About Goosebay Sawmill and Lumber

Our Story

Goosebay Sawmill & Lumber, Inc. is a New Hampshire family owned and operated supplier of local and exotic lumber to cabinetmakers, contractors, artisans, woodworkers, and hobbyists.

In 1978, Carl Mahlstedt Sr. acquired the property at 83 Dover Road, Chichester, New Hampshire and began researching home-based businesses to take advantage of the location. He explored several options including organic farming and greenhouses, but eventually decided to start a sawmill operation.

Although Carl Sr. had never run a sawmill, he didn’t let that stop him, and soon had a production mill up and running, sawing trailer loads of softwood. He named his new endeavor after Goosebay, Labrador where he had traveled to and gained an affinity for during his time in the Merchant Marine.

Today, Goosebay Sawmill & Lumber has grown to become a staple in New Hampshire’s wood production and supply. With our fully electric, solar-powered mill, we saw hemlock, pine, as well as a variety of locally harvested species as live edge, including cherry, walnut, curly maple, maple, and butternut. The slabs are initially air dried, then finish curing in our vacuum kilns. We also stock a wide variety of exotic hardwoods and turning woods.

Goosebay Lumber & Sawmill has something for everyone and would love for you to stop in and say hi.

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We also saw Bird’s Eye and Curly Maple into dimensional lumber. Bird’s Eye logs are much less plentiful than curly logs. We always have 4/4 lumber on hand. When suitable logs are available we saw thicknesses up to 12/4 or 16/4 and dry it in our kilns.

We built the current retail barn in 1998, greatly increasing our inventory and selection of both domestic and imported (exotic) hardwoods. We additionally added our plywood bins and offer cabinet grade veneered plywood as well as marine plywood.

Our current sawmill is our 4th. We’ve switched from a rotary saw to a band saw . We are currently working on converting our mill from diesel to electric power.