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Lynn Gastineau had eight thirtieth birthdays.
When she founded the Gastineau Log Company in New Bloomfield in 1977, the twenty-three-year-old faced a lot of skepticism as she broke into the industry.
“Not only was I female, but I was also young,” Lynn says after admitting that she lied about her age until she turned thirty.
Lynn grew up watching the sawmill business, and after receiving a degree in fashion from Stephens College in Columbia, her attention was drawn to the log-home business.
When it comes to women in the log-home industry, Lynn says she’s it. “I have the rare distinction of being the only woman to start a log-home company in the United States.”
Though she doesn’t like to stereotype (because she dislikes when others stereotype her), she thinks her experience as a woman makes her even better at her job.
“I bring in my own experiences of running a household, so I bring different input into the design than men,” she says.
Gastineau Log Homes can be found in all fifty states and twelve countries, including Canada and Japan. Lynn says it isn’t just the quality of the house that draws in customers, but the ambience.
“It feels like the house nurtures you,” she says. “We live in such a sterile environment. Our bodies need that feeling of nature around us.”
One of the best parts of owning Gastineau Log Homes, Lynn says, is living in Missouri.
“What I love most about my work is that I can live in New Bloomfield,” she says. “I have two stop signs between home and work, but I talk to people all over the world on a daily basis. It’s the best of both worlds.”