Welcome to Marc De Waey's website.

I'm Marc from Blankenberge (Belgium) and I've been building various stringed instruments since the year 2000.

I began my training as a "restorer of plucked instruments" at Syntra West, where I made my first instrument, a hummel. Whilst working on my second project ( a ukelélé ), I started classes at the Cmb in Puurs ( Belgium ) under the watchful eye of Jacky Walraet, who has remained my teacher to this day. The first instruments I learned to build were constructed following existing plans. As I gained more knowledge and experience I began to develop my own designs.
Since 2009 I have been teaching steel string guitar building in the "Arts and Crafts" departement at Syntra West. I run the course together with my collegue Kurt Decorte who is responsible for first year students and classical guitars.

In 2012 I received the Golden Finger Plane award - a prize for talented builders - from the Cmb.

Golden Finger Plane





leonardo all
Recently I made 5 steelstring guitars from different non-tropical woods as a contribution to the Leonardo Guitar Research Project .

For the second part of this project, I made 2 Martin OO guitars. The first one is made of tropical wood, the other one is made of non-tropical wood. ( See Gallery)