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Jackson Hole Tim Hats Now In Stock…

wymadeMany of you are familiar with Teton Marketing primarily because of our Native American Flutes handcrafted right here in Jackson Hole.   Last year we released our first hat that was primarily a hat to help spread the word about the company.  Our latest hats should appeal to everyone who lives or visits Jackson Hole Wyoming.

C4732High Altitude Designs from Teton Marketing is a line of active wear clothing that people can use every day living here in Jackson Hole and beyond. Watch for the introduction of clothing, hats and more as they introduce them throughout the summer.  Each clothing item is branded with the Teton Marketing logo and appropriate taglines.  All logos and taglines are embroidered for a clean tasteful look.  We hope you will enjoy each addition as they come available.  Each of our hats are designed and made right here in the state of Wyoming, truly Wyoming Made.

backofhatlogo_01The current line of hats come from mostly from the Otto Collection.  We currently have available in three hat designs.  Adjustable to fit any head.  We offer three versions of the hats, all three feature variations of the Teton Marketing Logo, the Wyoming Bucking horse,  the state name “Wyoming”, the States Tag Line “Forever West” and of coarse name “Jackson Hole”on the front of the cap.

brynn_armyhat_01The current caps are available in jet black, Khaki, and dark Gray in color. These are very nice quality hats and all logos are embroidered, not silk screened.   Our newest addition is a new ladies with the popular military style hat.  A sample picture of the this new hats style is located below and to the right.  If you are interested in one of these new ladies hats email us to reserve one.

AVAILABLE HATS

tmt_cap_foreverwest_back_ebay_05Unstructured Adjustable

tmt_cap_JH_Front__ebay_05OTTO Design – Non-structured cap is made with 100% Cotton.  Fully Adjustable using a Velcro adjustment strap on the back of the hat.  The Teton Logo and the name “Jackson
Hole” is embroidered on the front of the cap.

Unsctructured_khaki_front_01Price Per Hat $28.99 plus shipping

 skaterhat_Back_01Flat Bill Skater Style  Cap

skaterhat_Front_01Premium Flex FitFlat billed 210 Fitted Skater type hat in two sizes.  83% Acrylic, 15% Wool, 2% Spandex Fitted Cap (no Strap) Currently available in Black and two sizes…

Per Hat $34.95 plus shipping

  • 210 Fitted Black – 6 7/8″ – 7 1/4″ – Buy Now
  • 210 Fitted in Black – 7 1/4″ – 7 5/8″ – Buy Now

Womans Army Style  Cap

ladies_military_front_01100% Cotton Army Style ladies cap.  Fully adjustable in  back using Velcro adjustment strap.  Soft unstructured cap.  Logo is embroidered on one side of the front panel and the name Jackson Hole on the other panel.

Per Hat $28.95 plus shipping

Order By Phone

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If you wish to place your order by phone please call (307) 690-0427.  You can pay for your order using your credit card  or we can invoice you via PayPal or send an online invoice to your email address that you can pay online.  If you have questions you can also reach out to us via email “timjen333@gmail.com“.

ABOUT THE LOGO

Teton_BrushStroke_idea4Inspired by the place we live.  The Teton Range is truly one of the most inspiring mountain range in the world.  Most people equate the Grand Tetons with Jackson Hole.  Our Logo for Teton Marketing is our vision of what we see everyday.  Like many of our flute fetishes that tend to be more whimsical, our logo falls comfortably in line with them.  We have tried to find a balance between a literal view of the range and their whimsical view.  We think they accomplished this.

Back To The Flute…

It is funny how life can throw you curve balls.  Although this is nothing new what does seem a bit odd is how far away from ones self they can reach without even knowing what is happening to you.  The past 6 years I have been on a journey that I would not wish upon anyone.  Although each hurdle that has been thrown down, I found solace in the fact that I know I can and will beat each one.

For those of you who have come to the Flute I would venture to guess that each story to be told is one of self hunger, self-reflection, one of seeking, one of healing, and one of looking for something that exists but yet they did not know what it is was they were looking for.  They just knew that there was something lacking in their own personal life and that somewhere in their Universe there must be a path to healing and comfort.   For many this path eventually leads them straight to the healing powers of the Native American Flute.

walnut_blueribbon_E_3lgTo some this may seem like a bunch of crap and talk about nothing. But I truly believe that this beautiful wind instrument was given to the people of this continent as a gift.  There is no questions that the haunting sounds that comes forth from the flute are nothing short of a miracle sound.  It is a sound of happiness, sadness, hope, inspiration, healing, and celebration.  Even more important is that when you yourself play the flute it is a direct reflection of you and who you are!

