Goodwin Company’s Loving Craft is On Display at The Sarasota Art Museum

Sarasota Art Museum's Engineered Floor from The Goodwin Company

“I am writing to offer my highest praise, and most profound gratitude to The Goodwin Company for their partnership on the creation of the floors of our new art museum. The beautiful floors of our 23,000 sq ft exhibition galleries were lovingly crafted of exquisite reclaimed heart pine, salvaged from the joists of the 1926 M. Leo Elliott designed former Sarasota High School.

As an art museum director and curator, meticulously designing every aspect of the gallery experience was paramount to the success of the project. After seeing the gorgeous raw lumber during the demo phase of the project, centuries-old, I became committed to repurposing this special wood—from an historic, aesthetic and environmental standpoint, this was unquestionably the right thing to do.

But it was not easy.

We were so fortunate to find our partners at The Goodwin Company to bring this ambitious project to fruition. The floors are beautiful in their own right, and they provide an elegant platform and framing device for the wide range of contemporary art we install there. They complement, but never compete with the art. We could not be more pleased with the results.

Goodwin understood the complexity involved in adaptive reuse, and the particular challenges involved in repurposing a 1920s era building into a high-performance building, with the necessary environmental conditions for an art museum, and the heavy foot traffic of a public space. During construction Goodwin brought the first technical director of the National Wood Floor Association to meet with the entire team and assist with the subfloor, sound attenuation and insulation requirements. Once the floor was installed, Goodwin brought the finish manufacturer’s team onsite to consult with the Museum’s curatorial and facilities team to ensure the long-term preservation of this fine art environment.

In addition to their consummate professionalism and technical expertise, the Goodwin team was a pure delight to work with, always going above and beyond to creatively problem-solve and to ensure the highest quality product possible.

If you are considering The Goodwin Company for your project, I would be delighted to share more about this journey, should you wish to discuss.

With best regards,

Anne-Marie Russell, Founding Executive Director, Sarasota Art Museum

Learn more about this project!

Dressed Up Decks

Temperatures rise, the air gets thicker and the days grow longer – summer is upon us! As the seasons change and the atmosphere becomes more inviting, we start looking for ways to spruce up our common areas. Whether you plan on having guests over or it’s just for your satisfaction, it’s always exciting to get creative and revamp our areas!

Take a look at how one homeowner chose to design the deck that surrounds his outside koi pond! Goodwin’s own Jeffrey Forbes assisted with selecting twelve of our River Recovered® Heart Cypress slabs for the project. Our cypress wood makes up either side of the deck and its associated skirting.

Goodwin Company River Recovered® Heart Cypress slabs for deck.

Goodwin Company River Recovered® Heart Cypress slabs used for deck.

Why choose cypress wood for exterior application? River Recovered® Heart Cypress certainly is an excellent wood to be used outdoors! Throughout the span of hundreds of years, an organic oil forms in the heart of the wood called cypresene. The build-up of cypresene oil makes the wood incredibly rot resistant.  An exterior grade Danish oil was used for finishing, bringing out the superior grain of the wood. Applying the finishing oil quarterly will help maintain the deck’s striking appearance and provide longevity.

But this particular homeowner did not stop with the beautiful renovations of the outside! Two of our hand hewn River Recovered® Heart Pine beams are displayed in a bedroom, and are perfect for breaking up the rather large area. These beams were harvested over a century ago, from trees between 200-500 years old! The non-structural columns add even more character to the already creative room. We would love to see how you have dressed up your deck. Especially if you have used Heart Cypress!

Take a closer look at sinker cypress wood!

Other great ideas to spruce up your deck this summer!

Wood You Look at That: Rare, Historical Treasure at Goodwin

Calling All Education Enthusiasts

Are you fascinated with history? Better yet, do timeless pieces of literature delight you?  Here at Goodwin Company, we are the proud possessor of, “An Inside Story of Tidewater Red Cypress for Interiors of Beauty and Stability”.  In our showroom, we carry this book originating in 1936 that gives wisdom on “The Wood Eternal”, Cypress that develops in the waters. It provides some of the rich history behind our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress collections.

