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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

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New Camera Is On It’s Way

One of the most enjoyable things I am able to do where I live is to walk out my front door and I can find so many wonderful things to take pictures of.  The Yellowstone Basin is truly one of the most beautiful parts of the United States and photographic opportunities are simply everywhere.

As I have achieved a higher level of skill for this craft so too has my desire to keep up with the latest camera technology.  Today’s DSLRs are simply amazing.  The quality of the image taken is almost as real life as viewing it through your own eyes.  I have been waiting for some new camera introductions later this year but my older Nikon was crying for help.  So I decided to pull the trigger and new camera now and then watch for future releases.

I settled on the new D500 which if you look into it is simply amazing at the depth of capabilities built into this new body.  With a burst rate of up to 10 FPS (Frames Per Second), 151 focal points, 4000K video and more I can’t wait to try it out in the wild.  I am sure I will be sharing some new stuff real soon.  I am currently awaiting an order of new Gallery Quality Acrylic Mounts that are being added to this website for sale as I write this.  Acrylic Mounting is nothing short of amazing!

Morning Coffee

For several years I wrote a blog post almost daily and I called it “Morning Coffee”.  I had so many people tell me how much they enjoyed these post many of which can still be found on this website by  clicking on the MENU LINK “BLOG” and then in the search field search “MORNING COFFEE” and a list will render for your reading pleasure.

This new camera is inspiring me to bring this back to all of you and I hope… no I am sure I can find some really cool things to share with all of you.  If you have not already subscribed to my blog you can easily do so in the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION area found in the upper left column of every page.  Each time I post something new you will receive it in your Inbox.  Please consider subscribing…

 

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Tony Duncan Plays His New Raven Themed Flute…

Spring Break in Jackson Hole is a welcome time of the year as we are emerging from the depths of Old Man Winter here in Western Wyoming.  Each Spring our kids get 2 full weeks for Spring Break which is plenty of time to take a road trip.  This year a road trip south was needed more than other.  Our epic snowfall was one for the record book and it was still falling upon our departure.

“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

This year our road trip was to take us first to Scottsdale Arizona to visit family and then on to San Diego.  One of the highlights planned was to visit a Scottsdale venue where Tony Duncan was to play.

For those who may not know Tony Duncan is one of our true Native American Music treasures and he is an Award Winning Native American Flute Artist and World Champion Hoop Dancer (5 times World Champion).  Tony has been blessed to play with the likes of Carlos Nakai, Joanne Shenandoah, Nelly Furtado and other great music artists.  He was awarded Artist of the Year at the Native American Music Awards  for 2013-2014 and he has played to huge audiences globally.  Tony has played the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Smithsonian Museum, The Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show, and The White House.

The Native American Flute is one of the most beautiful instruments handed down from Mother Earth and when in the hands of Tony, well lets just say a Spirit comes through and straight to your heart.

CLICK IMAGE to hear the voice of this flute. Tony Duncan in Phoenix Arizona
Timothy Jennings and Tony Duncan

Recently I had the opportunity to deliver a flute I made to Tony.  Although this flute took a bit longer than I had wanted I finally was able to have it delivered before our trip to Arizona.  The flute pictured above is the actual flute crafted for Tony and above (picture) is a link of a video sent to me by Tony of him playing it in Arizona shortly thereafter.

We arrived in Scottsdale late Friday evening after driving 900 miles.  Then Saturday morning we made our way down to the Scottsdale Civic Center just in time to hear Tony play and to our great surprise he was playing his new Raven Themed flute.  This man is blessed for sure.  We met his family again and chatted a bit about things and after the show we parted ways and our family went on to eat lunch in town.  But I must tell you how humbled I was to hear the voice of this flute after spending so many hours crafting it.  Tony could not have been more gracious as was his wife Violet.  And his children are so full of life and clearly one big happy family.

For those who would like to seek Tony’s music out he is currently signed to Canyon Records, the largest Native American music label and his music is available through iTunes and other music vendors.  Follow Tony Duncan on FaceBook.  I look forward to the next opportunity to craft another flute for Tony… I hope soon…

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New Commission for Black Willow Flute…

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I have been commissioned to build a new flute from the above pre-glued Black Willow flute blank.  Although this blank is currently sitting at a C# @ 440Hz we will be changing this and tuning this flute to the requested 444Hz range.  Not sure of the key but I should know pretty quick.

