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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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Upcoming Events

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)



Sunday - July 7 - 2024


Hello from the banks of the
Minnesota River at St. Peter, Minn. 

(The "Traverse Des Sioux" or Crossing place of the Old Dakota)


A note about calling here:
I am currently without a phone, but should be getting one soon. I'll get that number up as soon as I can. 

Till then... Please use my E-mail address instead.
Thanks. New E-Mail Address:


 I will be officially retiring next month!

This means I will no longer be building new instruments for the foreseeable future.
(This includes major repair jobs)
To be sure... There WILL be more!
Just don't know what, or when.

Items currently available:

Guitar Body Octave Mandolin #4

A wooden West African Kora.

8 String Hardanger
Viola 'd Amore



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


Guitar Body Octave Mandolin #4
Is now on display
and for sale at Scheitel's Music
 in Mankato, Minnesota.

These are mostly photos of # 4.
All the details are nearly identical to
# 3 down below.