Curly Heart Pine

As Rare as It is Beautiful

Curly heart pine is a burled grain found in some longleaf heart pine trees. Curly is typically identified in only one log out of several hundred that are retrieved from River-Recovered® material, making it a very rare and unique treasure. The curly or burled grain occurs most prominently at the interface of the heart and sap wood.  Often times, a milled curly board will have a red (heart) face and a yellow (sapwood) face.

Curly heart pine is a genetic anomaly and inherited trait within particular longleaf communities.  A longleaf tree that contains curly heart pine is often described as being unmistakably “bumpy.”  They tend to grow in groups, so if you find one, you will likely discover other trees in the immediate vicinity that are also curly.

Curly heart pine is most often used as an accent and is distinguished by grain that appears holographic and three-dimensional.  The grain can also be described as seeming topographic in nature.  Let’s take a closer look at this gorgeous wood:


A Rare Beauty – Notice the Prominent Bumps Synonymous with Curly Heart Pine Logs


Curly Heart Pine Slab Fresh Off of Production


Holographic and Three-Dimensional Appearing Grain


(C) Richard Geary
Curly Heart Pine Used for a Cabinet


Curly Heart Pine is Popular for Paneling, Walls and Ceilings


Curly Heart Pine Speaker

Notice the Distinctive Grain in This Piece of Curly Heart Pine Which Has Been Crafted Into a Bar Top

Want to add character to your home or office?  Give Goodwin a call today – we can help you incorporate this rare beauty into any living or corporate space.

No Job is Too Small for River-Recovered® Heart Cypress

The versatility of reclaimed and River-Recovered wood extends far beyond wood flooring and wood feature walls.  Take a look at these lovely annual award plaques designed by our good friend and architect Beverly Frank of BFrank Studio.

The plaques – which are displayed at The Edge recreation building at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg – were handcrafted by Modulo Design Studio in Tampa, Florida using Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress.  Beverly Frank also specified Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress for The Edge renovation project last year. 

One-of-a Kind River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Table

Dan Petersen (Heritage Wood Finish Company) handcrafted this gorgeous River-Recovered® Heart Cypress table for the newly built boardroom of the Drummond Bank headquarters in Chiefland, Florida.  Goodwin and Heritage Wood Finish Company partnered to create this massive boardroom conference table measuring 21’ long and an average 56″ wide.

This River-Recovered Heart Cypress table will be the centerpoint of Drummond Bank’s Floridiana themed board room.  It comfortably seats 12 and will be outfitted with charging and other technology ports to accommodate smartphones, tablets and computers.

The table was crafted from two River-Recovered Heart Cypress slabs sawn from logs retrieved out of the Apalachicola River then married together. The 21’ length was achieved by attaching “bread board” ends perpendicularly to the married slabs. Live edges grace the length of both sides and the ends of the table.

The surface features beautiful, swirling, feathery grain patterns with deep rich chocolate hues which is synonymous with antique Heart Cypress.  The entire table is finished in oil.

The bank will also feature a 200sf front lobby entrance of Vintage Precision Engineered heart pine flooring.

Incorporating Multiple Antique Wood Products to Achieve a Unique, Modern Look

This vintage beach home on Florida’s First Coast is being remodeled and incorporates a variety of Goodwin woods to achieve a unique, modern look.  Still under renovation, this home in sunny Ponte Vedra, Florida (near Jacksonville) is taking on a distinctive style all its own.

Once complete, the home will feature 2360sf of Goodwin’s Vintage Precision Engineered (building reclaimed) heart pine ceilings and floors.  This is the first time that we know of where an engineered product is being incorporated into a ceiling.  It looks absolutely gorgeous!

The custom crafted contemporary stair rail, stairs and treads are Legacy (building reclaimed) solid heart pine.  Legacy heart pine was also used for the upstairs hall shelves.  All Legacy wood was then stained a beautiful, deep, rich chocolate color.

Finally, the River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character used on the vaulted ceiling contrasts nicely with the light gray painted walls.

We love sharing sneak peeks of building and remodeling projects in progress.  We look forward to posting stunning photos of this newly remodeled beach home once complete.

Sneak Peek: The River View at Occoquan Regional Park

Nestled along the banks where Virginia’s Occoquan River gently flows into the Potomac River, you’ll find a beautiful and modern event space that gives a nod to the areas rich culture and history.  The River View is being constructed at Occoquan Regional Park, which is part of the NOVA (Northern Virginia) park system.  This wedding and event facility features 4200 square feet of custom 1×6 exterior siding milled from Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Select grade.  Additionally, another 1000 linear feet of River-Recovered Heart Cypress Select grade lumber is used as cladding on the site’s stand-alone pavilion.

