Educational Visits

We recently had the pleasure of hosting University of Florida (UF) students from two different architecture classes for a tour of the showroom and mill.  On September 15th, Dr. Linda Stevenson of Stevenson Architects Inc. in Bradenton, Florida visited with her graduate students in the historic preservation program.  Dr. Stevenson was the principal preservation architect in the restoration of Ca D’zan, home of circus magnate, John Ringling and his wife, Mable, in Sarasota, Florida.

The next week, it was great fun to tour with visiting architecture professor, Will Zajac and his studio students from UF Design 5: “the Florida landscape.”

From traditional building and preservation to contemporary and modern design, Goodwin is the longtime authority on River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine and cypress. Whether you are an aspiring architecture student or an experienced professional, we are your trusted resource on anything and everything related to reclaimed wood!

Tour Goodwin to Celebrate Manufacturing Month Beginning October 1, 2015

image10274093355Reclaimed wood floor manufacturing requires custom manufacturing treatments. As part of our Community Support we will host 25 local high school students who study science technology, engineering and math this coming Thursday, 10/01/2015, from 11 to 12:30pm, for a tour and lunch at the sawmill. We will show the students how we process 1,000 year old river recovered heart cypress and pine logs… read more.

To provide our clients with some of the richest, most beautiful reclaimed wood in the world we go to extra lengths to conserve this rare wood. Logs recovered from Florida river bottoms require extensive processing not required in handling freshly cut timber. We must power wash the sand off the river recovered logs from centuries of being on the river bottoms, remove nails left from yesterday’s carpenters in the massive industrial revolution era warehouse beams, saw, kiln dry, mill and grade at every step to long term established standards.

image10274093405Join us in celebrating Manufacturing Month at Goodwin. You will enjoy bar-b-Q chicken, baked beans, cole slaw and all the fixins’ including our famous Oatmeal Cowboy Cookies. Call for the recipe if you can’t make it.

Antique River-Recovered® Heart Cypress – It’s Not Your Parents’ Paneling!!

If when you hear paneling you think “hardware store”, please stop right there.

One-thousand-year-old Heart Cypress isn’t simply a “photo” of real wood glued on the back of a piece of cheap wood.  Antique Heart Cypress is some of the most mysterious, beautiful wood in the entire world.  It adds mystique and value to your hunt lodge, mountain home or beach house.

Here is an illustration and image of the largest biomass on the planet in Santa Maria del Tule, Mexico.

Oldest Living Thing on Earth

Page excerpt from:
Tidewater Red Cypress –‘The Wood Eternal’, by the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association, 1936.

Our Cypress sale ends September 30th, so call us today to take advantage of this special pricing.

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Walk on Diamonds!

How is this for color – check out our Wild Black Cherry hardwood, brushed and pigmented with grey and topped with a Diamond coating (second in hardness only to diamonds!)

We recently created this for a customer who wanted the grain and features of cherry, with exceptional durability and grey coloring. So, we created a special-formulated, custom coating to match the color they desired with a more resistant wear layer suited for a commercial floor. The small inset is the natural color of cherry so you can see the difference.

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Whatever your style, we can create it.
Call us today – we like to help!

Historic Preservationist Loves Goodwin’s LEGACY Heart Pine Flooring

In the Old Northeast Historic District of St. Petersburg, Florida, preservationist and past president of the Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, Maureen Stafford is busy restoring a vintage, early twentieth century beauty.  This classic home, like so many built in St. Pete’s grand and early years, was full of heart pine, but age and condition demanded some repair and replacement be done.  Goodwin milled 1020 square feet of LEGACY (building reclaimed) heart pine flooring for the project.  Built at a time when long leaf pine (pinus palustris) was still plentiful in the state of Florida, Maureen’s careful attention to detail and use of historically appropriate materials assures that this old survivor will enjoy an extended lifetime. Goodwin applauds Maureen’s work and the work of all of those who take on the mantle of preserving great American architecture!!

Did you notice?  Maureen used a great old trick in creating the face of her floor.  Knowing that the bed will live in one spot in this room, our preservationist made sure to install most of the knottier boards there, insuring that the remainder of her floor will be perfectly clear.

