Congratulations Jeffrey and Megan!

Last weekend, our Marketing Coordinator Jeffrey and his lovely wife Megan celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary in Cedar Key, Florida. While there, they visited the St. Clair Whitman House at the Cedar Key State Museum. Although Jeffrey was away on pleasure, he could not resist taking these photographs of Goodwin’s wood in the home:

Last year, Dale Kendrick with the Florida Park Service repaired several sections of flooring in the St. Clair Whitman House using Goodwin’s LEGACY heart pine. Jeffrey’s photos not only show the contrast of the new wood to old, but also illustrate how well the material marries together as a whole. The wood is featured in the front entrance, kitchen and on some of the wainscot in the dining room.

If you are ever on Cedar Key, be sure to stop by and check it out!

Hmmm…. I am considering giving Jeffrey an afternoon off to take his wife to an early dinner and movie since he found a way to “work” on his anniversary weekend…

Congratulations, Jeffrey and Megan. And, thank you for the wonderful photographs!

Kiln Drying – The “Inside” Secrets

Have you ever wondered what happens inside the dry kiln? Well, Goodwin’s own Andrew St. James answers that exact question in the latest edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine:

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Here are some additional photos for you to enjoy!

Goodwin Company on DIY’s Barnwood Builders

image 016Goodwin was featured on an episode of DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders! Join us as we help Mark and the guys recover antique long leaf pine for the floors of their hunting lodge.

The episode airs this Thursday, April 9th at 5:00pm and again on Friday, May 15th at 2:00pm. Check your local listings to see which channel airs DIY!

Go to: DIYnetwork.com

Restoring an Old Florida Classic

Homeowner Specs Building Reclaimed Legacy Heart Pine and River-Recovered® Heart Cypress for Porch Renovation

Steve Klett owns what is considered an Old Florida classic. His “vernacular, cracker style” home in North Florida evolved out of the need to keep a house cool in the hot and humid sub-tropical climate of North Central Florida (before the era of air conditioning). When it came time to renovate the hallmark of his historic home – the splendid full porch – Klett began researching options. He wanted nothing modern, and was intent on finding the highest quality materials on the market. He stumbled upon Goodwin’s website and the rest is history. Read more

Naples Botanical Gardens – Handmade Bench Dedication

Goodwin was proud to present Mr. John Carson with a surprise to celebrate his 70th birthday. John is the owner’s rep for the gardens, and was deeply involved with the construction of the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Interpretive Center (Goodwin milled 20,000 linear feet of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress for siding and trim for the project.)

Naples Botanical Gardens commissioned Goodwin to build a bench – dedicated to John – for the gardens. Jeffrey Forbes and Dan Peterson crafted the River-Recovered® Antique Heart Cypress Select bench by hand. Here are the pictures of its evolution: Read more

Our “Gentle Giant” Continues to Evolve!

We were excited to have an opportunity to work with Florida Crotchwood Mobile Sawmill. Paula and Randy came out to Goodwin and helped George saw 3″ thick, four-foot wide and 10-foot long River-Recovered Heart Cypress slabs off the end of our “Gentle Giant”. Read more

River Logger Black Lager – Now Available at Swamp Head Brewery!

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We are excited to announce Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville is launching a new beer. Jeffrey, our Marketing Coordinator, helped with the name – River Logger Black Lager.

River Logger Black Lager is inspired by the richness and rarity of centuries old River-Recovered® logs. This light and refreshing German-style black lager features a depth of color and taste exemplified by the uniqueness of antique River-Recovered® wood. And, with just a hint of chocolate pairing with the light bitterness of the hops, this summer treat is sure to satisfy the most distinguished of tastes. Read more

Undersecretary of USDA Rural Development Visits Goodwin Company

Goodwin Company was honored to welcome Ms. Lisa Mensah – the Undersecretary of USDA Rural Development – for a tour of our facility. Ms. Mensah was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2014. She provides leadership for three USDA agencies charged with improving the economic well being of rural America: the Rural Housing Service, the Rural Utilities Service and the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Read more

Modern Antique

Remember this beauty?

Since we don’t come across logs of this magnitude very often, our marketing coordinator Jeffrey thought it might be neat to re-create a classic photo from the 1800s depicting loggers posing with a fresh cut giant cypress back in the day.

Jeffrey staged our staff around the log in the exact positions as the 1800s loggers.  We think it is a spectacular modern-day replica.  What do you think?

 

Our Newest “Gentle Giant”

giantcypresslog 001 (Medium)After nearly 40 years in the business, one would think we have seen it all. The truth is, each and every day is an exciting adventure that presents new opportunities. The logs we work with to create our River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress flooring, paneling and other wood products are simply majestic. Each has its own distinct character and personality. Logger Don McCallister recently pulled this Cypress beauty out of the northern Withlacoochee River.

giantcypresslog 005 (Medium)This “Gentle Giant “ is 30 feet long; 29″ in diameter at its top and an amazing six feet in diameter at its base.

giantcypresslog 006 (Medium)Just take a look at this incredible ax cut end.

