Sawing Sinker Cypress

Antique Heart Cypress is one of only a few remaining prehistoric tree species. Goodwin Company is proud to specialize in working with sinker cypress. Check out this video demonstrating how Goodwin transforms River-Recovered® Heart Cypress logs into gorgeous wood paneling and ceilings:

Rescued from a North West Florida river bottom, the River-Recovered log in the video displays an ax cut end, dating its harvest prior to 1870.  This was before the large scale introduction of the steam engine and arrival of the railroad in Florida.  The sheer size of these logs attest to their age, and, with an approximate diameter of 3ft or greater, their size allows for larger cuts unattainable in modern cypress. Each log has at least eight growth rings per inch… and often times more. The unique tight, fine grain gives antique Heart Cypress a soft graceful pattern that varies from warm honey and cinnamon tones through to light chocolate coloring in its grain.

Goodwin founder George Goodwin has been the company sawyer for over 40 years.  He saws each log to ensure the most wood is preserved with each cut.  The mill carries the sawn wood down along a conveyer belt to its first level of grading by Goodwin’s specialists. After grading, the boards are cut into standard widths, placed in the kiln and later moulded into heart cypress flooring and paneling as featured in the modern offices of RRSimmons.

Contemporary Application of Building Reclaimed Longleaf Pine

Goodwin was proud to be part of the Nimbus building project in Gainesville, Florida.  We milled pine beams from an old depot building that was previously on the site to create gorgeous building reclaimed longleaf pine walls. Take a look:

River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood is perfect for energy efficient buildings such as Nimbus, as antique wood is an excellent insulator. And, let’s not forget to mention that it perfectly complements and warms up any modern space.  There are many contemporary uses for antique longleaf pine. Contact us to explore how this beautiful wood can make over your home or office.

Raised Local

Local.  Growing up in a tourist destination, I often heard this word.  It was a defense people used or a title they adopted to identify themselves with their city.  Being a local seemed to give people a sense of self.  Today, I more typically hear the word local used to express the quality or integrity of a product, rather than a person.

Not too long ago, everything was local and distinguishing a product as such would have seemed redundant. But now, with just a few taps on our smartphones, we have access to almost any product worldwide.  Because of this, I find myself buying specific products online so I can read reviews and compare features to ensure I am getting the best.  But, when I do this, I am sacrificing locality for quality.  What if we didn’t have to make this choice?  What if I could have quality products, personalized to my needs, knowing they were still produced sustainably and locally?

Let’s take a look at Goodwin Company. They manufacture a high quality product available globally, but sourced and manufactured locally.

Quality- Goodwin offers 100% old growth heart wood that is harvested in compliance with the Florida Deadhead Logging Permit to ensure protection of ecosystems.

Personalized-The Heritage Wood Finish Company, in partnership with Goodwin, specializes in finishes for heart wood. Their finishes are second in hardness only to diamonds and are available in an array of colors. All finishes have low to no VOCs and are safe for children and pets.

Raised LocalLocal– Goodwin wood is recovered from southern U.S. Rivers including Suwannee, Santa Fe, and the St. John’s Rivers. Goodwin was the first reclaimed wood company in America to manufacture engineered wood flooring in this country.

Sustainable- Wood is sourced from 19th century industrial buildings, storm damaged trees, and sustainably harvested forests. Sawmill shavings are sold to be used in Biomass plants and the company is looking for ways to implement a solar sawmill as well as wind energy.

Raised Local

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Raised LocalGuest Post by Lauren Corley

Lauren Corley is a guest author for Goodwin and is a senior in the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida studying Sustainability in the Built Environment with a minor in Innovation. She began her involvement with Goodwin at the 2015 Greenbuild conference in Washington D.C. She is from the Panhandle of Florida and gained an interest for sustainability and its use in space as a high school student. Since moving to Gainesville she has interned for the Repurpose Project as well as the Alachua County Public Schools under the Energy Conservation Specialist.

