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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

Rock Bend
Folk Festival
Peter, Minnesota

  I will not be set up at Rock Bend again this year. My big old tree died 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)



Thursday - May 26 - 2022


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.
Thanks. New E-Mail Address:


Items currently available:

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


I now have another Guitar Body Octave Mandolin
all ready to go!
Keep checking in for the latest pics and progress.


  My good friend Katy is selling her collection of Jessen instruments:
An Octave Mandolin,

 A MandoCello, and 2 Dulcimers.
(Both built by me in
1991 and in 2004)

They are now on display
and for sale at
Scheitel's Music in
Mankato, Minnesota.
(Call Scheitel's for prices)


Octave Mandolin
(Case included)
Back, sides and neck made of
Walnut and Maple.
Top is Western Cedar.
I made this some time in the early '90's and these are the only 3 photos I have of it.



                    Made in 2004.
Back sides and neck made of Walnut and Maple. Top is Western Cedar.


My latest project:
(Well one I started
20 years ago anyway and finally finished it again last week!)
A wooden West African Kora.
(No sound sample yet)
There are still a few strings missing, and I'm hoping Scheitel's Music in Mankato, Minnesota
will be able to install an electric pickup on it somewhere to enhance the sound.

More photos in the 'Other Stuff' section up above.

8 String Hardanger Viola 'd Amore

I started this project in January 2020 and have just finished it. 

     More photos and details in the
        Violins and Fiddles section.


F- 4 Octave Mandolin
is right down below the Arrpegione.

 I've made an


And it is now on display and for sale at
Groth Music in Bloomington, Minnesota.


(Or best offer)
More photos and details on the 
Violins and Fiddles page.




F- 4 Octave Mandolin (#89)

Check out more photos and details in the Mandolins section under
F-4 Octave Mandolins.
I won't be making any more of these for a while, but if you really want one, just let me know. 


Here are some video/sound samples




(Sound Sample # 4)
('The Music Box')



There is a problem with the Mandolins page!
When you click on the page you will get a big blank space. Just scroll down past the blank area until you see something.


 Guitar Body Octave Mandolin
has been


There will be another one of these this Winter. 

(More Photos and details in the


Octave Mandolin
(# 82)


(More Photos and details in the
          Mandolins section)

10-String Hardanger Viola
is SOLD !!!

I've built another one of these, but it's not quite done yet. It won't be a Viking Fiddle, but it will have 8 strings. Stay tuned to my facebook page for weekly updates.

More photos in the
Violins and Fiddles




The FiddleHarpa is for sale
    once again!

(More photos and details in the
 Violins and Fiddles section.

10-String Mandola (# 75)

(Case included)

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

Now on display and for sale at
Groth Music in Bloomington
, Minnesota. ______________________________________

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

There will be more of these!
Let me know if you're interested.

The 10 -String
Snake head 'Hardanger' Fiddle
has become famous!
It has toured several countries with it's new owner and is making beautiful music. 




  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.
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...
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 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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