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…
It is clear that the weather is starting to change here in the Yellowstone Basin. Grizzly Bears are being sighted scrounging for food and the area is clearly starting to move from Winter into Spring mode. Days are longer and nights are getting shorter and warmer to boot.
People will start to plan their summer trips and for many Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Cody Wyoming will be on the itinerary. If any of you travel through this area this coming Spring, Summer or Fall please reach out to me and come see some of my flutes , Native Pipe designs and jewelry here in my little shop.
I am located on the banks of the Snake River in the South Hoback Junction area in one of the most beautiful setting. Come see me at the end of the road and while you are here take a beautiful walk along the banks of the Snake River. And while you are here visit our Rodeo and see some spectacular cowboys ride into the night.
If you have interest please reach out to me via email or phone and set a time to stop by. I would love to meet with you and show you some of my art. I am working on a large number of flutes and pipes so don’t be surprised if you find something you like. Please contact me at “firstname.lastname@example.org” or by phone “(307) 690-0427” let’s get together – I would love to meet you.
It 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.
These 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.
Both 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. We 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. Each 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.
The 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.
These 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
FOR SALE $285 Plus $16.95 Shipping
For more information on these two flutes call me at (307) 690-0427 or email me at “email@example.com“.
Many of you are familiar with Teton Marketing primarily because of our Native American Flutes handcrafted right here in Jackson Hole. Last year we released our first hat that was primarily a hat to help spread the word about the company. Our latest hats should appeal to everyone who lives or visits Jackson Hole Wyoming.
High Altitude Designs from Teton Marketing is a line of active wear clothing that people can use every day living here in Jackson Hole and beyond. Watch for the introduction of clothing, hats and more as they introduce them throughout the summer. Each clothing item is branded with the Teton Marketing logo and appropriate taglines. All logos and taglines are embroidered for a clean tasteful look. We hope you will enjoy each addition as they come available. Each of our hats are designed and made right here in the state of Wyoming, truly Wyoming Made. The current line of hats come from mostly from the Otto Collection. We currently have available in three hat designs. Adjustable to fit any head. We offer three versions of the hats, all three feature variations of the Teton Marketing Logo, the Wyoming Bucking horse, the state name “Wyoming”, the States Tag Line “Forever West” and of coarse name “Jackson Hole”on the front of the cap.
The current caps are available in jet black, Khaki, and dark Gray in color. These are very nice quality hats and all logos are embroidered, not silk screened. Our newest addition is a new ladies with the popular military style hat. A sample picture of the this new hats style is located below and to the right. If you are interested in one of these new ladies hats email us to reserve one.
OTTO Design – Non-structured cap is made with 100% Cotton. Fully Adjustable using a Velcro adjustment strap on the back of the hat. The Teton Logo and the name “Jackson
Hole” is embroidered on the front of the cap.
100% Cotton Army Style ladies cap. Fully adjustable in back using Velcro adjustment strap. Soft unstructured cap. Logo is embroidered on one side of the front panel and the name Jackson Hole on the other panel.
If you wish to place your order by phone please call (307) 690-0427. You can pay for your order using your credit card or we can invoice you via PayPal or send an online invoice to your email address that you can pay online. If you have questions you can also reach out to us via email “firstname.lastname@example.org“.
ABOUT THE LOGO
Inspired by the place we live. The Teton Range is truly one of the most inspiring mountain range in the world. Most people equate the Grand Tetons with Jackson Hole. Our Logo for Teton Marketing is our vision of what we see everyday. Like many of our flute fetishes that tend to be more whimsical, our logo falls comfortably in line with them. We have tried to find a balance between a literal view of the range and their whimsical view. We think they accomplished this.
One of the most iconic images from Jackson Hole is the Teton Range. Although I do not know the percentage – I would guess that most of the photos taken of the Tetons is a frontal shot that is taken from the general vicinity of Antelope Flats. What is so cool about the Tetons is the many faces it has when taken from different locations throughout the valley. Here is the picture of the day taken from a more northern approach. Enjoy and may it bring peace to your day! (click image to enlarge)
Many of you know Teton Marketing because of the Native American Flutes they handcraft right here in Jackson Hole. Teton Marketing is growing and adding new products all the time. Recently they released their first hat that was primarily a hat to help spread the word about the company. Now they add a new hat that should appeal to everyone who lives or visits Jackson Hole.
