No Job is Too Small for River-Recovered® Heart Cypress

The versatility of reclaimed and River-Recovered wood extends far beyond wood flooring and wood feature walls.  Take a look at these lovely annual award plaques designed by our good friend and architect Beverly Frank of BFrank Studio.

The plaques – which are displayed at The Edge recreation building at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg – were handcrafted by Modulo Design Studio in Tampa, Florida using Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress.  Beverly Frank also specified Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress for The Edge renovation project last year. 

One-of-a Kind River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Table

Dan Petersen (Heritage Wood Finish Company) handcrafted this gorgeous River-Recovered® Heart Cypress table for the newly built boardroom of the Drummond Bank headquarters in Chiefland, Florida.  Goodwin and Heritage Wood Finish Company partnered to create this massive boardroom conference table measuring 21’ long and an average 56″ wide.

This River-Recovered Heart Cypress table will be the centerpoint of Drummond Bank’s Floridiana themed board room.  It comfortably seats 12 and will be outfitted with charging and other technology ports to accommodate smartphones, tablets and computers.

The table was crafted from two River-Recovered Heart Cypress slabs sawn from logs retrieved out of the Apalachicola River then married together. The 21’ length was achieved by attaching “bread board” ends perpendicularly to the married slabs. Live edges grace the length of both sides and the ends of the table.

The surface features beautiful, swirling, feathery grain patterns with deep rich chocolate hues which is synonymous with antique Heart Cypress.  The entire table is finished in oil.

The bank will also feature a 200sf front lobby entrance of Vintage Precision Engineered heart pine flooring.

River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Heart Cypress Add Contemporary Grace and Elegance to High End Home

Our good friend Mark Jefferson of Jefferson Woodworking sent us a sneak peek of a high end residential project he is in the process of completing for a client.

Mark used Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Pine Vertical Clear to face the stair treads and the central stringer (spine) in this very contemporary floating staircase:

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Vertical Clear and Pecky Cypress make up the feature wall and gorgeous ceiling.

The side angle close-up shows how the pecky alone is raised, thus giving a depth and three-dimensional aspect to the surface:

Why does Mark choose Goodwin wood for high end projects? “It makes a difference for discerning clients – the look plus a story,”  explains Mark.

Goodwin enjoys working with talented craftsmen like Mark who are as passionate about delivering an excellent product as we are!

Stay tuned for more photos once the project is complete.

“It makes a difference for discerning clients – the look plus a story.” – Mark Jefferson of Jefferson Woodworking

Heart Cypress Feature Wall

Heart Cypress Feature Wall Adds Beauty and “Grace” to Non-Profit Reception Area

Grace Place, a non-profit organization in Naples, Florida that helps children and families, now has a gorgeous River-Recovered® Heart Cypress feature wall in their reception area to recognize their generous donors.  The wood feature wall was crafted using 120 sq.ft of River-Recovered Heart Cypress Select and Vertical with trim.  Dan Petersen of Heritage Wood Finish Company coated it with his signature UV Diamond 7, a proprietary finish he formulated specifically for Goodwin.

Goodwin partnered with David Corban Architects, who were referred to us by our good friend Tenna Florian from Lake/Flato Architects. This is one of the most creative uses of a wood feature wall we have seen.  What a unique and beautiful way for a non-profit organization to recognize and demonstrate how much they value their donors!

Featured Wood: River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character

Add a Little Character to Your Home or Office in 2018

Have you seen our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character feature walls?  They are a hot seller and are absolutely stunning.  In fact, heart cypress character’s unique fine grain, arching grain patterns and vertical pinstripes makes it a popular species for feature walls, paneling, ceilings, trim and anywhere else you want to add subtle beauty.

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress is also a conversation piece, as it is one of only a few remaining prehistoric species available. Character grade offers more natural characteristics and even some unique features such as face checks, cracks and a few loose knots.

Our clients love its colors, which range from warm honey to cinnamon tan and light chocolate tones.  If you want more consistent color, it can be stained. And, with 99.9% heart content, how can you go wrong?

Treat yourself to some River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character in the upcoming year.  Our friendly experts are here to help!

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Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress – New is Not a Suitable Substitute

Historic preservation projects have a special place in the history and heart of our business.
Goodwin provides custom milled River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood flooring, paneling and other products, guaranteeing accuracy and authenticity when replacing “like for like” historic building materials.

River-Recovered heart pine and heart cypress are the same aged virgin growth species that were harvested from the colonial period in American history up until World War II. Therefore, River-Recovered heart pine and heart cypress offers the perfect fix when replacing damaged material in historical buildings that were constructed during that period. Legacy – or building reclaimed heart pine – has the unmistakable patina of the past because it once graced older buildings, thus has been air dried for 120 years or more.

There is no substituting new growth for old growth, which is why the best preservationist architects only specify quality old growth materials. While the species may be the same, the properties of long lived old growth wood are vastly different from quickly grown and freshly harvested modern trees. Density, growth rings, frequency of knots, greater amounts of olio resin in virgin heart pine and greater amounts of wood preserving cypresene oil in virgin heart cypress are just a few of the pronounced qualities distinguishing old growth heart pine and heart cypress from new.

