Luthier Mark Gaiero of Gaiero Guitars puts strings on a new custom guitar.

I love to build things that go on to live vibrant lives after they’ve left my hands.

My development as a craftsman began on film sets in Los Angeles in 2004, and took full root in the workshops of Portland-based Laika Studios, where I designed and built stop-motion puppet armatures from 2006-2016. During those years, my personal woodworking projects evolved, and in 2010 I started building my first acoustic steel-string guitar.

Portland has a thriving lutherie scene, and I was fortunate to learn a great deal from the veteran builders in that community. I’m especially grateful to John Greven for countless shared insights and Ryan Lynn for teaching me a solid set of skills at Eastside Guitar Repair.

In 2016, I moved to Oakland, CA after an offer to apprentice with master luthier Ervin Somogyi. Working in the Somogyi shop, I’ve learned to apply the principles laid out in Ervin’s seminal book The Responsive Guitar.

It’s a pleasure to take part in the transformation from tree to guitar to music. My aim is to create instruments that will continually inspire players, whether in the studio, on stage, or at home.