I am once again excited for the upcoming Western Design Conference to be held in Jackson Hole Wyoming September 6th thru the 9th at the base of the Snow King Resort. Each year some of the BEST Functional Artists from all over the United States jury for entry into the WDC.
The Western Design Conference (WDC) brings together artists, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects, and fashion designers with a passion for the West. From documented American craft, to home design, to fashion, the show is expanding to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design. This event celebrates functional museum-quality creations capturing the spirit of the West.
Last Fall for the 2017 WDC I decided not to participate and become a spectator. I have to admit once I arrived to view other artist’s entries and see some old friend I wish I had entered the conference. As a returning two time award winner in the category “ACCENTS” I am always excited to see how the judges view my craft. Crafting unique Plains Influenced art is a passion that I have followed for quite some time. This year I have decided to enter a juried piece that will be the first Native American Styled flute I have made that I have painted with the idea to have a more contemporary appeal.
Take The Journey With Me
This years piece will be for sale prior to, during and after the conference. This flute is being done completely on spec. The picture at the top of this post is an image of the actual flute blank that will become this years entry. This image is the ugly beginnings of what will be an amazingly beautiful flute.
The flute is being crafted from a piece of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar. I have select this wood species for it’s ability to produce a beautiful sounding flute. In addition Alaskan Ceder when finished finishes like glass and is the perfect medium for the acrylic and lacquer finish it will receive.
This flute will be a 1 inch bored flute and will feature Old Growth American Maple totem rails with the totem to be my newly design whimsical Mustang fetish. The bore of the flute will feature a Stirling Silver bezel set cabochon hand made from Wyoming Elk Antler. The actual antler piece that the cabochon will be crafted from is seen below. This will be set into the body of the flute and should pop right off of the black setting with a high polished bezel to really give it a classy appeal.
Available for Purchase
This flute is available for purchase at any time during the construction of the project. Although the price has yet to be determined I can assure you this will be a one of a kind Timothy Jennings crafted flute. Delivery will not take place until after the Western Design Conference. Any winnings during the conference belong to the artist. If you are interested please complete the form below. Check back from time to time to see the journey this flute will make from concept, to craft stage to voicing. This flute will be voice at the base of the Tetons later this summer. Key will probably be in the lower D – E range. If you have questions reach out to me at “Sales@Jacksonholetim.com” or call me 307-690-0427.