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By The Board


Jackson Hole Tim is now shipping orders as small as individual boards.  For more than 18 years we have supplied parts for the Native American style flute building community.  Billets, Blank Sets, Pre-Bored Flute Blanks, and fully assembled flute blanks is just a small part of what we produce here in our shop in Wyoming.

About 12 years ago we started stocking very specific old growth lumber for not only the flute building community but Luthiers, Game Call Makers, Fishing Lure makers, carvers, relief carvers and specialty craftsman of all kinds.  We will cut and ship down to a single board.  Most suppliers won’t even talk to you for orders this small but we will.

Boards are individually selected and cut at the time of the order.  ALL of our in stock Lumber is SELECT Grade Old Growth first generation cut stock.  We search for music quality timber and order specific bunks delivered to us here in Afton Wyoming.


Although we are always looking for unique timber that can be used in flute building JHT Lumber specializes in several species of lumber.  Our favorite is a toss up between Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar.  Sitka Spruce is an amazing wood and Premium Grade Alder is a favorite for so many projects.

We also look for really nice Black Walnut and we have access to some of the most beautiful cut Douglas Fir that is flat out beautiful.  Sometimes we buy just an individual board ourselves hoping to turn it into flute blank stock.

New this year was the addition of flute blanks with end caps.  When we find stock suitable for end caps we will keep adding to our inventories.

Larger Orders No Problem

From time to time we get customers looking for larger quantities of lumber for their own operations.  If you are looking for more than a few board feet of specialty woods like our Sitka Spruce, Port Orford or Alaskan Yellow Cedar reach out.  If we do not have it in stock we can get it to you just the same.

The next time you consider buying lumber for your next project(s) give us a shout.  We will do our best to find and ship what you need.

Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar – Available


Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar Blanks Available Now

For many years flute makers all across this country used us as a source for quality flute blank materials.  The past couple of years we had to make some changes as we had to take care of family for a while.  Finally our family can now offer again to our new and existing customers a source for high quality Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar when available.

stock1_smI currently stock ready to ship pre-cut flute blank billets in a standard 24″ and 30″ lengths ready for you to cut to your needed dimensions.  All billets unless otherwise listed are either 2″ x 2″ or 1 15/16″ x 1 15/16″ square.  These are cut from hand select Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar Boards.  Each blank has a tight vertical grain and when cut or turned on a lathe these blanks will make beautiful sounding flutes.  This is the very same material I use here in my shop for my custom flutes.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar  Crafts A Beautiful Flute

Raven Themed Crafted from AYC

Alaskan Yellow Cedar is one of my favorite woods to craft flutes from.  As many of you know here in my shop use the two blank method where we bore the interior components of the flute and then glue the two halves back together when we have finished with the inside of the flute.  AYC when glued right will show virtually no glue joint.  And because you can cut your blanks from the same billet you end up with book matched blanks.

AYC with Cherry Rails, Fetish, Cabochon

This quality of AYC is extremely hard to come by, expensive to purchased and because of the high density of the grain the boards are heavy thus raising shipping costs.  But this material is worth every penny.  These two pictures provided here where both made by me out of this very same AYC.  The flute to the right ended up having a hand-made cabochon that I crafted from Cantlinite (Native American Pipestone) and it was bezel set in Sterling Silver.


I am selling blanks individually or in lots of 4 and 6 per box.  Each blank individually is $22 per 30″ blank and $19.75 per 24″ blank.  If you purchase a box of 4 you save 15% on the price of the box and 18% on a box of 6 plus shipping costs.  Each blank is individually shrink wrapped to help keep the wood stable at our altitude.

Wether you cut these billets into two halves or turn on a lathe and use a rifle boring machine to craft your flute bore you will love how easy AYC is to work with.  It finishes like glass and the tone of the flute is one we think is one of the best.

If you are wanting larger quantities of blanks simple email me with your request to “timjen333@gmail.com” or feel free to reach out to me by phone (307) 690-0427.  To view our page to for additional order information, stock and such CLICK HERE.