Below are a few of our favorite historic preservation projects. Enjoy!

Charnley-Norwood House
Designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1890, this historical restoration called for curly heart pine as well as Legacy vertical clear heart pine.


Firestone Building
The restoration of this 1927 building involved 1600sf of River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine solid tongue and groove flooring. It was recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an Adaptive Reuse Honorable Mention in May of 2015.


Old Gainesville Train Depot
Antique building reclaimed legacy heart pine flooring and paneling breathed new life in this historic train depot, which is now home to a Pop-a-Top.


Matheson History Museum Library and Archives
This historic building was originally built for the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle. Today, it has been restored to house the Matheson Museum Library and Archives, boasting a gorgeous old Florida heart pine floor.

Heart Cypress – Perfect for Patios, Too!

We met our friend Jason Owen of Trimark Properties when we worked with them on the NIMBUS building feature wall earlier in the year.  Jason recently installed a River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character ceiling on the porch of a client’s Gainesville, Florida home.  It was pre-finished with a two pass UV oil.  Check out these initial photos we’ve just received:

This gorgeous River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character was sourced from bald cypress forests logged 100-200 years ago. Bald cypress (taxodium distichum) can grow to be 2000 years old.

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character is becoming more and more popular for its unique features, which include:

  • Rot resistant, making it ideal for outdoor applications
  • 95-100% heart, 100% dense growth
  • Blend of arching and vertical grain with some machine defects, face checks, cracks, peck and bug holes to add “character”
  • Knots of any size
  • Warm honey to cinnamon tan to light chocolate color tones
  • Swirling grain and feathery patterns

Looking to add a heart cypress feature wall or heart cypress ceiling inside your home or on your porch?  Give us a call, we’re here to help!

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress – Indoor / Outdoor Ceilings and Walls

Antique River-Recovered and reclaimed heart cypress feature walls and interior/exterior wood walls and ceilings are now widely used in contemporary design. S.R. Freeman is using Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress on their latest modern home project in California.  The folks at SR Freeman were kind enough to send us some photos of the heart cypress walls and ceilings as they are being installed.  Special thanks for this sneak peek!

Antique Heart Cypress Adds “Character” to Contemporary Office Space

Goodwin Company was proud to supply our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character for a reception desk, kitchen and a number of gorgeous feature walls in the ultra-modern office space for Visit Tampa Bay. Located in one of the beautiful skyscrapers that adorn the Tampa, Florida skyline, Visit Tampa Bay is a premier promoter of “the hip, urban heart of the Gulf Coast of Florida.”

Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character adorns the walls and various areas throughout the office space and is also featured in the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center. The heart cypress paneling gives a nod to the 2000-year-old bald cypress trees that historically lined all of the bayous and sloughs around the bay.  An added touch is the cigar boxes that are embedded in the various walls denoting Tampa’s (and Ybor City’s) rich history as the cigar capital of the world.

Check out these stunning photos by Native House Photography:

Goodwin produced 1600sf of 5-1/4″ River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character for this project.  The wood was prefinished with oil by Heritage Wood Finish Company and installed by AWS Carpenter/ Contractors of Clearwater, Florida.

If you are in the Tampa area, be sure to stop by the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center.  They have some great gifts and mementos of Tampa.  The wonderful staff are also available to direct you to points of interest and help plan your stay. Oh, and while there, be sure to check out the heart cypress feature wall and let us know what you think!

Johnston Marklee Featured in Surface

Congratulations to Johnston Marklee, a Los Angeles architecture firm that designed the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas. Goodwin milled roughly 7000 sf of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress siding for the project.  Goodwin’s heart cypress was specified for its durable and rot resistant qualities.  The Menil Drawing Institute is scheduled to open in October.

Surface Article

Don’t forget – you can watch a “live” feed of the building being constructed, as was highlighted in a previous post.

Live Feed

Adamick Architecture in New Orleans Has a Heart for Cypress

Special thank you to our friends at Adamick Architecture in New Orleans for including Goodwin in their very informative article about sinker cypress / heart cypress.  We came to know architect Scott Heath while he was working on a restoration project in St. Augustine, Florida.  Adamick is comprised of talented and professional architects.  Their work includes commercial, residential, development, historical renovation and historical tax credits. We look forward to working with them in the future!  Check out the article:

Sinker Cypress – Antique Wood Treasures

Goodwin works with sinker cypress that is at least 800 years old. The large diameter logs yield heart cypress slabs that are of great width. Both the size of the slabs and density of its grain makes heart cypress desirable for projects such as walls, ceilings, table tops, shelves, mantles, or bar tops.

Antique wood feature walls are trending in both traditional  and contemporary design. The accompanying video features two pieces of heart cypress that will ultimately frame a wall of Shou Sugi Ban art (a Japanese style of wood burning.) Since the slabs will each run flush with a wall, the best edge of the slab was selected and the other was sawn.

