Naples Botanical Garden Time-Lapse Video

Those of your following the Naples Botanical Garden Chabraja Visitor Center project may find this time-lapse video of its construction to be very interesting: Goodwin sawed and precisely milled 20,000 linear feet of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress for siding and trim. The majority of the antique logs used for the project were carefully retrieved out of […]

Back to Dasburg!

University of Florida president, Dr. Kent Fuchs, and wife Linda graciously hosted an evening BBQ this past Wednesday, June 10th, in appreciation of all of the contractors and trades people who worked so diligently to complete the UF Dasburg president’s house. During the event, Dr. Fuchs thanked everyone for their hard work and effort. He also noted all of those companies that had made generous donations to the appointment of the Dasburg house. Goodwin was proud to be among the recognized businesses. Dr. Fuchs then announced that for the rest of the evening the Dasburg would be completely opened and that all were free to roam the house and admire their and other’s handiwork. What a great surprise!   We were able to capture some additional photos of the home and the flooring we provided. Enjoy!

 

Firestone Building Honored by Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

(Gainesville, FL) – Phoebe Cade Miles (daughter of the late Dr. James Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade) and her husband Richard restored the 4,000 sq. ft. Firestone Building in Gainesville, Florida last year. On Friday May 8th, 2015, the project was recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (FTHP), receiving an Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse at the organization’s annual awards ceremony held in Miami, Florida. Additionally, father and son team, Richard and Ryland Wagner of Joyner Construction in Gainesville – contractors for the restoration – were also honored for their work on the project.

The FTHP’s mission is, “to promote the preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida through advocacy, education and historic property stewardship.” Accordingly, the Firestone was acknowledged to be, “a proper rehabilitation of a structure to a new use with consideration for the high level of creativity to the adaption.” Adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation was weighed heavily.

The restoration brought together many local building specialists. Goodwin Company, who has worked on several projects that have received recognition by the FTHP, milled the River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heartpine which surrounds a rectangle of brilliantly positioned reclaimed pine from the original building and an inlay of a fan medallion in the center.

According to Sarah Vidal-Finn, Manager of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, “The Firestone Building is a model example showcasing the ability to find incredible worth in historic building stock and sensitively reusing it to support modern commerce and businesses.”

For a full list of FTHP award winners, visit: http://www.floridatrust.org/preservation-awards/2015-award-winners.

Photo Credit: Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group

Kimal Lumber (Sarasota – Fruitville Road) 1st Anniversary Celebration

(Part two of our Kimal Lumber blog)

Jeffrey and I were thrilled to help Kimal Lumber celebrate the 1st Anniversary of their Fruitville Road store opening. We were touched by the sincerity and generosity of Kimal owner Al Bavry. He presented the All Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House with a donation of $38,000! Ronald McDonald was even on hand to accept the check (And, yes, Jeffrey got his photo taken with him). Ronald McDonald House Charities provide warmth, housing and assistance to families with sick children. Thank you, Al, for your generous support of such a worthy cause!

A Breathtaking Display of Goodwin’s Various Wood Species

We are honored that Kimal Lumber on Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Florida chose to use Goodwin wood for their showroom office remodel. The owner, Al Bavry, is a wonderful person and a very knowledgeable professional. We certainly appreciated the opportunity to work with him!

The job turned out so well, Kimal is also using the office as a Goodwin display. The area features selections of most all of the wood Goodwin offers, including engineered, curly, log rounds, cypress paneling, and pecky.

We encourage you to stop by and visit the Kimal Sarasota location. A talented employee by the name of Rob has even handcrafted a number of wall hangings and art using the cutoffs. In fact, they will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday, February 27th with a customer appreciation day. Jeffrey Forbes and I will be there representing Goodwin with a booth and display. We would love to see you!

For more information, visit: http://kimallumber.com/locations/sarasota-east/

 

Congratulations to Tenna Florian of Lake | Flato Architects

Congratulations to Tenna Florian of Lake | Flato Architects for being named one of the “Seven to Watch”.  Goodwin worked closely with her on the Naples Botanical Gardens project. Tenna is not only tops in her field, but she is also dedicated to promoting sustainability in her work and industry as a whole.  Congratulations, Tenna!  We look forward to working with you again in the future. 