The log was discovered while Goodwin’s Marketing Coordinator, Jeffrey Forbes, was on the Withlacoochee hosting a documentary video crew. It was the first log they saw. It was still submerged in the river and its head was resting on a sandy beach. The log served as the perfect “subject” for the documentary, which we will share when it is complete.

Here is a bit of background on river logging along Withlacoochee (for you history buffs):

This giant cypress log was recovered on the part of the Withlacoochee that flows south out of Georgia and meets up with the Suwannee River at Suwannee River State Park. There once was a sawmill owned by Governor George Drew (Florida’s first governor post reconstruction) at what is now Suwannee River State Park. This log likely once belonged to this mill before it was “lost”.

Goodwin will now saw this antique beauty into a series of benches for the expansion of the Bok Tower campus in Lake Wales. Stay tuned, as we will continue to update you on the progress of this Gentle Giant…

Florida Farm Bureau Features Goodwin

15-03- 022Special thank you to the Florida Farm Bureau for featuring Goodwin in the March 2015 issue of their magazine, FloridAgricultureCheck it out here – our story begins on page 4:

Kimal Lumber (Sarasota – Fruitville Road) 1st Anniversary Celebration

(Part two of our Kimal Lumber blog)

Jeffrey and I were thrilled to help Kimal Lumber celebrate the 1st Anniversary of their Fruitville Road store opening. We were touched by the sincerity and generosity of Kimal owner Al Bavry. He presented the All Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House with a donation of $38,000! Ronald McDonald was even on hand to accept the check (And, yes, Jeffrey got his photo taken with him). Ronald McDonald House Charities provide warmth, housing and assistance to families with sick children. Thank you, Al, for your generous support of such a worthy cause!

Goodwin Travels to Historic Homes Workshop

Jeffrey Forbes, our marketing coordinator and resident historian, had the opportunity to attend the Historic Homes workshop last weekend in Tampa. The event – which celebrated its seventh year – was organized and hosted by Steve Quillian of Wood Window Makeovers. Each February, Steve invites a handful of select, highly skilled restoration craftsmen/women to Tampa to conduct this unique three-day conference. Attendees from all over the country attend to learn about the latest techniques and materials used to renovate and restore windows, doors, floors and just about anything else that might need attention in a vintage home.

We’ve included some photos from the workshop (check out the nice heart cypress entry doors):

And, by the way, Steve’s shop, Wood Window Makeovers, is across the street from Schiller’s Architectural Salvage, a wonderful place for finding vintage architectural treasures. Next time you find yourself in Tampa, we encourage you to check both places out!

Congratulations to Tenna Florian of Lake | Flato Architects

Congratulations to Tenna Florian of Lake | Flato Architects for being named one of the “Seven to Watch”.  Goodwin worked closely with her on the Naples Botanical Gardens project. Tenna is not only tops in her field, but she is also dedicated to promoting sustainability in her work and industry as a whole.  Congratulations, Tenna!  We look forward to working with you again in the future. 

Click here for article and video. 

Our Sincerest “Thank You” for Making 2014 Such a Success!

George and I want to extend our sincerest gratitude to each and every building design professional and owner we have had the privilege to work with this year.  As we approach 2015, we cannot help but reflect on the projects that made our year so exceptional. While every job will always hold a special place in our hearts, some of the most memorable commercial and historical renovation projects of 2015 included the Key West Museum re-finish, the old Firestone service station in Gainesville, Queen and Crescent Hotel in New Orleans, Chinsegut Hill in Brooksville, The SeaScout Lodge in Galveston and the Naples Botanical Garden.

We were also honored to be named a 2014 Blue Ribbon Small Business by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  It was thrilling to travel to Washington D.C. and accept this award alongside the finest and most respected small businesses from throughout the country.

Goodwin Company continually researches ways to offer a wide selection of new product lines.  We are excited to announce that today – New Year’s Eve – our state-of-the-art finishing line will be delivered to our manufacturing facility in Florida.  Not only will this allow us to offer you more diverse finishing options, but we will also be able to manufacture economical ‘builder ready’ choices in prefinished 1,000 year-old River-Recovered® Heart Cypress paneling and ceiling.  We expect the first new products to begin rolling out mid-2015.

The new year holds so much promise and we are extremely excited about the additional options we will be offering our valued customers in 2015 and in the years to come.  We credit our 35+ years of success to our loyal and discerning clients who appreciate the indisputable quality and handcrafted beauty of our unique and exceptional antique wood flooring and products.

Thank you and we wish you and your family much health, happiness and blessings in 2015.

