River-reclaimed logs were lost once and presumed gone forever… waiting perfectly preserved. Beams from industrial revolution warehouses are another wonderful source. Existing wood floors have an extended life span and can often be reused. Many antique floors are in homes of the 18th or 19th century and are still walked on every day. They offer tremendous design diversity and the look of an old floor can be completely transformed with stains, faux finishes and inlays.
We recently captured this photo of an alligator camping out in our log pond. This reminds me of the reason why the term “deadhead logging” was coined. As you can see, the small ends of the sunken logs float, resembling heads. It is difficult to distinguish the logs from the alligator!
Speaking of deadhead logging, did you know George Goodwin was the pioneer of the Florida Deadhead Logging permit? This environmental permit specifies and monitors how the logs are to be recovered to ensure preservation of the underwater habitat. George traveled to the state capitol on numerous occasions to garner support from environment groups and government agencies, ultimately partnering with Florida’s Department of Submerged Lands and a host of environmental organizations to develop what is now known as Florida’s Deadhead River Logging Permit.
Take comfort in knowing that not only does Goodwin take great care in recovering our logs, but we spearheaded efforts to ensure anyone who chooses to do the same does so in a manner which is environmentally responsible and protects our precious underwater habitats.
Interested in what this permit entails? Visit:
Special thank you to Emily Burris and the ABC TV 20 (WCJB) team for featuring Goodwin Company for their “Made in America” series. Check it out:
You can find Goodwin wood everywhere! The 2013 National AIA (American Institute of Architects) Twenty-five Year Award winner is the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Goodwin was proud to provide over 36,000 LF of Vertical Clear Heart Cypress to replace the deteriorating second-growth originally used in the structure. Jim McReynolds of McReynolds Architects of Houston […]
Gainesville Depot Recognized by Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc.
(GAINESVILLE, FL) — One of the City of Gainesville’s oldest, most cherished buildings – the historic Gainesville Depot – will receive an “Outstanding” recognition in the Restoration/Rehabilitation category at the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc. (FTHP) annual awards ceremony. The event, scheduled for May 17th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, will be held at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.
Cypress has earned the distinction of being known as, “The Wood Eternal.” The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association’s 1938 handbook titled, Tide Water Red Cypress, eloquently describes its durability:
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.”
Goodwin uses Cypress and pine for both interior and exterior applications. The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, features Goodwin’s Cypress and pine exteriors on one of their recent projects, Brownwood. The logs on the cabin, the posts in front of the plants and the bandstand ceiling are all heartpine. The bandstand benches, the cabin doors, and other siding are heart Cypress.
These days we’re all fairly aware of deforestation and the need to protect our trees. We recycle paper, and many people choose reclaimed wood for their homes, for furniture, flooring and more. However it wasn’t always so. Human beings as a race are not very good at using something conservatively unless it is running out. […]
Change is in the air, and it looks green! Host cities submit city planning and building proposals, promising sustainability and continued use of Olympic facilities after the Olympic flame has passed. But cities like Beijing and Montreal have failed to follow through with that promise. Many of the structures now sit vacant or are only […]
Interest in vertical gardening is growing fast, and no wonder, who can resist these lovely green buildings, especially the ones with salad makings growing on the walls!
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