Many years ago I embarked on a journey to jury for a show that has been long recognized as the Premier Art Show for Western FUNCTIONAL Art! The Western Design Conference brings emphasis on the WESTERN and FUNCTIONAL side of art. Held each Fall in Jackson Hole Wyoming the WDC is a kick off to the Fall Arts Festival also held each year in the town of Jackson. Some of the finest artisans and craftsman travel from all corners of the United States to show off their best functional art.
In the past I have been honored with not only first place awards within my art category but I have also been honored with the coveted Sunny Tutle Award which is an award that represents an authentic Native/Western theme. Art collectors, enthusiasts, designers, and every day people come from all over to experience this show looking for something special. Each year I can attest to the amazing quality of the art presented.
For several years I have entered this show each time with an art piece that was influenced by our history here in Wyoming. I have presented many different flute designs as each one of my entries is a fully functional flute ready to play at any time. These past entries had a very strong Native American influence consistent with our First Nations People’s history. For me these influences came mostly from the Plains history of which Wyoming is part of and each time I tried to present an authentic representation of what we now know as the Native American flute.
This years entry was a hard one for me as I thought initially I would step outside my flute building craft and maybe try something new. But after weeks of agonizing thought I decided to create a piece consistent with what I have become known for and yet still step outside the box I have been so accustom to being part of… which is to say keeping it old school.
This years entry is the first flute that I have painted and then lacquered to a high gloss. This years art piece represents a marriage of the old and the new. My goal was to seek and find Simple Elegance all the while bringing honor to this great two chambered wind instrument. The contemporary side of this piece represents all that is new with both the journey the Native American Styled flute has traveled, the history of it’s origins and what is new in American life on our reservations. I hope it brings a smile to your face!
Crafted from a single piece of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar this 1 inch bore flute is tuned to the key of E @ 432Hz. Painted black on both the inside and outside this flute was finally finished with 30+ coats of hand applied high gloss lacquer. The Totem rails and the totem are hand crafted from an piece of Old Growth Maple harvested in Colorado. The totem or fetish theme is the powerful Mustang.
Set into the body of the flute is a hand cut cabochon of Elk Antler harvested right here in Wyoming. The elk antler is bezel set in Sterling Silver and then inlaid into the flute body. All leather accents are from hand cut Elk hides and the beading is both black and red Crow Glass Beads separated by sterling silver beads.
The stand is hand crafted from American Black Walnut and also painted in the same way as the flute body. The only difference is that the stand has a semi-gloss finish. The red cloth you see is a traditional red trade cloth color. Both flute and stand are available for purchase at the show and beyond. If you are interested in this one of a kind Jackson Hole Tim original reach out to me through email or phone. This piece is also available for commission and you can set the color theme.