Publishing Credits

Perceptions, MHCC Magazine of the Arts, February 2009
The Warrior's Song

The Deadly Writer's Patrol, issue 7, 2009 (Final Issue)
Poems: Dreamscape, Questions Not to Ask

The Deadly Writer's Patrol, issue 6, 2008
Excerpt from Bluejackets (in progress): Marcy vs Mr. Perfect

The Deadly Writer's Patrol, issue 5, 2007
Poem Fearing Sleep

Steel Beach: My Life As a Naval Aircrewman 1972 - 1976
Inkwater Press (336 pages) Paperback , April 2007
# ISBN-10: 1592992617
# ISBN-13: 978-1592992614

The Deadly Writer's Patrol, Issue 4, 2007
Excerpt from Steel Beach: Bear Country
poem: A Cold Day in Hue

The Deadly Writer's Patrol, Issue 3, 2007
short fiction Elephant Dreams, poem Zippos
(photo courtesy: typewriter.rydia[DOT]net/keyboard.htm)

Salem Monthly, November 2004
poem nineteen

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Life section, September 16, 2004
short memoir

Helicopter Monthly Online Magazine August 2004
short memoir Premonition
Viet Nam War Generation Journal, vol 2, no. 3 & 4, April 2003
A Small Madness at Sea
Romantic Settings
Malcolm's T-shirt
Elephant Dreams

Incoming! by Vietnam veterans, Hawks' Nest Publishing, vol V
Routine Medevac
The Wind
Time Warp

Incoming! by Vietnam veterans, Hawks' Nest Publishing, vol IV

Freedom Isn't Free, edited by Kim Wilson (pending publication)
My Desert Flower

The Oregonian Op-ed/Forum page
May 1997, November 1997, June 1998.


Current News

August 2021
Jeff is currently working on a 16 1/4" viola based on an Andrea Guarneri (1623-1698) pattern. Jeff is using northwest woods aged over 25 years in this instrument.
April 2021
Jeff has recently completed his cancer treatments and is back in remission once again. Over the winter he completed a 17″ Maggini model viola and is currently finishing a 15 1/2″ Studio Model viola of his own design. Jeff is working with a woodcutter in Slovakia to obtain large, one-piece viola backs with dramatic figure and character for future works. He will also be visiting a regional woodcutter this summer to hand select interesting woods.
July 2020
Jeff's book Steel Beach is now available as a Kindle e-book at Amazon's Kindle Store.
Steel Beach e-book
June 2020
Jeff was recently diagnosed with a lymphoma relapse and is undergoing chemothereapy treatments to get it under control. Details will be forthcoming on his Living with Cancer page. He has completed the Betts model violin and will finish the Seraphin model violin soon. He will be taking temporary leave of his workbench until he's past chemotherapy and able to concentrate and do the quality of work he expects of himself.
March 2020
Jeff recently completed a 16 1/8" viola, which is entered in the Metzler Violin Shop's Fourth Annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition, in Glendale, California. Photos of this viola can be seen in the instrument picture gallery. Jeff is also finishing up a Studio Model violin patterned after the Betts Stradivari of 1704, and will have a violin on his popular Sanctus Seraphin model ready this summer.
September 2018
The Oregon Folklife Network invited Jeff to join a discussion panel on musical traditions being practiced in the area. It will be held at Troubadour Music in Corvallis on Friday September 7th at 7:30 pm.
August 2018
Jeff was recently commissioned to write a short piece for the nationally distributed Vietnam Veterans of America magazine. It will appear on the Parting Shot page in the upcoming issue.
April 2018
Northwest Musical Instrument Exhibit: Saturday and Sunday, April 28th & 29th, 2018 Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Feburary 2018
Jeff will be entering his latest viola in the Thomas Metzler Violin Shop's contemporary instrument exhibition and sale taking place in Los Angeles, March 23-26. Violas will be played by a member of the L.A. Philharmonic at 4 p.m. on March 25th
July 2017
The 17" Maggini modeled viola is sold and Jeff recently finished a 15" viola of his own design and it is now available. He also has his Sanctus Seraphin patterned violin from 2006 back in his shop. This violin was exhibited in the Library of Congress that year as part of the American Federation's participation in "The American violin, from Jefferson to jazz" event.
September 2016
Jeff recently sold a violin based on a 1704 Stradivari as well as a 15 7/8" viola of his own design. He has started two new violas, one on the popular 15 7/8" pattern and one on his 16 1/8" pattern. He expects them to be completed by spring.
April 2016
Northwest Musical Instrument Exhibit: Saturday and Sunday, April 30th & May 1st, 2016 Marylhurst University,
near Portland, Oregon. Map
March 2016
Jeff just completed a 17" viola based on a Maggini pattern from the late 1500's.
Inquire for price and availability.
April 2015
Instrument Show Northwest Musical Instrument Exhibit: Saturday and Sunday, April 25th & 26th, 2015 Marylhurst University, near Portland, Oregon.
January 2015
Jeff was interviewed by the University of Oregon's school of jounalism for their series Northwest Stories: Violin Maker Jeff Manthos Violin Video link
Jeff is completing a 16 1/2" Da Salo model viola which will be available soon. His next instrument is a 15 3/4" viola on his own pattern, which will be ready by late spring.

Contact information

Street: 2635 SW Fairmont Drive
City/State: Corvallis, OR 97333
Phone: 541-754-7645