Pieces of the Publication

“An Inside Story of Tidewater Red Cypress for Interiors of Beauty and Stability” is 28 pages packed with photos, information, and unique facts on how long cypress has been around, and how ancient civilizations utilized this antique wood throughout history.  Did you know cypress was the material used to construct mummy cases?  Modern day caskets adopt the same techniques, demonstrating that history does repeat itself.

Drilling Into the Past to Understand the Present

Classic literature enlightens readers to take a look inside earlier days, building knowledge on a previously studied topic or something unfamiliar and totally new.  One of a kind finds like this print are preserved and often cannot be duplicated.  Seasoned articles and books are essential to comprehend how the past molds the present, often providing insight and inspiration.

Comparable Customs

Upon reading the book, Goodwin Company follows the same traditions practiced in the earlier times.  Our Eternal Collection consists of dense cypress logs that floated down the river in the 18th and 19th centuries, before being retrieved from river bottoms and constructed into our signature sinker cypress wood products.  Much the same as the logs recovered 100,000 years ago, our logs are crafted delicately to establish the longevity and low maintenance to last a lifetime.

Wood You Like to Know More?

Fortunately, the book has been digitized and is available electronically. Or, you can stop by our showroom here at Goodwin to see the unique book in its physical form, then take a gander at our very own Heart Cypress and see how we deliver to your custom needs.  Here’s a look at how one homeowner used our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Pecky to enhance their den:

Wood You Look at That: Rare, Historical Treasure at Goodwin

A Kitchen Needs Character!

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character shines equally bright both indoors and outdoors. Our dear friend Chad Cordwin at Cordwin Tree Service, Inc. had his kitchen cabinets crafted using Heart Cypress Character with a bird’s eye grain. The cypress colors and textures lend this space the warm, inviting glow a kitchen deserves.

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character is 100% heart, 100% dense growth.  Its swirling grain is a blend of arching, vertical, and feathery patterns in colors varying from warm honey through cinnamon tan to light chocolate.  The “character” of this grade comes from its pecky areas, face checks, and knots of any size. Heart Cypress is naturally tough, resistant to rot damage and termites.

If you need to remove or prune a tree, grind a stump, or assess foliage for storm risks, we highly recommend Cordwin Tree Service, Inc. Visit their website at or give them a call at 352-591-3642.

 

Goodwin Project Featured in New LAKE|FLATO Architects’ Book

Goodwin Project Featured in New LAKE|FLATO Architects’ Book

Goodwin Company partnered with LAKE|FLATO architects in San Antonio, Texas to provide our River-Recovered® and reclaimed Heart Cypress for the construction of the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Center at Naples Botanical Garden. The end result was gorgeous – so much so that it is among the 15 projects detailed in LAKE|FLATO Architects’ new book, Nature | Place | Craft | Restraint. If you liked what Goodwin did for the Naples Botanical Garden, you’ll definitely want to check out the other amazing projects in this new book!

River-Recovered and reclaimed wood is trending in 2021.  If you have an upcoming remodeling, historic restoration or new construction project, our antique wood specialists can help select the perfect species to warm up your home or commercial space.  Give us a call to learn more today.

Be sure to follow our new Daily Log on Twitter. It’s chock full of fun facts and interesting tidbits.  We invite you to take a short break from the workday to see what news floats down the river!

LAKE|FLATO Architects Releases New Book

A few years ago, Goodwin Company partnered with LAKE|FLATO architects in San Antonio, Texas to provide our River-Recovered® and reclaimed Heart Cypress for the construction of the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Center at Naples Botanical Garden. We’re happy to announce that this is one of the 15 projects detailed in LAKE|FLATO Architects’ new book,  Nature | Place | Craft | Restraint. If you liked what Goodwin did for the Naples Botanical Garden, you’ll definitely want to check out their other amazing projects in this new book!

Careful Craftsmanship Makes the Difference!

We often talk about how Goodwin’s wood meets or exceeds the highest industry grading standards.  This is important, especially when it comes to antique wood such as River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart cypress and heart pine.  However, another crucial component of delivering the highest quality antique wood on the market is craftsmanship.

