Is That a Mountain…In Florida?

Definitely a mountain

Many thoughts cross the human mind when seeing this picture. What is that pile and why is it so large?  Where will it go, or will it go anywhere?  How big is that thing going to become?  Those were MY initial thoughts on seeing this mammoth mound, but I was informed and delighted to hear about what happens next.

At Goodwin Company, we care tremendously about the environment for the present, and our future.  Our “waste” isn’t actually waste!  Take a look at this large sawdust pile that accumulates on a daily basis.  While it continues to grow, the pile gets divvied up between local blueberry farmers.  Our River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart pine and heart cypress is scattered underneath blueberry bushes.   The antique wood’s acidity supposedly enhances the blueberries taste, making them richer and sweeter to eat.  Goodwin has also collaborated with The University of Florida to further biochar research.

This is not the only way we incorporate repurposing into our normal regimen. George Goodwin was the pioneer of recovering logs that rested underwater for at least 150 years and transforming them into our signature River-Recovered Heart Pine and Heart Cypress products. At the same time, we also rescue wood that has outgrown its original intention.  We take the salvageable boards from a building coming down, de-nailing and re-sawing to create an entirely new structure.  Nail holes, staining, and other imperfections help to tell its history.  The destruction of trees from natural disasters can further be rescued and reused, giving the wood another chance at life.

Present day, wood continues to be beneficial for the environment and energy efficiency.  According to The American Forest Foundation, wood is the only major building material that is renewable.  Sustainably produced wood pellets from the United States get sent around all over the world to power plants to help build greener strategies.  For our future, eco-friendly practices will hopefully continue to combat environmental issues, like reducing carbon emissions and climate change.  For now, Goodwin will steadily do our part being environmentally conscious.  We will manage our green practices, while educating others in what we do and why it’s important.  Stop by Goodwin and see what we can do today to help you!

Every Piece of Antique Wood is Part of a Larger Story

Every Piece of Antique Wood is Part of a Larger Story

When you walk into the Goodwin Company showroom, you walk into a room appointed with beautiful interior design and woodworking, custom creations, and family history.  Our own Jeffrey Forbes decided to add even more character, bringing novels from his personal book collection in for a bit of show and tell.  The Lightwood Series, authored by Brainard Cheney, sheds light on some of America’s forgotten history.

Cheney’s first historical fiction Lightwood, tells the tale of the Dodge Timber Wars in Georgia that took place in the post-Civil War era.  William E. Dodge led several northern investors in purchase of 300,000 acres of attractive, virgin growth longleaf pine forests.  However, the same climax forests were already occupied by generations of the local citizens.  Driven by power and greed, Dodge set out to prove these forests were legally his to do with what he pleased.  This led to an ugly and dangerous “war” between the locals and the investors for nearly half a century before finally coming to an end. Though devastating, conflict was not uncommon in these times when harvesting the 85 to 90 million acres of longleaf forests was the primary business.  Ultimately, the longleaf (referred to as The Wood That Built America) was used to construct lovely Victorian homes and buildings across the Eastern US.  The caissons of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York are made of pine, allowing underwater construction to take place.  Hotels and palaces across Europe also use the wood for building.

Cheney is also the author of River Rogue, This Is Adam, and Devil’s Elbow.  Come visit Goodwin to inquire about these novels, see more in our showroom, and let us help cater to your antique wood needs!

Whatever You Desire For Reclaimed Wood… Goodwin is Here to Help

Whatever You Desire For Reclaimed Wood… Goodwin is Here to Help

Howard Brickman Teaching a Wood Flooring Inspection Class at Goodwin Company’s Micanopy, Florida Headquarters.

For over four decades, Goodwin has connected with many highly respected wood flooring professionals.

The article below on wood floor cupping is written by longtime Goodwin friend and colleague Howard Brickman. Howard was the first ever Technical Director of the National Wood Floor Association and he has taught several wood floor inspection classes at Goodwin.

Recently, Howard traveled to Bermuda to install 10,000 square feet of our River Recovered® Antique Heart Pine Flooring. Quite impressive as Bermuda has a climate that requires considerable expertise to install wood flooring at the correct moisture content and conditions!

Our connections with wood flooring professionals help ensure that your project is completed as smoothly as possible. We can connect you with highly respected industry experts and communicate with them over the course of your project.

Stuck on a wood flooring project… or looking to get started… Call Goodwin at 800-336-3118.

