New Shopping Cart Coming Soon…

Big Commerce Shopping Cart Added

It has been a  few years since we shut down TetonMarketing.com as a website and shopping cart.  This Spring we will be adding new products with the focus being on the Flute Maker.  In addition all of my art will be available on our blog, website and the new shopping cart.

I hope that you will find our Mobil friendly platform to be an asset to our customers.  Once again you will be able to purchase what you want and calculate your own shipping costs for your entire order.   Watch for our post in the next few days letting you know it is live.   We would love to hear from you so shout out…

Native American Flute Fetish Supplies

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Flute Builder Fetish Options

Building your own Native otters_walnut_1_lgAmerican Flute is a journey that everyone who has the ability to use their hands should explore.  The Native American Flute is one of the most pleasant-sounding wind instruments to play and anyone who has the interest and desire to play can learn.

Raven_01Building your own flute whether it be for personal satisfaction or because you want to build them and sell them to the public is truly a satisfying project.  Not everyone one has the space, time or money to have a workshop that allows you to create the supplies you will need to build your own flute.

newbuffalo_1_lgThe fetish or bird as some call it is an important element for your flute. There are so many types of fetishes you can make for your flute. For some the fetish is simply just a functional part of the flute while others like to enhance their designs with something special .  The choice is yours.  We sell several of our popular fetish designs and almost all of our flute fetishes are more whimsical in design but they do represent something to us.  Most of our fetish design ideas come for the natural wildlife and scenery we find around our home here in Wyoming.  Save yourself some time, money and space by ordering from Teton Marketing just what you need for your next flute project.

swright7We usually stock 5 or more designs of our more popular fetish designs.  The Otter, the Antelope, the Teton Spike and the Grizzly Bear, and Buffalo.  Most of my fetish designs are available in Port Orford Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Walnut,  Russian Olive, Ironwood, Black Locust,  American Cherry, Maple and others when available.  I can make your choice of fetish to order in almost any wood species as long as we have it available.  I currently offer one very special custom fetish that represent the birds of prey we find here in Wyoming.  This custom order fetish take several weeks before we can ship but it really is a nice option.

sleek2_lgAll fetish blocks are hand crafted from woods we use in our shop every day.  Each fetish is hand finished with more than 15+ coats of lacquer and hand rubbed in between coats giving them a very smooth, high gloss finish.  If you prefer a satin finish all you have to do is hand rub your fetish with #0000 steel wool and watch your satin finish appear before your eyes.

antelope1_lgCome visit our website and see what we have in stock.   If you have questions please give us a call (307) 690-0427 or email us at timjen333@gmail.com.  Whether you build your own flute or simply want to enhance one that you already own we are sure you will be pleased with a fetish from us.  We are here to help.  Visit our website at JacksonHoleTim.com.

New Jackson Hole Tim Hats In Stock…

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backofhatlogo_01Many 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.

High 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 C4732clean 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.

The 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 course name “Jackson Hole”on the front of the cap.

The 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 cap 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.  A very nice quality hat and comfortable to wear.

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.

New Jackson Hole Hats Back In Stock…

Teton_BrushStroke_idea4tmt_cap_JH_Front__ebay_05Many of you knew Teton Marketing because of our Native American Flutes handcrafted right here in Jackson Hole. We are growing and adding new products all the time.  Recently we released our first hat that was primarily a hat to help spread the word about the company.  Our latest hat that should appeal to everyone who lives or visits Jackson Hole is back in stock.

High 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.  We hope 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.  We now offer four versions of the hats, all four 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.  We are working on several more hat designs for those of you who love Jackson Hole Wyoming as much as they do.  In production now 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.


DT619_BlackCharcoal_Hat_GA13About Their Logo

wymadeInspired 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. Our 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 JacksonHoleTim.com…

 

Cool New Jackson Hole Hats Available…

Teton_BrushStroke_idea4Many of you know Teton Marketing because of the Native American Flutes they hand craft 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 course “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. The 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…

By Appointment Only – Check Out Our Flutes When Visiting Jackson Hole…

Come Visit Us Here In Jackson Hole

 

Award Winning Chakra NAF Flute

Award Winning Chakra NAF Flute

TNJ_Homepage1When shopping for a new NAF flute to purchase there are a lot of really great choices available these days.  We know that purchasing a flute over the Internet is not an easy thing to do.  Pictures do not always do justice to the craftsmanship found in many high-end flutes made today.  Recordings of the flutes too are nice to have available but a recording does not provide you the same experience as when you can hold the flute in your hands and play it.  If you are considering one of our flutes trying to purchase one over the Internet can create even more of a dilemma as none of our flutes are the same.  Each flute is uniquely different.  They are different in their aesthetics, how they feel in your hands, the materials used, the precious stones inlaid,leather accents and most importantly how each flute plays and how each one sounds.