With all our heart,
George and Carol

How to Dry 150 Year Old Sunken Logs

One of my all time favorite client inquiries went something like this:

 

“How long does it take to dry out those ancient logs that have been on the bottom of the river for 150 years?”

The answer? Well, it takes a little bit of explaining…

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The Art of Sawing River-Recovered® Logs

GEGchainsawingsm (Medium)George Goodwin is still our company sawyer. He personally examines each and every log and has his own ritual for creating the beautiful antique wood flooring you enjoy in your home and/or office. It’s George’s process, so he tells the story best. Enjoy!
–Carol

The Art of Sawing River-Recovered® Logs

Sawing River-Recovered® logs is more of an art than a process. When a load of River-Recovered® logs arrives at the sawmill, the first thing we do is measure and ‘scale’ them to determine how many board feet each log will yield. There is an industry log ‘scale’ that gives the board feet based on the diameter and length of the log. Sometimes there are significant internal fractures or other issues that affect the board footage that we take into account.

We often take the largest and best-preserved logs back to our giant log pond, where they remain in water until the right project comes along. Once I determine which ones to saw, I examine each log and decide where to mark and cut the logs for the best yield. A 36’ log might make an 8’, 12’ and 14’ sections depending on where the crooks and bends are in the log. This is called ‘bucking’.

The logs all need a power wash to remove the sand and grit off the remaining bark and exterior of the logs before they are sawn. Sand will damage the large, expensive saw blades. When I bought a large headsaw and carriage several years ago, I assembled the most equipment we could possibly afford. The River-Recovered® heart pine is dense, resinous and heavy, while the heart cypress is huge, requiring heavy-duty equipment. Read more

Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Subject of Latest SouthDocs Project

Special thank you to The Southern Register and Rex Jones for mentioning us.  Goodwin was honored to be part of Rex’s new documentary.  More to come…

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Sourcing River Logs – My Story (part 1)

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I spent a lot of time fishing the Suwannee River during the summer of 1976. During this time I kept noticing deadhead logs (The term, “deadhead log” came about because the small end of the log floats like a head bobbing in the water). Something about them genuinely intrigued me. I had an antique business in Micanopy and a friend, Jerry Moore, was helping me source the antiques. He told me he could also bring up some of the logs. Now I was more than intrigued, I was interested!

Jerry recovered the logs and we took them to an old sawmill nearby. From the moment I first saw the life and light in the ancient wood, I knew people would fall in love with it. So, instead of fishing, we spent our spare time pulling logs and having them sawn into beautiful, durable historic lumber. We soon acquired our own sawmill and began sawing these treasures ourselves.

Every summer, when the water was warmest, Jerry and I made a pilgrimage to a different river area to search for ancient sunken logs. Since many of these logs were “lost” near old sawmills, we found local libraries and archives to be a good resource to research old sawmill locations. Logs were often stored in the water next to the sawmill and the densest and best often sank. Sometimes we got lucky and found a bend in the river where an entire raft had sunk. The rafts were generally 15 or so logs across and a couple of logs for cross members. There might be 20 or so such raft sections connected with chains or ropes.

We learned the best ways to search the river bottom by using a grid. And, we inevitably would find a lot of ‘second growth’ logs that were downed from storms or floods. Second growth aren’t worth pulling up as the wood is neither dense nor durable. Plus it’s commercially available, whereas the ancient logs are rare and valuable.

We searched riverbeds in NC, SC, GA and AL. I had a hand drawn map from 1881 of Florida’s forests, so of course we traveled all around Northern Central Florida and the Florida Panhandle. What we ultimately learned after years of research is that the spring fed Florida rivers held the most and highest quality ancient logs. The best heart cypress comes from the Panhandle and the best heart pine from the Suwannee, Withlacoochee and St John’s rivers. The St. John’s also has a lot of heart cypress waiting to be discovered. More on that later…

Restoring History

Hard to believe it has been nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast. Lives, property and a huge piece of our history was lost in one fail swoop on that tragic August day. However, with every disaster, stories of triumph emerge. Goodwin was proud to be part of one of those triumphant “stories”.

The historic Charnley-Norwood house, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, was literally torn apart by Hurricane Katrina. However, in 2013, the entire structure was restored to its original beauty. Architect Larry Albert specified Goodwin Company to supply antique wood for the restoration. We provided 800sf of River-Recovered® Curly Heart Pine T&G V-joint paneling, and 1000sf of 3-1/4″ Legacy (building reclaimed) heartpine T&G flooring.

We would like to share the short documentary, By the Hand of the Unseen Poet by Ellis Anderson.

Learn more at: http://www.savemyplacems.com/listing/charnley-norwood-house/

As an additional note, this project received a 2014 Heritage Award for Preservation Education. We were honored to be part of restoring this important piece of our nation’s history!