 

 

River-Recovered® Heart Pine Doors Built for the Century

The Century Tower is part of the University of Florida’s (UF) Campus Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The Century Tower is one of four carillons in the state of Florida. This impressive structure holds a total of 61 bells spanning five octaves and chimes 61 bells every quarter hour for 12 hours a day (8:00am – 8:00pm).

The Gothic style tower was designed by William Augustus Edwards, an esteemed architect of the mid-20th century. It was built by The Auchter Company. Construction commenced in 1953 and was completed in 1956.

Tower Dedication Ceremony

While the tower itself has withstood the test of time and harsh Florida weather and humidity, its second generation doors became severely damaged and were rotting at the base.  When it became time to restore the Century Tower to its original splendor, Goodwin was called in to help.

Second Generation Doors

The Century Tower’s new third generation doors are constructed using Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Pine.  The panels utilize Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Pine Select, while the stiles and rails are constructed using River-Recovered Heart Pine Vertical.  Goodwin partnered with historic preservation craftsman Scott Sidler at Austin Historical in Orlando, Florida on the project.

Century Tower Doors Constructed Using Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heartpine

Photographs of the New Century Tower by Isabella Guttuso.

Properly Kiln Drying Antique Wood

Rare, antique wood must be handled with great care.  One reason why Goodwin is considered the industry gold standard is our meticulous kiln drying process. There are many reasons for properly kiln drying the wood to a consistent moisture content, including eliminating and preventing mold and bugs. Our founder and company sawyer, George Goodwin, ensures each board is properly kiln dried and precisely milled to the highest standards.  Let’s take a look at our signature kiln drying process.

Prepping the Wood

We examine each River-Recovered® log and reclaimed board or beam to ensure we are preserving the best and most beautiful sections of the wood. Our company sawyer, George Goodwin, carefully saws the wood.  The ends of the boards are then sealed with a wax-based product to prevent cracking and checking.

Air Dry

The sawn wood then needs time to properly air dry. It takes a few weeks for River-Recovered heart pine to achieve its ideal moisture content. River-Recovered heart cypress can take several months due to a higher fiber saturation point.

Pre Dry

After air drying, the wood is then sent to Goodwin’s ‘pre-dryer’, which is comprised of 16 fans (4’ across each) that blow air across the boards in stacks. We allow 1” between each layer to ensure the air circulates around each board.

Dehumidification Dry Kiln

Antique heart pine and heart cypress is very dense. Kiln drying fast with steam causes cracking and checking. Goodwin has invested in a dehumidification dry kiln that dries the wood slowly over the course of several weeks to ensure the ideal moisture content is achieved without affecting its quality.

Monitor Moisture Content

The moisture content of the wood is monitored several times a day. We slowly increase the temperature until 140 degrees is consistently achieved across the entire load. Once the wood comes out of the kiln, we let it relax for a few days before milling it into our signature River-Recovered and reclaimed heart pine and heart cypress.

The following video shows pallets of River-Recovered and reclaimed wood being placed into our dehumidification dry kiln.  Enjoy!

Antique Heart Pine to the Rescue!

Many historic homes were constructed using original virgin growth pine flooring. Goodwin works with both homeowners and building design professionals to custom mill River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart pine floor parts to replace damaged areas. This allows the homeowner to keep as much of the original historic floor as possible and while still maintaining the status of “100% virgin growth pine” flooring.

Our good friend Bill Conway in Potomac, Maryland needed to repair some parts of his pine flooring due to termite damage. We milled 2-1/4″ River-Recovered® vertical heart pine to replace the bad sections of floor. Conway also built a trapdoor using River-Recovered heart pine vertical to access the space beneath his house.

Take a look:

Other projects we were proud to work on involved milling replacement heart pine for the historic St. Clair Whitman home in Cedar Key, Florida and Edson Keith Mansion in Sarasota, Florida. Pictures of the Edson Keith flooring were taken prior to sanding and finishing. Notice the difference in patina and the way the new floorboards match up with the old ones:

Antique River-Recovered and reclaimed heart pine feature the same tight graining and resinous heartwood as the original virgin growth heart pine flooring that was often used in the construction of historic buildings. The color of the wood will not immediately match, but exposure to light will darken the patina over time. Eventually, the woods become nearly indistinguishable.

Do you have a historic home or building that has virgin growth pine that needs replaced? If so, we can help.  Give us a call to learn more today!

Midnight is Perfect for Sushi!

Goodwin supplied 226sf of Midnight Heart Cypress 3-1/4″ center matched tongue and groove for the two bar fronts at the new Ichiban Sushi Restaurant in Gainesville, Florida.  Take a look:

The Midnight Heart Cypress bar fronts were finished with WOCA Diamond Oil.

