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.”

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and Legacy Vertical Heart Pine

The 80,000 square foot James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg, Florida features a vast collection of art acquired by Tom and Mary James.  The couple, who has always been captivated by the art, wildlife and landscape of the western United States, has collected more than 3,000 pieces over the past five decades. The James Museum houses 400-500 of the most premier works of art from their private collection.

Goodwin partnered with Corey Cathcart of Integrity Floors to provide 300 sq. ft. of 3 ¼” building reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heart Pine during the construction of the James Museum.  He installed this beautiful antique wood on the underside of the gorgeous bridge that crosses over the simulated sandstone canyon that encompasses the museum entrance.  Take a look:

Photos by Beth M. Green Photography

Goodwin was proud to be part of such an exciting project. The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is a must see for any art connoisseur!

Learn more about the James Museum and their exhibitions and educational programs.

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

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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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

Collegiate Charm

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress is Focal Point of the New Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center

Goodwin is proud to be part of another exciting collegiate project. The esteemed Stetson University in Deland, Florida is in the process of constructing the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center.  The building is being built on the shore of Lake Beresford and the architecture is simply amazing!

The Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center will house both the Stetson University rowing team – The Hatters – as well as the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.  Goodwin is providing River-Recovered SELECT Heart Cypress 5-1/4″ center match profile for the building’s ceiling.  The interior portion will be finished with DIAMOND 7 by Heritage Wood Finish Company.  All of the product will be installed on the cambered ceilings.

Raw Material and First Pass of the Finishing Phase

Installation is Moving Along!

The architect is Preston Phillips from Bridgehampton, New York. Charles Perry Partners, Inc. is the General Contractor on the project. Goodwin worked with the fine team at Charles Perry Partners, Inc. on the Dasburg House project for the University of Florida.

Please stay tuned as we keep you updated on this exciting project!!!!

The Many Faces of Sinker Cypress

Sinker cypress is a gorgeous, versatile antique wood that can be custom crafted into paneling, ceilings, walls, shelves, fireplace mantles, bar tops, tables, desk tops and just about anything else you can imagine. The density of the grain and the massive size of the slabs makes sinker cypress the perfect wood for any unique, eye-catching project.

Take a look at this beautiful sinker cypress table we handcrafted for a client. It’s about two inches thick and 18″ wide and features one live edge and one real ax cut end.

Notice how well the table complements the clients’ solid antique longleaf flooring, which was also crafted by Goodwin.

Additional project details:

  • The faux cut end was crafted by our own Joe Collins.
  • The cast iron legs are from an antique sewing table that once belonged to the client’s grandmother.
  • Rod Hunt of Cedar Key, Florida dressed the table out using a 400-grit sandpaper and Danish Penetrating oil.

Interested in adding warmth or depth to a residential or corporate space? Contact us today and we will further demonstrate how sinker cypress can be incorporated into your home or office.

Uh Oh…What to do When Life Gives You Lemons, or a Hollow Log!

As you know, our founder George Goodwin personally inspects every log that we retrieve or receive. One day, we found ourselves with another beautiful sinker cypress log. However, George suspected it might have an extreme hollow. After a few passes on the head saw, the extent of the hollow revealed itself, leaving us with a gorgeous – but useless – sinker cypress log for our purposes of milling walls, paneling, etc.

George absolutely hates to waste any log, especially one as beautiful as this. Fortunately for us, one of our local clients happened to come by the mill and fell in love with this beloved sinker cypress log. He was already familiar with Goodwin wood having purchased flooring, beams, a mantle, table and more over the years. He deeply appreciated its rich history and had a vison for this lost log…a planter bench:

Moral of the story…You most certainly can transform a hollow log into a valued treasure!

The River View at Occoquan Celebrates Grand Opening

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Helps This Modern Event Space Give a Nod to the Area’s Rich Culture and History

Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, is excited to celebrate the grand opening of The River View at Occoquan Regional Park, which is part of the NOVA (Northern Virginia) park system.  This wedding and event facility located at 9751 Ox Road in Lorton, Virginia officially opens on Saturday, June 23rd at 2:30pm. The building features 4200 square feet of custom 1×6 exterior siding milled from Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress Select grade.  Additionally, another 1000 linear feet of River-Recovered Heart Cypress Select grade lumber is used as cladding on the site’s stand-alone pavilion.