The antique wood specialists at Goodwin take time and care to ensure each board is produced to the exact specification. Our process may take longer, but we do not believe in producing our products in bulk.  When you purchase a Goodwin, you have the comfort of knowing that each and every board was handcrafted to perfection!

Our antique wood specialists can help you design the space of your dreams.  Give us a call to learn more today.

A Closer Look at Sinker Cypress

Paula and Randy from Florida Crotchwood Mobile Sawmill drop by on occasion to saw River-Recovered® heart cypress logs into beautiful slabs that can be handcrafted into gorgeous mantles, tables, shelves, signage, accents and anything else you can imagine.

This video shows our own Joe Collins skillfully crafting a fireplace mantle out of a River-Recovered heart cypress slab.  Take a look:

Often referred to as, “The Wood Eternal”, antique heart cypress (a.k.a. sinker cypress) is one of the few remaining prehistoric species.  Coloring can vary, displaying anything from warm honey to light chocolate tones. Traditional grades (Select, Vertical) can feature a plain sawn feathery, subtle arching swirling grain and, in some cases, vertical pinstripes. Midnight, Pecky, and Character heart cypress each have their own distinguishing characteristics for a more unique look.

Looking to incorporate heart cypress into your upcoming design project? If so, the antique wood specialists at Goodwin can help you determine which grade of heart cypress best suits your upcoming project. Give us a call to learn more today!

Linking the Past with the Future – Sarasota Art Museum Opens with Incredible Story of Adaptive Re-Use and Building Material Recycling

Goodwin Company Tapped to Transform Historic Wood Assets into
Modern Engineered Heart Pine Flooring

The new Sarasota Art Museum is a remarkable story of adaptive re-use and building material recycling.  Housed in the old 1926 Sarasota High School building, it is a contemporary art museum in the Kunsthalle tradition and now a premier venue for revolving shows of contemporary art.

Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress, was recruited to participate in this adaptive re-use project by general contractor, Willis-Smith.  The focus was to transform the second and third floors of the high school building by remodeling the boxy classroom space into two open concept exhibition halls.

All of the heart pine joists from each floor were removed and replaced with steel joists.  The design team envisioned recycling the beams and turning them into finished wood flooring.  Willis-Smith contacted Goodwin and the rest is history.

Goodwin Company cleaned the beams of all foreign objects, re-sawed the material into 1×6 lamellas and then milled it into 23,000 square feet of Precision Engineered heart pine flooring.  What resulted was a magnificent story of adaptive re-use and building material recycling.

 “Goodwin Company is often specified for adaptive re-use projects because of our dedication to ensuring each and every piece of antique wood is carefully cleaned, sawn, and milled to the highest standards,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company.  “It was important to ensure this new modern space gave a nod to the heart pine that was so much a part of the building’s rich history.”

The old Sarasota High School is a three-story building designed by architect Leo Elliott in the neo-gothic tradition. Behind the Sarasota Art Museum sits the modern Sarasota High School designed in 1959 by architect Paul Rudolph. Architecturally, the two buildings stand in stark contrast to one another.  Several years ago, the circa 1926 building came up for sale and was under the threat of demolition. Concerned parties influenced the Sarasota School Board to lease the building to the Ringling College of Art & Design to create the new Sarasota Art Museum.

Lawson Group Architects led the adaptive reuse of the buildings, and Terence Riley of Keenan/Riley is the design architect for the project.  Sarasota Art Museum’s executive director, Anne-Marie Russell, played a significant design role as well.

Look for more photos of the complete project coming soon!

Hicks Koski Tower
Tom & Sherri Koski Gallery
Photography: Ryan Gamma
Artist: Sheila Hicks Questioning Column

Sarasota Art Museum Hicks Koski Tower

Goodwin Precision Engineered Heart Pine

Renovation In-Process

Unquestionable Longevity

Today’s flooring market is flooded with inferior products that simply do not withstand pets, children or heavy foot traffic.  When you choose Goodwin, you can take comfort in knowing that our high quality products are not only manufactured to last your lifetime, but for generations to come.

Goodwin custom milled wood for this residence more than 21 years ago and it’s arguably even more gorgeous today than when it was first installed!  Goodwin provided 4000sqft of River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress and sustainable wild black cherry tongue and groove for this home.