Pop-A-Top

We were so excited to visit the new Pop-A-Top General Store at Depot Park. Goodwin’s Legacy heart pine floors and wall paneling make the old depot look as it did when it was first built in 1859[1]. Once a gathering place for travelers, the old train depot is now a community space again—but this time it is a congregation area for those who want to kick back and stay a while.  Park-goers can even stop in for a cool drink in a nostalgic atmosphere.

Goodwin is proud to have been a part of this renovation project. We provided our Legacy heart pine flooring back in 2012. Now, with the opening of the park, we have seen the space come alive. We love this type of project because it is both sustainable design and historic restoration through and through. At Goodwin, we get to see forgotten, antique wood brought to life each day. We understand the value of our history and its integral role in shaping our future.

 

Pop A TopGuest Post by Lauren Corley

Lauren Corley is a guest author for Goodwin and is a senior in the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida studying Sustainability in the Built Environment with a minor in Innovation. She began her involvement with Goodwin at the 2015 Greenbuild conference in Washington D.C. She is from the Panhandle of Florida and gained an interest for sustainability and its use in space as a high school student. Since moving to Gainesville she has interned for the Repurpose Project as well as the Alachua County Public Schools under the Energy Conservation Specialist.

[1] https://www.theclio.com/web/entry?id=21025

Biophilia

Bringing the Outdoor into Indoor Spaces

Biophilia.  Literally meaning love of life—it’s a fancy word to explain people’s innate affection for the natural world.[1]  This might be why we love natural light, raw materials, and turn to earthy colors for calming environments.  We are desperately trying to bring the outdoors into our indoor spaces and it is evident in our design choices.

Wood uniquely provides a natural element while adding warmth.  This sinker cypress slab countertop balances the tension between smooth and rough surfaces from one edge of the board to the other.  The density of heart cypress wood is a result of its dense growth-rings, giving a smooth and almost soft appearance to the hard heart wood.  And the rough edge brings out the rawness of the material, establishing its authenticity.

Biophilia

The heart pine beams relive their past in the Cirrus Logic building in Austin, Texas.  Sourced from 19th century industrial buildings, Goodwin’s Legacy beams bring warmth and livability to this modern space—complete with plenty of natural light and earthy tones.

Biophilia

Goodwin’s River-Recovered® heart cypress gives the central accent wall an inviting and soothing aesthetic. This natural element is still at home among modern materials like metal and glass. The combination of the wood accent wall and indoor plants draw outdoors in, bringing together two worlds as the biophilia in all of us longs to do.

Biophilia

For more innovative ideas of how to use wood in modern spaces check out this post by Apartment Therapy.

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BiophiliaGuest Post by Lauren Corley

Lauren Corley is a guest author for Goodwin and is a senior in the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida studying Sustainability in the Built Environment with a minor in Innovation. She began her involvement with Goodwin at the 2015 Greenbuild conference in Washington D.C. She is from the Panhandle of Florida and gained an interest for sustainability and its use in space as a high school student. Since moving to Gainesville she has interned for the Repurpose Project as well as the Alachua County Public Schools under the Energy Conservation Specialist.

[1]http://www.dictionary.com/browse/biophilia

Go Bolts!

Beautiful Things Happen When Lightning Strikes

Tampa Bay Lightning fans can enjoy an even more enhanced experience at the newly remodeled Lexus Lounge at the Amalie Arena.  Goodwin supplied nearly 3000sf of 3-1/4″ vertical and character grade River-Recovered® Heart Cypress in an 80%/20% mix to the project. Dan Peterson, Heritage Wood Finishing Company, finished the wood with Diamond 7, a beautiful and durable finish he formulated exclusively for Goodwin.

The patterned placement of the cypress on the bar fronts, walls and ceilings is designed to be reminiscent of lightning strikes and fulgurites (“Fulgur” is Latin for lightning).

“Every tree has a story to tell, and we are extremely proud to be able to include the tremendous story of this River-Recovered® Heart Cypress wood from Goodwin in our Lexus Lounge. The detail and craftsmanship are stunningly beautiful. This wood adds the perfect ‘pop’ to this world-class space.” – Mike O’Donnell, senior facilities project manager, Amalie Arena – Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Words cannot describe the breathtaking experience of walking into the arena surrounded by beautiful and sustainable antique wood on either side.