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River-Recovered® Heart Pine a Focal Point of UF’s New Dasburg House

Goodwin Company Provides Their Signature
Sustainably Harvested, Locally Milled Antique Wood Flooring

(Gainesville, FL) – Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, proudly announce their contribution to the University of Florida’s (UF) new Dasburg House. The company donated a portion of their sustainably harvested and historically significant River-Recovered® Vertical Heart Pine, Legacy (building reclaimed) Vertical Heart Pine and Curly Heart Pine to appoint portions of the interior of the approximately 6000 sq. ft., on-campus residence. The Dasburg House will be home to current and future UF presidents. New UF President, Kent Fuchs, Ph.D., – a former provost at Cornell University – and wife, Linda, will be the first to reside in the new home.

“Our sustainably harvested, centuries old antique wood flooring is quite a conversation piece,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “The logs we recover are some of the first trees cut from America’s virgin forests over 125 years ago. As these logs were floated down river to port, many of the denser ones sank to the bottom. The low oxygen environment has perfectly preserved them and, as a result, they yield the richest patina when milled.”

According to Goodwin, most of the logs for the Dasburg House were recovered from Florida’s Suwannee River. Goodwin worked closely with Gainesville architect, Apryl Ponikvar, UF interior designer, Marie Brown, and installer, Rudy Dittmar to select the perfect flooring for the president’s study, the spouses’ study, the second floor landing, the spiral stairs (treads) and the elevator.

“The natural beauty of Goodwin’s River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine wood is unsurpassed,” says Ponikvar. “It brings the natural environment of North Central Florida into the home and contributes to the unique character and overall warmth of the interiors. We were pleased to find a local source that not only custom milled to our specifications, but worked alongside us from design through construction completion.”

The Dasburg House is named for John and Mary Lou Dasburg of Key Biscayne. The couple was the lead donor for the $5 million dollar project. The home opened this week.

“We consider it an honor and privilege to have been invited to be part of a project that will soon become an integral part of the University of Florida’s admired history and respected legacy,” concludes Goodwin.

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-Recovered® wood flooring. Goodwin has earned an indisputable reputation for using the strictest grading standards of any company in the marketplace. Demand for rich, high quality flooring continues to flourish as 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, Naples Botanical Garden and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

Our Sincerest “Thank You” for Making 2014 Such a Success!

George and I want to extend our sincerest gratitude to each and every building design professional and owner we have had the privilege to work with this year.  As we approach 2015, we cannot help but reflect on the projects that made our year so exceptional. While every job will always hold a special place in our hearts, some of the most memorable commercial and historical renovation projects of 2015 included the Key West Museum re-finish, the old Firestone service station in Gainesville, Queen and Crescent Hotel in New Orleans, Chinsegut Hill in Brooksville, The SeaScout Lodge in Galveston and the Naples Botanical Garden.

We were also honored to be named a 2014 Blue Ribbon Small Business by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  It was thrilling to travel to Washington D.C. and accept this award alongside the finest and most respected small businesses from throughout the country.

Goodwin Company continually researches ways to offer a wide selection of new product lines.  We are excited to announce that today – New Year’s Eve – our state-of-the-art finishing line will be delivered to our manufacturing facility in Florida.  Not only will this allow us to offer you more diverse finishing options, but we will also be able to manufacture economical ‘builder ready’ choices in prefinished 1,000 year-old River-Recovered® Heart Cypress paneling and ceiling.  We expect the first new products to begin rolling out mid-2015.

The new year holds so much promise and we are extremely excited about the additional options we will be offering our valued customers in 2015 and in the years to come.  We credit our 35+ years of success to our loyal and discerning clients who appreciate the indisputable quality and handcrafted beauty of our unique and exceptional antique wood flooring and products.

Thank you and we wish you and your family much health, happiness and blessings in 2015.

