Lie-Nielsen 2018 Open House and Lobster Bake

Friday & Saturday July 13 & 14, 2018

9am to 5 pm

264 Stirling Road, Warren, Maine

Admission to the Open House is free of charge, there is a $45 charge and reservation required to attend the Lobster Bake.  You can try any of Lie-Nielsen tools – educators will be on hand to teach and demonstrate.  In addition to several “tool talks” and guest demonstrators, the Maine Forest Service will lead guided Tree Identification Tours on Friday and Saturday. Tours will leave from the showroom at 12:00PM and 2:00PM. Learn tricks and techniques for identifying common New England tree species.

More information can be found at

Ninth New England Woodturning Symposium

May 12, 2018

8am to 5pm

Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH

Preregister – $75              Walk-in – $85

Lunch Included

Details & Registration at GNHW.ORG/SYMPOSIUM/2018

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event March 23-24, 2018

Friday March 23 9am – 6 pm

Saturday March 24 9am – 5pm

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks is bringing its popular Hand Tool Event to Goosebay Lumber on March 23-24, 2018.  This event is part of the company’s ongoing international program to expose woodworkers of all ages and skill levels to the benefits of traditional hand tools and techniques.

“We started these events to expose more woodworkers to the improvements in quality, environment, and enjoyment that handtool work can offer,” says Lie-Nielsen founder and president Thomas Lie-Nielsen, “and over the past decade we’ve seen their popularity explode with new and experienced woodworkers alike.  Incorporating traditional tools and methods can offer even die-hard machinery users ways to bring their work to the next level.  The fact that our tools don’t require earplugs or respirators just adds to the appeal.”

Lie-Nielson staff will help demystify the work of hand tool woodworking and cover topics like sharpening, tool setup and use, and joinery.  Visitors are encouraged to get hands on and ask questions.


From Sawmill to Table: Unique Use of Mill Byproducts

Photo of Fire in the Bread Oven

Inside the Oven

Sawdust.  Chips.  Slabs.  Mill byproducts.  All are the much less glamorous side of sawmill production.  As lovely figured maple and sturdy beams come off our saw, the mill byproducts fall away.  Where these products end up is not something we often focus on, but sometimes they can end up in some pretty cool places.

Slabs – or the outside “edges” of the logs we saw – are divided into hardwood and softwood bundles and stored in a towering pile in our yard.  They are prized for their ability to quickly kindle a very hot fire.  Our usual buyers are homeowners, and also those who still have wood-fired evaporators in their sugar houses.  One of our more interesting customers is a group of community bakers.

Brookford Farm, in Canterbury New Hampshire, is home to a good-sized wood fired oven.  When the resident baker departed, a group of bakers, loosely called the Canterbury Community Bakers, were welcomed to the farm for periodic “bakes.”

Baguettes Proof in a Linen “Couche”

Softwood and hardwood slabs are key to getting the oven fire started up.  If the bakers are planning a Saturday bake, the process begins early Thursday morning when the fire is first lit.  It takes approximately half a cord of wood to build the fire (remember this is starting up a cold oven.)

On bake day, if the fire has been properly maintained, the temperature of the oven will be just over 500 degrees Fahrenheit and the oven floor will contain mostly ash and a few coals.  These need to be scraped out of the oven, and the oven floor must be mopped clean to be prepared to receive the bread.

photo of baked loaves coming out of the oven on the peel

A Peel is Used to Remove Baked Loaves

The loaves are prepped by turning them out onto the peel and shallowly slicing them with a special cutter called a lame.  This allows the loaves to expand evenly in the oven.  This oven is large enough to bake about 60 artisan loaves per bake.  Depending on how many loaves are in the oven (the more loaves the more moisture is generated by the bread itself) the oven is misted with water and the door closed.

And the result?  Beautiful loaves.  We are used to showing you beautiful works of art created by our customers – this time we have, perhaps, shown you one that you may not have thought of.Photo of Baked Boule


Carl Mahlstedt: On Goosebay, Surfing, and Wood Surfboard Kits

Carl Mahlstedt from the Granite Stoke on Vimeo.

Carl Mahlstedt is the owner of Goosebay Lumber.  He grew up on the ocean – standing and surfing on a 3 foot rubber raft (ya, the squishy kind that the rest of us float and doze on) and later on a longboard – fondly remembered by Carl as “big and orange.”

In the late 1970’s Carl returned to Chichester from Taiwan, where he had been gainfully employed as a commercial diver inspecting oil rigs.  Never having spent time around a sawmill, Carl went to look at a disassembled mill lying rusting and rotted in a cow pasture in nearby Loudon.  He purchased the mill, assembled it here in Chichester, and Goosebay Lumber came into being.

Carl Mahlstedt posed with his wooden SUP

Carl with his wood SUP

We hope you enjoy this short interview – a glimpse into Carl’s enjoyment of the ocean, surfing, and hanging out here at Goosebay.



We would like to extend our special thanks to Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura, who made this video as part of their Granite Stoke documentary.  Check out their website, their Vimeo page, and the full Granite Stoke documentary

Pawlonia: Tree of the Future?