The lounge is contemporary, modern and sleek.  Its bright glow is warmed and complemented by the antique heart cypress appointments. The bald cypress is native to Florida and would have grown in great stands all around Tampa Bay; reaching 100ft. in height and 2000-3000 years old.

Goodwin partnered with architect Beverly Frank, (Gould Evans Architects) now principal at BFRANK Studio in Tampa, Florida; Mike O’Donnell, senior facilities project manager for Amalie Arena; and Bryan Curry of Curry Cabinetry in Tampa.

Photos by Native House Photography

Old Florida Longleaf Heartpine – How the Old Becomes New

This year the old Melting Pot building in Gainesville, Florida will become home to the Matheson History Museum’s Library and Archives. Constructed in 1933, this building was originally the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle and later became the Barrow Family Antique Store before it was most recently The Melting Pot Fondue restaurant. The building’s interior is being finished with the Goodwin Company’s Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring reclaimed from old growth hurricane damaged forests. Harvesting these damaged trees does not contribute to deforestation and still produces a wood similar in hardness to Red Oak. Goodwin’s flooring, laced with red toned growth rings, complement the building’s original ceiling beams, contributing to the authenticity and aesthetic of this historic Gainesville building. The Matheson received private donations and a $300,000 grant from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources to help finance this adaptive reuse project, which was completed by Joyner Construction, Jay Reeves Associates, and Rudy Ditmar of Rudy’s Professional floor sanding. We can’t wait to see this restoration finished and for the building to once again become a gathering place in our community!

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Old Florida Longleaf Heartpine  –  How the Old Becomes NewGuest Post by Lauren Corley

Lauren Corley is a guest author for Goodwin and is a senior in the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida studying Sustainability in the Built Environment with a minor in Innovation. She began her involvement with Goodwin at the 2015 Greenbuild conference in Washington D.C. She is from the Panhandle of Florida and gained an interest for sustainability and its use in space as a high school student. Since moving to Gainesville she has interned for the Repurpose Project as well as the Alachua County Public Schools under the Energy Conservation Specialist.

Dreams Do Come True… Sometimes They Are Just a Long Time in the Making!

Several years ago, we noticed an increase in the demand for pre-finished wood flooring.  So, we set out to find someone who was considered the best of the best in the industry to work with us.  It took three years before Dan Petersen appeared at our door after being introduced to us by a colleague. Dan is one of the best pre-finished wood experts in the business, as evidenced by the specially formulated finishes he has developed specifically for Goodwin.  Dan is talented and can provide the hardest finish on the market, produce any custom color unique to you and incorporate textures that look great on reclaimed wood.  Not to mention he is one of the smartest and nicest people you will ever meet! Dan operates Heritage Wood Finish Company here at Goodwin.

Finding Dan was only the first step.  Next, we needed a new building.  We drew up plans and applied to the County Growth Management office for a building permit for a factory finish facility. The County initially denied our request.  Today – after three more years of engineering, environmental and legal studies – we are very close to finally having our building.

As you can see, the turtles in our log pond are just as anxious as we are for it to be complete!

Dreams Do Come True… Sometimes They Are Just a Long Time in the Making!

Goodwin is one of the most fortunate companies, as we have been doing what we love for over 40 years. George Goodwin started pulling and sawing River-Recovered® logs in the mid-seventies and today he is still the company sawyer. He could hardly be happier!

Thank you, George, for an incredible 40 years. Here’s to our wildest successes yet to come!

The Goodwin Difference… Together, We Are as Strong as Our Wood!

  • Original River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress specialists
  • First reclaimed engineered floor “Made in the USA” right here at our mill
  • Environmentally, kid and pet friendly factory finishes, custom color and textures
  • Oldest family-owned and operated reclaimed wood company in the United States
  • River-Recovered and reclaimed flooring, paneling, siding, stair parts, moldings and lumber, solid/engineered, finished / unfinished

Please enjoy these photos of our new building – we are almost there!