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Largest Selection of Flutes in Wyoming

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.

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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.

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Greeting Cards Are Here

Recently I announced I had selected 9 of my favorite images of Wyoming and the Yellowstone Basin to be made into folded Greeting Cards.  Well the first order is now here ready to ship.  This cards are 5×7 folded with a blank interior for your message and credits on the back.  Each card ships with it’s own envelope for mailing.  These are printed on a really nice card stock and the images are fairly impressive.  Shop them now right here on Jacksonholetim.com.

Retailers Wanted

If you like what you see and you have a retail shop or Online business we want to talk to you.  These greeting cards would be a great value add to your shop.  If interested reach out to Tim Jennings at Sales@Jacksonholetim.com.  We want to earn your business!

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Walnut Drone Flute Key of D 444Hz

Black Walnut Drone flute enters finishing stage.  This flute has gone through a long journey and it should be completed in the coming week or so.  This Drone flute features 1″ inch bores and had been tuned to D @444Hz per request of a previous interested party.  This flute will be included in our farm gallery inventory when complete.

The fetish has been hand carved from a single piece of Black Walnut and features an arrowhead theme.  Leather for the fetish will be hand cut bison lace – probably in a dark brown color.  There are no additional accents at this time on this flute other than the hand carving seen here on the top of the flute.  The bottom of the drone is smooth across the entire bottom.  There is a subtle elevation separation at the mouth piece that should help ones ability to play one side or the other or both.

This flute is to be finished with a high gloss lacquer that should really make it pop.  The walnut coloring is pretty much a traditional walnut look and feel and although a drone it is fairly comfortable in your hands.  A recording should be available shortly of how this drone sounds and plays.  The entire construction of this flute was done by me by hand.

Available for purchase:

  1. This flute is available for purchase at this time.   Current plans are for a high gloss lacquer finish. There is still time to add any additional accents, select the finish for this flute, add feather or horse hair accents, add stones for a higher price point  PRE-COMPLETION PRICE: $895 PLUS $16.95 Shipping (lower 48 states).  NO additional accents.  To add additional accents please contact me for pricing.  DEPOSIT REQUIRED for changes.

Call to purchase this Black Walnut Drone flute (307) 690-0427 or email me.  This flute is Available for Custom Order – email “sales@jacksonholetim.com”

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Jackson Hole Tim Website Makes a Change!

As long as I have lived in Wyoming I have made Native American Style flutes, Wyoming influenced one of a kind jewelry, custom fetish designs and I have built some amazing commissioned pipe projects.  My view of Wyoming is also shared through my photography as I see it through the lens of a camera.  It is these things that bring purpose and joy to my life and as with all things time seems to find a way to erode away at them.  Jacksonholetim.com over time has become more of a store selling parts to others who seek the knowledge to build or learn to build the wind instrument known to most as the Native American Flute rather than a platform to share my art.  I have spent countless hours crafting flute parts and sharing what took me years to learn which is to share the knowledge of how to build one of these fine instruments.  I have enjoyed sharing what I have learned but now it;s time to get back to the genesis of all this.

As I get older I find less and less time to actually do what it is I want… no feel called to do which is to be a builder of flutes, pipes and share my visions of Wyoming through the lens of a camera.  As I approach 60 years of age I find that time is now my biggest enemy with less and less of it at hand.  I want to go back to my craft and create flutes that others will find joy in playing.  So from this post forward you will see a change in our menu choices and the elimination of flute parts, wood stocks and other flute making supplies and I will begin to focus back on creating, crafting and designing new projects for others.  I am actively interviewing for new commissions for flute and pipe projects.  Because of the time each commission project consumes I have a limit amount of project slots I can offer each year.  If you want to open a dialog for a new project that I can do for you simply reach out and let’s talk.

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A New Chapter In Flute Building Begins…

All things change and yet nothing remains the same… for the most part anyway.  For the past 15 years I have been on a roller coaster journey with my career with so many changes to our industry and none of it has been within my control.  For more than 32 years my primary occupation has been that of a full time International Health Insurance Broker and I still actively work at this daily.  The last 15 years of my career I have also worked as a commissioned artist in my spare time working mostly in the medium of wooden Native American Style Flutes.  In addition I also work in the medium of stone crafting mostly pipes.  Catlinite (pipestone) is a wonderful medium to work in and it provides a powerful source of energy for me.

Over the past several years I have had the pleasure to craft some really wonderful projects for many different clients.  Some flutes and some pipes and some projects that combined both the flute and the pipestone into a single project.  For many of these years I have been a primary source for flute builders both new to the flute and professionals alike and I have supplied thousands of flute blanks both pre-bored and simple stock ready to bore.   I have even provided much needed knowledge to those who seek it.  There have been times over the past several years where my day job and my passion for the Native American Flute simply create a conflict.  Each demands your time and attention.

As I approach my 58th birthday this December I reflect on that which has actually brought me peace and joy over my lifetime.  For sure my family sits on top of this list.  My career of 32 years as a broker also sits on that list.  But building Native American styled flutes of all types has and is definitely a highlight and sharing the real healing power of the flute is a big part of it.  As we all grow through our lives and reflect on what it is we do on a daily basis I think we all must come to a place where the passion for what you have been doing starts to disappear.  For me this is true and I have reached this place and now I hope and want to focus more on the things that bring me satisfaction with my daily endeavors.

Our family recently made the decision to move a little south of Jackson Hole to the Star Valley part of Wyoming.  For many reasons but in short we wanted more land for our horses, more room for my shop and we want to be a little more accessible to those who may be visiting our region in the coming years.  In the next few weeks we will be moving to our new home and it is here in Star Valley where I plan to focus further on my craft.  This past summer we had a very small shop that allowed some people to visit but the need to grow and expand made it clear we needed to find another place to call home.  Within the next few months I plan to open a new shop that will be located on our property that will include a very nice showroom.  One goal is to have probably the largest selection of Native American Style flutes along with parts and supplies within the state of Wyoming.  You will be able to come visit, shop and take home your new found treasure.  In addition our shop will feature some of my photography centered on the Yellowstone Basin and everything on the walls will be available for sale.

For those of you who have followed me through the years you know I have attempted this more than once.  The desire to share my art with others has never been more present than it is now.  After speaking with several of the galleries in the Jackson area and talking to other artists it eventually became clear that the path for me had to my own showroom/shop.  So with this in mind please subscribe to our blog and follow me as we set these new goals and open our doors starting this winter.  I have had several people ask if our showroom will be open for the 2018 summer and the answer is YES it will.  If you have plans to travel to Jackson Hole, Yellowstone or any part of this are we will be easy to find and worth the trip to our shop.  If you will travel from the Salt Lake City basin then you will drive right past our place.  Watch for future post and hopefully many new creations will be ready for the new season soon to kick off.

 

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A Story About Mary

 

MaryBlakeley_1_smA couple of years ago I was commissioned to build a very special flute.   I have made a post about this before but I wanted to update this article as there has been some very nice things take place this past summer directly related to this post.  I completed the construction of a very nice flute for one of my favorite customers, Mary Blakeley, who lives in Idaho. This is one of the first flutes where I crafted the entire flute and fetish but did not put a finish on the flute prior to shipping.

Mary wanted to complete this process for her flute on her own and I was excited to see what she has in mind. This flute was crafted from a very interesting piece of Sassafras.  Sassafras is very nice wood to work with and I like the tonal qualities of this wood.  Generally Sassafras is kind of non descriptive wood and it does not have the flash that other domestic species can have.

This board was unusual because the grain patterns were very nice. The problem was – the board was twisted and bent and wow – I was not sure I would be able to make it work.  After consulting with Mary she made the decision that this piece was the one for her so I agreed to go ahead and see what I could do.

EternalComfort_4_smBecause I liked the grain patterns so well I cut the best sections out of the board and spent two weeks trying various tricks to help straighten the blanks out.  After a couple of weeks and several different methods I realized that I was going to have to simply do my best during the glue up phase and make sure I had enough clamps on the blanks and a good solid coat of glue to boot.

