Finding Replacement Boards for Your Old Wood Floors

When finding replacement boards for your old wood floors a great place to start is the Goodwin Company. Many of the phone calls we receive start with, “I have this old house…”. The Goodwin Company works with customers all the time helping them match our wood to their existing floors. We offer a wide range of grades in both reclaimed and River-Recovered®. Our Corporate Communications Manager, Jeffrey Forbes was recently featured in Old House Journal article on this matter.

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You can read more about a antique flooring repair in Maryland that the Goodwin Company helped with previously.

The History of Florida’s Deadhead Logging Permit

Deadhead Logging

What exactly is deadhead logging? Deadhead logging is the removal of tree logs preserved underwater that were previously cut down during Florida’s logging boom in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Back in the day, the idea was to cut virgin logs in hopes they would float down rivers, eventually arriving at sawmills for processing. Our very own George Goodwin started his method of extracting river logs from the Suwannee River in the mid-1970s. Careful logging practices involve removing logs in an eco-friendly way, ensuring the surrounding environment and wildlife remain undisturbed.

Fun fact: Deadhead logs are named this way because the small end of the log floats around like a head out of the water!

Roughly ten years after George began pulling upriver logs, other loggers started following in his footsteps. Issues started to occur, like disrupting fishermen and interrupting people trying to enjoy the river. But perhaps the most prominent issue involving river loggers during this time period was the logs were not extracted from the river sustainably. The need for some sort of protocol designed to protect the environment became apparent quickly.

George began his journey meeting with politicians and suggested ways the State of Florida could regulate river log recovery in an environmentally sound manner. George requested meetings with the Department of Submerged Lands and the Department of Environmental Protection, the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, and other organizations. Goodwin offered to demonstrate the correct way to recover these logs, which took place on the Suwannee, Apalachicola, and the Choctawhatchee Rivers. George showed the observing loggers and state officials how to tie off both ends of the log so it did not drag on the river bottom. Goodwin explained how there were many logs on the river bottom; however, most were second growth downed by storms and not worth recovering. Next, demonstrations were performed that taught how to tell log differences by examining the density of the growth rings on the end of the logs. Last but not least, we helped organize the curriculum for a Master Log Recovery Class that is required to pass for loggers in the state of Florida.

By the mid-1990s, Goodwin succeeded in helping create an environmental permit program proposal to present to the Florida legislature. Part of the permit required providing an archeological survey of the area of the river to be logged to prove that ancient sites and endangered species were not disrupted. Former Governor Lawton Chiles signed the permit into law in 1998. Goodwin Company also succeeded in owning the Federally Registered Trademark for the term ‘River Recovered®’, pioneered by our very own George Goodwin!

Recovering Lost Treasure! 

https://floridadep.gov/water/submerged-lands-environmental-resources-coordination/content/deadhead-logging

Changes You Should Expect From Your Wood Floors

Almost every wood floor will change color throughout time due to exposure to direct or indirect sunlight. But what are the changes you should expect from your wood floors when they see the light of day? Our River-Recovered® Heart Pine wood will turn darker! Beautiful, intense deep tones start developing as wood floors age. Changes in the color of the floor occur more rapidly during the first weeks after installation. Floors will continue to change colors at a slower pace for several months to follow. Depending on how much sunlight the floors are exposed to will also depend on how much the colors will alter.

A New Chapter Begins Where the Sidewalk Ends…

Legacy Heart Pine

Reclaimed Wood Stairs, Stair Parts, Treads and Moldings – The Sustainable Design Choice

River-Recovered® Heart Pine

But not all wood will have as drastic color changes after installation. Depending on what type of wood is selected also depends on the appearance over time. For example, our River-Recovered® Heart Pine, rest in rivers for over a century. Since this wood has not yet seen the light of day, the color starts out much lighter and starts to develop after being freshly sawn. Light yellows transition to deep-orange/brown tones, especially with pine that is highly resinous. On the other hand, our Legacy collection of Heart Pine wood is reclaimed and has been utilized before. More times than not, this wood already shows noticeable color changes on many board faces, due to the exposure of sunlight previously endured. However, the color deepens to the same range in wood from reclaimed and virgin wood.

