Not All Heart Pine is Created Equal

Check out this article discussing the different features and aspects of River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart pine:

Special thanks to David Schiff and Woodcraft Magazine for this very thorough and informative article.  Goodwin’s resident historian, Jeffrey Forbes, contributed to the piece.  Goodwin also provided some of the photos of the wood samples.

Give it a read and let us know your thoughts!

Uh Oh…What to do When Life Gives You Lemons, or a Hollow Log!

As you know, our founder George Goodwin personally inspects every log that we retrieve or receive. One day, we found ourselves with another beautiful sinker cypress log. However, George suspected it might have an extreme hollow. After a few passes on the head saw, the extent of the hollow revealed itself, leaving us with a gorgeous – but useless – sinker cypress log for our purposes of milling walls, paneling, etc.

George absolutely hates to waste any log, especially one as beautiful as this. Fortunately for us, one of our local clients happened to come by the mill and fell in love with this beloved sinker cypress log. He was already familiar with Goodwin wood having purchased flooring, beams, a mantle, table and more over the years. He deeply appreciated its rich history and had a vison for this lost log…a planter bench:

Moral of the story…You most certainly can transform a hollow log into a valued treasure!

The River View at Occoquan Celebrates Grand Opening

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Helps This Modern Event Space Give a Nod to the Area’s Rich Culture and History

Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, is excited to celebrate the grand opening of The River View at Occoquan Regional Park, which is part of the NOVA (Northern Virginia) park system.  This wedding and event facility located at 9751 Ox Road in Lorton, Virginia officially opens on Saturday, June 23rd at 2:30pm. The building 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.

Nestled along the banks where Virginia’s Occoquan River gently flows into the Potomac River, this beautiful and modern event space gives a nod to the areas rich culture and history. Heart cypress was 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 18 feet 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.

“Goodwin Company is often specified in projects like these because of our dedication to ensuring each and every log is carefully recovered, graded and milled to the highest standards,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company.  “It was important that this modern space included an accurate representation of the grand bald cypress trees that Captain John Smith was enamored with and so fondly wrote about.”

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. A&D Construction installed the siding, and Forrester Construction was the general contractor.

For more information on the June 23rd grand opening, please contact Cori Talbot or Carson Eonta at 571-477-3874 or riverview@nvrpa.org.

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

Curly Heart Pine Used for a Cabinet – Richard Geary


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.

Matheson Museum Library and Archives Honored by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Organization Accepts the 2018 Historic Preservation Award for Meritorious Achievement/Adaptive Use

Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, is proud to announce that the Matheson Museum Library and Archives renovation project was awarded a 2018 Historic Preservation Award for Meritorious Achievement / Adaptive Use by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.  Goodwin Company nominated the project for this esteemed award which recognizes “historic preservationists, organizations, programs or preservation achievements that have made a significant impact in preserving Florida’s history and heritage.”  The Matheson History Museum, Joyner Construction and Jay Reeves Associates were the official award recipients.

FTHP 2018 Award

TJ Salmons (Joyner Construction), Jeffrey Forbes (Goodwin Company) and Ryland Wagner (Joyner Construction) Proudly Display the 2018 Historic Preservation Award for Meritorious Achievement / Adaptive Reuse Award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Constructed in 1933, the building was originally home of the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle. It later became the Barrow Family Antique Store before being transformed into The Melting Pot fondue restaurant. In 2017, the building was renovated to become the new home of the Matheson Museum Library and Archives. The interior is finished with Goodwin Company’s Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring. Goodwin’s flooring, laced with red toned growth rings, complements the building’s original ceiling beams, contributing to the authenticity of this historic Gainesville, Florida building.

Goodwin Company was pleased be part of this important historic preservation project. Jeffrey Forbes, Marketing Manager for Goodwin Company, was on hand for the award presentation which took place on Friday, May 18th at the Jesse Ball DuPont Center in Jacksonville, Florida.  TJ Salmons and Ryland Wagner of Joyner Construction accepted the award.

“Historic preservation projects like this are the cornerstone of what we do,” explains Forbes.  “We recognize the importance of remembering and restoring our past.  Using authentic materials that are similar or the same as what was specified in the original design is key to any historic preservation project. Goodwin’s reclaimed wood was used in the Matheson Museum Library and Archives restoration to symbolize early 1900s aesthetics.”

“Providing reclaimed wood that aids in preservation of our architectural heritage is an important part of Goodwin’s mission”, says Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company.

The Matheson received private donations and a 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.

Matheson Library and Archives Building

The interior of the Matheson Museum Library and Archives finished with Goodwin Company’s Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring

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.

Goodwin Exhibiting at the NWFA 2018 Expo

Goodwin is excited to attend the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) 2018 Expo on April 11th – 14th at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.  We will be in booth #1515 during the following days/times:

Thursday, April 12th – 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 13th 10:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

If you are attending the expo, we invite you to come by and see us.  If you are not registered for the expo, NWFA members can get into the expo hall for free after 1:00pm on Friday.  Carol Goodwin, Michael Miller and Dan Petersen will all be at the booth ready to talk with you and show you Goodwin’s latest wood products and proprietary factory finishes.

If you are planning to attend, please send us a quick e-mail so we can make sure we connect with you.

Sustainable Wood Flooring – Popular in Coastal Areas

Sustainable wood flooring has always been popular in coastal areas. Goodwin recently provided 1200 square feet of 5-1/4” tongue and groove wild black cherry wood floors for the renovation of a vintage vernacular cottage (circa 1925) in Cedar Keys, Florida. The Cedar Keys are a cluster of islands in the Gulf of Mexico located just off of the northern Florida peninsula.

You can almost feel the cool breeze and hear the sound of gently rolling waves as you view these gorgeous photos.  The wild black cherry wood floors were handcrafted using sustainably harvested wood that was pre-finished with Diamond 7 (a proprietary finish developed exclusively for Goodwin by Heritage Wood Finish Company.)

Our friends at the Sustainable Design Group specified Goodwin’s sustainable wood flooring for this renovation project.  The wood flooring was installed by Matt Marwick of Precision Floorcrafters and the general contractor was Kenneth Edmunds of Delta Construction in Cedar Keys.

Love these photos and want to learn more?  Give us a call!  We will be happy to talk with you about how we can help you incorporate sustainable wood flooring into your coastal design or renovation project.

Photos courtesy of Mark J. Koper.

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!

Million Dollar St. Augustine Estate

Goodwin’s Legacy Heart Pine Select Adds Beauty and Value to Million Dollar St. Augustine Estate

Special thank you to Andrew Birchall with Birchall & Co. Real Estate. Mr. Birchall sent us these amazing photos of a million-dollar property he is representing which features Goodwin’s Legacy Heart Pine throughout.  Check it out:

This gorgeous modern home is a perfect example of how antique heart pine can be used to warm up a contemporary space.  The estate, located at 827 Ocean Palm Way in St. Augustine, Florida, is currently on the market if you are interested.  Be sure to check out the online virtual tour.

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(photos by Greg Lepera)

Video: Legacy Select Heartpine Being Milled for an Adaptive Reuse Project

We absolutely love working on adaptive reuse projects.  The reclaimed wood floor being milled is this short video is a custom width 4-5/8″ Legacy Select Heartpine tongue and groove product.  Goodwin is milling a total of 7000sf total for a restoration and adaptive reuse of the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington DC (circa 1855).  Once complete, this historic hospital building will be transformed.  Stay tuned for updates.

The wood was milled from reclaimed heart pine beams.  We clean, de-nailed, saw, kiln dry and then mill them into the beautiful heartpine flooring that will be used throughout the building.  Goodwin is proud to partner with Master Care Flooring in Baltimore, MD on this exciting adaptive reuse project.

Enjoy!

Video Re-Cap of IBS

We had a blast last week at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida.  We were proud to have the opportunity to exhibit alongside so many esteemed companies and enjoyed demonstrating how antique wood is being incorporated in contemporary design.

We also ran into a few of our good friends, including Matt Marwick of Precision Floorcrafters, the team from WOCA USA and Norm Abram from This Old House and New Yankee Workshop.

Goodwin’s Marketing Manager, Jeffrey Forbes, produced this video re-cap.  Enjoy!

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!