Kai Tönjes

  • Kai 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.

    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.