For many playing the flute is not enough, they need to have a vested interest in the flute they play and so they seek out guidance and make the difficult journey to becoming a flute maker.  For those who craft their own flutes it is only then that playing the flute that you have made is truly a representation of who you are.  As you give the flute your breath – the flute then gives you its song and each of these songs are unique and the message given may only be understood by you.  But yet to others that hear your song the message given and received by them  will most certainly mean something completely different and yet you have shared a part of you.  The cool thing is that your song may help heal those who seek comfort for whatever reason and you may not ever know it.

It is easy with all of life’s energy both good and bad to get away from the flute once you have found it.  But I promise you that as I… you will reach the day where you realize that getting back to the flute will become a priority and when you once again find a quite place and listen it is only then it will speak to you in song and maybe even heal a part of you that is in need.

So seek out and find that quite place.  Be still and just listen to Mother Earth – she WILL speak to you if you are willing to listen.  Play your song when you are alone and listen to the voice of your flute.  I promise you that you will feel better when you do and maybe, just maybe getting back to the flute will help you find what you seek.  Peace my friend….

Jackson Lake and Mt Moran
Jackson Lake and Mt Moran

A Story About Mary

EternalComfort_12_smNot too long ago 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 we 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.

EternalComfort_4_smThis 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.

Because we 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.

The fetish is one of my custom made whimsical feather designs that was
crafted from a single piece old growth walnut with a band of sap wood 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.

EternalComfort_13_lgAfter 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.

MaryBlakeley_1_smUPDATE: Mary received her flute and 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…

 

Morning Coffee…

One of the most iconic images from Jackson Hole is the Teton Range.  Although I do not know the percentage – I would guess that most of the photos taken of the Tetons is a frontal shot that is taken from the general vicinity of Antelope Flats.  What is so cool about the Tetons is the many faces it has when taken from different locations throughout the valley.  Here is the picture of the day taken from a more northern approach.  Enjoy and may it bring peace to your day! (click image to enlarge)

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Aveda Salon “Tori” Is Expanding…

wymadeI was contracted to build two large mirror frames for the newly expanding Aveda Salon “Tori” located here in Jackson Hole.  Tori is a rapidly expanding salon and soon they will double their size.  The two mirror frames in the picture below were hand crafted from selected old barn wood that Tori Carson found in Idaho.  Monday they go in for the mirrors and then to her shop.  I will update the pics when the glass is in…

Available for Custom Order – contact timjen333@gmail.com

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Prints Now Available…

Prints starting as low as $1.00

It is sometimes funny how people view what it is that you do.  For 30 years I have made my living as an International Health Insurance broker.  Selling health insurance and working with people from around the globe is actually a very rewarding career.  But when I need a break or have a day off my passions fall into two categories, Photography and hand crafting Native American Flutes.

Living in Jackson Hole Wyoming offers one so many incredible opportunities to photograph the amazing that is right in front of our eyes every day.  Yes living here I am blessed.  Through the lens of my camera I see the same vistas differently every time I venture out.

I have been humbled by those of you who have commented positively and those of you who have encouraged me to make some of my work available.  This is actually quite new for me but I have decided to do just that.

Much of my photographic work can be found in the galleries presented here at JacksonHoleTim.  Prints are available starting as low as $1.00 for a simple 4 x 7 all the way up to larger Canvas Prints.  Images are also available for purchase formatted for use on your personal or commercial website.  I would love to hear from you about some of my work and I welcome comments and suggestions – but please be nice…

If you are interested please email me at @timjen333@gmail.com or call (307) 690-0427.

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.

Morning Coffee in Teton National Park…

I have to apologize as I have been kind of missing over that past winter.  So many things have happened but life is getting back to normal.  Spring is here in the Tetons and it is in full swing.  After a long winter and a pretty wet Spring the sun if finally out.  On this morning I grabbed my cup of coffee from my favorite coffee bar here in Jackson and off I went.