Nestled along the banks where Virginia’s Occoquan River gently flows into the Potomac River, this beautiful and modern event space gives a nod to the areas rich culture and history. Heart cypress was the perfect material for this project given its superior exterior use properties and the area’s documented history with the species. Captain John Smith of Jamestown Colony fame made a circumnavigation of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in 1608. Smith recounts in his journals seeing bald cypress trees as much as 18 feet in circumference, and up to 80 feet tall without a branch. Some trees were so large that a canoe made from a single tree could hold 40 men.  The foyer of the River View will be referred to as the 1608 room and will detail Smith’s voyage with story boards and a large compass rose on the floor.

“Goodwin Company is often specified in projects like these because of our dedication to ensuring each and every log is carefully recovered, graded and milled to the highest standards,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company.  “It was important that this modern space included an accurate representation of the grand bald cypress trees that Captain John Smith was enamored with and so fondly wrote about.”

Senior Associate, Lisa Andrews with GWWO Architects in Baltimore, Maryland specified River-Recovered Heart Cypress after visiting The Naples Botanical Garden and seeing the wood Goodwin milled for that project. A&D Construction installed the siding, and Forrester Construction was the general contractor.

For more information on the June 23rd grand opening, please contact Cori Talbot or Carson Eonta at 571-477-3874 or riverview@nvrpa.org.

Sneak Peek: The River View at Occoquan Regional Park

Nestled along the banks where Virginia’s Occoquan River gently flows into the Potomac River, you’ll find a beautiful and modern event space that gives a nod to the areas rich culture and history.  The River View is being constructed at Occoquan Regional Park, which is part of the NOVA (Northern Virginia) park system.  This wedding and event facility features 4200 square feet of custom 1×6 exterior siding milled from Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Select grade.  Additionally, another 1000 linear feet of River-Recovered Heart Cypress Select grade lumber is used as cladding on the site’s stand-alone pavilion.

Heart cypress is the perfect material for this project given its superior exterior use properties and the area’s documented history with the species.  Captain John Smith of Jamestown Colony fame made a circumnavigation of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in 1608. Smith recounts in his journals seeing bald cypress trees as much as 18ft in circumference, and up to 80 feet tall without a branch. Some trees were so large that a canoe made from a single tree could hold 40 men.  The foyer of the River View will be referred to as the 1608 room and will detail Smith’s voyage with story boards and a large compass rose on the floor.

Senior Associate, Lisa Andrews with GWWO Architects in Baltimore, Maryland specified River-Recovered Heart Cypress after visiting the Naples Botanical Garden and seeing the wood Goodwin milled for that project. The work of GWWO Architects is well-known in Florida.  In Gainesville, the firm designed the Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention.  At the River View, A&D Construction is installing the siding, and Forrester Construction is the general contractor.  Visit the Cade Museum

Special thanks to Hospitality & Event Sales Manager, Cori Talbot and Events Coordinator, Carson Eonta for sharing these photos of the project under construction. And, stay tuned….you’ll soon see more photos and information about River View’s completion and grand opening in a future article.

Mid Century Meets 19th Century

This 1830’s era stone barn located in the northeast United States was recently converted into a gorgeous contemporary living space.  The owners chose to incorporate 5300 square feet of Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heartpine Character and Old Florida Heartpine for solid wood flooring.  We also crafted the treads for the custom staircase.  This is another adaptive reuse project that effectively demonstrates how well traditional can mix with contemporary in modern design.

The owner of the home generously sent us photos of the project along with a kind note:

“Thought you might enjoy seeing the end result of your amazing floors.   My family and I absolutely love them and know we made the right decision putting Goodwin flooring in our barn home.  Enjoy the photos!”

 

Million Dollar St. Augustine Estate

Goodwin’s Legacy Heart Pine Select Adds Beauty and Value to Million Dollar St. Augustine Estate

Special thank you to Andrew Birchall with Birchall & Co. Real Estate. Mr. Birchall sent us these amazing photos of a million-dollar property he is representing which features Goodwin’s Legacy Heart Pine throughout.  Check it out:

This gorgeous modern home is a perfect example of how antique heart pine can be used to warm up a contemporary space.  The estate, located at 827 Ocean Palm Way in St. Augustine, Florida, is currently on the market if you are interested.  Be sure to check out the online virtual tour.