  • A focal point is the feature wall and attached mantel crafted from River-Recovered heart cypress.
  • River-Recovered heart pine was used for flooring, custom railings, stair treads, Newell posts and trims.
  • The columns are re-sawn virgin cypress columns harvested from a church in Georgia.
  • Sustainable wild black cherry was installed in the bedrooms.
  • A gorgeous bed frame constructed from sustainably harvested wild black cherry can be found in the master bedroom.

All of the wood was finished with a poly finish. Since installation, the color has deepened with age. Heart pine is especially photo-reactive, revealing a gorgeous red patina when exposed to light over time.

The wood has not been touched up since it was installed 21 years ago.  It has endured three generations’ worth of foot traffic, including children and dogs, and is still in pristine condition. If needed, heart pine can be sanded and refinished multiple times, lasting centuries with proper care.

 

It’s an Education!

Goodwin’s River-Recovered®, building reclaimed, and sustainably harvested woods have been specified for use in educational institutions. The historically significant heart pine and heart cypress lend themselves well to the mission of education. Goodwin’s wood offers private schools, colleges and universities a fresh, modern look and warm, welcoming environment for students to study, assemble, and socialize.

Let’s take a look at a few of our educational institution projects:

University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

The Edge

USFSP The Edge-120

Babcock Neighborhood School
Punta Gorda, Florida

Reading Nooks and Feature Walls

Babcock Neighborhood School

Stetson University
DeLand, Florida

Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center

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

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

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Otis Hawkin’s Center for Academic and Personal Excellence

Otis Hawkin’s Center for Academic and Personal Excellence

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Dasburg House

Dasburg House

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!

Sinker Cypress, It Never Gets Old

Sinker cypress logs are beautiful and have such a charming mystery about them that seeing these antique River-Recovered® gentle giants never gets old!  Founder, owner and company sawyer, George Goodwin, has worked with sinker cypress for more than four decades.  George is an excellent storyteller and always enjoys educating people about antique wood.

In this video, George shows us several recently recovered sinker cypress logs that are being prepped for milling.  The first log dates back prior to the 1880s.  We know this because of its ax cut ends.  Axes were used to cut wood prior to the 1880s.  After 1880, most logs were cross cut.

George shows us another interesting log that still has part of the wooden pegs that were used to secure it to the raft as it traveled down the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia.

These logs are naturally bug and rot resistant, making them perfect for exterior siding. They will soon be transformed into Goodwin’s gorgeous River-Recovered Heart Cypress where they will see a second life as beautiful paneling or siding for a home or commercial space.

Want to learn more about how to incorporate Heart Cypress into you living or work space?  If so, give our antique wood experts a call today!

Precision Engineered Midnight Heart Cypress – Beautiful and Unique

Midnight Heart Cypress is an interesting antique wood with a distinct look and style.  Take a look at these photos of a gorgeous Precision Engineered Midnight Heart Cypress floor in a home in Texas:

Photos Courtesy of Oldham Goodwin Group, LLC

The home was expertly constructed by Martin & Sims Development.  Goodwin partnered with them to provide 1690 square feet of 7″ Precision Engineered River-Recovered® Midnight Heart Cypress with an oil finish for flooring and stair treads.

Midnight Heart Cypress is as unique as it is beautiful.  Here are some of its architectural features and specifications:

  • Available with arching grain patterns
  • Shows light to dark chocolate tones
  • No knots over 1-1/4”
  • 100% heart
  • 100% dense growth with up to eight growth rings per inch
  • 690 on the Janka scale comparable to Douglas Fir (660)

Midnight Heart Cypress – which displays a range of cozy brown hues, varying from light to dark chocolates – is milled from the same antique logs as lighter Heart Cypress. Its rich textured look makes it perfect for floors, walls, stairs and ceilings.

Want to learn more about how to incorporate either solid or Precision Engineered Midnight Heart Cypress into your home or office? Give us a call today!

View our Midnight Cypress Collection

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).

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Adds Character to Cigar City Brewing

You’ve seen the photos of Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress in the Lexus Lounge at Tampa, Florida’s Amalie Arena.  We partnered with our good friend, Beverly Frank of B Frank Studio in Tampa (previously with Gould Evans) for this project.

