some nice comfortable back pressure.  I personally like playing this flute.  If you are looking for a smaller bore flute that you will love to play this is one to consider.  Playing holes are average for this smaller size flute and they are spaced a little closer together at approximately 1 1/16″ apart. Ships with a protective flute bag.

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Price: $285.00 Plus $16.95 Shipping

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If you have any question please email us at timjen333@gmail.com or call us at (307) 690-0427 with questions.

Old Growth Black Walnut Flutes 1 Inch Bores…

OGW_6H_GRNTURQ_120412_2_lgIt has been a while since I posted flutes on this blog and site.  Over the past two years life has taken many turns but the time has come to get back to the flute.

A while ago I had almost finished a couple of Black Walnut flutes that where just about ready to find a home.  These are two of them.  Since then I have just about finished these two flutes and they are in the final stages of finishing.  There were a few adjustments that needed to be made but all in all they are with days of being ready.

OGW_6H_GRNTURQ_120412_1_lgThese are two very nice flutes.  Crafted from Old Growth, 1st Generation Cut Black Walnut stock.  One thing I look for when choosing a walnut board are boards or slabs that contain the sap wood.  Sap wood is white in color and the contrast between the sap wood and the regular color of the walnut can be quite striking.  Many people disregard this part of the wood but I like it.

When I cut the blanks for these two flutes we cut them out of the same section of the wood stock.  One flute features the typical beautiful wood tones and grains we all love about black walnut and the second flute is whiter in color on top and as you rotate the flute the color darkens to the warm browns and blacks found in OGW.

OGW_6H_PURPLETURQ_122712_2_lgBoth of these flutes are six hole flutes and both were made with 1 inch bores.  The Slow Air Chambers are both 4 inches in length which help give the longer aesthetics to these two flutes.   Both flutes are 27 inches in overall length, measured on top and for the most part they are brothers.  But one is tuned to the Key of E and the other D#, both @ 440Hz.  These are very nice sounding flutes and they are easy to play as well.
horsehead1_lgWe have adorned each flute with our new Horse Fetish that we designed early this winter.  This fetish will be part of a new collection we will be making later this next year that will be built in collaboration with Nakoa Heavyrunner.  In both cases the horse fetishes used here were crafted from a piece of stock from the very same board that the flutes came from.  They are attached to the flute bodies with 1/2″ Elk and Bison leather lace.
OGW_6H_PURPLETURQ_122712_3_lgEach flute features 10mm x 14mm Cabochons that are set in sterling silver bezels.  The Green Mojave and Purple Mojave Turquoise both come from the Kingman mine in Kingman, Arizona.  Some of the best turquoise in the world comes from this mine.  It is one of the oldest mine yielding turquoise dating back to the days when Native Americans mined the stones here.

All beads that we use are either sterling silver or glass crow beads.  The beads hanging from the foot of the lighter colored flute are high quality beads that add a nice touch to an already beautiful flute.

brownbisonbag1_smThe hole spacing for the playing holes on both of these flutes are as follows…  The spacing for the 3 bottom holes is 1 1/8″ on center, then there is 1 1/4″ spacing between holes #4 & #5.  The top three holes are spaced a little closer at 1 1/16″ on center.   The #3 hole is positioned at the midpoint between the foot of the flute and the cutting edge.  For flutes that are this large these are very comfortable to play.

DSC_0454_02These are Gallery Quality Flutes!  They look and sound amazing and we are pleased to have them in our inventory.  All of our flute ship with a protective bag but if you really want something special consider buying one of our hand crafted flute bags.  These flute bags were designed by me and they are hand crafted by Riversong Leather Studio out of Laramie, Wyoming.  They are available in many colors and most are crafted from hand selected Bison and Elk hides.  If we do not stock what you want order one and we will have it to you in a couple of weeks.

Sound Clip from Flute with Purple Cabochons

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For more information on these two flutes call me at (307) 690-0427 or email me at “timjen333@gmail.com“.

Back To The Flute…

It is funny how life can throw you curve balls.  Although this is nothing new what does seem a bit odd is how far away from ones self they can reach without even knowing what is happening to you.  The past 6 years I have been on a journey that I would not wish upon anyone.  Although each hurdle that has been thrown down, I found solace in the fact that I know I can and will beat each one.

For those of you who have come to the Flute I would venture to guess that each story to be told is one of self hunger, self-reflection, one of seeking, one of healing, and one of looking for something that exists but yet they did not know what it is was they were looking for.  They just knew that there was something lacking in their own personal life and that somewhere in their Universe there must be a path to healing and comfort.   For many this path eventually leads them straight to the healing powers of the Native American Flute.

walnut_blueribbon_E_3lgTo some this may seem like a bunch of crap and talk about nothing. But I truly believe that this beautiful wind instrument was given to the people of this continent as a gift.  There is no questions that the haunting sounds that comes forth from the flute are nothing short of a miracle sound.  It is a sound of happiness, sadness, hope, inspiration, healing, and celebration.  Even more important is that when you yourself play the flute it is a direct reflection of you and who you are!