The sun was out and the sky clear.  I was on a hunt for anything that looked like it deserved the lens of my camera.  After getting into the park I turned off on one of the dirt roads I have seen grizzlys on and instead I found these little guys.  I had stopped to take a couple of pictures of some cool looking trees when I noticed this group of varmints enjoying their morning.  I literately sat down among them and these are a few of the shots I got.

 

Port Orford Cedar Native American Style Flute Key G 432Hz…

THIS FLUTE HAS SOLD – SPECIAL ORDER AVAILABLE

POC_75_432G_10_13_2_ebayAs many of you know we love everything about the Native American Flute.  A very special wind instrument with healing powers.  Jackson Hole Artist Timothy Jennings recently completed another Port Orford Cedar flute winner.  The working qualities and finished product Tim produces always makes us smile. This little flute is no exception.  This six hole Native American Style  flute is now one of my favorite flutes we have produced.  Completely hand crafted with a 3/4″ bore and tuned to the Key of G @ 432Hz – we love how this flute plays and sounds. Simple elegance is the best description we have come up with.

POC_75_432G_10_13_3_lgThe Otter fetish also crafted from Port Orford Cedar sits atop his new drop step design.  On many of Tim’s new flutes he is adding a drop step just in front of the windway that gives really nice aesthetic effect.  This step is completely created by hand and the results is a sleeker taper through the barrel of the flute.  There are no added accents to this flute other than the hand cut black Elk hide lace.  Overall length on this flute is 23″ measure tip to tip on the top of the flute.  Playing holes are spaced for comfort and the bottom 3 holes are 1 1/8″ on center. The top three are 1 1/26″ on center with a 1 1/4″ spacing between the #3 and #4 playing holes.  This little flute is a real joy to play.  Signed by artist Timothy Jennings and priced to be affordable.

This flute ships with a protective bag and the price is $285.00 plus freight.  This is the lowest price flute Tim has offered in quite sometime.

Tim Jennings says that “we want everyone to be able to afford one of our hand made flutes and this is a best effort attempt at making this possible”.

Currently Tim has several Port Orford Cedar flutes finished waiting for a home.  Two smaller flutes similar to this one are available with inlays to the cutting edge.  Check them out when you get a chance.  To hear a sound sample of this flute click the link below.

Play Sample of Port Orford Cedar Flute Here: [audio http://www.individualhealth.com/flutefiles/PortOrf_432G.mp3 ]

Price:  $285.00

Cool New Jackson Hole Hat Now Available…

Teton_BrushStroke_idea4Many of you know Teton Marketing because of the Native American Flutes they handcraft right here in Jackson Hole.  Teton Marketing is growing and adding new products all the time.  Recently they released their first hat that was primarily a hat to help spread the word about the company. Now they add a new hat that should appeal to everyone who lives or visits Jackson Hole.

tmt_cap_JH_Front__ebay_05High Altitude Designs from Teton Marketing is a new line of active wear clothing that people can use every day living here in Jackson Hole and beyond. Watch for the introduction of clothing, hats and more as they introduce them throughout the summer.  Each clothing item will be branded with the Teton Marketing logo and appropriate taglines.  All logos and taglines will be embroidered for a clean tasteful look.  Teton Marketing hopes that you will enjoy each addition as they come available.

tmt_cap_foreverwest_back_ebay_05The current Teton Marketing hats come from the Otto Collection and they are adjustable to fit any head. There are now offer three versions of the hats, all three versions feature variations of the Teton Marketing Logo, the website address, the Wyoming Bucking horse,  the state name “Wyoming”, “Forever West” and of coarse “Jackson Hole”on the back of the cap.  All of the current caps are jet black in color. These are very nice hats and all logos are embroidered, not silk screened. Each hat is $23.99 plus shipping. They are planning to add several more hat designs for those of you who love Jackson Hole Wyoming as much as they do. You can Get your Teton Marketing hat today at www.tetonmarketing.com.

About Their Logo

Teton_BrushStrokeOnly_70x127wymadeInspired by the place they live. The Teton Range is truly one of the most inspiring mountain range in the world. Most people equate the Grand Tetons with Jackson Hole. Their Logo for Teton Marketing is their vision of what they see everyday. Like many of their flute fetishes that tend to be more whimsical, their logo falls comfortably in line with them. They tried to find a balance between a literal view of the range and their whimsical view. We think they accomplished this.  Visit their website to see other products offered from Teton Marketing…