EternalComfort_6_smPrior to glue up there were two things I needed to do.  First Mary requested I write into the inside of the flute the name “GOD” in Paleo Hebrew which I did.  I then sealed the name into the flute body and it is now part of this flute forever.  Second, I scored the entire gluing surfaces by hand with a sharp blade to give us some extra bite for the glue.  Prior to the glue up I inlaid a small piece of ironwood into the top of the flute. This inlay became the cutting edge on this flute and the contrast came out perfect.  Then I clamped it up and as you can see we made sure we had enough on the blanks. We left the blanks in the clamps overnight to make sure we gave it ample drying time and later the next day we removed the clamps and the results could not have been better.

“Amazing but that is what God does with music. Most believers want to have their emotions manipulated with music but they don’t realize that to God, music is communication. He communicates to us through the music of creation, twinkling stars, rushing water, winds that whisper and winds that roars through the trees, crashing waves and babies cries. The native flute is so special because when we give it our breath, it give us it’s song and each one has a song all its own. Through it we can release the deep sounds of our being.”

Mary Blakeley

We wanted to shoot for a lower C# which made this a very long flute, almost 30 inches in length. We used the four winds tuning holes and spent hours tuning the flute the best I could.  A C# is just about at the outside abilities for a 1 inch bored flute.  I was able to achieve the fundamental note and like all of our flutes I voiced it for the first time right here in Jackson Hole Wyoming, home of the Teton Mountain  range.

EternalComfort_13_lgThe fetish was one of my custom made whimsical feather designs that was crafted from a single piece old growth walnut with a band of sapwood in it.  The base of the fetish is the sapwood and the feather is the black walnut color.  A chimney was created to help with prevention of the #6 hole from jumping to easily and the results were pleasing.

After many hours of frustration and several challenges that we were faced with this flute ended up being one my favorites that I have worked on in quite some time.  Nothing came easy on this flute and there were several times where I thought it was going to end up in my fireplace.  But with Mary’s constant coaxing and support this flute came out just beautiful.  We shipped this flute to her some time ago and I awaited pictures from her once she had completed her finishing project.  All in all a very nice project.

After Mary had received her flute she finished it herself with her favorite wood oil and beeswax  The picture to the left is the finished flute at her home in Idaho.  Mary did a real nice job on completing the project and now she is busy bringing the life of this flute to others where she if helping people heal from problems they face.  Recently Mary sent an email to me about one of her first experiences playing the flute she now calls “Eternal Comfort”.  In her message to me she was sharing an experience where she was playing this flute over a sick woman trying to bring comfort to her.  Within minutes this lady had fallen to sleep.  Above is a block quote from her email to me that is one of the best descriptions of how sound and music communicates to us.  This is a project where I have received more from Mary then Mary has from me.  This is a very special woman with a desire to only help others – we need more like her…

UPDATE:  Recently I received a package in the mail from Mary.  It was long like a flute but I thought how could this be.  I had recently crafted a new flute for her at her request out of a piece of Black Willow I had been saving.  Mary had a vision that her next flute was to be an eagle flute and so this is what we came up with.  Again this new flute was to be shipped with no finish on the wood as she would take care of this herself.  Could this package I just received be this flute I had shipped to her earlier in the year?  So I eagerly opened the package and to my surprise it was a flute but to my great relief it was not the flute below.  After looking at it carefully I suddenly realized that is was the very flute this article was written about.  Mary was returning it to me as a gift – one that I had never received before in all the flutes I have made for people.  Mary wanted me to have this flute and to do something new and exciting with it.  To be truthful I am not sure what exactly that is but I have this flute in front of me and I see it every day.  I think of Mary most days and I think of all the flutes we have shared over the past few years.  Mary has a gift, a gift of love and sharing the word of God.  A very spiritual women she is and I thank God everyday for our chance meeting many years ago.

 

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Native American Style 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 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!”

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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.

Click Here for More Information About Flute Supplies…

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Studio Gallery to be Open Summer of 2017…

Come Visit Our Studio Gallery This Summer

Should you be traveling through Jackson Hole this summer or next please come visit me in my Studio Gallery.  We are easy to find as we are just south of the town of Jackson Hole located in Star Valley area.  If you are looking for a pleasant afternoon and you want to explore something outside of Jackson Hole then take the journey south and view our art.

Please come spend a part of your day with Tim.  This fall, 2017 we are moving to Afton Wyoming which is just about one hour south of the town of Jackson Hole.  Take as much time as you need to explore the many finished flutes we will have.  Enjoy a beverage complimentary on us.  In addition to Flutes some of Tim’s jewelry and local photography will be on display.  We can also ship any purchase to your home or business so you don’t have to take it with you.

