Jeff Menzies produces gourd, tackhead and minstrel style banjos, ekontings, gourd fiddles, basses and just about any other instrument one can imagine. Jeff holds a Master’s of Fine Art (MFA) in Sculpture and teaches musical instrument making as an art form at workshops across the US, Canada and Europe. He also teaches instrument making and sculpture in Jamaica at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
His instruments are in the hands of notable players including Frank Lee, Rafe Stefanini, Mike Seeger, Ray Alden, Chris Wig, Dan Gellert, David Bragger, Joe Ayers, and more.
Jeff’s instruments have been exhibited at the University of Tennessee McClung Museum, and the Museum of Making Music.
Jeff’s instruments are part of the permanent collections at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and the Jamaica Music Museum.
2018 Banjo Workshops
Create a piece of art that sounds as beautiful as it looks! Using a watch and do approach, noted builder, sculptor and lecturer Jeff Menzies will guide you step-by-step through the entire process of creating your own gourd banjo. Jeff teaches instrument making and sculpture in Kingston, Jamaica and travels world wide offering workshops in instrument making as an art form. No woodworking or musical experience is required. Please contact Jeff via email at email@example.com for more information!
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA