Welcome to the home of beautiful handcrafted folk instruments


New Instruments!

This 4 string biscuit tin tenor guitar and a couple of cigar box guitars are available to purchase from 'Stringbrokers'. 

For more information please click the link to their store. 



3 string guitar available for purchase

This unique instrument is built around a vintage 1st aid tin. 

The neck is made from American white ash and has been hand carved and finished using Tru-oil.

It has a soapbar pickup, tone and volume controls along with a fully adjustable hardtail bridge. 

£150 plus postage and packaging 

Click the link to my eBay store for more details. 


Custom Built Tenor Guitar


A returning customer commissioned me to build an electroacoustic tenor guitar for him. It's built around a 1960s photographic slide storage box. The neck is made from laminated sapele and maple with a walnut Fretboard. It has a humbucker pickup, piezo pickup with a 3 way switch, volume and tone. 

If your looking for a 'one of a kind' instrument please contact me below for more information. 

A charity shop box strumstick


This instrument is built around a beautifully decorated wooden box I found in a charity shop. 

 If you have a box or tin lying around and want it transformed into a unique folk instrument please contact me in the box at the bottom of the screen. 

Steampunk Tenor Guitar


This amazing guitar was custom built for Dan Mortimer, the founder, singer and rhythm guitarist of the sartorial alternative folk/punk band 'Dandy Man' (link below). 

This was the most interesting and challenging instrument that I've made so far. 

If you have an idea for a unique 'one of a kind' guitar drop me line in the enquiries box below. 

"What can you do with just one string?"

Daddy Long Les shows you what can be accomplished with one of my 1 string diatonic cigar box guitars. Check out his website for some great tab/music (

One of my biscuit tin guitars

Listen to a beautiful soundscape created by Mitch Wiseman using one of my 3 string biscuit tin slide guitars and a loop petal.

Terms , postage & more...

Peace of mind shopping


I only except payment though PayPal & eBay. This is because of the protection it offers both you, the customer and myself, the supplier/builder. 

All instruments have a full guarantee for 14 days after delivery. If you are unhappy for what ever reason, please contact me and together we'll try to resolve the problem. If an instrument is to be returned, the customer pays for the return postage and the item must be in its original condition.



I always use the 'signed for' service via Hermes along with their insurance for peace of mind. 

I use recycled packaging materials wherever possible to help reduce waste.

I only ship to the UK. If you do live overseas and want one of my instruments, please contact me for a delivery quote before you purchase. Alternatively purchase via eBay (link to my eBay account in the menu) using their international shipping service. 



Every year I set up shop at the 'Beggars Fair'. Its a free one day music festival in the medieval town of Romsey, Hampshire. Please come along  and enjoy the festivities, maybe try out some of my instruments while surrounded by a unique blend of music, history and craft. 

Click the link below for more information about the Beggars Fair and other upcoming events. 

Environmental consciousness


Cigar box guitars and canjos are a great example of the upcycling movement. All my cigar boxes and tins are the 'real deal' and not fabricated for the use of building guitars like some makers.

All of the hardwood timber I use for my necks and fretboards have been bought as 'off cuts' or from local timber merchants where possible.

I work outside on a folding workbench using only an electric drill, hand sander and traditional woodworking tools. 

Packaging used for postage is generally repurposed material from a local bike shop (cardboard) and newspaper. 

I do not spray finish my guitars, I use oil. This, along with the aforementioned are decisions I've made to not only be environmentaly conscious but to also keep my guitars as traditionally made as possible. 

Do you want to know more?


If you have any questions about anything to do with cigar box/tin guitars (playing, tuning or even building) please message me in the enquiries box below. If I can't answer your questions, I'll do my best to point you the right direction. Thank you, Rhyan. 

Trees for Cities


Continuing my commitment to be environmentally conscious 10% of all my eBay instrument sales will be donated to 'Trees for Cities'.

This UK based charity are the only organisation working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities. 

They get involved with local communities to cultivate lasting change in their neighbourhoods – whether it’s revitalising forgotten spaces, creating healthier environments or getting people excited about growing, foraging and eating healthy food.

Find out how you can support this wonderful charity by clicking the link below. 


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