High Altitude Designs from Teton Marketing is a new line of active wear clothing that people can use every day living here in Jackson Hole and beyond. Watch for the introduction of clothing, hats and more as they introduce them throughout the summer. Each clothing item will be branded with the Teton Marketing logo and appropriate taglines. All logos and taglines will be embroidered for a clean tasteful look. Teton Marketing hopes that you will enjoy each addition as they come available. The current Teton Marketing hats come from the Otto Collection and they are adjustable to fit any head. There are now offer three versions of the hats, all three versions feature variations of the Teton Marketing Logo, the website address, the Wyoming Bucking horse, the state name “Wyoming”, “Forever West” and of coarse “Jackson Hole”on the back of the cap. All of the current caps are jet black in color. These are very nice hats and all logos are embroidered, not silk screened. Each hat is $23.99 plus shipping. They are planning to add several more hat designs for those of you who love Jackson Hole Wyoming as much as they do. You can Get your Teton Marketing hat today at www.tetonmarketing.com.
About Their Logo
Inspired by the place they live. The Teton Range is truly one of the most inspiring mountain range in the world. Most people equate the Grand Tetons with Jackson Hole. Their Logo for Teton Marketing is their vision of what they see everyday. Like many of their flute fetishes that tend to be more whimsical, their logo falls comfortably in line with them. They tried to find a balance between a literal view of the range and their whimsical view. We think they accomplished this. Visit their website to see other products offered from Teton Marketing…
Wow, hard to believe it is February, 2013 already. I know I keep saying this but time is flying by as they say. After several days of winter weather the sky’s opened up this morning and gave us clear blue sky’s, well with a few clouds floating around. It was 9 degrees at the coffee shop but something makes you seem a lot warmer when you see good ol Mr. Sun.
One more stop at the DOG (Down On Glen) for one of Jackson’s premier breakfast burritos and off we go. Today’s destination was Oxbow Bend and Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The pictures above are a very typical morning here in the valley. You never know what will catch your eye when you cruise along. The truck in the pictures is our first brand new Ford F350 which we will be using this spring when we kick off our new Private Party Tours that we will be offering through our website www.tetonmarketing.com. If you are visiting Jackson this summer consider letting us take you out and see some of the things we are blessed to experience every day. More on this in future posts.
The temperatures this morning in Grand Teton National Park was hovering around a comfortable 10 degrees. I say comfortable because there was zero wind and the sun was beaming down bright upon us. Winter in the park can offer some really spectacular vistas and wildlife opportunities for your camera. We had the place to ourselves. We could stop on the road and pretty much do what ever we wanted. We saw several moose but they did not want to cooperate and pose for us. Nothing like a cup of hot coffee and some really spectacular scenery start your day out right. Enjoy…
Wow Christmas has come and gone again! Hard to believe how fast the time seems to pass these days. As many of you know winter came late to the Yellowstone basin this year and for a while we were actually starting to wonder if we would ever see the snow fall. Needless to say it did and it is now cold like it should be with plenty of white stuff on the ground.
This morning as the sun was starting to creep its way over the Wind River Range I decided I was going to get up and grab one of my favorite cups of coffee and head north of town to see what I could find. I had an hour or two to kill so why not. It was a bit over cast and cold to boot. But once my truck warmed up and I had my cup in hand I was all about finding something fun and cool to watch. And as usual I did not disappoint myself.
This morning in short I saw quit a few characters from the neighborhood. I counted more than 25 moose, hundreds of buffalo, deer, elk, eagles, coyotes and more. This was not my first rodeo with taking pics of buffalo but this morning was bit unusual. The female in the slide-show did not want to get out of my way. She just stood fast and stared me down..So after taking a few pics of her I tried to nudge my truck past her and she did not like this. She let me know with a few twitches of her tail and growled at me loud enough to let me know I was getting too close.