For many playing the flute is not enough, they need to have a vested interest in the flute they play and so they seek out guidance and make the difficult journey to becoming a flute maker.  For those who craft their own flutes it is only then that playing the flute that you have made is truly a representation of who you are.  As you give the flute your breath – the flute then gives you its song and each of these songs are unique and the message given may only be understood by you.  But yet to others that hear your song the message given and received by them  will most certainly mean something completely different and yet you have shared a part of you.  The cool thing is that your song may help heal those who seek comfort for whatever reason and you may not ever know it.

It is easy with all of life’s energy both good and bad to get away from the flute once you have found it.  But I promise you that as I… you will reach the day where you realize that getting back to the flute will become a priority and when you once again find a quite place and listen it is only then it will speak to you in song and maybe even heal a part of you that is in need.

So seek out and find that quite place.  Be still and just listen to Mother Earth – she WILL speak to you if you are willing to listen.  Play your song when you are alone and listen to the voice of your flute.  I promise you that you will feel better when you do and maybe, just maybe getting back to the flute will help you find what you seek.  Peace my friend….

Jackson Lake and Mt Moran
Jackson Lake and Mt Moran

Truth About Blanks…

wymadeRecently I have been hearing all kinds of criticism about the quality of flute blanks people have been purchasing lately.  Believe me I have heard just about everything negative there is to say over the past few years but lately it seems to have gotten worse.  I must say though that most of the criticism has not been directed at me and our products which in a way makes me feel better – I think.  The truth is there are so many variables than can affect the quality of a flute blank and I thought I would take some time to address some of the concerns that have been expressed to me recently and then try to help you better understand the difficulties in crafting a quality flute blank ready for you to complete.

First I have to say the some of the criticisms voiced about some of the other suppliers that I personally know have not been well founded.  Usually these types of complaints/concerns come from people who are fairly new to flute building – that is just he simple truth.  This is not to say that their concerns are not well founded and at the very least they should be listened to but we are dealing with a wood product and no two flute blanks are the same.

POC_75_432G_10_13_1_lgThe schematic at the top of this page is a general example of the two blank halves that make up a typical flute.  It is important to note that in our shop we have always crafted our flutes in this manner.  There are a few other suppliers out there that use the rifle boring method and then turning the blank on a lathe for final shape.  Two different ways to craft a flute and both are correct.  I have always crafted my flutes by hand – or as much of the process I can do by hand.  The blank itself… we use power tools to create the main components of the flute blank for many reasons but primarily consistency and speed.  But the signature shape my flutes have come entirely from hand planing the flute body to shape.

Although the components of the NAF flute seem and are fairly simple, crafting a consistently good flute blank is actually harder than it may look.  First finding the right lumber to cut the blanks from is not only a journey in itself – it is time-consuming and expensive to get.  Then any lumber we use here in my shop it is left to sit and acclimate sometimes for weeks or even months before it is cut.  We hope to stabilize the wood as best we can to our local climate before we cut into it.  Then there is the issue of warping or twisting which is fairly common.  Some of the warping comes from the cutting process and other times it comes from weather changes.

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The most common complaint I here is that the blank set is warped or twisted.  One of the most common factors that can cause a blank set to warp is how it was cut.  Secondly, the blank itself is only 7/8″ thick and 1 3/4″ wide.  When you cut a matched set from a larger piece of wood-stock you are subject to the way the fibers unload.  We try to cut most of our blanks from tight old growth vertical grain stock which helps eliminate this.  Letting the lumber acclimate to your climate is very important.  But we can ship a blank set from here in Jackson Wyoming at 6,475 feet in elevation, limited humidity and ship it to the coast or the south and the change in climate can and will have an effect on the blank set.  If the warping is limited to a bow or reverse bow you should let it sit for a week and then you should be able to work with it.  If the lumber twists then it can make building your flute much more difficult.  But I am pretty sure that the guys I know that manufacture flute blanks do not intentionally ship bad stock.

I have always tried to use Old Growth stock or very old reclaimed lumber for my blanks.  I prefer air-dried lumber over kiln dried AND air-dried is more expensive usually.  There is the sheer cost to deal with as well.  The cost of good lumber is very high – much higher that what you can find in your local lumber yard usually.  The people I like to deal with know what they have and their lumber garners a fairly high price.

The actual process of boring the components of the blank takes a proper jig setup as well as time and skill.  I have produced countless flute blanks both by using my proprietary jig setup and using CNC technology.  After cutting a lot of blanks using both methods I have come to the conclusion that the hand crafted blanks – for me – are preferable.  For some reason CNC cut blanks have more warping issued than the hand cut ones and I can actually control the cut better by hand.  We use both crafting methods but for the most part most of the blanks from my shop are really pretty nice.

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So when you shop for a blank set to for your next flute project keep in mind how much cost and work actually goes into the finished product.  Our pre-bored flute blanks sets range from a low price point of $28.00 all the way up to around $70.00 depending on the wood.  It is important to note that I do not use any exotics in my shop – only domestic species.  Part of the reason for this is the Plains Indians did not have access to Cocobolo or Ebony or other exotics.  They used what was immediately available to them in their region.  You can make a Native American styled flute from just about any wood or plastic material, but when you have a nice piece of old growth wood properly bored you have the foundation for a really nice flute project.

