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Here you'll find more pics and info on some of the instruments I make plus lots of detailed photos on the actual construction of some of them.
Also YouTube videos of some really unique
(and really Strange!) musical instruments from around the world.


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Rock Bend Folk Festival

Sat. & Sun.
Sept 9 & 10,

Rock Bend
Folk Festival
Peter, Minnesota

  I will not be set up at Rock Bend this year. My big old tree died last Winter and they cut it down, so needless to say... no more shade! I will be hanging out at the North Stage most of the time and will have an Octave Mandolin or two with me. Hope to see you there!


Welcome to TeeJays Home Page and Web Site.
I make stringed Musical Instruments
and conduct field surveys for

Reptiles and Amphibians

(Click on the Frog to get to the
Biological Survey)


Friday - December 8 - 2017

Hello from the banks of the
Watonwan River at Madelia, Minn. 

(The "Pride of the Prairie")        
A note about calling here
and leaving a phone message:
It usually doesn't work! 
Sorry... but using a cell phone with a bad connection
makes it impossible to hear
your return number.
Please use my E-mail address instead.

Nyckelharpa # 5
is availble once again.
(More photos and details in the
Violins and Fiddles section)


Latest project:

The 10-String Viola D' Amore is done and is at its new home in Richland, Washington.  

Check out my Facebook page for weekly updates on its construction.
There will be more of these! Let me know if you're interested.


Items currently available:

  Scroll down to see what I've got, then click on the
appropriate link above for more pics and info.

Octave Mandolin
(# 82)

 Now has a new side sound hole and a
Curly Walnut opick guard.


I just finished a new F-4 Octave Mandolin.
Photos are up in the Mandolins section. 

Click onto my Facebook page to see weekly updated construction photos.


10-String Mandola (# 75)
is once again available. It spent a year in Florida, but didn't like it there so it has returned.

Now with new side sound-holes too.
(In the Mandolins section) ______________________________________

The 10 -String 'Hardanger' Dragon Fiddle
has been sold.  
There will be more of these. 


         Custom built case with a bow included.

Photos available in the
Violins and Fiddle section.
More details coming soon.


  I now have video/sound samples.
Please keep in mind:
I spend a lot more time building than playing.
(More coming soon)

More videos in the Mandolins section.

Nyckelharpa # 6 has been
The latest pics, info and details are still for now 
in the Violins and Fiddles section

That's what's currently available.
Check out my Facebook page for
photos of the construction of # 78.


Great Big Giant
10-String F-4 Mando Cello.
The photos of the construction process
are up on my Facebook page too.

  10-String A-Style Mandolas have been available in the past.
I might be building more in the future
but it will be a while.


(In the Mandolins section)


This is a direct link to all my videos on YouTube:


OK...That's it for now.
   Keep checking in.      

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  A4 Mandolins 

  F4 Mandolins 

  F5 Mandolins 

  F5 Bluegrass Mandolin 

  Octave A4 Mandolin 


  Octave F4 Mandolins 

  Come back for more...

I started making musical instruments in the late 1970ís.

My first attempt was a 5-String Banjo made out of a pine board I found in the garage...
                                       Read More...                                               

Check out the other
Nyckelharpas I've made.


Actually its a "FiddleHarpa".
A Nyckelharpa built to the size and tunings of a Violin.
(Look in the Violins and Fiddles section above)



E-mail TeeJay@cccinternet.net
Sorry...Had to delete the phone number.
I usually run and hide whenever I hear the phone ring anyway. 9 times out of 10 its not for me and I'm really bad about getting back to you if you leave a message. You'll have a much better chance if you use E-mail. Thanks!
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