The Tampa Bay Lightning recently announced a partnership with Cigar City Brewing, naming the Tampa brewery as its official craft brewer. As a result, garage space at Amalie Arena was designated to be remodeled into a retail taproom for Cigar City.

Beverly Frank was again engaged by Amalie Arena to design this exciting new space.  She specified nearly 2000sf of Goodwin’s 2-1/4″ River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character to appoint interior ceilings, walls and the exterior entryway of the brewery.  Take a look:

Historically, old growth bald cypress grew thick in the many sloughs around Tampa Bay and commonly lived to be 1000 years old or more. Heart Cypress Character grade features a rustic, relaxed feel that complements the sleeker finishes in the overall space, creating the perfect environment to enjoy a fresh craft beer.

Heart Cypress Character is 100% heart, 100% dense growth and has subtle, graceful swirling grain with a blend of vertical and feathery patterns.  It can include some pecky areas, face checks, knots of any size and a good bit of color variation from warm honey through cinnamon tan to light chocolate tones.

Bryan Curry of Curry Cabinetry in Tampa was brought back to perform the installation.  He also worked on the Lexus Lounge project.

Photos by Amy Lamb of Native House Photography.

Back to the Beach!

Goodwin’s River-Recovered®, reclaimed and sustainable woods are often specified for coastal projects.  Our wood is perfect for any beachside residence or commercial space.  Take a look at this gorgeous residence in Key West, Florida.  This contemporary, new construction home features Goodwin’s Pecky Cypress on the ceilings and precision engineered Wild Black Cherry flooring throughout:

When it comes to livable luxury, building design professionals incorporate antique and sustainable wood to achieve a fresh yet warm feel. Are you planning to remodel your home in 2020?  If so, give the antique and sustainable wood experts at Goodwin a call today!

Calling All Woodworkers and Craftsmen!

gorgeous sinker cypress log end rounds

We have 300 gorgeous sinker cypress log end rounds available and ready to ship.  We need space in our warehouse and they are priced to move.  This would be an excellent opportunity to take on a beautiful new project!

  • Each piece is approx. 4/4 thick and varies from 11” to 18” diameter.
  • Normally priced at $21.40/SF, we are offering this raw material for $10.70/sf.

Take a look at one of the recent projects which used our beautiful sinker cypress:

Cypress Log End Round Bartop

When estimating for your cut list, please use the following calculation:

  • 11” = 0.66/sf
  • 15” = 1.22/sf
  • 18” = 1.77/sf

We expect these to sell fast, so give call us today!

Montgomery Wall: A Portal to the Past

The recently restored historic Montgomery Wall in Micanopy, Florida was in need of an authentically re-created gate. The wall itself was built around 1895 to define the boundary of the estate and three homes.  These homes were eventually lost in a fire and only the wall was left standing.

The Montgomery Wall was damaged in 2015.  The west facing capital of the archway and the 12 foot section underneath were destroyed by a falling live oak branch during a storm.  The Micanopy Historic Preservation Trust (MHPT) raised funds to restore the damaged wall in the early spring of 2019.

MHPT board member and craftsman, Erik Murray, restored the missing original spindled gate. Goodwin donated the River-Recovered® Heart Cypress needed for the project. Erik did a wonderful job both building and installing the gate.  Take a look:

Original Wall Built in 1895

Montgomery Wall: A Portal to the Past

Crafting Process

Final Product

The next time you find yourself in Micanopy, Florida, be sure to stop by to see this beautiful historic landmark!

Sneak Peek: River-Recovered® Heart Cypress

A financial consultant in Ocala, Florida is incorporating River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Select and Character into his downtown office.  The owner of the space was inspired by the photos of the Visit Tampa Bay office with its rustic wall paneling acting as a foil for the sleeker finishes. As a result, he is paneling the front entrance reception area and the breakroom with Heart Cypress. He is also incorporating it into the ceiling of the bathroom.

While the project is far from complete, our client was kind enough to take some photos to give us a sneak peek.  Take a look:

We cannot wait to see the finished project!  Stay tuned…we will be sending a photographer out to get some photos once it is complete.