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Another Black Flute

I have started shaping a new flute crafted from Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar that will be painted Acrylic Black just like the image in the header of this post.  This flute however will be about 22 inches in length and because of it’s 7/8″ bore it will more than likely be in the F or G range.

The Totem will be a Mustang and the Totem Rails will be crafted from American Maple  just like it’s big brother.  This Alaskan Yellow Cedar flute like the Big Red one finished earlier this year will be a sister flute to it.  All of my painted flutes are finished on the inside as the outside so that there is consistency throughout.

Price point for this finished flute will be the same as the red flute at $285.00 plus shipping.  If you have interest in this flute call or Text (307) 690-0427 or email me @ sales@jacksonholetim.com.

Port Orford Cedar with Sapodilla Totem Rail

From time to time I come across a flute project I did for someone else and as I look back on it I get excited about how the flute came out.  One of my favorite woods to work with is Port Orford Cedar which is not easy to get anymore.  But I do have some stashed away for special occasions.

This flute was made for a client in the Cave Creek Arizona area and I really liked how it turned out.  The customer wanted to have a flute that voiced an “A” @ 440Hz.  As most of you know I live in the Yellowstone Basin here in Wyoming so our altitude and weather patterns are quite a bit different than the desert region of Arizona.  Building a flute in Wyoming and shipping to Arizona and hitting the mark for tuning is always a challenge.  All in all I think I was able to get pretty close.

What I like about this flute is the simple elegance it embraced and the mix of the Sapodilla Totem Rails, Cutting Edge inlay and the Maple Mustang fetish it was a really eye appealing flute when finished.  Easy to play and sounded wonderful.  We recorded the sound clip here in Wyoming after it was finished so check out the voice of this flute in the clip below.

Commissioned projects are always fun yet stressful to do.  This flute project was one I really enjoyed.  I would love to work on another project like this one again for a new customer.  Maybe that customer is you?  Let me know what you think of this flute in the comments below.  If you would like to explore a flute for you similar reach out to me.

Port Orford Cedar Native American Style Flute Tuned to A @440Hz

Port Orford Cedar A @440Hz Sound Clip

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.

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…

Jackson Hole Studio Gallery to be Open Summer of 2017…

Opening May 1st 2017 through October 31st

Come Visit Our Studio Gallery This Summer

Should you be traveling through Jackson Hole this summer 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 just off of the Snake River.  If you are looking for a pleasant afternoon and you want to explore something outside of Jackson Hole then take the journey south just 12 miles and view our art.

Please come spend a part of your day with Tim.  We are located just about on the mighty Snake River.  Take a walk along the river right from our property.  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

We are in the process of negotiating for a couple of spots in the town of Jackson Hole where Tim will be the Artist In Resident at one of the local establishments.  This is still in the works but if and when we get this in the bag we will be posting days and hours you can find Tim in town.

Tim will also be crafting his art at our home studio gallery that will be open this summer.  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 May 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…

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“.

 

“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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Commissioned Pipe Goes to Arizona…

I always enjoy the opportunity to create something unique for a client.  Kirk’s love for the pipe goes back to his childhood when his dad would work in their garage and smoke a pipe while he pondered his next move on whatever project he was tackling.  Kirk wanted a simple yet functional Native Styled Pipe for his collection and personal use.

Although this was not a fancy pipe it is a perfect size for personal use.  This personal pipe was crafted for Kirk who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The pipestone I used for this personal pipe was actually the remnants from another eagle pipe I made a couple of years ago.  I throw nothing out from the sacred pipestone and try to use as much of it as I can.

“I am writing to let you know how pleased I am with the Native American pipe you crafted. I provided no input of my expectations and am thrilled with the interpretation, design and workmanship of the pipe you created.

The wood working is perfect and pipe stone carving of the tee pee and feathers is spiritual and, to me, soulful. It is truly a work of art, but functions well as a working pipe. It draws well, has no problem staying lit and is a pleasure to smoke. When not being used, it is proudly displayed in a cabinet in my den, where it receives a lot of attention and compliments.

Thank you again.”

Kirk Jenkins
Exec. Vice President /Principal
Daum Commercial Real Estate Services

3featherspipe_2The pipe had carved into the long part of the stone 2 feathers, one on each side.  An eagles head on one side and a representation of a tepee on the other.  The pipestem was crafted from Old Growth Black Walnut that I gathered from the Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountain outside of Boulder Colorado.

3featherspipe_1The stem was decorated with hand cut bison hide lace, crow glass beads and an owl feather (replica) wrapped in traditional trade cloth and sinu.  Over all this was a very cool little pipe and as I understand it the Kirk smokes it (tobacco only) twice each year on two special days that have meaning for the family.

I was honored that Kirk had come to me for this project.  Kirk is a lifetime friend of mine and that made this commission even more special.  He is one of the finest people I have ever known and I look forward to a time when we can smoke it together.

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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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Focus On Art…

Although I have used my spare time for many years to build and create what I call Plains Influenced Art there just never seems to be enough time to accomplish all that I create in my head.  Many who know me know that my primary career is that of an International Health Insurance Broker.  It is in the down time from this career that I have endeavored to create my Art over the years.

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Several times during the past years I have found myself engulfed in supplying others with the parts to make Native American Styled Flutes and other specialty lumbers.  I love doing this and I love helping others but I do find myself short of time to do what it is I really want to do and that is to do my own art.  That art now consists of crafting Flutes, Jewelry, Native Pipes and one of my first loves Photography.

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Couple all this with having a family and three wonderful children I now find that I have NO time for myself.  I want to re-focus my extra time to my art.  JacksonHoleTim.com will now become the primary place where I will showcase my art.  Hopefully I now will find time to finish so many of the projects that I want to craft and new ideas can percolate and come to fruition.  I will continue to support the flute making world as best I can so please feel free to call upon me with any questions and should you need supplies check out what I have to offer on JacksonHoleTim.com.

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The commissioned art pieces that I have worked on or I am currently working on give me the freedom to take some of my ideas and bring them to life for those who really like my work.  There is nothing more satisfying than working with a customers vision and being able to hit the mark.  Hopefully JacksonHoleTim.com will be the place where I can share with all of you what I have accomplished and a place to showcase the new.  Please come back and visit as share with me some of the art I hope to bring to life for others.

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NEW Otter Themed Alaskan Yellow Cedar Flute…

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Just listed on our website is this simple but nice flute perfect for the first time flute owner or as a gift to a friend.  Hand crafted out of Old Growth Alaskan Yellow Cedar and features a 3/4 inch bore.  In an effort to offer flutes at price points that most anyone can afford this flute fits right in with this.  Artist Timothy Jennings wants everyone who comes to the flute to be able to afford one.

This flute is easy to play and small enough to stuff into your backpack so you can take it with you wherever you go.  Read more about this Otter Themed flute that is ready for a new home.  CLICK HERE to visit this flutes page on our website.  Priced at $165.00 plus $16.95 shipping.  Visit the page to also here the latest sound clip on this flute.

All of the flutes listed on JacksonHoleTim.com are available for Commission.  Questions?  Call (307) 690-0427 or send an email to “timjen333@gmail.com”.  We would love to hear any feedback from you after you visit the page.