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.

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:

AIA People’s Choice Awards

AIA People’s Choice AwardsThe 2019 Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has opened voting for their People’s Choice Awards:

Vote Now

We’re especially excited about the Cade Museum nomination as it was designed by GWWO Architects in Baltimore, Maryland who specified Goodwin on the River View at Occoquan project in Virginia.  Our good friend Phoebe Cade Miles is the CEO of the Cade Museum.

Go vote!

Sign, Sealed, Delivered!

Take a look at this sign at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo in Gainesville, Florida. It was crafted by Signs By Tomorrow using five of Goodwin Company’s 1×8 (+/-) sinker cypress boards at 14ft long with one live edge.

Unlike new growth bald cypress, old growth sinker cypress builds up a full heart of cypresene oil, making it resistant to rot. Goodwin’s sinker cypress is specified in many outdoor projects specifically for its rot resistance.

Here are a few more qualities that make Goodwin a staple in sustainable design.

Eco-Friendly

Goodwin has always been passionate about being a good steward of the environment. We know from experience that you can produce an eco-friendly product without compromising on quality. You don’t have to use harsh chemicals, damaging additives, or participate in questionable practices to achieve superior craftsmanship.

Environmentally Conscious

Goodwin partners with environmental foresters who call on us when storms cause damage to trees. We remove the threatened and/or damaged trees to ensure continued growth of the ecosystem. Goodwin then mills them into our beautiful antique wood products.

Have an outdoor project that requires beautiful, rot-resistant wood? If so, give our antique wood experts a call today!

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.

Antique Wood Design

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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