Rural Missouri - November 2012 - (Page 20)
The world’s best oak log homes begin life in New Bloomﬁeld
a log home just feels comforting. It’s nothing fancy, it just feels like home.” Lynn’s afﬁnity to Missouri oak began with her father, Carl Gastineau, ighting through a cloud of sawwho has spent a lifetime in the sawdust, Mike Martin and Shane mill industry. Berhorst ﬁnish sanding the In 1965, the Gastineau family interior walls of a cabin at the settled in Callaway County, thanks to Gastineau Log Homes’ workshop. a new sawmill built by Carl. Growing “A few ﬁnishing touches and in up, Lynn spent a lot of her time at her just a couple weeks, this cabin will be dad’s mill. During summer breaks, she thousands of miles away out in the would run the machine that removed woods in Maine,” says Mike. bark from the trees. The portable cabin represents a new era for the New “I always loved to build stuff,” says Lynn. “But in those days, Bloomﬁeld company, which has built an interwomen weren’t common in national reputation for oak the construction business. • homes. So I decided to pursue New something else I could Lynn Gastineau founded make: clothes.” Gastineau Log Homes 35 years Bloomﬁeld After graduating ago as the ﬁrst oak log home from Stephens Colmanufacturer in the country. lege with a degree in Today, the company has sold fashion, Lynn moved to nearly 5,000 homes that have New York City to work for a clothing shipped to all 50 states and several company. It wasn’t long before the countries in Europe and Asia. Midwest called her home. The company, served by Callaway Back at her parent’s sawmill, her Electric Cooperative, shapes logs at its dad was working with a new piece of sawmill, designs the homes and ships equipment that was designed to make all the raw materials a homebuilder pallets. Carl soon found that it also would need for construction. Some could manufacture log homes. He owners choose to build the home offered the pursuit to Lynn. themselves or hire a local contractor. She quickly set up a small ofﬁce “After the homeowner picks a ﬂoor at her parent’s mill, and in October plan, they are sent the outer shell,” 1977, Gastineau Log Homes was born. Lynn says. “The wood, windows, Lynn continues to support the doors, shingles and any additional state’s loggers by buying Missouri oak. hardware all come in our log home When the logs arrive at the sawkits, which start at $20,000.” mill, they ﬁrst are dried in solar Besides producing a high-quality, forced-air kilns that were designed by product, Gastineau is known for its Gastineau to use the sun for heat to use of durable Missouri oak. Although dry logs at a minimal cost. A couple of pine has been a longtime choice for months later, they are shaped to spelog homes, oak is naturally more resisciﬁc lengths based on what is needed tant to decay and insects. Once oak for a home. The logs are then grooved is stained and treated, it requires less on top and bottom to allow a perfectmaintenance for the homeowner. ly snug ﬁt during construction. “It also just looks better,” says Steve The kit is then packaged, often with Harding, who owns a Gastineau Log other Missouri-made products includHome near Fulton. “The knots and ing Quaker windows from Freeburg, grains give it so much character. Plus,
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exterior doors from Columbia and interior doors and steel hangers from companies in Jefferson City. “When the trailers full of wood came, I was blown away by the quality,” says Harold Arnold of Carbondale, Colo. Originally from Mexico, Mo., Harold’s Gastineau log home was built in 2003 and he still brags about it. “You can’t beat Missouri oak. This
will be here decades to come.” Wherever a Gastineau home is constructed, Lynn makes sure the high level of quality stays the same. “For every house we sell in the U.S., we send somebody for a quality assurance visit,” says the past president of the Missouri Forest Products Association.“We are the only company in the nation that does this, but it is
At Gastineau Log Homes’ manufacturing facility outside of New Bloomﬁeld, Jason Buschman cuts a dovetail into the end of log as Mike Tatlock helps.
Darin Hoover loads part of a log home kit onto a trailer. Each log home kit shipped includes the basic shell of the house including logs, windows, doors and shingles.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - November 2012
Rural Missouri - November 2012
Doing away with the ‘old scrub bull’
Cooperation among co-ops
Addicted to duck calls
Out of the Way Eats
Best of rural Missouri
Hearth and Home
Sleep like the grain
Rural Missouri - November 2012
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