Many of you have shopped with us before when we had our website Teton Marketing…  After closing it last year to re-focus on flutes and not lumber we are now selling a limited supply of nice flute blanks with several bore sizes.  Each blank has been hand select by me and those that are currently available can be found on our new website at www.JacksonHoleTim.com.  If you would like to see what we are up to and what supplies we have ready to ship check them out…

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NAF Flute Blanks For Sale

timjennings_coronadoBuilding 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 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!”

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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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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.

Port Orford Cedar Native American Style Flute Key G 432Hz…

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POC_75_432G_10_13_2_ebayAs many of you know we love everything about the Native American Flute.  A very special wind instrument with healing powers.  Jackson Hole Artist Timothy Jennings recently completed another Port Orford Cedar flute winner.  The working qualities and finished product Tim produces always makes us smile. This little flute is no exception.  This six hole Native American Style  flute is now one of my favorite flutes we have produced.  Completely hand crafted with a 3/4″ bore and tuned to the Key of G @ 432Hz – we love how this flute plays and sounds. Simple elegance is the best description we have come up with.

POC_75_432G_10_13_3_lgThe Otter fetish also crafted from Port Orford Cedar sits atop his new drop step design.  On many of Tim’s new flutes he is adding a drop step just in front of the windway that gives really nice aesthetic effect.  This step is completely created by hand and the results is a sleeker taper through the barrel of the flute.  There are no added accents to this flute other than the hand cut black Elk hide lace.  Overall length on this flute is 23″ measure tip to tip on the top of the flute.  Playing holes are spaced for comfort and the bottom 3 holes are 1 1/8″ on center. The top three are 1 1/26″ on center with a 1 1/4″ spacing between the #3 and #4 playing holes.  This little flute is a real joy to play.  Signed by artist Timothy Jennings and priced to be affordable.

This flute ships with a protective bag and the price is $285.00 plus freight.  This is the lowest price flute Tim has offered in quite sometime.

Tim Jennings says that “we want everyone to be able to afford one of our hand made flutes and this is a best effort attempt at making this possible”.

Currently Tim has several Port Orford Cedar flutes finished waiting for a home.  Two smaller flutes similar to this one are available with inlays to the cutting edge.  Check them out when you get a chance.  To hear a sound sample of this flute click the link below.

Play Sample of Port Orford Cedar Flute Here: [audio http://www.individualhealth.com/flutefiles/PortOrf_432G.mp3 ]

Price:  $285.00

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 http://www.tetonmarketing.com and the blog http://www.3feathersflutes.com for more…

Jackson Hole Art Association Celebrates 50 Years With Friday Night Kickoff…

This Friday, January 25th, the Art Association of Jackson Hole will begin their celebration of 50 years in Jackson.  Their annual show called “the Jackson Salon” will begin its annual show with their exhibition opening starting at 5:30pm.  This show features local artists and some of their artwork displayed in many mediums.

The opening event kicks off at 5:30 pm and goes until 7:30 pm and there will be a reception of food and drink along with live music.  This three-week event is open to the public so all can visit and enjoy the many different forms of art.  Most of the pieces will be available for purchase and the proceeds will be split between the artists and the Art Association which helps support further education and exhibitions.

ImageWe have entered a piece for the show and it will be available for purchase.  Our entry this year is only the second time we have created a piece like this.  Our entry is one of our latest Native American Styled Flutes designed around the colors of the human Chakra.  This flute was hand crafted from a single piece of old growth, reclaimed American Cherry.  This is a long flute reaching almost 30 inches in length and features a 1″ inch flute bore giving a rich deep voice to this flute.

cherry_chakra_2A six hole flute that is tuned to the key of D at 432Hz (true pitch) makes this flute a very pleasing flute to play and to listen to.  There are seven 10 x 14mm bezel set cabochons that are inlay-ed into the body of the flute.  These seven stones represent the seven primary colors of the human Chakra. The fetish that sits atop the flute is one of our Teton Spike designed fetishes and it was crafted from a piece of African Cocobolo.  This fetish is attached to the flute using a single piece of hand selected and hand cut Elk leather lace.

Hanging from the center of the flute body is a tuft of Sorrel colored horse hair wrapped in a traditional red wool cloth.  The wrap is tied with black sinu.  The playing holes are set at brownbisonbag1_lgcomfortable intervals making this a very easy flute to play.  The flute will be displayed on top of a hand crafted flute stand made from a single piece of Ironwood.

Finally this flute has been finished in a high gloss of more than 30 light coats of hand rubbed lacquer.   Also part of the display is a flute bag that was designed by us and hand-made for the show by Leah Burgess of Riversong Leather Studio’s out of Laramie Wyoming.  This bag is crafted from a chocolate-brown buffalo hide also hand selected for these bags.  This flute is a truly one of a kind hand crafted, gallery quality, made in Wyoming piece.  Come to the show if you are in town over the next three weeks.  I am sure you will see some nice works of art.

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