Furniture and rugs on freshly installed wood floors are naturally shielded from sun exposure. Ultimately, those areas will have a different intensity in color than the rest of the floor. If you decide to spruce up your area after time and change the layout of the room, it is essential to understand that the areas previously shielded from the sun will most likely be different tones than the areas exposed to sunlight.

Modern finishes can provide protection that allows your floor to maintain excellent condition for many years. Additionally, certain finishes are meant to block the effects of sunlight, slowing down the rate of color change. The type of finish ultimately chosen should be considered in the decision-making process to determine the final color of the floor. Our finishes we offer come in many colors, sheens, and tones, so you can achieve any look you desire with your wood floors. It is important to follow the finish manufacturer’s guidelines for use, care, and cleaning practices. Repairing and refinishing the floor when necessary is vital for the longevity of your floors. Proper maintenance and care will improve your floors for years to come.

You can read more here about natural color changes throughout time in wood floors:

https://heartpine.com/natural-color-changes/

 

Unquestionable Longevity of Goodwin Company Heart Pine and Heart Cypress Woods

The Benefits of Character Wood

Building Reclaimed Heart Pine

Antique wood is an excellent way to enhance the look of your home or office. Whether you’re aiming to revamp your entire floor or add an accent ceiling/wall, authentic wood is a serious attention grabber! At Goodwin, we offer Character Wood, a grade with slight imperfections that makes a statement nonetheless. Character is guaranteed to be a conversation piece for eternity.

Character includes slight imperfections that differentiate every single piece from the rest. Common characteristics include checks, cracks, sap stains, larger and more frequent knots, and a wide variety of color variations. Offered in our River-Recovered® Heart Pine, Heart Cypress, and our Legacy collection. Character is the perfect choice for a natural aesthetic and works in any area.

With the trend of natural products and sustainability on the rise, buyers want to know where their products are coming from. Here at Goodwin, our sustainability starts early on. Instead of throwing out wood with flaws that don’t quite make the clearer grades criteria, we save the wood and categorize it as Character when grading standards are met. We aim to give each handcrafted piece a purpose and new home.

Character Wood is more affordable, too! Other grades, like select and clear have strict grading standards and are harder to acquire. Character wood has many looks and a broader range of characteristics. Grading standards are not as strict, making accessibility easier and more cost-effective.

There are numerous ways to restore your space with Character! We have contributed our Character wood to many different projects, like Cigar City Brewing in Tampa! Whether you want to completely replace your existing floors or add an accent ceiling or wall, Character is a great way to stand out from the rest! Each board is uniquely different than the next, but the final product always blends in beautifully together. Take a look at some of our past projects involving Character wood to see for yourself!

Heart Cypress Adds Character to Cigar City Brewing

True Character Shines in This Gorgeous LEGACY Heart PineLegacy Naily Character

Simple Solutions for Summer Floors

Legacy Heart Pine Vertical LegV

As seasons change, wood floors do, too! Wood is a natural resource and alters at different points in the year. Throughout the year when temperatures reach highs and lows, wood floors need extra TLC. With summer upon us, it is essential for wood floor owners to be even more attentive so their floors stay in excellent condition. Here are some simple solutions for summer floor care.

Throughout the fluctuations in weather, wood expands and shrinks. The humidity in the summertime can cause wood to expand, and potentially makes the wood concave in, or cup. Cupping is the reaction a wood floor endures when exposed to a change in moisture content. Cupping results in permanent damage; sanding will not fix this issue. One preventative measure includes keeping the house cool with a steady air conditioner during the warmer months, to prevent building too much moisture. A dehumidifier is another appliance that extracts moisture from the air. Dehumidifiers not only keep wood floors healthy but also keep the home healthy by helping prevent mildew. A great tool for calculating humidity in the home is a hygrometer! Hygrometers are low-cost instruments used to measure the humidity or amount of water vapor residing in the air. Keeping wood floors looking beautiful only requires time and effort, and is very affordable when cared for correctly!

Moisture Testing Accuracy Tips

Another nuisance the summer brings along for wood floors is… more sand and dirt!!! Sand and dirty are pesky, difficult to clean, and can ultimately do damage to wood floors. We know this feeling all too well at Goodwin; being a sawmill, it is exceptionably easy to drag sand everywhere! We recommend vacuums with a soft brush, or even backpack vacuums to avoid scratches (we use one in our showroom!). Afterward, mopping with little water and proper wood floor cleaners gives off a rich, new appearance. A little goes a long way!