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Artist In Resident

This past summer we tried to secure a location within the town of Jackson as the Artist in Resident.  Beginning in 2018 Tim will be the Artist In Resident at our home gallery which will be open to the public. Come visit with Tim and watch how some of his art is actually crafted by hand.  Everything will be available for purchase.

The Largest Selection of Flutes in Wyoming

Come see my collection of hand crafted award-winning Native American Styled Flutes here at our Studio Gallery on your next visit to Jackson Hole.  The entire selection of Native American Styled flutes are crafted by local award-winning artist Timothy Jennings.  We have fully completed flutes, flutes ready for final production (Available to customize), Flute Making Supplies and we will be taking commissions for the winter of 2017 – 2018.

How do you get here?

We will be posting complete instructions on how to get to our property as we get closer to November 1st.  We will post a video that will give you a taste of what you can expect to see on your journey.

If you are interested please contact me via phone @ (307) 690-0427 or email me @ timjen333@gmail.com.  Feel free to leave a comment to this post if this interests you… I would love to see you…

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Cherry Wood Native American Flute…

American Cherry Native American Style Backpacker Flute

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 timjen333@gmail.com.

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Port Orford Cedar Flute Commission Completed…

Earlier this year I was commissioned to craft a new flute from Old Growth Port Orford Cedar.  The client requested a flute tuned to the Key of A @ 440 Hz and she wanted it to be “Concert Tuned”.   I was excited to build this new flute as Port Orford Cedar is one of my very favorite species to work with.

So I found the stock I was going to craft this flute from and from the very beginning it just all seem to come together.  One new addition to this flute was the addition of an inlaid Sapodilla Cutting Edge and two totem rails crafted from the same piece of Sapodilla as the inlaid edge.  By spending the extra time on an inlaid edge and using a wood species quite a bit harder than the POC this would insure a cleaner sound and more resistant to future potential damage – not to mention is looks really  cool.

Because this flute was being crafted with a 7/8″ Bore and we were shooting for an “A” I knew this flute would tend to be a bit shorter than many that I make.  I designed this flute to have  a longer Slow Air Chamber and a stop block of around 1 1/4″ along with a 2 3/4″ blowhole to help with the overall aesthetics.   One other addition was to tune the fundamental note using the 4 Winds tuning holes which also give additional length to the overall flute.

Because I handcraft and hand shape all of my flutes I have to be careful when it comes to adding Totem Rails which you can see in the image above.  At this point you can see the Cutting Edge inlay is complete, the playing holes and 4 Winds tuning  holes have been laid out.  The Totem Rails have been added and glued to the body of the flute and at this point it was time to start the shaping of this flute.

“I am amazed and grateful for the experience of working with Tim Jennings to create a flute for me. He is quite the flute maker master! His attention to details adds a unique dimension to his flutes – the clarity of sound is amazing. The hand of flute makes it feel alive. And Tim is easy to work with, and truly listens and responds to the customer’s needs. He keeps the customer up to date every step of the way.”

Claudia Cocco
Cave Creek, Arizona

After a few weeks of prep work, gluing, clamping, shaping and sanding I had come up with what for me was a new design in that this flute feature a tapered rail that when the fetish or totem was added the back of the fetish would meet the end of the taper.  This approach created a bit different shape towards the mouthpiece, meaning not so round,  but more of an edgy look and overall I really like it.

Tuning this flute was also a challenge as I live in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of over 6400 feet.  Our humidity is higher than Arizona which is where this flute would call home.  Finally temperature is another real issue when tuning.  So I decided to tune the flute to the flat side of the note with the expectation that when the flute finds its way home to Arizona the lower humidity, lower elevation and higher temperatures the note would play closer to fundamental note of A.  We will see… some tweaking down the road may be required.

The final job to complete was to come up with a totem that met the desire of the client by yet allowed me to keep my whimsical tendencies that seems to run a common thread in other totems I have designed.  This flute was to have some sort of horse head totem and so this was what I ended up with.  The new owner likes to affectionately call it the Crazy Horse totem.  Seems fitting…

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute