We received more feedback from our NWFA Certified Sales Professional class last week:
The tour of the facility was great, so many things to see and remember. It’s amazing how just a few (all of your staff there) can make such a difference of how we take care of surroundings around us! The class was fantastic, Roy was great. Very informative and down to earth presentation that anyone would and could follow, and understand.
Special Order Manager
Kimal Lumber & Hardware
You may remember this video of Matt Marwick, Precision Floorcrafters, using Goodwin’s antique heartpine log rounds to craft a floor at Kimal Lumber’s Sarasota location.
You can see many samples of Goodwin wood at Kimal, including engineered flooring, curly heartpine, cypress log rounds, cypress paneling, and pecky cypress. We value Kimal because they are one of the few independent lumber dealers in southwest Florida. They, like Goodwin, have a passion for providing high quality, sustainable products. And, they appreciate the beauty and value of sinker logs and old wood!
Their Event Center, located in Venice, Florida, was constructed using the latest Green Building practices. It serves as a “living model” of Green Building Concepts and Sustainable Building Practices, while providing space for special events for the industry and the community.
Goodwin is proud to call Kimal Lumber one of our valued partners!
Goodwin was excited to present, “Architectural and Design Uses of Reclaimed Wood” to 62 architects at MiaGreen. We answered lots of questions about installation, moisture control and sustainable forestry. The story behind sinker cypress and the process of recovering logs always engages the audience. A good time was had by all!
While in South Florida, we visited a number of friends to show off Goodwin’s new factory finished reclaimed wood, including Moor, Baker & Associates Architects, P.A. and Bonded Floors in Vero Beach (who we’ve worked with for over 20 years).
We also stopped by Uline’s vacation home in Everglades City to see their Goodwin engineered floor. As we made our way up the coast, we made a stop at Architect’s Unlimited in Naples and at Chico’s Headquarters in Ft Myers. Chico’s founders, Marvin and Helene Gralnick put a Goodwin Heart Pine floor in their home 25 years ago. The Gralnick’s wanted to use Goodwin’s Wild Black Cherry flooring in their new stores; however, solid unfinished wood proved too challenging for commercial contractors.
Today our factory finished engineered floor in any custom color is ‘install ready’ for high-end commercial or residential projects. Thank you Marvin and Helene. We were honored to provide you with your River-Recovered ® Antique Heart Pine floor!
More and more, today’s consumers are looking for local and sustainable options. Whether it’s locally grown produce from the neighborhood farmer’s market or recycled building products from the local architectural salvage company, today’s marketplace demands an alternative to inferior and poorly crafted imports. It should come as no surprise that discerning homeowners all over the country are seeking out similar products in the way of authentic, “Made in the U.S.A.” wood flooring.
We thought you’d like to see the fascinating process that Goodwin Company goes through to bring clients the finest in reclaimed heart pine engineered flooring. In 2007, Goodwin became the first reclaimed wood company in the United States to manufacture an engineered floor here at home and not overseas. Goodwin offers its Precision Engineered product in both River-Recovered® and Legacy (building reclaimed) Heart Pine.
The following photos are very interesting and intriguing. They take you through the multi-stepped process of milling the highest quality flooring we know (even if it’s used as wainscoting like our clients did at the new Sea Scout base in Galveston, Tx.) From the reclamation of gigantic heart pine beams out of deconstructed 19th century industrial buildings to sawing and finishing the final product, Goodwin means quality. Goodwin means, “Made in America”.
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.
By: George Goodwin
Goodwin Company owns the Federally Registered Trademark for the term ‘River Recovered®’. I registered it after realizing recovering logs was more than just a love…it had become a lifestyle.
I began pulling River-Recovered® logs from the Suwannee River in the mid 1970’s. About a decade later, others started following in my footsteps. Many of the loggers used public landings, which aggravated the fishermen and folks who were also trying to enjoy the rivers. I also noticed they were not, in my opinion, taking a sustainable approach when harvesting the logs. The need for some sort of protocol designed to protect the environment became very apparent.
As a result, I visited politicians and suggested ways the State of Florida could regulate river log recovery in an environmentally sound manner. I requested meetings in Tallahassee (Florida’s Capital) with the Department of Submerged Lands and the Department of Environmental Protection. I also reached out to environmental organizations including the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy. We offered to demonstrate the appropriate way to recover ‘deadhead’ logs, which are so named because the small end of the log floats like a head out of the water.
The demonstrations were organized on the Suwannee River near Live Oak, Florida – about 40 miles from Goodwin – and also on the Apalachicola and Choctawhatchee Rivers in the Panhandle. There were a few river loggers in a boat and State officials in another boat. We showed them how to tie off both ends of the log so it did not drag on the river bottom. We explained how there were a lot of logs on the river bottom; however, most were second growth downed by storms and not worth recovering. We demonstrated how to tell the difference by examining the density of the growth rings on the end of the logs. We then helped organize the curriculum for a Master Log Recovery Class that all river loggers in the state of Florida are required to pass.
By the mid-1990’s, we succeeded in helping create an environmental permit program proposal to present to the Florida Legislature. Part of the permit required providing an archeological survey of the area of river that you want to log to prove that you are not disturbing any ancient sites or endangered species. Governor Lawton Chiles signed the permit into law in 1998. Governor Chiles loved the environment and was one of our biggest supporters.
Governor Chiles’ son, Ed Chiles, has a River-Recovered® Heart Cypress desk in his office on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Ed recently told us, “Dad was always very passionate about protecting old growth cypress. These giants speak to our history and to the critical balance that must be retained if we are to protect our watersheds and our precious environment. Goodwin Company’s work is a direct result of some of the work Dad did as governor when he and the Florida Cabinet approved the reclamation act allowing the treasures that were buried throughout parts of our state as a result of the logging operations in the late 19th and early 20 century.”
We sure do miss the Governor, but are very grateful for his son, Ed, who is proudly carrying on the environmental mission of his father.
River log recovery is often called ‘brail’ diving by the river loggers. Injun Joe Collins worked at Goodwin in the early 1990’s. He started river logging a few years after the permit was passed and then went on to star in the “Ax Men” television show for a couple of seasons. Today, Joe is Goodwin’s Production Manager and can be found diving in Goodwin’s log pond on the sawmill property whenever we need a special log.
We’ll talk more about river log recovery and how the logs are perfectly preserved after we talk some about the history of the heart pine ecosystem in future articles.
I consider it both an honor and privilege to not only provide you with the highest quality wood available on the market, but also share my experiences with you. Thank you for your confidence, time and trust. You, my valued customers and friends, make this journey all worthwhile!
My best always to you and yours,
- Goodwin Company, is a family owned and operated business specializing in the finest of reclaimed and sustainable hardwood flooring .
Since 1976, Goodwin Company has earned the reputation as an industry leader in manufacturing luxury solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring utilizing reclaimed wood, including river reclaimed antique heart pine and original-growth heart cypress. Goodwin’s clients include homeowners and businesses throughout the country. Building professional; designers, architects and builders rely on Goodwin Company for unsurpassed quality and distinctive design.
- One-of-a Kind River-Recovered® Heart Cypress TableApril 18, 2018 - 4:51 pm
- Incorporating Multiple Antique Wood Products to Achieve a Unique, Modern LookApril 18, 2018 - 4:14 pm
- Goodwin Exhibiting at the NWFA 2018 ExpoApril 4, 2018 - 11:15 pm
- Sustainable Wood Flooring – Popular in Coastal AreasApril 3, 2018 - 4:38 pm
- Sneak Peek: The River View at Occoquan Regional ParkMarch 30, 2018 - 3:03 pm