You can read more about seasonal changes in wood floors, here:

https://heartpine.com/seasonal-changes-in-wood-floors/

 

Myth Debunked!

Longleaf pine forest

Since 1976, Goodwin has been manufacturing gorgeous, antique wood of people’s dreams! Over the years, we have heard common myths and misconceptions about wood flooring. We want to put them to rest! A common misconception we’ve heard throughout time is that forests diminish to produce wood for residential homes and commercial spaces. This is simply not true! In fact, having a wood floor is a very sustainable and environmentally friendly choice! Wood is a renewable natural resource. According to National Geographic, “renewable resources are an energy source that cannot be depleted and are able to supply a continuous source of clean energy.” Wood is a living organism and gathers its energy from the sun, as well as soil nutrients. Wood will continue to grow back after a forest is harvested.

River-Recovered® logs were previously cut down over a hundred years ago and have been sitting perfectly preserved underwater. We store our River-Recovered® logs in our log pond on the property, where we have about 700 logs resting. Often, we have several critters that like to rest on these logs in our pond, like turtles, birds, and occasionally alligators! Our founder George Goodwin started recovering logs from rivers in the 70s. His approach at pulling logs from the river was careful and sustainable; to make sure other wildlife remained undisrupted. With the help of environmental organizations, George aided with establishing Florida’s Deadhead Logging Permit. This permit ensures other river loggers recover logs from rivers in environmentally sound ways.

But not all of our wood that we produce originates from river logs; Goodwin also offers reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood! Our Legacy collection includes heart pine that was once used in buildings dating as far back as the Industrial Revolution Era. These boards oftentimes include previous staining and nail holes, showcasing the wood’s marks of time. Our Renaissance collection consists of grades that have been rescued and/or sustainably harvested, including old-growth trees that fell during storms! Instead of this wood going to mills that do not practice lean manufacturing or wood even being destroyed, Goodwin swoops in to repurpose and give second chances. We breathe new life into this wood, and hope to give it a new forever home! Our goal is to give the most life out of the logs that are ready to be utilized.

 

Goodwin Log Pond Gator

NWFA Expo Come Together 2021

NWFA

The season of summer brings forth events and people coming together. Orlando is a huge city with a myriad of events happening all the time; you can never get bored! A few are upcoming in the next several weeks, like Seaworld’s Electric Ocean, 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup soccer matches, and numerous 4th of July celebrations. But another occasion is taking place at the beginning of July that excites the Goodwin Company: the NWFA Expo Come Together 2021!

 

Goodwin has participated in the NWFA’s expos in the past, and we always have a blast! This year, the expo will be taking place July 7th – July 9th at the Orange County Convention Center! The NWFA Expo is the largest tradeshow anywhere that is exclusively dedicated to wood flooring. Here you can see us in previous years, at the 2017 Wood Flooring Expo:

 

https://heartpine.com/goodwin-blast-nwfa/

 

You won’t come out of this event empty-handed; there are many benefits of attending the expo! If you are also in the wood flooring industry, there are many network opportunities available that will hold value for you and/or your business. Attendees will be one of the firsts to see the latest products and trends currently happening with wood flooring. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other guests and professionals who all share similar interests and passions. NWFA’s goal is for people to leave the expo with the information you’ll need to help your business thrive and flourish while staying original and one of a kind.

 

If you’d like to learn more details about NWFA Expo Come Together 2021, you can visit the NWFA’s feature on their website:

 

https://www.nwfaexpo.org/NWFA2021/Public/Enter.aspx

 

We hope to see you there! Stop by and visit the Goodwin Company booth!

Say Hello To Scenic Ceilings!

Ryland Wagner’s Curly Heart Pine Ceiling 1

You’ve probably seen featured photos before of ceilings designed with Goodwin wood!  But have you seen a ceiling made up of our stunning River-Recovered® Curly Heart Pine?