Heart cypress is the perfect material for this project given its superior exterior use properties and the area’s documented history with the species.  Captain John Smith of Jamestown Colony fame made a circumnavigation of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in 1608. Smith recounts in his journals seeing bald cypress trees as much as 18ft in circumference, and up to 80 feet tall without a branch. Some trees were so large that a canoe made from a single tree could hold 40 men.  The foyer of the River View will be referred to as the 1608 room and will detail Smith’s voyage with story boards and a large compass rose on the floor.

Senior Associate, Lisa Andrews with GWWO Architects in Baltimore, Maryland specified River-Recovered Heart Cypress after visiting the Naples Botanical Garden and seeing the wood Goodwin milled for that project. The work of GWWO Architects is well-known in Florida.  In Gainesville, the firm designed the Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention.  At the River View, A&D Construction is installing the siding, and Forrester Construction is the general contractor.  Visit the Cade Museum

Special thanks to Hospitality & Event Sales Manager, Cori Talbot and Events Coordinator, Carson Eonta for sharing these photos of the project under construction. And, stay tuned….you’ll soon see more photos and information about River View’s completion and grand opening in a future article.

Mid Century Meets 19th Century

This 1830’s era stone barn located in the northeast United States was recently converted into a gorgeous contemporary living space.  The owners chose to incorporate 5300 square feet of Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heartpine Character and Old Florida Heartpine for solid wood flooring.  We also crafted the treads for the custom staircase.  This is another adaptive reuse project that effectively demonstrates how well traditional can mix with contemporary in modern design.

The owner of the home generously sent us photos of the project along with a kind note:

“Thought you might enjoy seeing the end result of your amazing floors.   My family and I absolutely love them and know we made the right decision putting Goodwin flooring in our barn home.  Enjoy the photos!”

 

River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Heart Cypress Add Contemporary Grace and Elegance to High End Home

Our good friend Mark Jefferson of Jefferson Woodworking sent us a sneak peek of a high end residential project he is in the process of completing for a client.

Mark used Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Pine Vertical Clear to face the stair treads and the central stringer (spine) in this very contemporary floating staircase:

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Vertical Clear and Pecky Cypress make up the feature wall and gorgeous ceiling.

The side angle close-up shows how the pecky alone is raised, thus giving a depth and three-dimensional aspect to the surface:

Why does Mark choose Goodwin wood for high end projects? “It makes a difference for discerning clients – the look plus a story,”  explains Mark.

Goodwin enjoys working with talented craftsmen like Mark who are as passionate about delivering an excellent product as we are!

Stay tuned for more photos once the project is complete.

“It makes a difference for discerning clients – the look plus a story.” – Mark Jefferson of Jefferson Woodworking

Heart Cypress Feature Wall

Heart Cypress Feature Wall Adds Beauty and “Grace” to Non-Profit Reception Area

Grace Place, a non-profit organization in Naples, Florida that helps children and families, now has a gorgeous River-Recovered® Heart Cypress feature wall in their reception area to recognize their generous donors.  The wood feature wall was crafted using 120 sq.ft of River-Recovered Heart Cypress Select and Vertical with trim.  Dan Petersen of Heritage Wood Finish Company coated it with his signature UV Diamond 7, a proprietary finish he formulated specifically for Goodwin.

Goodwin partnered with David Corban Architects, who were referred to us by our good friend Tenna Florian from Lake/Flato Architects. This is one of the most creative uses of a wood feature wall we have seen.  What a unique and beautiful way for a non-profit organization to recognize and demonstrate how much they value their donors!

Antique Wood Feature Walls and Ceilings

An Easy to Install Upgrade to Any Home or Office

The popularity of wood feature walls in contemporary design continues to grow.    Because of the endless possibilities, building design professionals and homeowners  are installing River-Recovered® Heart Cypress feature walls and ceilings to add value, beauty and interest to both residential and commercial spaces.

River-Recovered Heart Cypress is a unique and dynamic material that brings any space to life.  Coupled with its rich history, heart cypress is perfect for any home or office and is becoming increasingly popular in high traffic commercial spaces.  Its ease of installation and maintenance is especially attractive to both homeowners and building design professionals alike.  This video illustrates how to install a heart cypress feature wall:

Wood feature walls and ceilings are pre-finished with proprietary finishes formulated specifically for Goodwin.  These finishes are designed to work well with resinous wood and enhance durability while bringing out the rich colors of the cypress.

Goodwin has provided antique wood feature walls and ceilings in both heart cypress and heart pine for a considerable number of projects, including:

If you are looking for stylish, easy to install upgrade to your home or office, give us a call.  We can help you design a wood feature wall and/or wood ceiling that will make you the trendiest home or office on the block!