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Because every one of our flutes are fully handcrafted, each one we complete is truly a one of a kind.  We can craft two flutes out of the same piece of wood, same bore sizes, same lengths – basically try to duplicate every step the same and we end up with two very different flutes.  One of the things that plays a very large role in how our flutes will play and sound happens during the shaping process.  Each flute is hand shape using hand planes, chisels, rasps, sand paper and even some power tools.  The process is definitely slower and takes a lot more care when creating one.  We believe that if you are provided with the opportunity to see our flutes in person and have the time to handle each one in our available inventory you will more than likely find one that will fit your specific needs.

Every Flute Is Made By Hand

Every Flute Is Made By Hand

If you or any of your friends are planning a trip to Jackson Hole Wyoming this summer and you would like to experience one of our hand crafted flutes then give us a call.  We maintain a gallery in our home here in Jackson Hole and we are available to share with you our collection by appointment only.  We will spend one on one time with you and you can spend as much time as you need to see all that we have to offer.  Each summer we have guests that look us up and find the perfect match for them while visiting this beautiful part of the country.  Although we try to maintain some of our flutes in retail galleries it is hard to purchase one without having the ability to ask questions from someone knowledgeable and have the time to play the flute prior to choosing.

OGW_6H_GRNTURQ_120412_1_smIn addition to completed flutes we generally have a fairly good selection of flutes in different phases of building.  You may choose to order one of these partially completed flutes and incorporate some of your own design ideas before it is finished.  Either way if you are looking for a Native American Styled flute then consider visiting us here in Jackson Hole.

If you live in Wyoming we invite you to contact us and make an appointment to see our flutes as well.  Wyoming is a great state to own a flute as there are so many beautiful place you can find to play your flute.  We are easy to find and we live in the town of Jackson Hole.  Call Tim or Peyton at (307) 690-0427.  If you prefer send us an email at “timjen333@gmail.com” – we are sure you will enjoy your visit.  As always we invite you to visit our website at JacksonHoleTim.com and see what we are up to.

 

Laying Out Your Native American Flute Playing Holes…

shop1This post is dedicated to the process of laying out the playing holes on your Native American Flute that you have been working on.  The two areas that give flute makers the most trouble are the Windway, which we just posted an article on, and the placement of the finger or playing holes on the flute.  If you look hard enough on the Internet you will find information about placement of the playing holes and how to tune your flute.  Some place their holes based on a specific key in a pre-determined place on the flute bore and others use a method that allows the holes to be spaced more evenly giving a more balanced appearance to the top of the flute.  I am not going to talk about how other flute makers accomplish this part of the flute making process but I will share with you how it is I do it here in my shop.

It is important to note that most of the flutes being crafted that I see are done so in one of two ways.  The flute maker is either using a lathe or a rifle boring machine to make their flutes.  The advantages of a lathe is that you can use a micrometer and make sure that each flute type you are making has the exact outside dimensions thus being able to duplicate multiple flutes and have them come out for the most part exactly the same.  This is basically true as well when using a boring machine because these flute blanks are usually then turned on a lathe after the inside of the flute has been bored.  If you have read any of my other blog posts you know that all of our flutes are hand shaped using a hand plane and finished by hand sanding.  This does take longer to complete a flute in this way and you will never have two flutes that are exactly the same.

naf3Laying Out Your NAF Flute

EternalComfort_6_smayc_glued_1inchbore_x30_1_blogWhat I do to get my playing holes in the proper place is this…  I first glue my blanks halves together and let them sit in the clamps usually overnight.  This is not completely necessary as you can remove the clamps after a couple of hours if you wish.  But I do not do any work on the flute blank until 24 hours has passed.  Then I check to see if the flute plays a note of any sort.  Depending on the bore of the flute blank I usually have an idea as to what key I am looking for.  For example if I have a flute blank that is a 7/8″ bore I might be shooting for an F or an F# when I am done.  So the first thing I do is to decide if I want to include the 4 Winds Tuning Holes or not.  If I am going to add the tuning holes I will trim the bottom of the flute until I get within one key of where I want to be.  So if I am shooting for an F# I will trim the bottom of the flute to an approximate F.  If I am not going to use the tuning holes I will trim the bottom of the flute blank to within about (minus) – 15-25 cents (using an electronic tuner) of the note I think I want.  This means that the note is to the flat side.  Then I leave it alone.  Keep in mind that I am still dealing with a square flute blank.

