Key West Custom House Wood Floor Re-finish to Include Public Demonstration

Flooring Experts Donate Time to Re-Finish Museum Floors and Conduct

Public Demonstration of Finishing Techniques

1-276(Key West, FL) – A team of the nations most esteemed wood flooring experts will be heading to Key West next week to donate their time and expertise to re-finish the Key West Custom House Museum floors. George and Carol Goodwin of Goodwin Company and Howard Brickman of Brickman Consulting will lead the effort in partnership with Bona®, who is donating all of the finishing supplies and equipment.  The public is invited to meet the team and view an enlightening demonstration of the latest techniques in museum wood floor finishing:

Key West Custom House Museum
Floor Refinish
Public Demonstration
Saturday, May 3rd
10:00am – 12:00 noon
381 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040

With over 33 years of experience in the wood flooring industry, Brickman is considered the industry’s preeminent expert on specialty installations as well as flooring and job site inspections. He is an expert in troubleshooting unplanned wood floor problems and is currently the nation’s leading sought after expert in wood floor civil lawsuits. Brickman served as the former Manager of Inspection and School Services at the National Oak Floor Manufacturing Association (predecessor of the National Wood Flooring Association).

George and Carol Goodwin are the co-founders of Goodwin Company, the nation’s premier manufacturer of fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring.  George Goodwin is considered the pioneer of River-Recovered® wood flooring. His passion has taken him deep into river bottoms to reclaim some of the oldest, most beautiful heartpine and heart cypress in the world. Goodwin’s wood has been specified by architects and designers for use in prominent architecture and homes, including the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Charnley-Norwood House and private residences of Paul McCartney and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Members of the media and public are invited and encouraged to attend the public museum floor re-finish demonstration.  Building design professionals interested in earning CEU credits can attend the free “Architectural and Design Uses of Reclaimed Woods” presentation being held Wednesday, April 30th at the Custom House from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.  The team will also be holding a “Self Defense for Wood Floor Professionals” class on
Thursday and Friday afternoons.  Professionals can sign up for these sessions by calling 800-336-3118 or visiting www.heartpine.com.

About Howard Brickman

Howard Brickman has earned a reputation of being one of the wood flooring industries most esteemed professionals.  Brickman, founder of Brickman Consulting, provides high-quality, accurate, relevant information to anyone with an interest in wood floors. Clients include small regional flooring contractors, individual homeowners, mid-sized architectural and engineering firms, international real estate development corporations and billion-dollar manufacturing companies. In 1980, Brickman was named the first Manager of Inspection and School Services at NOFMA. For more information visit www.brickmanconsulting.com.

About Goodwin Company

Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-RecoveredÒ wood flooring. Esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments.  Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

About Bona®

Bona US is the North American subsidiary of Bona AB in Malmö, Sweden. Bona US manufactures and distributes floor care products. Bona’s hardwood floor care systems have been successful in the professional market for 90 years. Consumer products are available in most major retail outlets throughout the U.S. and North America. With certifications like GREENGUARD, the company has also been recognized for formula innovations that are pH-neutral and non-toxic. For more information, please contact Bona US at (800) 872-5515 orwww.MyBonaHome.com.

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For over a thousand years, the original massive Cypress doors of Saint Peter’s Church in Rome swung on their hinges. They were still in a perfect state of preservation when replaced with ornamental bronze.”

In fact, recent Cypress log excavations discovered sound wood buried over 100,000 years ago along the U.S. Atlantic Coast. The handbook, which makes for very interesting reading and I highly recommend, also references the termite resistance of the wood:

Cypressene—the essential oil of Cypress—makes Cypress highly repellent to termites. Cypress timbers in 300-year-old Spanish buildings in Florida have resisted termites, while connecting timbers of other woods were destroyed.”

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Harvesting rainwater from rooftops is one solutions to conserving our precious water, where it can be used instead of municipal drinking water for many non-drinking water (i.e. non-potable) applications (e.g. landscape, toilet flushing) as well as drinking water. There are two general types of rainwater catchment systems – “active” or “passive”. Most professionally installed systems incorporate aspects of both to maximize the water conserved.

Active rainwater catchment refers to systems that actively collect, filter, store and reuse water. The storage is usually the most visual aspect of an active system (i.e. large tanks), but they also generally incorporate pumps, and sometimes filters that require electricity (e.g. ultraviolet lights). These are active components that require regular ongoing maintenance to run efficiently and effectively. (Read the full article at the link below)

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If You Think Antique Pine Flooring is Gorgeous…

Antique Heart Cypress "Tidewater Red" Brochure from 1904Here’s a brochure from the early 1900s touting the beauty of Tidewater Red Cypress. That’s about the end of the commercial availability of virgin growth, or original growth heart of cypress.

Today Goodwin offers River Recovered Antique Heart Cypress in many grades and milling patterns for paneling, cabinetry and millwork. We follow the 1904 grading standards, the last time any were published for this rare wood.

“New cypress looks almost like another specie”, says George Goodwin talking with Norm Abrams while they look at a 1,700 year old river recovered heart cypress log.