Our good friend Nancey Jones at Level Architecture was the lead designer. The contractor for the project, Joyner Construction of Gainesville, Florida, is a two-time honoree of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (Firestone, 2015 & Matheson 2018).

We Have a Heart for Historic Preservation!

Historic Preservation

Historic preservation is the heart of what we do here at Goodwin.  One of our favorite projects was the award-winning Firestone Building restoration.  Goodwin Company milled the gorgeous River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heartpine flooring, some of which surrounds a rectangle of reclaimed pine from the original building. The antique wood was also used to craft an inlay of a fan medallion in the center.

The building includes 4000sq.ft. of office space, a reception area and second floor balcony. The project was recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (FTHP) in 2015, receiving an Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse.

The building is owned by Phoebe Cade Miles (daughter of the late Dr. James Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade) who commissioned the restoration.

Firestone Building Restoration

Gainesville, Florida

River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heartpine

Classic Florida Gardens

Heart Cypress

Goodwin was proud to be part of renovation projects at two of Florida’s most popular gardens.  Visitors from around the world come to enjoy the beauty and mystique of these two classic attractions.

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida is conveniently located between Tampa and Orlando.  The site features breathtaking gardens, nature trails, the Hammock Hollow children’s garden, Pinewood Estate and, of course, the world famous singing tower.

Bok Tower Gardens underwent its largest expansion in 87 years when they added the Alexander Discover Classroom and Outdoor Kitchen/Edible Garden.  Goodwin was proud to be part of this expansion, providing our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress for the base and trim of the new structures.  Take a look:

The Naples Botanical Garden is a world-class garden encompassing 170 acres and featuring plants and flowers from around the world. While there, guests can stroll numerous garden areas including the famous water garden, grab a lite bite to eat, enjoy the unique and chic gift shop and explore the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Interpretive Center.

Goodwin was proud to mill 4100sq.ft. of Reclaimed Heart Cypress Vertical siding for the  Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Interpretive Center.  Here’s a peek:

We highly recommend visiting these two classic Florida gardens.  While there, be sure to take an up close look at the gorgeous Heart Cypress!

Heartpine in the Home

Legacy Character Heartpine flooring

Heartpine is not only gorgeous, but it makes a house feel like a home.  Two of our favorite residential projects incorporated heartpine flooring as part of a renovation.

The first is a home in Winter Garden, Florida.  The homeowners renovated their home and offered these kind words about their new Legacy Character Heartpine flooring:

“Just a word of praise for your product. We selected LEGACY Character flooring for our new home. We moved into our new home August 2018. The warmth and richness of our flooring adds greatly to the craftsman feel of our Florida home. You are truly an artist with rare wood. Our floors were installed and finished by Ability Floors in Orlando who brought out the best in your wonderful product.”

This short video offers a closer look:

Next, take a look at the gorgeous River-Recovered® Heartpine Character and Antique Longleaf Heartpine that was used to replace flooring that was damaged during flooding that occurred as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

These beautiful and historic condos took on five inches of water from nearby Lake Sanchez. Goodwin was able to provide material to replace the original heartpine flooring.  The building dates back to the late 1800s and was originally referred to as the “Ponce de Leon Barracks”.  The structure was converted into luxury condominiums in 2004.

Would you like to restore an old floor? Or, are you considering incorporating wood flooring into your home?  If so, heartpine is a beautiful option to consider.  Give your friends at Goodwin a call today!

We Don’t Compromise on Quality

wood flooring

After more than four decades in business, Goodwin continues to operate with the same high standards we did when we started back in 1976. Architects, designers, and building design professionals especially appreciate the time, quality, and craftsmanship that goes into each and every Goodwin product:

  • We use what is arguably the strictest grading standard in the industry. Our 100% American-made wood is milled with strict grading guidelines to ensure our customers truly enjoy the finest products on the market.
  • Goodwin invests in quality, accurate machinery. Our mill is operated by skilled craftsmen who have an eye for quality. In fact, our founder George Goodwin is still the company sawyer!
  • Our on-site storage facility ensures that our woods can be perfectly preserved until they are ordered. This means you don’t have to wait for the entire milling process to be complete or the season to be right to enjoy antique wood that looks freshly milled.

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The Goodwin Difference

There have been many imitators over the years and there are still companies who claim the same standards as Goodwin.  However, the proof is in the quality and craftsmanship, which is why we challenge you to compare Goodwin’s wood side-by-side to any other finished wood in the world and you will clearly see why we are considered the industry gold standard. Give us a call to learn more today!

