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:

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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.

Coincidently, 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.

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!

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

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!