Quick Tips to Consider When Developing Building Design Specifications

Condos and Vacation Homes

Condominiums and vacation homes are often not occupied for several months during the year. If the HVAC is left off during the summer, humidity can build up and get in between the boards to the underside and cause the floor to cup. Of course, to solve the problem, you must understand the problem. This issue can be prevented by back sealing the boards with inexpensive polyurethane before installation. If you expect the interior conditions to not be controlled year round, this balances both sides of the wood to avoid cupping.

Wide Board and Large Rooms

When working with wide boards or large rooms, consider starting the installation in the middle of the room. Nail toward both walls with spline glued into the grooves of the middle boards. The tongue side should be held down with sufficient fasteners, so most of the movement occurs on the groove side. This technique essentially cuts your shrink/swell in half.

Installation Over Concrete

When installing either solid or glued engineered wood over concrete on grade, we always recommend sealing the concrete. A well-made engineered wood with a water resistant plywood backer and high-quality glue can even survive a leak.  It will generally dry out and will usually be fine if you get the water off relatively quickly, but it will not be able to dry if the concrete is not sealed.

Acclimation and Moisture

Every wood floor professional should own a moisture meter. Use the kind with pins that measure electrical resistance and orient the pins with the grain, as that is how the meters are calibrated. Meters that sit on top of wood measure specific gravity and do not work well on dense reclaimed wood. This step is the most important specification to make sure that the wood and site are acclimated and installed at the expected long-term moisture content and living conditions.

Nails and Fasteners

Be sure to use enough fasteners for a nail down floor. Our recommended nail schedule is as follows:

Solid Wood:

  • Every 6” for a 3” face
  • Every 4” for a 5” face
  • Every 3” for a 7” face
  • Every 2” for a 9” face

And, no more than 1-1/2” from end to avoid splits.

Engineered Wood:

  • Every 6″ for a 3 face”
  • Every 5” for a 5 face”
  • Every 4” for a 7” face

Wider products require more nails to get close to the same average number of nails per square foot. You must consider more than just the expansion and contraction of the flooring. It is also very important to get the flooring to conform to the sub floor. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the quality of installation you want. The good installers we know use more nails than average.

We’re Off to the Beach…

heartcypressWe love seeing old wood in beach homes. Mysterious 1,000-year-old heart cypress with rich tans and browns popped with UV Oil elegantly and gracefully bring the feel of the sand and ocean atmosphere into your beach home, office or retail establishment. So, as you can imagine, we are very excited to be presenting at SGA Architects in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina this Thursday, September 17th. SGA specifies a lot of cypress paneling in their beautiful coastal home designs.

Afterwards, Jeffrey Forbes, Goodwin’s Marketing Coordinator, and I have the privilege of presenting a CEU class at the Carolinas American Society of Interior Designers Annual Conference on Friday, September 18th. We will be discussing how to incorporate reclaimed wood into award-winning designs. Visuals include videos of river log recovery and historic images of ‘the big cut’ in the 1800’s when clearing the southern forests became one of the main drivers for rebuilding the US economy after the Civil War.

It is always a pleasure to provide building design professionals with resources they need to specify the wood they want and incorporate the installation and finish processes to ensure their clients’ satisfaction for the long term!

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Jeffrey Forbes, Goodwin’s Marketing Coordinator, showing Lisa Mensah, the Under Secretary for the USDA Rural Development, a giant River-Recovered® Heart Cypress log at Goodwin earlier in the year.

An Easy and Affordable Upgrade to Any Home or Office Space

Did you know wood walls are easy to incorporate into any existing space? And, there are tons of benefits which add both beauty and value to your home or office. Reclaimed wood walls:

  1. Require no waiting on a major renovation
  2. Are an interesting “conversation piece” because of its beauty and history
  3. Adds incredible and efficient insulation – it takes fifteen inches of concrete to equal the insulation qualities of just one inch of wood

This article from Houzz is a great resource:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/32586777/list/what-to-know-about-adding-a-reclaimed-wood-wall

In the article, the designer for the bathroom – Claudie Durbell – says it should cost $4 to $7; however, that is for barn wood. Goodwin is offering factory finished tongue and groove 1,000 year-old antique heart cypress that is warm and mysterious for only pennies more. In fact, for an 8X8 space, our highest end Heart Cypress Vertical grain sale grade costs under $600 in material!

Call us today for a complimentary consultation to explore how you can best incorporate this magnificent antique wood – on sale this month – in your home or office.

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