Usually people want to know why I keep the note to the flat side and not tune it fully to the key and the answer is that as I shape the flute the fundamental note is going to change.  As you shave down your flute blanks the fundamental note will start to creep up.  Keeping it to the flat side makes it easier to correctly tune it later.  Now you are ready to layout your playing holes.  The next thing is to decide if you will be making a five hole or a six hole flute.  We build both and as far as how we measure for each it is basically the same.

Measuring for Holes with NO Four Winds Tuning Holes

Assuming you do not want the Four Winds Tuning Holes then measure the distance between the end of the flute and to the very front edge of the cutting edge.  Take the midpoint of this measurement and then mark the top of the flute.  Draw a mark using a square across the body of the flute.  This mark will be where your #3 playing hole will live.  For clarification I count my holes starting at the foot of the flute – the bottom hole is the #1 hole for me.  Now you can measure down the flute for the #2 and #1 hole from this starting midpoint.  A good measurement for a comfortable placement of your fingers is to measure on center 1 1/8″ from center point to center point.  So you should have your #3 hole at midpoint then 1 1/8″ down is the center of the #2 hole and the same for the #1 hole.

Next measure from the center of the #3 hole up the body of the flute towards the blowhole 1 1/4″ and make your mark.  This mark is where the #4 hole would be placed.  Then from the center of the #4 hole measure 1 1/16″ and make your mark for the #5 hole.  Measure again 1 1/16″ up the flute and make your mark for your #6 hole.  The top three holes are 1/16″ closer pocedar_aw_1_1smtogether than the bottom three holes.  And, the distance between the #3 and #4 holes is the farthest distance between all of the holes.  These measurements are important and for just about most of the flutes we make these work real well and the holes are at a comfortable distance for the player.  If you ever decide to move the midpoint #3 hole for any reason do it to the up side of the flute.

NOTE: If you are building a five hole flute you will not be drilling the #4 hole but you will still want to keep these measurements to locate the #5 & #6 holes.  When we make a five hole flute we many times will use the area where the #4 hole would be in a six hole flute to put a bezel set stone.  We do not always set a stone here but it adds a nice touch to the overall aesthetic of the flute.

Now that you have your marks on the top of your flute you need to also mark the midpoint of the width of the flute blank and draw a centerline down the center of the flute so you cross all six of your hole markings.  At this point we always take a very small drill bit of about 3/32″ or 7/64″ and drill pilot holes at each of the measured spots.  Now you are ready to go ahead and EternalComfort_10_blogstart the shaping process.  You will want to shape your flute to just about the final shape before you start to tune you flute.  As you shape your flute down your fundamental note will start to creep up a bit and this is why you need to be to the flat side of the note.  Be sure to keep checking your fundamental note at you shape.  This is also a good way for you to learn how each thing you do to your flute affects the sound.

The picture to the right is a picture of a six hole flute we recently made for another customer.  Take a close look at the placement of the holes.  In this picture you can see we used the 4 Winds Tuning Holes for this flute.  When you use the 4 Winds Tuning Hole you will take your midpoint measurement from the center point of the top 4 Winds Hole (NOT THE END OF THE FLUTE) to the cutting edge.  The 4 Winds Tuning Holes is effectively the end of the flute.  The distance beyond these tuning holes is for aesthetics and it adds extra length to the overall flute.

If you are crafting your own NAF flutes please consider visiting our website at www.JacksonHoleTim.com as we supply many flute makers across the country with their flute making supplies.  All orders for pre-cut flute blanks ship with three proprietary schematic drawings (at no additional charge) that can help you in your flute making  journey.  If you like this blog we would appreciate you leaving a comment or two.  If you want to receive future blog articles consider subscribing to our blog.  Each time we post something new you will receive notification in your email inbox.

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