Goodwin’s Passion for Historical Restoration

We are excited to be part of another historical restoration project.  This time, it’s the repair and restoration of a 1916 farmhouse at the Edson Keith Estate in Sarasota, Florida.  We custom milled a 2-9/16″ River-Recovered® Heart Pine Select and Vertical antique wood floor to match the original.

The farmhouse was originally built to serve as a center of operations during the construction of a large estate mansion.  The Italian Renaissance estate home was built in 1916 as a year round working farm. Today, the estate is part of the Phillippi Estate Park.  It is used for daily tours and can be booked for special events.

Goodwin partnered with Greg Best, Compliance Maintenance Specialist for Sarasota County, and installer Mick Behr of the Behr Snyder Group on this historic restoration project.

Floor Under Construction

Look for a follow-up feature with final project photos coming soon!

Antique Legacy ™ Heart Pine Flooring & Stairs

Sam Carroll Construction in Savannah, Georgia utilized Goodwin’s Antique Legacy™ Heart Pine to custom craft new flooring and a unique set of stairs for the The Vernon River Estate. The project was part of a full interior and exterior renovation. Take a look:

View Project

Goodwin provided 4″x11″x4′ LEGACY grade solid stair treads which were stained and routed on-site for LED light strips. We also provided LEGACY ship lap siding for the exterior of the staircases:

The new stairs perfectly complement the 2810sf of 3-1/4″, 5-1/4″ & 9″ tongue and groove LEGACY flooring.

Antique Legacy is popular in both traditional and modern designs. Give us a call to learn more about our beautiful Antique Legacy products.

 

Heavy Roast and Heartpine

The Opus Coffee House  #7 – located in the Gainesville, Florida Innovation Square district near the University of Florida – has a new look just in time for the start of the school year.  Students and patrons of Opus Coffee House #7 can now enjoy their java in a warm, relaxing atmosphere adorned with beautiful antique longleaf heartpine.

The project designer, Nancey Jones of LEVEL Architecture + Interiors, specified Goodwin’s antique longleaf heartpine for a gorgeous feature wall and bar front.  The bar front is blue sap stain and then hand-stained mocha brown by Heritage Wood Finish Company.  Both perfectly complement the subtle polished concrete floors.

Nancey Jones was kind enough to provide us with the renderings and photos of the project which allows us to showcase the remodel from start to finish.  Take a look:

Professional renderings of the proposed space:

Working hard!

The finished product:

Want to learn more about how antique longleaf can transform any space in your home or office? If so, give Goodwin’s antique wood experts a call today!

Antique Curly Heart Pine – The Rarest of Rare

Antique Curly Heart Pine is derived from antique River-Recovered® longleaf pine.  This elusive wood is so rare that it is typically found in only one out of every 400 or so logs we mill.  Curly Heart Pine is often a highly sought-after species for those with an artistic eye.  It features extremely curly burled grain, luminous vibrant color and appears both holographic and topographic when milled.

Antique Curly Heart Pine is often used for paneling, accents, cabinetry and projects that exemplify the highly desirable characteristics of this unique wood.  It is milled much slower than traditional antique Heart Pine to ensure the burled grain remains intact.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a front row seat as we carefully mill some of this rarest of rare antique wood.

The Clock Strikes Midnight!

River-Recovered® Midnight Heart Cypress comes from the same old growth bald cypress trees as lighter colored cypress. Midnight is essentially the result of 1000+ years of the tree absorbing a variety of different minerals and nutrients through its firmly grounded root system. These ancient towering giants soak up a unique color range of minerals from swampy soils, each adding its own patina. This is how Midnight Cypress achieves its dark color.

River-Recovered Midnight Heart Cypress displays a range of cozy brown hues, varying from light to dark chocolates. This spectrum gives it a gorgeous and rich textured look perfect for flooring, wall paneling, or ceiling paneling.

Take a look at this 7″ wide Precision Engineered tongue and groove River-Recovered Midnight Heart Cypress flooring that is 5/8″ thick with a 4mm wear layer.

Heritage Wood Finish Company pre-finished the floor with a two pass UV Oil. Although Heart Cypress is typically incorporated into walls and ceilings (it is half as hard as Heart Pine), a heart cypress floor is certainly fine to install in rooms where foot traffic can be controlled. As flooring, Midnight Cypress works beautifully in bedrooms and studies.

Enjoy this short video to learn more about River-Recovered Midnight Heart Cypress:

True Character Shines in This Gorgeous LEGACY Heart Pine

This is one of our favorite projects that really showcases our LEGACY Character Heart Pine. The homeowners near Orlando, Florida ordered 1536sf of 3-1/4″ LEGACY Character Heart Pine for their new retreat home. They also wanted two sets of stair treads, one going up to the landing and another leading upstairs.

LEGACY Character Heart Pine is the most rustic flooring that Goodwin mills. Quality installers know there will be some nail holes, slight cracks and checks that will need to be filled and dressed. These features not only give this gorgeous building reclaimed wood “Character”, but they speak volumes about its history and previous life as a structural beam in a 19th century industrial building.

The floor and stair treads were sanded and finished on site by Ric Scovil of Ability Wood Flooring in Orlando, Florida.

Special thank you to the gracious homeowners who said this about their new LEGACY Character Heart Pine flooring and stairs:

“Just a word of praise for your product. We selected LEGACY Character flooring for our new home. We moved into our new home August 2018. The warmth and richness of our flooring adds greatly to the craftsman feel of our Florida home. You are truly an artist with rare wood. Our floors were installed and finished by Ability Floors in Orlando who brought out the best in your wonderful product.” – Larry Cappleman

Photos by Beth M. Green Photography

Taking on a DIY Project? Let Goodwin Help!

Not all of our clients are building design professionals or installers.  We have several clients who take on do-it-yourself (DIY) projects such as installing antique wood flooring and feature walls.  The technical experts at Goodwin are always happy to provide guidance to our DIY clients.  Take a look at this gorgeous River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character flooring Mr. and Mrs. Nate Sutrick installed in their century old home in Milton, Florida:

According to the Sutrick’s, the home originally had a heart pine floor.  When they purchased it, the flooring consisted of plywood nailed to joists.  They searched the United States to find just the right flooring to install into their dream home.  They ended up sourcing their wood flooring from Goodwin after visiting the showroom and experiencing the wood up close.  They ordered 1001sf of 3-1/4″ River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character tongue and groove flooring along with reducers and “T” moldings. The Sutrick’s installed, sanded and finished the flooring themselves knowing that their friends at Goodwin were just a phone call away.

Coincidentally, Milton, Florida is just 2.5 miles from the town of Bagdad, Florida.  Back in 1900, the Bagdad Mill was the single largest economic interest in the state of Florida.  More longleaf lumber left Pensacola Bay for export and domestic sale than any other port in the country.  Today, the site of the Bagdad Mill is a public park.

We enjoy providing guidance to our DIY clients. Special thank you to the Sutrick’s for their very kind words:

“My wife and I purchased a 1920’s house that was in need of some serious TLC. We searched many flooring companies all over the country for flooring that would match the era of our house. On a trip to South Florida we visited the Goodwin Company facility and instantly found the flooring we wanted. The staff at Goodwin Company worked with us to find the flooring that fit our house and our budget – River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character. With the help of the staff at Goodwin Company we were able to install and finish the flooring ourselves. This was our first attempt at installing hard wood flooring and their insight and guidance was second to none. We could not have finished this project without their help.”

Precision Engineered Heart Pine and Concrete Slabs

We are often asked if our antique flooring can be installed over concrete.  The answer is, “YES!”

This modern farmhouse was designed using reclaimed post and beam construction, a style typical of old New England farmhouses.  Interestingly, while the design is typical, the foundation is slab on grade which is not typical of New England. Therefore, the architect specified Goodwin’s engineered flooring to glue down, sand and finish on site. The final product was 1925sf of 7″ Vintage Precision Engineered (PE) flooring along with 32 Legacy™ (building reclaimed) heart pine stair treads.

Precision Engineered Heart Pine and Concrete Slabs

Photos by Lee Mallett.  Click the photo to see the project gallery.

Lee Mallett of Giltedge Builders in Etna, New Hampshire is the builder and Christopher Smith in Norwich, Vermont is the architect.

Another Visit from Florida Crotchwood!

A day spent watching Randy and Paula from Florida Crotchwood sawing our River-Recovered® heart cypress logs with their mobile sawmill is a day well spent. Take a look at the gorgeous slabs they were able to get from this log!

You may notice a beautiful green stain on some of the slabs. When the original loggers from hundreds of years ago were transporting cypress logs, they would often implant iron eyelets to help them haul the log to the riverside. When the logs sank, the iron eyelets would decay. The cypress would absorb the mineral, leaving green stains behind. If you look closely, you’ll even see the bark disturbed from where the eyelets used to be! It’s one of the many beautiful and historically significant elements you’ll find in River-Recovered® heart cypress.