Then to the right of me after plowing down a barbed wire fence I saw her boyfriend at a full run coming right at me. At first I was not sure what he was doing but I figured it out quickly. So I swung my camera around, snapped this shot and hit the gas and moved just past him as he passed within feet of my rear bumper. All I could see was this big guy plowing straight into the side of my truck – head first.
For the next hour or so I just marveled at the sheer beauty of this morning and although I was alone I was not… I was surrounded by the majesty of the morning, the mountains, the rising sun and the wildlife that accompanied me on my morning journey. And of coarse, some really solid classic vinyl (XM Radio). I will have to do this again…
Some of you may be wondering what happened to our weekly posts and the truth be told is we have been enjoying the most amazing Fall weather. I can’t remember when the last time we saw such a beautiful, warm, completely awesome Fall in Jackson Hole. Weekends at the lakes with our kids, people still riding their bikes around town and on the trails and more tourists seemed to hang around longer than in years past. Simply a very nice surprise for those of us living in the Yellowstone Basin.
But as we all know the winds of change come quickly when mother nature decides that it is time. One of most unusual things I noticed this fall was the complete lack of snow on the Tetons. It seems that there is always snow somewhere on these majestic peaks but this fall snow was almost devoid of this precious white commodity.
One of the side effects of this wonderful warm weather was the total lack of water that we saw this summer. Jackson narrowly escaped one of the worst fire seasons on record and because of the heroic efforts of so many firemen and state and federal assets Jackson narrowly escape what could have been a tragedy. So with our rivers and streams down and our open spaces brown with thirst this warm fall season left many of the true locals lacking the very basic things they need to survive the upcoming winter. We saw a return of the Bison to the area north of town and it was clear to me that this past spring and summer was good to these herds as their young were everywhere. But the lack of tall grass like we saw last year seems to be on the thin side and so we ponder how they will fair this winter.
One clear sign that pickings are thin were the numerous bears we saw this fall all looking for something to eat. On the Moose Wilson road the Hawthorne bushes that are usually packed with life giving berries simply did not seem to materialize. The lack of water this summer showed clearly how devastating this could be when it came time for these animals to find food in preparation for winter. We watched bears climbing trees and pulling empty berry branches to their mouths eating what ever they could get their paws on (literally).
Another event that fall brings is the beginning of the hunting season. People are pulling permits for Elk, Bear, Antelope, Wolves (new this year), Bison and even birds. Especially for the elk, fall brings the double hazard of foraging for food while hiding from hunters doing the same. Small groups which to me look like little families run for cover after coming out of hiding for a well deserved drink and then it is quickly up the hill side to the safety of the trees. Although I enjoy a good elk steak I enjoy even more seeing these beautiful animals in the wild. Yes Jackson Hole and the surround area is a magical place to live. And with each change in the seasons you definitely know what time of the year it is.
My worry this year is that because of the amazing summer and warm fall weather we have enjoyed, this winter may bring a true struggle for life for all that inhabit the great Yellowstone Basin. Especially for the young, this first winter for them will be the test of how strong they are. Food is scarce and they need these calories to make it through the winter.
As of now they look strong to me, and I am sure the Great Spirit will lift her hand to comfort them and bring them through what is about to come. I leave you with a Native American Flute Song that shares with you a message of peace and hope. Written and produced by Nakoa Heavyrunner, Assiniboine Native American Music Artist, The Honoring is presented first in song, then by Native American Flute, then English and finally one more time in Northern Cree. We too wish all of you peace and good life this winter.
Over the past couple of days I have ventured north of town with Peyton as every day offers something new and different. No real stories to tell except that Antelope Flats is alive again with activity. We have seen Moose, Coyotes, Buffalo, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Deer, Ground Varmints, Badgers, Hawks, Eagles, beautiful vistas – awesome. Spring is definitely a time when all of mother nature is on the move. Although none of these pictures by themselves are spectacular, they are representative of what we see every single morning. Antelope flats is easy to get to and in 1 hour you will be blessed to be surrounded by some of this areas greatest inhabitants. The bears are out and we have ventured into the park to see if we could find them. Yellowstone opens in the next week or so and we will soon be traveling into the parks for more photo fun. Come to Jackson as see what we are talking about. Enjoy…