Check out this short video featuring sinker cypress slabs:

Tree Fest at Swamphead Brewery

Goodwin was proud to be a corporate sponsor of the 3rd Annual Tree Fest , a yearly event to benefit the Alachua Conservation Trust.  Tree Fest, presented by Solar Impact, was hosted by our friends over at Swamphead Brewery. We were excited to collaborate with owner Luke Kemper and marketing director Brandon Nappy on this event.

A few years back, Goodwin provided our antique wood for Swamphead Brewery’s tasting room, affectionately named, “The Wetlands”. The focal point of the room is the feature wall behind the bar which represents every wood Goodwin offers.

Swamphead

The bar top is absolutely gorgeous and was handcrafted from heart cypress and heart pine log rounds hand scribed into one another for a 3D effect.

Swamphead

The seating area is clad in Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character, while the window surrounds are a mix of naily heart pine and select heart cypress.

It was exciting for us to see just how much Swamphead Brewery has grown into becoming a staple in the Gainesville community.  We were certainly honored to partner with them on Tree Fest.

Oh, and Amy Lamb of Native House Photography recently took some incredible photos of Swamphead Brewery.  Be sure to check them out:

Sawing Sinker Cypress

Antique Heart Cypress is one of only a few remaining prehistoric tree species. Goodwin Company is proud to specialize in working with sinker cypress. Check out this video demonstrating how Goodwin transforms River-Recovered® Heart Cypress logs into gorgeous wood paneling and ceilings:

Rescued from a North West Florida river bottom, the River-Recovered log in the video displays an ax cut end, dating its harvest prior to 1870.  This was before the large scale introduction of the steam engine and arrival of the railroad in Florida.  The sheer size of these logs attest to their age, and, with an approximate diameter of 3ft or greater, their size allows for larger cuts unattainable in modern cypress. Each log has at least eight growth rings per inch… and often times more. The unique tight, fine grain gives antique Heart Cypress a soft graceful pattern that varies from warm honey and cinnamon tones through to light chocolate coloring in its grain.

Goodwin founder George Goodwin has been the company sawyer for over 40 years.  He saws each log to ensure the most wood is preserved with each cut.  The mill carries the sawn wood down along a conveyer belt to its first level of grading by Goodwin’s specialists. After grading, the boards are cut into standard widths, placed in the kiln and later moulded into heart cypress flooring and paneling as featured in the modern offices of RRSimmons.

Dreams Do Come True… Sometimes They Are Just a Long Time in the Making!

Several years ago, we noticed an increase in the demand for pre-finished wood flooring.  So, we set out to find someone who was considered the best of the best in the industry to work with us.  It took three years before Dan Petersen appeared at our door after being introduced to us by a colleague. Dan is one of the best pre-finished wood experts in the business, as evidenced by the specially formulated finishes he has developed specifically for Goodwin.  Dan is talented and can provide the hardest finish on the market, produce any custom color unique to you and incorporate textures that look great on reclaimed wood.  Not to mention he is one of the smartest and nicest people you will ever meet! Dan operates Heritage Wood Finish Company here at Goodwin.

Finding Dan was only the first step.  Next, we needed a new building.  We drew up plans and applied to the County Growth Management office for a building permit for a factory finish facility. The County initially denied our request.  Today – after three more years of engineering, environmental and legal studies – we are very close to finally having our building.

As you can see, the turtles in our log pond are just as anxious as we are for it to be complete!

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Goodwin is one of the most fortunate companies, as we have been doing what we love for over 40 years. George Goodwin started pulling and sawing River-Recovered® logs in the mid-seventies and today he is still the company sawyer. He could hardly be happier!

Thank you, George, for an incredible 40 years. Here’s to our wildest successes yet to come!

The Goodwin Difference… Together, We Are as Strong as Our Wood!

  • Original River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress specialists
  • First reclaimed engineered floor “Made in the USA” right here at our mill
  • Environmentally, kid and pet friendly factory finishes, custom color and textures
  • Oldest family-owned and operated reclaimed wood company in the United States
  • River-Recovered and reclaimed flooring, paneling, siding, stair parts, moldings and lumber, solid/engineered, finished / unfinished

Please enjoy these photos of our new building – we are almost there!

Sinker Cypress – The Gentle Giants of the South Part Three

Virgin (old growth) bald cypress and modern (new) growth bald cypress are the same species.  However, there are many differences between them.  Two of the most striking differences include:

  1. Old growth sinker cypress is highly dense, as it had more than 2000-3000 years to grow. The growth rings very close together, making it a much more beautiful and durable material. New growth bald cypress is harvested after about 40 – 50 years.
  2. Old growth sinker cypress builds up a full heart of cypresene oil, making it resistant to rot. New growth bald cypress, on the other hand, most definitely will rot in an exterior application.

Goodwin’s sinker cypress is specified in many outdoor projects specifically for its rot resistance.  Although virgin growth and modern growth bald cypress are the same species, they have entirely different properties.

Enjoy part three of Sinker Cypress – The Gentle Giants of the South: