I was looking across the breakfast table at George Goodwin this morning in his faded pink New Yankee Workshop sweat shirt that must be 25 years old by now and couldn’t help but smile. It’s great to have so many wonderful memories; sawing up that big ‘ol river recovered heart cypress log with Norm watching, cleaning reclaimed wood floors for the filming and then visiting the same client’s years later and hearing them say ‘I love, love, love my antique flooring from Goodwin. We are so very lucky.
Goodwin’s heart isn’t just in our pine. As a Board Member on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Heart of Florida Chapter, Goodwin arranged for Green Halloween to join with Boo at the Zoo at Santa Fe College. Sustainable minded groups showcased their products (which included Goodwin’s antique reclaimed wood flooring) and services in one location for 4,500 kids of all ages. See the video or look at the photos on Flickr.
Last night I was visiting my girlfriend, Deborah, to measure for some more reclaimed wood floor that she wants for an addition.
She looked down at her Goodwin engineered heart pine floors in her office and said, “I just love looking at this wood. I never get tired of it seeing it. It’s so beautiful.”
Thanks, Deborah. That’s why we put our heart in everything we do. We love reclaimed wood floors and happy clients… they can become friends!
Goodwin offers Premium Mesquite… like reclaimed wood flooring it avoids cutting down the rain forest. Known for its warmth and natural beauty, Mesquite is a drought tolerant wood from regions not generally suitable for other trees. It has very good dimensional stability and is very hard wood. The wood flooring is sawn and manufactured entirely in the USA using green backers and glues with ‘no added formaldehyde’ for healthy indoor air quality. Mesquite has considerable character markings that add natural beauty. It comes in 3-1/2” or 5-1/2” widths in engineered and some wider in solid wood.
Utilizing the deeper and varied shades of River Recovered® Midnight Cypress wood, Dave Miller created this table for his clients’ coastal location. The legs are made from reclaimed heart pine. We appreciate pictures of fine finished products
Goodwin Heart Pine was recently featured in a Triple Pundit article on sustainable business:
The great news is that this feature is growing as Gainesville’s business people and citizens start new green businesses, transform existing businesses to be more sustainable and embrace the advantages for our community created by buying local. One of my favorite examples is George and Carol Goodwin of Goodwin Heart Pine Company .”
Goodwin Heart Pine Company sells reclaimed wood flooring. Their pioneering innovation is to harvest old timbers out of their local river rather than cutting down perfectly good trees that are recycling CO2 into oxygen. Their company and antique pine/cypress-sourced products have been featured on The History Channel, PBS and HGTV. Their clients are located from coast to coast, north to south. They epitomize the potential for growing green revenues, green local jobs and an enhanced local environment.
Once Goodwin found Andrew St. James, master flooring craftsman and as much of a perfectionist as George Goodwin, the company’s Precision Engineered “PE” wood floor design process flourished. His wood floor technical connections are among the best in the world and wood science is his passion.
Andrew prefers to do most of the testing himself rather than rely on others. “There isn’t a large body of research on engineered wood like the one that exists on solid floors,” he says. “We are charting our own path.”
After years of design and testing, Andrew was satisfied that the design yielded a floor that had longer lengths than most engineered, looked like a solid wood floor, could be sanded and refinished like solid wood and would avoid problems of some other engineered wood floors.
Andrew turned to Miguel Scannone, Goodwin’s Production Manager, to focus on the manufacturing. Miguel makes sure that all of Goodwin’s products are properly kiln-dried, well milled and graded to established guidelines. He was the natural choice to train and oversee the development of a manufacturing team and processes for the new product line.
Why Goodwin Precision-Engineered Might be Right for You
Goodwin began installing its engineered wood floors in commercial and residential projects in 2007. Still, the pre-finish was a concern. After tests with ten different pre-finish companies, Goodwin found a match to the company’s high level of craftsmanship and love of beautiful wood with Greyne Custom Wood Company of Charlotte, NC.
Greyne uses a vegetable-based oil, followed by an amberizing sealer with a high quality water-based topcoat that looks warm and natural. The finish truly has a furniture quality surface.
In addition to the River-Recovered® Antique Heart Pine, Goodwin offers its Precision-Engineered wood floor in building reclaimed antique heart pine, wild black cherry, antique heart cypress, walnut and mahogany (Andiroba) among other reclaimed or rescued woods. We’re ready to meet your needs for superior engineered wood floors.
