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

Photo Journal from the National Wood Flooring Association Expo (NWFA) St. Louis, MO

Dan Peterson and I traveled to St. Louis for the NWFA Expo. We had a wonderful time, seeing a lot of old friends and meeting new ones.   Here is a photo journal with some highlights from our trip:

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