Inspired by early American home made guitars and banjos I make string instruments from old tins and boxes. Designs are influenced by the size, shape or lithography of the tin or box, or maybe by a found object used as an ancillary element. Conventional components marry with the container and other idiosyncratic items, often lending visual humour to the finished instrument. Basic hand tools are used for manufacture. Hardwood necks are hand shaped and finished. Each instrument is unique, with it’s own phonic and visual personality. All are playable, acoustically and amplified, and sound remarkably good considering the unorthodox materials used.