Yes, Heart Pine Walls are Beautiful, Too!

Check out the progression of these beautiful tongue and groove River-Recovered® Heart Pine walls. Chris Webb of CW Interiors, Inc. / CWEBB Designs in Tampa, Florida has been installing these in a home in Tampa, Florida and they are just gorgeous. Chris, a true craftsman and stickler for detail, first fashioned a large room divider/shelving unit using Goodwin’s LEGACY™ (building reclaimed) Heart Pine and River-Recovered Heart Cypress. Next, he tackled the walls, paneling them with even more LEGACY heart pine. Traditional materials meet modern design in this latest Chris Webb creation. See what you think:

Time-lapse Video

Summer is the Perfect Time to Spruce Up Your Floor

While the Goodwin Company showroom is a one of a kind, beautiful display of our River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine and cypress; it also sits right smack in the middle of our sawmill.  A sawmill can be a dusty, dirty place and you can imagine that keeping this showroom clean is a job in itself.

While you may not face the challenges we face with a continual outpouring of dirt and sawdust, you may find an oil and re-buff every few years does wonders to even the most well maintained floors.  Keeping our antique wood floor looking resilient for welcomed visitors takes a couple of easy, but necessary steps:

  • First, we vacuum away all the loose dirt making sure to use a soft bristle head so as not to scratch the floor.
  • Next, we mop the floor with clean, warm water and a fresh mop. This doesn’t require a lot of water.  Each time the mop goes back to the bucket it should be thoroughly wrung out.  The point is to only use enough moisture to remove dirt, but not enough to linger on top of your floor.  It should dry rather quickly.
  • Thirdly, while following the instructions closely, use a quality hardwood floor cleaner that can also be applied and removed with a fresh mop. Look carefully.  Some cleaners need to be diluted, while others do not.
  • Lastly, once dry, we oiled and buffed the floor using a quality hardwood floor maintenance oil and a orbital floor buffer. We buff the oil in using a new pad, then wait over night, change pads and buff again to remove the excess oil and to lower the sheen.  Ultimately, we buffed the floor for a third time to achieve the sheen we like.  Like the hardwood floor cleaner, be sure to follow the instructions closely when using the maintenance oil.  Different oils can have different set times.

Enjoy the photos of our showroom and please come pay us a visit!!!

Goodwin Company Named Finalist for Florida Companies to Watch

Alachua Enterprise Advances to Round Two After Being Selected From More Than 500 Applicants

Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, proudly announce they have been named a 2015 Florida Companies to Watch finalist. According to GrowFL, Florida Companies to Watch is a distinguished awards program developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation to honor second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, adding quality jobs, enriching communities and creating new industries throughout Florida. Goodwin Company is among 101 finalists selected from more than 500 applicants.

“We applaud these first round finalists, all of which exhibit impressive strengths in entrepreneurial leadership, product innovation, social/community responsibility and competitive business practices,” says Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL Executive Director.

Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated based on their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, services or processes, philanthropy and empowered employees. In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in their markets, communities and within the state – thus deeming them “worth watching.” Fifty winners will be announced in late August and celebrated at the awards ceremony November 5th at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Resort.

“Being named a Florida Companies to Watch finalist solidifies our value in both the marketplace and the state economy,” says Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “We are humbled and thank GrowFL and the Edward Lowe Foundation for considering Goodwin Company alongside such elite and esteemed businesses throughout Florida.”

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. 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, University of Florida’s Dasburg House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

About GrowFL

GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. GrowFL has assisted more than 800 companies through the Strategic Research and CEO Roundtable programs and recognized 200 successful entrepreneurs through the annual awards program, Florida Companies to Watch. Learn more at GrowFL.com.

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Evelyn & Arthur Store Features Heartpine Log Slices

Take a look at these magnificent River-Recovered® Heartpine log slices with live edges we sawed for Tallen Builders to create an exterior façade for the Evelyn & Arthur store at the Brownwood Village Center in the Villages. I think our Heartpine is a perfect complement for Evelyn & Arthur’s fine ladies apparel, don’t you?

Here is a nice view of logs in the log pond that could have been selected for this order.

Curly Log in Pond

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!

 

A Day in My Life with George Goodwin

George Goodwin Picking Blueberries in our yard

Here is George picking blueberries in our front yard last evening.

Twenty years ago, I was working at the local teaching hospital (the bank doesn’t loan money to pull logs off the river bottom, LOL!). The elevator broke down for an hour, so, needless to say, I was stuck.  Fortunately, I had a copy of the book, When Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living to read while waiting. I got lost in each page, hanging on every word as I read about when Bailey White had the flu as a little girl and her Mama packed baby turkeys around her to keep them warm after they had lost their mother.

When I got home that night, George and I were walking over to his parent’s house on our property when I noticed dark shapes in the dog kennel, which were up on stakes. Confused, and a little scared, I pointed it out to George. He quietly said, “Shhhh, those are pregnant wild turkeys. I traded an old-timer some sawing services.”

It turned out the former property owner had rounded up all the wild Florida turkeys in our area. George wanted to restore as many as he could. So, today, thanks to George, we might have 30 or 40 wild Florida turkeys in our front yard at any one time. 🙂

Carol Goodwin

Sea Scout Base wins award

We were pleased to hear that Sea Scout Base in Galveston, Texas was awarded the Houston Business Journal’s “Landmark Award for Architecture.” Goodwin worked with esteemed architect Dan Shipley, milling to spec the heartpine engineered VINTAGE floor used as wainscoting in the dining hall.

We enjoy partnering with building design professionals on high end projects and sustainable architecture. The Sea Scout Base venture involved quite an innovative use of our products and to our knowledge, this is the first use of our Precision Engineered flooring as wainscoting material.

Goodwin made the 2015 Platinum List in Ocean Home magazine’s “Best of the Best” issue

Goodwin made the 2015 Platinum List in Ocean Home magazine’s “Best of the Best” issue. Special thank you to this luxury coastal lifestyle magazine for recognizing Goodwin!  If you have never seen Ocean Home, we encourage you to check out this exceptional publication.

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