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Western Design Conference 2018 Entry

WDC-Exhibit-Sale-LogoI 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.

2018 Western Design Entry Form

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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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Getting Ready for the Western Design Conference…

westerndesignconferenceEach 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 “timjen333@gmail.com”.  Follow me on this journey and see how it goes…

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First Place in Accents at Western Design Conference 2014…

Artist Tim Jennings brings home the Blue Ribbon for his presentation of “Ta Tanga Ax Dog”, “Runs with Buffalo”.  The Western Design Conference is held each year here in Jackson Hole and it features some of the finest western designers in the world.  This is the second award Tim Jennings has received in four years in recognition of his art.  Below is the story behind this unique one-of-a-kind piece.

Art presented at the WDC must be fully functional and crafted by the artist themselves.  This is the first time Tim has presented one of his award winning Native American Styled flutes with a functional stand that also doubles as a sculpture.  Both flute and stand were hand crafted over many hours from reclaimed Old Growth Black Walnut.  Harvested from the eastern slopes of the Colorado Rockies – these walnut trees made their way west in the backs of covered wagons during the Oregon Trail days in the 1840’s & 50’s.  They were planted around the farms and ranches in Boulder Colorado.

Please read the story below that was the genesis for this work of art.  This piece is available for purchase and if interested please contact Timothy Jennings at timjen333@gmail.com or call him at (307) 690-0427.  If you like what you see please leave a comment or two.

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Runs With Buffalo

Native American Styled Flute & Sculptured Stand

“Ta Tanga Ax Dog”
(Assiniboine Translation, Fort Belknap, Montana)

Buffalo Running – “boy-shahn  doo-wyn ching” 
(Shoshone Translation, Wind River Reservation, Wyoming)

“Buffalo” Translations

In Assiniboine (Nakota Sioux)
“Ta Tanga”

In Lakota (Lakota Sioux)
“Tatanka”

In Shoshone (Wind River – Fort Hall Dialect)
“Bozheenai”

The importance of the North American Bison to the Plains Indians cannot be understated.  Once measured in the millions, the North American Bison (Plains Bison) was hunted almost to complete extinction in the mid 1880’s. The intent was to remove the indians from the territories while at the same time eliminate potential hazards caused by large herds to the railroad which would soon occupy this land.

This presentation is titled “Runs With Buffalo”.  Run’s With Buffalo is a tribute to this magnificent animal that has remained sacred to the Native American’s and today still roams free within the Yellowstone Basin here in Wyoming.  The Native American Styled Flute presented within this functional sculpture is a tribute to the Plains Indians that still occupy many of the lands here in Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas.  The buffalo fetish, or totem that sits on top of this flute is my vision of this majestic animal as it presents itself here in our native lands that surround Jackson Hole.  An attempt to blend the literal while at the same time preserving the whimsical vision I see when I am present with these ancient animals throughout the year.

The functional Flute Stand Sculpture is hand carved from a single piece of Black Walnut trunk harvested from old growth walnut trees found on the eastern slopes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Not indigenous to this part of Colorado, these trees were originally brought to the area around Boulder Colorado via the Oregon Trail many generations ago.  Hand selected, this crotch piece of wood blends the whiter sapwood with the darker traditional black walnut coloring which are the results of two separate branches coming together.  The two branches coming together represents to me the blending of the fetish and the flute into a single wind instrument completing my vision for this piece.

This fully functional six hole flute was handcrafted from the very same old growth black walnut harvested from this same part of Colorado.  Featuring the whimsical buffalo fetish with leather accents cut from a hand selected buffalo hides.  The stone work is a single cabochon crafted from Canadian Jade and bezel set in .999 Silver.   Voiced at the foot of the Teton’s this flute is tuned to the Key of E at 432 Hz (the healing frequency).  This 1 inch bored flute breathes in a deep healing tone.

“Runs With Buffalo”, “Ta Tanga Ax Dog” is a one of a kind piece that brings together the spirit of the plains indians art of sound with the ghosts of the sacred buffalo that once roamed the great plains areas unobstructed and was truly the life’s blood of the Plains Indian People. 

Artist – Timothy Jennings, Jackson, Wyoming
This piece is Available.  Commissions Available.

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Images West Magazine Features Western Design Conference Artists…

imageswestmag_3Each year Jackson Wyoming is host to the Western Design Conference which opens the Fall Art Festival held each year in Jackson Hole.. WDC is one of the premier shows that features “Functional Art”. Every artist must be juried in to be part of the annual event and their art must be a functional piece of original work. Some of the best artists this country has to offer attend this 3 day event. This summer Images West magazine has highlighted several WCD Artists in an article titled “Functional Art”. We were so proud to be considered for this article as one of these artists. On page 30 you can read about some of the artist’s and their work, including ours.

Images West is published at the beginning of each summer and is available throughout Jackson Hole. Published for FREE, you can find one at just about every hotel and gallery in town. Images West is a very nice publication featuring the Arts in Jackson Hole. If you plan to visit here this summer pick one up and see what the Jackson Art Community has to offer.  Oh yeh be sure to visit the website www.tetonmarketing.com and the blog www.3feathersflutes.com for more…