1830s Era Pennsylvania Barn

River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character and Old Florida Breathe New Life into 1830s Era Pennsylvania Barn

The owner of an 1830s-era barn sent us photos of his remodel.  Goodwin provided 2200sf of River-Recovered Heart Pine Character and Old Florida for this adaptive re-use project.  We also milled the heart pine stair treads. Take a look:

We are experts in adaptive re-use. River-Recovered and reclaimed wood can help breathe new life into any historical building. Do you have an adaptive re-use project?  If so, give us a call.  We can help!

 

Featured Wood: River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character

Add a Little Character to Your Home or Office in 2018

Have you seen our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character feature walls?  They are a hot seller and are absolutely stunning.  In fact, heart cypress character’s unique fine grain, arching grain patterns and vertical pinstripes makes it a popular species for feature walls, paneling, ceilings, trim and anywhere else you want to add subtle beauty.

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress is also a conversation piece, as it is one of only a few remaining prehistoric species available. Character grade offers more natural characteristics and even some unique features such as face checks, cracks and a few loose knots.

Our clients love its colors, which range from warm honey to cinnamon tan and light chocolate tones.  If you want more consistent color, it can be stained. And, with 99.9% heart content, how can you go wrong?

Treat yourself to some River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character in the upcoming year.  Our friendly experts are here to help!

Trending Wood Feature Walls

Historic Renovation Project – West Tampa Library

The West Tampa Library – part of the West Tampa National Historic District – is designated as a City of Tampa Historic Structure. Constructed in 1913, it is one of only ten public libraries in Florida funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.  It features Neo-Classical Revival architectural style, which was very popular during that time.

In an effort to make the library more accessible to everyone, an additional 5,000 square feet was added in 2004.  This expansion also provided space for more library materials and computers, and included a meeting room for the public. Prominent cigar factory owner Angel Cuesta donated land to the library for the expansion.

Goodwin Company was proud to be part of the latest renovation in 2017. The floor of the original building was heart pine. We supplied our River-Recovered® Heart Pine Select Clear wood flooring to ensure it was restored to its original specifications:

Photos by Native House Photography.

This beautiful heart pine floor was pre-finished by Heritage Wood Finish Company using an oil finish with additional protection. JVA Construction was contractor on this historic renovation project. The space serves as a community meeting room and is open to the public.

Join us at IBS!

IBS 2018National Homebuilders Association International Builders Show
January 9th – 11th, 2018
Orange County Convention Center

Please enjoy a free expo pass on us!  All you need to do is register by clicking the link below:

Register here

Please come by and say “Hi”.  We’ll be at booth #S1449.

Come see how our fine antique wood seamlessly blends with the latest styles and designs, adding depth and warmth to any modern setting. We’re ushering in 2018 with install ready products featuring custom colors, textures and environmentally friendly finishes formulated exclusively for Goodwin.

While at IBS, be sure to check out the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University / Daytona State College Solar BEACH (Building Efficient, Affordable, and Comfortable Homes) House which will be on display at the show.  Goodwin proudly donated our River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Heart Cypress to the project.
Project photos

Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress – New is Not a Suitable Substitute

Historic preservation projects have a special place in the history and heart of our business.
Goodwin provides custom milled River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood flooring, paneling and other products, guaranteeing accuracy and authenticity when replacing “like for like” historic building materials.

River-Recovered heart pine and heart cypress are the same aged virgin growth species that were harvested from the colonial period in American history up until World War II. Therefore, River-Recovered heart pine and heart cypress offers the perfect fix when replacing damaged material in historical buildings that were constructed during that period. Legacy – or building reclaimed heart pine – has the unmistakable patina of the past because it once graced older buildings, thus has been air dried for 120 years or more.

There is no substituting new growth for old growth, which is why the best preservationist architects only specify quality old growth materials. While the species may be the same, the properties of long lived old growth wood are vastly different from quickly grown and freshly harvested modern trees. Density, growth rings, frequency of knots, greater amounts of olio resin in virgin heart pine and greater amounts of wood preserving cypresene oil in virgin heart cypress are just a few of the pronounced qualities distinguishing old growth heart pine and heart cypress from new.

Below are a few of our favorite historic preservation projects. Enjoy!

Charnley-Norwood House
Designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1890, this historical restoration called for curly heart pine as well as Legacy vertical clear heart pine.


Firestone Building
The restoration of this 1927 building involved 1600sf of River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine solid tongue and groove flooring. It was recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an Adaptive Reuse Honorable Mention in May of 2015.


Old Gainesville Train Depot
Antique building reclaimed legacy heart pine flooring and paneling breathed new life in this historic train depot, which is now home to a Pop-a-Top.


Matheson History Museum Library and Archives
This historic building was originally built for the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle. Today, it has been restored to house the Matheson Museum Library and Archives, boasting a gorgeous old Florida heart pine floor.