I am building this flute for one of my favorite customers, Mary.  She always likes to challenge me with something new and different.  This will be the first flute I tune at the “new” 444Hz as she tells me.   I am excited to see how this flute turns out.  More to follow…

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Catlinite Native American Styled Personal Pipe…

3featherspipe_4_leftviewWhen I receive a commission for a custom pipe I always save just about every piece of pipestone from each pipe as I can always find uses for the remnants.  This pipe was crafted from just that – remnants of stone from a previous commission.  I personally like small pipes as they are easier to handle and when you want to have a smoke by the fire these are a great choice.

3featherspipe_4_rightviewThis pipe is actually a midsize personal pipe according to my way of thinking.  The pipestone in this pipe shares a two-tone coloring with a real deep traditional pipestone red on the left side of the pipe and a lighter pinkish red on the right side of the pipe.  There is a teepee effigy towards the back of the pipe and the left front side has an eagle’s head totem while the right side is a set of feathers.

dsc0650_wdc_eagle_tetons_01_72dpi_672pxwideThe detail in this pipe is not as high as in commission pipes (seen eft) such as the eagle pipe I recently finished.  But this is a pretty cool little pipe.  The overall length of this pipe with stem is 21″ inches long and the stone itself is 4 3/4″ long.  The tobacco bowl is 1/2″ in diameter and the depth of the bowl 1 5/8″ deep.  If you are looking for a personal pipe that you can smoke with friends this would be a good choice.

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This pipe is prices at $165.00 and it ships with a protective bag.  Shipping on this pipe should be less than $10.00 depending on your zip code.  If you are interested in this pipe or you have questions please reach out to me at “timjen333@gmail.com“.

 

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The Eagle (Anukasa) and the Range…”Nakhota”…

The “Nakota” Souix (pronounced nah-KO-tah ) is the tribe’s name for themselves and may mean“friends” or “allies.” It comes from the Yankton word, Nakhota, sometimes translated as “alliance of friends.”   another meaning for the name is “those who consider themselves kindred.”

Earlier this year I was contacted by a very special man, Jesse-Blue Forrest Sequoyah-Blue Deer Eagle who reached out to me to commission an eagle pipe that would be used in ceremony over several years as this pipe was to take a long journey across Canada on what is now known as the Tree of Unity Peace Walk.

Once I had accepted this commission which was and is a great honor, I knew I had an important task set before me.  As I pondered the path I would take to craft the sacred pipe that was to be an Eagle pipe I for some reason decided to start two pipes at the same time, one of which is the pipe you see before you here and the other at the top of this post.  It was made very clear to me the importance of the commission I was about to undertake and the very next day I started on the journey with great passion – a journey that would end with two pipes.

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Tree of Peace Unity Walk Sacred Eagle Ceremonial Pipe Completed July 2016

The most important task was to complete the Tree of Unity Peace Walk pipe then I could focus on the second pipe to follow which I am calling “Anukasa and the Range – Nakhota, Alliance of Friends”.  This eagle pipe will be seen by thousands of people at the upcoming Western Design Conference to be held this weekend here in Jackson Hole Wyoming.  I am hoping to share a small glimpse into the world of the Sacred Pipe by way of display.

As many of you know I live in Jackson Hole Wyoming, home of the Teton Mountain Range, known worldwide.  This powerful mountain range rises above the Teton Valley and it is the Southern Gateway into the Yellowstone Basin.  Les Trois Tetons it is believed was the name given to the mountain range by the Iroquois or French Canadian trappers in the very early 1800’s.  Since then these majestic peaks have been called by many names.

It is a very rare event that I trek north of Jackson Hole when I do not see one or more Bald Eagles soaring around the valley and into the base of these mountains.  When you see the majesty of these magnificent birds and how they interact with Mother Earth and her ranges it is clear there is an Alliance of Friends or another way of saying it is Nakota or Nakhota which are names used to describe today’s Assiniboine First Nations People.

dsc0644_wdc_eagle_tetons_01_100dpiSo why use this translation and not something else?  Well truth be told all of the Sacred Pipestone I receive comes from a single family who are Assiniboine descendants and they live on the Assiniboine Reservations located in Northeastern Montana.  Donovan Archambault is my Assiniboine Elder Mentor, a Master Pipe Maker in his own right.  Each summer Donovan and younger parts of his family travel back to their ancestral  region in Minnesota to hand quarry the sacred stone from Mother Earth.  It is then hauled back from Minnesota to Montana where I gather stone that was hand quarried and allotted for me.

