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.

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.

Jeffrey Forbes Presents to Hawthorne Area Historical Society

Goodwin’s own Jeffrey Forbes was invited to present, “Behind the Scenes in Historic Preservation: A Photographic Journey” to the Hawthorne Area Historical Society as part of their recognition of National Historic Preservation Month.  Jeffrey gave an overview of Goodwin’s mission and role in historic preservation.  He also covered the history of the longleaf forest, introduced a river logging video and presented highlights through stories and photos of the preservation projects that have specified Goodwin’s antique wood, including the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Charnley Norwood House, Beauvoir, Firestone, and the Matheson Museum.

Jeffrey enjoyed talking with the group and would like to thank board members Robert & Pat Moore, Bonita Moore, Mona Moore and Dorothy Smiljanich for extending this invitation for him to speak!

Building Reclaimed Heart Pine Lends to the Rustic, Sleek Charm of Contemporary Farmhouse

This gorgeous 8000 sq. ft. contemporary farmhouse was constructed by Bella Custom Homes in Huxley, Iowa and featured in a regional home show.  Goodwin supplied 3100 sq. ft. of a 5 1/4″/ 7″/ 9″ mix of Legacy™ Heart Pine Character and Naily grades.  The flooring was installed by Gary & Kathy Barnum of Barnum Quality Hardwood Floors in Clive, Iowa. The building reclaimed heart pine is a very rustic and relaxing foil for the sleeker finishes.  Take a look:

Photos by Jake Boyd

Antique Wood Design – We Do That, Too!

Although many of our clients are building design professionals, every so often a homeowner comes to us seeking our antique wood design expertise. Take a look at these photos of a 20 ft. tall ceiling we designed for a home in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

The owners desired to incorporate a traditional look to what was a really high, float away, white ceiling. We designed a gorgeous antique wood ceiling crafted from Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Select. The 717 sf coffered sinker cypress ceiling – 9” wide tongue and groove installed on a 45 degree angle – was designed to add warmth and visual interest. The larger wrapped beams running east to west are 14″ deep and 8″ wide. The smaller wrapped beams running north to south are 10″ deep and 6″ wide. All of the sinker cypress was finished on site with oil.

Wrapped Beam Layout

Antique Wood Design – We Do That, Too!

Wrapped Beam Detail

Would you like to incorporate antique wood into your home or office? If so, give our design experts a call today. We can create the look of your dreams!

New Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center Features Contemporary Use of Antique Heart Cypress

The new 11,000 sq. ft. Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida is now complete and it is absolutely gorgeous!

The seven million dollar building was constructed on the shore of beautiful Lake Beresford and is now home to the Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and the Stetson University rowing team.

The focal point of the building’s unique and exquisite architecture is the cambered ceiling featuring Goodwin’s River-Recovered® SELECT Heart Cypress finished with DIAMOND 7.  Take a look:

Photos courtesy of the Daytona Beach News-Journal/Lola Gomez

The architect was Preston Phillips from Bridgehampton, New York. Charles Perry Partners, Inc. was the General Contractor.

Special thank you to the Daytona Beach News-Journal for giving us a sneak peek of the finished project!
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What is Vertical Grain Heart Pine and Heart Cypress?

We are often asked about our vertical grain heart pine and heart cypress.  Building design professionals and homeowners alike often specify Goodwin’s vertical grain heart pine and heart cypress because of its attractive pinstriping. It also experiences shrink/swell at half the rate of select.

The vertical grain is actually the result of quarter sawing the wood. Quarter sawing is a process that results in what we often refer to as pinstriping grain, which are perpendicular lines running down the full length of the board.

Vertical Grain

While all woods can be quarter sawn, both antique heart pine and heart cypress really display this particular face nicely.  This mostly has to do with the fact that the growth rings in antique wood are very, very tight.  We say that you should expect a minimum of eight growth rings per inch with antique heart pine and you can regularly find 20 growth rings per inch with antique heart cypress.

Vertical Grain

Below are some key attributes of vertical grain heart pine and heart cypress:

  • 100% VERTICAL grain will display no growth rings more than 45 degrees perpendicular to the face of each board. If you look at the end of a piece of vertical grain heart pine flooring you will see no growth rings proud of 45 degrees.
  • Quarter sawing requires larger logs so it produces fewer over all knots. Knots are a result of branching and most of the branching in older trees is at the top.
  • Quarter sawing produces wood that experiences shrink/swell at about half the rate that plain sawn wood does (i.e. select is an example of plain sawn). In historic wood frame homes you will discover that they nearly all have doors, door framing and jambs, windows and window framing crafted of vertical grain heart pine or heart cypress rather than select pieces.  Better builders have always known that shrink/swell in vertical grain heart pine and heart cypress is greatly reduced and have traditionally used it for parts of buildings that open and close.

Vertical grain heart pine and heart cypress takes more time to produce than plain sawn wood.  The tradeoff is that quarter sawn vertical grain heart pine and heart cypress has a much more refined look, which is why it is often found in high end historic homes. For example, it is widely known that prominent mid-nineteenth century New Orleans architect Henry Howard specified nothing but quarter sawn vertical grain heart pine for the homes he designed.

Are you interested in learning more about Goodwin’s vertical grain heart pine and heart cypress? If so, our antique wood experts are ready to discuss how you can incorporate this elegant wood into your home or office.  Give us a call today!

Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress – Two Woods That “Work” in Commercial Spaces

Goodwin partners with building design professionals throughout the country on both new construction and remodeled commercial spaces.  Antique heart pine and heart cypress are two of the industry’s preferred wood species because of their unique qualities, extraordinary beauty, and rich history.

You may recall a past article highlighting the use of Goodwin’s antique wood in the boardroom and lobby entrance of an esteemed financial institution in Chiefland, Florida.  The Drummond Bank project is now complete, and we have some gorgeous photos to share!

This incredible 56”x 21’ double slab River-Recovered® Heart Cypress conference table with live edges is the focal point of their new boardroom.

Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress

Goodwin partner, Dan Petersen of Heritage Wood Finish Company, designed and handcrafted the massive table from logs that were cut down well over a century ago. They rested on the bottom of the Florida panhandle’s Apalachicola River until they were recently recovered.

We then milled and manufactured this beautiful Vintage Precision Engineered floor for the lobby entryway at the new Drummond headquarters. The floor is 5-1/4″ on the face and finished with low sheen Diamond 7 by Heritage Wood Finish Company.

The General Contractor on the project was Gray Construction of Trenton, Florida.  The architect was Joe Hafner of Hafner/Ferlita Architects in Tampa.  The design was spearheaded by Mary Beth Courier of Studio Courier.

Are you looking to refresh the look of your home or office?  Or, perhaps you are considering building something new?  If so, our antique heart pine and heart cypress experts will partner with you to create the look and feel you’ve been dreaming about.  Give us a call today!

Photos by Terry Wieckert of Abstract Photography, Inc.

Heart Cypress and Frank Lloyd Wright

Take a look at these stunning wooden boxes handcrafted by our good friend Jerry Yermovsky of Architectural Millwork Consulting (AMC). They are made entirely out of a blend of Goodwin’s various heart cypress species – hinges and all!

While admiring these, we couldn’t help but think of the renowned and beloved architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Heart cypress was repeatedly used in his now famous designs. Wright’s Prairie School style of architecture emulated the American landscape and often incorporated locally sourced building materials. This included the equally accessible and breathtaking old-growth Bald Cypress (a.k.a. heart cypress).

Wright was quick to recognize the versatility of heart cypress and specified it in a majority of his works, including furniture and accents. Heart cypress even became a signature of his Usonian home designs. (Learn more about the movement to restore the Lewis Spring House – the only Frank Lloyd Wright private residence in the state of Florida.)

We would like to think that Frank Lloyd Wright would have enjoyed the use of heart cypress in these boxes and the intricate details they include.

Jerry Yermovsky did a masterful job on these heart cypress boxes. His works, including his River-Recovered® Heart Pine Curly poker chip holders and Heart Cypress, Heart Pine and Wild Black Cherry toolbox, are all completely unique and awe-inspiring.

Need heart cypress for the largest parts or the smallest details of your next project? Call (800) 336-3118 and speak with one of our heart cypress experts today!

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Why Goodwin Will Never Be a “Run of the Mill” Manufacturer

Goodwin Company“Run of the mill” is one of those common phrases we often don’t put much thought into as it’s a term used in everyday, casual conversations to describe something that has little or no features that distinguish it from other things that serve the same purpose.

The phrase ‘run of the mill’ originates in the early 1900’s America and was used by factories to describe a commodity that was not graded or checked for impurities. This would result in a product that was not the best nor the worst, but simply average in quality. The expression later developed into the more figurative use around the 1920’s.

After more than four decades in business, Goodwin still refuses to settle for “run of the mill” standards. 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 uses the best and most accurate machinery operated by skilled craftsman who have an eye for quality. In fact, founder George Goodwin is still the company sawyer!
  • Our onsite 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.
  • We even offer proprietary finishes including Diamond 7 which is as strong as diamonds and preserves an antique heart pine floor well beyond that of other finishes.

Additionally, Goodwin’s signature product, River-Recovered® heart pine, is an antique wood with a unique story and quality unlike any other species. We have decades of experience with heart pine, cultivating and milling only the finest cuts of this sunken treasure. Goodwin also supplies a sizable selection of other exceptional woods that are sustainably sourced and held to an equal standard as our heart pine.

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.

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Beverly Frank, AIA, Featured in Women in Architecture Spotlight

We were excited to see this American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay Women in Architecture spotlight featuring our good friend Beverly Frank, AIA, Principal at BFFrank Studio.

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As you know, Beverly has specified Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Heart Cypress for several projects, including the University of Florida Otis Hawkins Center, AIA Tampa Bay office in Ybor City, The Edge at the University of South Florida and the Lexus Lounge at the Amalie Arena, Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Congratulations on the great article, Beverly!

Antique Heart Pine and Adaptive Re-use

Antique Heart Pine and Adaptive Re-use

The 1830s era Pennsylvania barn remodel project continues to receive publicity, praise and accolades.  In addition to milling the heart pine stair treads, Goodwin provided 2200sf of River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character and Old Florida for this adaptive re-use project.

Take a look at this in-depth post detailing the remodel:

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Are you working on a remodel or adaptive re-use project?  If so, give us a call. Our antique wood experts will be happy to help you creatively incorporate River-Recovered and/or reclaimed heart pine and/or heart cypress into your design.

Photos by: Dan Williams Photography

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.