Isthmus Instruments is owned and operated by Jenny Robinson. Isthmus creates musical instruments out of steel, most widely described as “Handpans”.


Artist Statement


Through theoretical research and practical experimentation, I have developed an instrument-building process that can turn a simple sheet of metal into an acoustic work of art.

The material I use to build my instruments is a low-carbon heat-treated steel with beautiful acoustic properties. I have come to understand the building process as idiosyncratic: each instrument in part determines its own path to completion. My central aim is to create instruments with character having notes that are soft to the touch and vibrate freely. Thus, I take a whole-instrument approach to tuning, creating balanced instruments with an emotive quality that are fun to play.