Quick action can minimize the damage due to a water leak

We occasionally receive calls about water leaks on wood floors. Many times the floor can be saved if the water is removed quickly, and the floor is dried right away.  If the floor buckles or if some of the boards split you will face a more extensive repair.  Heat, air circulation, and dehumidification can all help the drying process. Commercial drying services can also be an option.  Do not sand a cupped floor flat if it is still wet.  Without aggressive measures some floors can take months to dry out.  Use a moisture meter to check the final drying.

Once the floor is dry, check to see if the fastening is still tight by looking for board movement. If the floor was very wet often permanent cracks between the boards will persist once the floor is dry.  Using fill or small slivers of wood glued into the gaps and refinishing may be an option.  Cupping may also be permanent, and can be sanded at this point if it is not too severe.

If you install a new floor it is very important that the subfloor and building components below the floor are well dried out before you start.  Installing new wood flooring over a source of moisture can damage the new flooring.

Goodwin Partners with Andrew St. James to design Precision-Engineered Flooring

Once Goodwin found Andrew St. James, master flooring craftsman and as much of a perfectionist as George Goodwin, the company’s Precision Engineered “PE” wood floor design process flourished. His wood floor technical connections are among the best in the world and wood science is his passion.

Andrew prefers to do most of the testing himself rather than rely on others. “There isn’t a large body of research on engineered wood like the one that exists on solid floors,” he says. “We are charting our own path.”

After years of design and testing, Andrew was satisfied that the design yielded a floor that had longer lengths than most engineered, looked like a solid wood floor, could be sanded and refinished like solid wood and would avoid problems of some other engineered wood floors.

Andrew turned to Miguel Scannone, Goodwin’s Production Manager, to focus on the manufacturing. Miguel makes sure that all of Goodwin’s products are properly kiln-dried, well milled and graded to established guidelines. He was the natural choice to train and oversee the development of a manufacturing team and processes for the new product line.

Why Goodwin Precision-Engineered Might be Right for You

Goodwin began installing its engineered wood floors in commercial and residential projects in 2007. Still, the pre-finish was a concern. After tests with ten different pre-finish companies, Goodwin found a match to the company’s high level of craftsmanship and love of beautiful wood with Greyne Custom Wood Company of Charlotte, NC.

Greyne uses a vegetable-based oil, followed by an amberizing sealer with a high quality water-based topcoat that looks warm and natural. The finish truly has a furniture quality surface.

In addition to the River-Recovered® Antique Heart Pine, Goodwin offers its Precision-Engineered wood floor in building reclaimed antique heart pine, wild black cherry, antique heart cypress, walnut and mahogany (Andiroba) among other reclaimed or rescued woods. We’re ready to meet your needs for superior engineered wood floors.

We offer you on your Precision Engineered PE wood floor a lifetime structural warranty and 20 years on the finish. Call for a sample today.

Rare Woods Capturing the Attention of America’s Craftspeople and Homeowners

As hardwood interiors enjoy a newfound surge in popularity—in everything from home remodeling to new commercial applications—building professionals and homeowners find themselves combing through catalogs and magazines in search of “the perfect wood.”

For some, the decision is based on color. Others look at grain or for something unusual. Then it is always important to think about durability and strength.

One choice that is earning a second look, and often a first purchase, is a little understood wood that was so in demand during the 1800s and early 1900s that entire forests were clear-cut to virtual extinction. Southern Heart Pine is expected to take an even greater leap in popularity this January, when the well-regarded PBS television show, The New Yankee Workshop, features the wood sand heart pine specialist George Goodwin.

Host Norm Abram, intrigued with the unique method George uses to recover antique woods, took a camera crew on location to film Goodwin and his staff pull heart pine and cypress logs in a Southern Georgia river. The logs were lost from up to 200 years ago when loggers used the waterways to transport their cut timber down-river to the mills.

Goodwin Heart Pine Company, a small specialty lumber company owned by Goodwin in Micanopy, Florida, is one of a handful of companies in the United States that offer this rare wood and the only one to retrieve lost logs from riverbeds.

“Unfortunately, because of the changing ecological balance, the tree has nearly passed into extinction. It is only available in limited quantities either by salvaging timbers form old buildings, cutting down the few trees left, or like we do it … by putting on a wet suit and recovering the lost logs from the bottom of Southern rivers,” said Goodwin.

More than five million viewers will see the process in action Saturday, January 25, when The New Yankee Workshop airs on about 300 Public Broadcasting Stations nationally.

The show opens with the segment about the river recovery excursion and then will go on to show Abram giving step-by-step instructions in making a lidded bench from the wood of a recovered cypress log. The show is aimed at the amateur craftsperson and features a complete woodworking project from scratch.

“Sure it is hard work to recover this wood, but it is surely worth it. These logs, many of them 400 and 500 years old are preserved by the cool water and lack of oxygen so the heavy, dense heart remains in perfect condition, unspoiled by saws and nails.

“Because it is so rare and valuable, I stay involved at every stage. I do not pull every log out, but I do personally saw, dry, and inspect every board we mill. We cannot afford to make a mistake with this wood … it’s too hard to come by,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin predicts the interest in Heart Pine and other rare woods will increase as more craftspeople and homeowners gain more information about the woods. To help the process along, the company has just released a free video that documents the extinction of the Southern heart pine. For more information call Goodwin Heart Pine Company at 1-800-336-3118.