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

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

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

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

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Restoring a Wright Masterpiece

We all know the damage hurricanes can cause. While any devastation is tragic, it is especially disheartening when a historical site suffers extreme destruction. Such was the case with the Charnley-Norwood House in Mississippi, which sustained excessive damage during Hurricane Katrina. Chicago lumber-baron James Charnley commissioned two of America’s most famed architects, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, to design his prominent vacation residence. This iconic 1890s masterpiece is said to exemplify a watershed in residential design that re-shaped 20th century residential architecture.

Every effort needed to be taken to restore this important part of architectural and American history. Esteemed Architect Larry Albert of Hattiesburg, MS took on the challenge of reconstructing this Sullivan-Wright masterpiece. You can imagine the excitement and honor we felt when we discovered Mr. Albert specified Goodwin’s Curly Heart Pine Paneling (with a custom V-Joint profile) for this very important project. Recreating and restoring a masterpiece is quite challenging, and Goodwin worked hand-in-hand with the entire building design team from start to finish.

recommended feed 001If you look closely in this photo, you can see the alternating sap and heart boards of curly in this cabinet. This is the nature of curly since it is often all sapwood, comprised of outer boards of only one (1) out of every 500 or so logs.

It was initially thought that the flooring in the home was not original because it had a back relief. We were able to demonstrate to the building design team that 125 years ago, they did kerf the backs to save on transportation cost. Wood flooring was simply very expensive to ship back then. There was also waxy paper under the original floor. We encouraged them to consider using Aquabar “B” by Fortifiber, one of several products with a bituminous layer between two layers of kraft paper. These products slow down the moisture movement from the crawl spaces where hot humid air cools off and introduces moisture into the flooring. Roofing felt does nothing to stop moisture movement and plastic traps it. Aquabar “B” has a permeance rating between the felt and the plastic. This prevents moisture from moving quickly and minimizes the possibility of cupping.

Greg Bingham of Ocean Springs Lumber visited the site with me. Ocean Springs Lumber also provided materials for this project.

Curly Heart Pine can be used in a variety of residential, historical and corporate settings. Call Goodwin today to discuss ways this beautiful wood can add distinction and character to your home, office or preservation project.


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