The Perfect Tree

Imagine the best qualities you could ever hope to find in a species:  Attractive grain, easy to work with, strong, lightweight, rot resistant…..And then add in that it’s one of the world’s fastest growing trees, and what do you get?  I’ve just described what proponents love about Paulownia.

Pawlonia Tree

photo courtesy of Jean Pol Grandmot

So why isn’t this wood readily available?  Why doesn’t every hardwood retailer stock it?  One of its attractive features – its sustainability – has also earned it designation as an invasive species in several states across the southern US.  The trees are native to central China and the lumber is prized in Asia as a wood for musical instruments, furniture, and for smaller, lightweight, watercraft construction.  The trees are found as far north as Montreal, but are mostly found and grown in the warmer southern climates.  One Paulownia tree can produce thousands of seed pods, and each pod can contain up to 20,000 seeds, which are spread with the wind.  You can see how this could get out of control!  In a plantation setting, a Paulownia tree grows about 15 feet the first year, and 20 feet the second year.  At that point it slows down and develops a large canopy.  It is ready to harvest in about 15 years.

Uses for Pawlonia Lumber

Carl Mahlstedt, owner of Goosebay Lumber, riding a Stand Up Paddleboard

Carl Mahlstedt, owner, Goosebay Lumber

Goosebay became interested in – and began stocking- Paulownia when we started stocking wood surfboard kits.  When making a wooden surfboard you need strength, but if you are intending to use the board, you need to be very conscious of the weight of the board.  Paulownia has roughly twice the strength of Balsa wood, and very little additional weight.  Paulownia allows you to construct a strong board that will weigh roughly what a similar glass board might weigh.  It is also a useful wood to use in building smaller boats, where weight is also a consideration, such as in kayak construction.


Paulownia Electric Guitar made by Ron Kirn

photo courtesy of Ron Kirn


Instrument makers prize Paulownia for its sound qualities, although many are cautious in researching the source of the Pawlownia.  Much of the Paulownia available as lumber is grown in plantations.  Many instrument makers look for forest grown, slower growth wood.

Most of the Paulownia we stock at Goosebay is of a size more suited for marine purposes than for musical instruments.  We have had some electric guitar blank stock.  The feedback from customers who used it was good – they were generally happy with the sound quality.  As Young Carl points out, however, it would make for a pretty light guitar.  He’s not sure he would like the feel as opposed to his current guitar, which has an alder body.


American Paulownia Association, vol24 no 1, February 2016

A Beautiful Tree That Shows a Sinister Side, NY Times, June 30, 2002, NY Region

The Malco 11’0″ SUP

The Malco SurfboardThe ” Malco” 11 foot SUP was designed by Malcolm Schweizer. It has a little concave in the nose and a slight “V” in the tail. Plus the rib design lets you build the rails two different ways (built up solid rails or wood strip hollow rails).

Additional Material Options

The Malco has good hull speed for “flat-out” paddling as well as the ability to plane for surfing. You can paddle fast for long distances, but still be able to easily surf once you are there. Malcolm lives in the Virgin Islands and has a long paddle out to the surf break. He designed the Malco to be easy to paddle and be able to surf once he got there.

Kit Price: $229.00
Finished Length: 11’0″
Width: 30 3/4 inches
Nose: 23 3/4 inches
Tail: 19 1/2 inches
Thickness: 4 1/4 inches

The Orca SUP 12’0″

The Orca SUP 12’0″ Stand Up Paddleboard

The Orca was designed for stand up paddling which requires maximum flotation and stability. It’s at home on a lake or in the surf. It has a flat bottom and enough rocker that it is at home paddling into a wave,

Kit Price $229.00

Finished Length 12’0″
Width 30 1/4 inches
Nose 19 3/4 inches
Tail 17 3/4 inches
Thickness 4 3/4 inches

Additional Material Options
The round rails and high volume make for effortless paddling whether you are catching waves the way the ancient Hawaiians did or simply cruising the bay. Throw away the treadmill, this baby is all the workout you will need!

The Lake Superior SUP 12’0″

The Lake Superior SUP 12’0″ Stand up Paddleboard

The Lake Superior was designed for stand up paddling in lakes and calm water. It has less rocker than its cousin “The Orca” because it doesn’t have to contend with waves.

Kit Price $229.00

Finished Length 12’0″
Width 30 1/4 inches
Nose 19 3/4 inches
Tail 17 3/4 inches
Thickness 4 3/4 inches

Additional Material Options

The Toad 6’8″

The Toad 6’8″ Wooden Surf Board

The Toad with its multi channel bottom profile, is a challenge to build, but worth the effort. The channels turns you won’t do on any other wood board. The bottom is planked in the usual way but the contoured ribs let you make perfect channels

Kit Price
Availability Call or email for availability

Finished Length 6’8″
Width 25 1/4 inches
Nose 20 inches
Tail 18 inches
Thickness 3 inches

Additional Material Options
This kit contains a frame kit consisting of ribs and main spar and an assembly manual containing over 160 color illustrations on everything from laying out the frame to glassing and installing fins.