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Introduction to Instrument Making

Monday 16 May 10am — Friday 20 May 4pm, 2016

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£395 full board (all meals, accommodation, course tuition and materials)

£330 camping/vans (all meals, course tuition and materials)

£315 non-resident (lunch, dinner, course tuition and materials)

Make your own Appalachian Dulcimer with Kai Toenjes. This new course is an ideal introduction to the key processes common to making any modern stringed instrument: selecting wood, joining and bending, fretting shaping and finishing. At the end of the course you’ll have a superb, professional instrument which will far outstrip kit built instruments, and you will also have gained the skills and tool handling experience to move on to solo or more complex projects.

Who’s it For?

Anyone with an interest in musical instrument making. Some woodworking skills would be advantageous.

The Team

Kai Toenjes has been making instruments for the past twenty years. at first at instrument making courses in the school holidays in Germany, then working with a harpmaker in Scotland for six months prior to joining the London College of Furniture in 1992.

After a six year training in making baroque instruments, violins and guitars/mandolins he graduated with an honours degree in 1998. Kai moved to Ramsgate, Kent in the south east of England in 2002 where he shares a workshop with his wife, the hurdy-gurdy maker Claire Dugué. His instruments are acclaimed for their superb build quality, excellent sound and attention to detail.

Kai makes mandolins, Irish bouzoukis, mandolas, citterns and steel string guitars for amateur and professional players all over the world. Kai and Claire moved to a fantastic, large and bright workshop in 2007, where they are able to build small series of instruments, offering more choice and service to their customers. Kai also runs a very popular evening class where students are able to learn under his watchful eye.