Take a look at this foyer ceiling appointed with Goodwin’s curly heart pine by our friend, Ryland Wagner, of Joyner Construction!  Ryland is restoring and remodeling his mid-century modern home in Gainesville, Florida.  This project required 60 whole square feet of our 3 ¼ curly heart pine.  An accent ceiling is an excellent way to draw the eye upwards and to dress an area with an outside-of-the-box approach.  Here are a few pictures of the ceiling in progress:

Ryland has lived in this house since 2002 and started the remodeling process back in December. The house was built in 1969 by the University of Florida Architecture. Dan Branch was the architect believed to have built the house. Decades ago, the architecture classes at the University of Florida would map out and design a house the first semester of class. In the following semester, the class would actually build the house! This eventually stopped when the City Building Department took greater control of inspections in the 1970’s. Ryland says his goals in the remodeling of his home were “to match the design intent of Dan Branch and his class”. The project is expected to be completed in June 2021, with more pictures of the finished product to come!

Our River-Recovered® Curly Heart Pine is extremely rare!  In fact, it is SO rare it’s only found in just the outer boards of 400 – 500 logs that we mill.  The grain is curly and burled, with luminous vibrant colors and a variety of tones.  We mill this wood much slower than traditional antique heart pine to guarantee that the burled grain remains intact. Curly heart pine is the perfect wood to use as an accent, and its pattern often looks three-dimensional, holographic, and even topographic at times.  It is truly a unique, desirable type of wood!

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Ryland Wagner’s Curly Heart Pine Ceiling 2

Working with Joyner Construction Partners

Ryland is a project manager at Joyner Construction Partners, LLC. Where he works alongside his father, Richard.  Goodwin has also partnered with Joyner Construction for previous projects, including:

The 1926 Firestone Building in Gainesville, FL

The restoration of The Matheson History Museum Library & Archives in Gainesville, FL

Local Provisions restaurant in Gainesville, FL

You can click the links to see the photos and videos of the projects we collaborated with Joyner Construction to create!

A Goodwin Visit

A Goodwin visit with Melissa Wylie of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Last week The Goodwin Company enthusiastically welcomed Melissa Wyllie for a Goodwin visit. Melissa is the CEO and President of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. The Trust’s mission is to “Promote the preservation and the inclusive sharing of the diverse architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida.” This mission coincides tremendously with Goodwin’s work with many historic preservation projects and recovering Florida’s sunken history.

Over the years The Goodwin Company has successfully nominated several projects for the Trust Preservation Awards. Materials for these projects were supplied by The Goodwin Company. Projects nominated by Goodwin won awards in 2018, 2015, and 2013. In 2018 Gainesville’s Matheson History Museum’s Library and Archive building won the Meritorious Achievement in Adaptive Use award, nominated by Jeffrey Forbes. In 2015 Gainesville’s 1926 Firestone Building won the Honorable Mention Award for Adaptive Use, nominated by Jeffrey Forbes. In 2013 Gainesville’s Gainesville Depot was awarded the award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Restoration/Rehabilitation and Green Building, nominated by Carol Goodwin. The Goodwin Company as well as Carol Goodwin and Jeffery Forbes are members of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

Melissa’s visit coincidentally came during National Preservation Month. National Preservation Month is celebrated every year in May since 1973. With events focusing on promoting historic places. It was certainly a pleasure having Melissa visit the Goodwin Company. We look forward to seeing her again at the Preservation on Main Street Conference in New Port Richey July 21st – 24th. Where The Goodwin Company will be participating and we hope to see you there!

Learn More about the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation!

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!

As Versatile as They Are Beautiful

Do you remember the beautiful and unique River-Recovered® Heart Pine Curly poker chip holders we featured awhile back?  The same millwork expert who created the poker chip holders is at it again!

Take a look at these gorgeous wooden boxes handcrafted by Jerry Yermovsky of Architectural Millwork Consulting (AMC).  These particular boxes are made up of our extremely rare Curly Heart Pine Sap Wood with blue sap stain.  Jerry chose to use curly heart pine because of its notable features.  In fact, curly occurs in only one of every 400 logs!  He has also used our other grades for his custom creations, like our vertical heart cypress and wild black cherry.

Goodwin’s showroom displays more of his specially made boxes.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing architectural millwork craftsman.  Thanks for sharing these with us, Jerry!

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