Reclaimed Wood Stairs, Stair Parts, Treads and Moldings

The Sustainable Design Choice

Architects and designers often specify Goodwin’s River-Recovered® and reclaimed antique wood in their sustainable designs.  While reclaimed wood flooring, wood feature walls and wood ceilings and paneling are most popular, Goodwin’s antique wood is also often handcrafted into beautiful reclaimed wood stairs, stair parts, treads and moldings.  Take a look at just a few applications where River-Recovered and reclaimed heart pine has been used:

Private Residence

Legacy Select, building reclaimed heart pine treads

Seachasers Restaurant, Jacksonville, Florida

River-Recovered heart pine treads

Legacy Vertical, building reclaimed heart pine treads

University of Florida (UF) Dasburg House – Home of the President of UF

River-Recovered heart pine treads

Private Residence with Christmas garland décor

Trending: Wood Feature Walls

There’s no question about it – wood feature walls are definitely trending in contemporary design! Antique wood adds character, warmth and beauty, which is probably why heart cypress and heart pine are some of the most sought-after materials for this popular design trend.  Best of all, antique wood feature walls not only tell an interesting story, but they are quite affordable and surprisingly easy to install.

As you can see in these photos of some of our favorite wood feature wall projects, you can design a wall to match your preferred look and unique style.

Amalie Arena

Wood Feature Walls

Heart cypress walls and ceilings add elegance to an exclusive space

Corporate Offices

Wood Feature Walls

Wood Feature Walls

Heart pine walls and accents warm up this contemporary office building

Private Residence

Wood Feature Walls

Legacy building reclaimed heart pine and sinker cypress walls add a rustic flair to a modern upgrade

Otis Hawkin’s Center – University of Florida

Wood Feature Walls

Engraved heart pine feature walls adorn this modern home of University of Florida athletics.

Swamphead Brewery

Wood Feature Walls

Reclaimed wood feature walls and accents inspired the custom craft brew – River Logger

Visit Tampa Bay

Wood Feature Walls

Heart cypress character is the perfect species for feature walls

Interested in incorporating a wood feature wall into your home or office?  Give us a call, we can help you design and craft the antique wood feature wall of your dreams!

Heart Cypress – Perfect for Patios, Too!

We met our friend Jason Owen of Trimark Properties when we worked with them on the NIMBUS building feature wall earlier in the year.  Jason recently installed a River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character ceiling on the porch of a client’s Gainesville, Florida home.  It was pre-finished with a two pass UV oil.  Check out these initial photos we’ve just received:

This gorgeous River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character was sourced from bald cypress forests logged 100-200 years ago. Bald cypress (taxodium distichum) can grow to be 2000 years old.

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character is becoming more and more popular for its unique features, which include:

  • Rot resistant, making it ideal for outdoor applications
  • 95-100% heart, 100% dense growth
  • Blend of arching and vertical grain with some machine defects, face checks, cracks, peck and bug holes to add “character”
  • Knots of any size
  • Warm honey to cinnamon tan to light chocolate color tones
  • Swirling grain and feathery patterns

Looking to add a heart cypress feature wall or heart cypress ceiling inside your home or on your porch?  Give us a call, we’re here to help!

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress – Indoor / Outdoor Ceilings and Walls

Antique River-Recovered and reclaimed heart cypress feature walls and interior/exterior wood walls and ceilings are now widely used in contemporary design. S.R. Freeman is using Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress on their latest modern home project in California.  The folks at SR Freeman were kind enough to send us some photos of the heart cypress walls and ceilings as they are being installed.  Special thanks for this sneak peek!

Antique Heart Cypress Adds “Character” to Contemporary Office Space

Goodwin Company was proud to supply our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character for a reception desk, kitchen and a number of gorgeous feature walls in the ultra-modern office space for Visit Tampa Bay. Located in one of the beautiful skyscrapers that adorn the Tampa, Florida skyline, Visit Tampa Bay is a premier promoter of “the hip, urban heart of the Gulf Coast of Florida.”

Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character adorns the walls and various areas throughout the office space and is also featured in the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center. The heart cypress paneling gives a nod to the 2000-year-old bald cypress trees that historically lined all of the bayous and sloughs around the bay.  An added touch is the cigar boxes that are embedded in the various walls denoting Tampa’s (and Ybor City’s) rich history as the cigar capital of the world.

Check out these stunning photos by Native House Photography:

Goodwin produced 1600sf of 5-1/4″ River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character for this project.  The wood was prefinished with oil by Heritage Wood Finish Company and installed by AWS Carpenter/ Contractors of Clearwater, Florida.

If you are in the Tampa area, be sure to stop by the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center.  They have some great gifts and mementos of Tampa.  The wonderful staff are also available to direct you to points of interest and help plan your stay. Oh, and while there, be sure to check out the heart cypress feature wall and let us know what you think!