We offer you on your Precision Engineered PE wood floor a lifetime structural warranty and 20 years on the finish. Call for a sample today.
George and Carol Goodwin, owners of Goodwin Heart Pine Company, received Craftsman Degrees during the National Wood Flooring Association’s annual convention in St. Louis. The degrees recognized NWFA members who reach specific levels of achievement in wood flooring education, personal accomplishment and service to the industry.
Goodwin Heart Pine manufactures luxury hardwood flooring from river-reclaimed antique longleaf pine and cypress trees. Their wood is used in homes, businesses and historic restorations across the nation, including many celebrity homes and museums. The company also has led the way in longleaf pine reforestation.
They have won numerous awards including the prestigious 2002 Designer’s Choice Wood Floor by the American Society of Interior Designers, and Floor of the Year in 2000, 1999 and 1997 from the National Wood Flooring Association.
Savannah’s port has always played a significant role in the city’s history, serving as a leading shipping avenue for New World products bound for Europe. Now the wharf pilings that launched those ships 250 years ago is continuing to live on, as reclaimed wood for new flooring in Savannah and across the country.
All of a sudden—perhaps with a remembered sense of patriotism or new nesting instinct—modern designers and homeowners are rediscovering antique wood floors. One company that specializes in recovering antique woods recognized the inherent benefits of the Savannah River dock pilings and purchased them to remill into luxury flooring, millwork and stairparts.
The pilings are made of heart pine and heart cypress older than any previously recovered antique pine and cypress, according to George Goodwin, president of Goodwin Heart Pine Company, located outside Gainesville, Fla.,
“We have been recovering heart pine and heart cypress for more than 25 years and this wood is older than any antique wood I’ve seen,” Goodwin said. “These pilings were constructed about the time General James Oglethorpe was creating Savannah and were hundreds of years old when they were cut down. And just as Savannah is rich in architectural and natural beauty, so too is the wood from it’s first dock.”
The pilings were made from original-growth Longleaf Pine and Bald Cypress. The cypress is a survivor from prehistoric times, commonly living more than 1000 years and towering over 100 feet. These giants of the southeastern swamps helped build America along with heart pine from Longleaf pine trees, which grew slowly and are hard and extremely durable. Both of these antique woods are in limited supply and available only from specialists who reclaim them.
The indigenous woods withstood the elements and became the principal building materials through the entire area. The dock was made up of logs and beams, many of which still show the ax marks where they hand hewn.
Tim Wellford, who owns a restaurant on the pier at St. Simons, installed Goodwin’s Midnight Heart Pine™ flooring in his contemporary home and loves both the look and the romantic history of the historic wood. Next he plans to build an entertainment center from the Midnight Heart Cypress™.
“I didn’t even know about this wood until I start researching wood,” Wellford said. “It’s so much better than any ordinary wood because it’s a better product, it’s good looking and it has historical value. I just never knew I could have wood this nice.”
Heart Pine is hard, nearly indestructible and has a rich red patina. The Savannah River pilings offer antique heart pine with chocolate tones.
Heart Cypress, also called antique tidewater cypress, is fine grained and finishes to a warm, honeyed brown. It is often used for paneling, trim, fireplace surrounds, mantles, whole slab table tops and exterior projects. The heart cypress from the Savannah wharf piling are a bit darker.
“Throughout its eons of adaptation, original-growth cypress developed natural oils that resist insect and water damage, which you just don’t find in other woods,” Goodwin said. “It was a favorite of Frank Lloyd Wright’s and, with its blend of vertical straight grain and arching swirls, it’s easy to see why.”
Goodwin said the dock functioned through the 1800s and pilings could still be seen intact from River Street in downtown Savannah looking toward Hutchinson Island until the summer of 1997. The decision to build a theme park and raceway created the need to remove the pilings.
Known for his passion for conserving original-growth wood without cutting trees, Goodwin finally secured the rights to buy the pilings after more than 18 months of researching the issue. The homeowners fortunate enough to install this rare treasure appreciate his diligence.
“My wife is born and raised in this area,” Wellford added. “The fact that we have a floor from a local landmark just adds to the benefits we receive. If we ever sell this house, I know the historical value will be a great selling point.”