So it is in this spirit that I use the Name of the Nakota people and their indigenous language translation for the name  “Eagle”.  When you see these powerful and very sacred birds interact with the nature that surrounds us here in the Yellowstone Basin you can certainly grasp the Alliance that must take place between their very nature and Mother Earth in order for them to survive.

 

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“Spirit of the Pipe”…

Spirit of the Pipe Commission Ships Out

spiritofpipe_16_bEvery Once and a while a project comes along that really finds a place in your soul.  This is one of those times.   On Monday I will be shipping this project to its new owner in Canada.  A First Nations man will carry this flute with him on an upcoming journey that will take him across Canada over a two-year period.

The idea for this flute came about after recently delivering a Native Styled pipe to the Western Ojibwe in Canada for which I was commissioned to craft.  In a way this flute is a continuation of this pipe.  The pipe which will be carried across Canada for the upcoming Tree of Peace Unity Walk will now have this flute as it’s companion.  I have named this flute the “Spirit of the Pipe”.

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Testimony

I shared a vision with my Elders, Clan Mothers, and Grandfathers.  At the Council Fire they contemplated my vision, and in turn, they received a vision of a Sacred Eagle Pipe that was to be gifted to me.  Through ceremony and reflection, Spirit guided us to Timothy.  The Elders, Clan Mothers, and Grandfathers saw in his previous work, that it was evident that Timothy has a connection with the spirit of the materials he uses.  This was very important to us as this Sacred Eagle Pipe will lead a Tree of Peace Unity Walk and the planting of 44 Peace Trees across Canada.  This Unity Walk is the vision I received that will bring together First Nations Peoples and all Canadians for world peace and the healing of Mother Earth. When I received the pipe in a ceremony, I felt the energy of Timothy’s connection with the spirit in the wood and stone, in the making of this sacred pipe. Timothy is a master craftsman and artist who’s hands are blessed by the Great Spirit. In gratitude from myself and the Elders, Clan Mothers, and Grandfathers of the Cherokee, Iroquois, Ojibwe, and Cree of the Council Fire of this vision, we honor Timothy and his creation of the sacred pipe.

Walk Sacred, Talk Sacred,
Jesse-Blue Forrest – Sequoyah-Blue Deer Eagle

I wanted to incorporate the spirit from the sacred pipe by attaching a mouth piece to the flute that was crafted from the very same stone the pipe was made from.  In addition my plans were to craft a cabochon from the same stone to inlay into this flute.  In my mind’s eye this addition of the stone to the flute would help carry the spirit of this pipe over to the flute.  I had hopes that this flute would share in the very same journey as the pipe.

As one draws in the smoke from the pipe in ceremony this same breath would give life through their playing of the flute.  If this were to happen this would accomplish my vision for this piece.

This six hole  flute features a 1″ inch bore crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  It is tuned to the Key of D#.  It features the Four Winds tuning holes and by most standard this is a large flute.  Although I think it is the perfect size as its new owner like me is a large man and should have no trouble playing it.

The theme for the pipe was that of the Eagle and so too we carried the same theme through to the flute by adding a fetish that represents a whimsical vision of the Eagle in flight.  The fetish sits between two rails crafted from a special wood called Sapodilla.  This reclaimed wood has much the same color tones as the pipestone.

One of the interesting twists in all of this is that the Tree of Peace Unity Walk will start it’s journey on a sacred mountain on Vancouver
Island.  The very same place the Alaskan Yellow Cedar used in this spiritofpipe_18_b72flute was harvested from several years ago.

It is always an honor when I have the opportunity to be commissioned for a project.  I am always humbled that there are those who find my style of art pleasing.  But it is especially humbling when I am given the opportunity to create something as special as these two projects for the First Nations People of Canada and know that they will be used in Ceremony and not used as a cliché…

Listen to Sound Sample from this flute

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