With all our heart,
George and Carol

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Contributes to the Allure of the New Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Center at Naples Botanical Garden

Goodwin Company Provides Antique Wood Carefully Recovered from the Apalachicola River

(Naples, FL) – Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® wood, announce their contribution to the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Center at Naples Botanical Garden. The company meticulously sawed and precisely milled 20,000 linear feet of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress (virgin growth bald cypress; taxodium distichum) for siding and trim. The majority of the antique logs used for the project were carefully retrieved out of the Apalachicola River. The result is a magnificent, beautifully crafted complex adorned with antique wood that is not only breathtaking, but also tells an intriguing and fascinating story.

“Goodwin worked closely with the entire building design team to ensure the final product exceeded expectations,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “We previously worked on a project with similar specs – the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas – which made us the perfect resource for this magnitude of a project.”

Architect Tenna Florian of the esteemed Lake/Flato Architects in San Antonio, Texas, specified the reclaimed cypress with vertical grain for the Visitor’s Center project. Lake/Flato Architects is a recognized leader in the use of sustainably sourced materials and consciously designed vernacular architecture. They were recognized as the 2004 American Institute of Architects (AIA) firm of the year.

“I take great pleasure in watching visitors arrive at Naples Botanical Garden and marvel at the beauty of the Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress that we used for siding the buildings,” says Brian Holley, Executive Director, Naples Botanical Garden.

“Using this wood is a real win-win-win for us, as through the wood we can tell the story of the forests of Florida – it will last a lifetime or more – and most importantly was salvaged, an important consideration in this LEED Gold project. On top of that the folks at Goodwin are a pleasure to work with.”

Goodwin Company has earned the indisputable reputation for producing antique River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood using the strictest grading standards of any company in the marketplace. Demand for Goodwin’s rich, high quality flooring continues to flourish and has become exceedingly coveted among architects, designers, celebrities, and high-end homeowners.

“Our founder, George Goodwin, still operates the saw to ensure each and every cut meets his high standards and expectations,” says Carol Goodwin. “We are one of the few manufacturers whose founder and owner is actively involved in the production process and personally inspects each and every order before it ships.”

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-Recovered® 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, Naples Botanical Garden and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

Sourcing River Logs – My Story (part 1)

x008By George Goodwin

I spent a lot of time fishing the Suwannee River during the summer of 1976. During this time I kept noticing deadhead logs (The term, “deadhead log” came about because the small end of the log floats like a head bobbing in the water). Something about them genuinely intrigued me. I had an antique business in Micanopy and a friend, Jerry Moore, was helping me source the antiques. He told me he could also bring up some of the logs. Now I was more than intrigued, I was interested!

Jerry recovered the logs and we took them to an old sawmill nearby. From the moment I first saw the life and light in the ancient wood, I knew people would fall in love with it. So, instead of fishing, we spent our spare time pulling logs and having them sawn into beautiful, durable historic lumber. We soon acquired our own sawmill and began sawing these treasures ourselves.

Every summer, when the water was warmest, Jerry and I made a pilgrimage to a different river area to search for ancient sunken logs. Since many of these logs were “lost” near old sawmills, we found local libraries and archives to be a good resource to research old sawmill locations. Logs were often stored in the water next to the sawmill and the densest and best often sank. Sometimes we got lucky and found a bend in the river where an entire raft had sunk. The rafts were generally 15 or so logs across and a couple of logs for cross members. There might be 20 or so such raft sections connected with chains or ropes.

We learned the best ways to search the river bottom by using a grid. And, we inevitably would find a lot of ‘second growth’ logs that were downed from storms or floods. Second growth aren’t worth pulling up as the wood is neither dense nor durable. Plus it’s commercially available, whereas the ancient logs are rare and valuable.

We searched riverbeds in NC, SC, GA and AL. I had a hand drawn map from 1881 of Florida’s forests, so of course we traveled all around Northern Central Florida and the Florida Panhandle. What we ultimately learned after years of research is that the spring fed Florida rivers held the most and highest quality ancient logs. The best heart cypress comes from the Panhandle and the best heart pine from the Suwannee, Withlacoochee and St John’s rivers. The St. John’s also has a lot of heart cypress waiting to be discovered. More on that later…