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(photos by Greg Lepera)

Sprucing Up Your Wood Floors After the Holidays

You’ve entertained, cooked and hosted dinners and parties. Once you take time to breathe, let us show you how easy your wood floors are to clean. You will find that regular cleaning and maintenance with rejuvenators and buffing every few years does wonders for even the best maintained floors. And, there is no better time to do this than after the holidays. Keeping your durable antique wood floor looking optimal for welcomed visitors takes a few easy, but necessary steps.

  • First, vacuum all the loose dirt using a soft bristle head. Spot clean by hand with WOCA Natural Soap Spray, the recommended cleaner for all of Goodwin’s factory finishes, or other mild wood floor cleaners from reputable manufacturers to get up tough spots. Avoid using solutions that must be combined with water and avoid harsh cleaners on your floor.
  • Next, use a quality cotton yarn twist mop with a little ‘soft’ water to clean any remaining dirt off the surface. You need two buckets to properly clean the floor: one containing the Natural Soap solution or other mild cleaner and a second bucket with pure water to rinse the mop. Change the water in the second bucket as needed to avoid a grayish gleam caused by dirty water. Wring out the mop vigorously. Mop in the direction of the grain. If you see water on your floor, your mop is probably too wet.
  • Third, if you need further cleaning, use Natural Soap Spray or another quality hardwood floor cleaner. We spray ours onto a section of the floor at a time to avoid excess moisture from too much cleaner. On a flat mop head, use multiple terry cloth covers that can be reversed to collect more dirt and then later machine washed.
  • Last, you may want to consider a quality maintenance refresher on occasion between cleanings. The WOCA Refresher can be mopped like the Natural Soap whereas some other products require applying and then using an orbital buffer. Different products have different set times so follow the manufacturer’s directions closely.

Remember, your friends at Goodwin are always available to answer any questions. Just give us a call

Reclaimed Wood Stairs, Stair Parts, Treads and Moldings

The Sustainable Design Choice

Architects and designers often specify Goodwin’s River-Recovered® and reclaimed antique wood in their sustainable designs.  While reclaimed wood flooring, wood feature walls and wood ceilings and paneling are most popular, Goodwin’s antique wood is also often handcrafted into beautiful reclaimed wood stairs, stair parts, treads and moldings.  Take a look at just a few applications where River-Recovered and reclaimed heart pine has been used:

Private Residence

Legacy Select, building reclaimed heart pine treads

Seachasers Restaurant, Jacksonville, Florida

River-Recovered heart pine treads

Legacy Vertical, building reclaimed heart pine treads

University of Florida (UF) Dasburg House – Home of the President of UF

River-Recovered heart pine treads

Private Residence with Christmas garland décor

Goodwin Proudly Sponsors Another Sustainable Design Project

Goodwin is a proud sponsor / partner of Team Daytona Beach and their participation in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Team Daytona Beach, which includes faculty and students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College, is embarking on a Solar BEACH (Building Efficient, Affordable, and Comfortable Homes) House project.  The

BEACH House is designed for a small family to live sustainably without sacrificing comfort.  Goodwin contributed 1000sf of random length heart pine shorts and a 6′-8″ River-Recovered® heart cypress slab to be used as a countertop.

Goodwin was approached by members of the Embry-Riddle and Daytona State College Solar Decathlon team to become sponsor of this project, which strives to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable building practices. Team Daytona Beach will build The BEACH House as an entry into the larger nationwide competition that features university teams from all over the country designing and building sustainable design projects. The 2017 Solar Decathlon Village will be open to the public in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, October 5th – Monday, October 9th and Thursday, October 12th – Sunday, October 15th.

Go Team Daytona Beach!

Learn more about the Solar BEACH House project:

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Floor featuring random length heart pine shorts, similar to the ones used in The BEACH House.

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Slab #66812, which will be converted into a gorgeous River-Recovered Heart Cypress countertop for the project.

Historic Home Renovation Featuring Reclaimed Wood

We’ve featured photos of the gorgeous home in the Old Northeast Neighborhood of St. Petersburg, Florida owned by our good friend Maureen Stafford.  A previous article featured her reclaimed wood kitchen floor.

Maureen is restoring another historic home in St. Petersburg. She used 400 square feet of Goodwin’s Legacy building reclaimed heart pine select and vertical heart pine in the closets (which she made) and to fill in where she took out the floor vents. The replacement wood was a critical improvement to the new floor reclamation square footage.

Enjoy this video of the home.  Great job, Maureen!

Makes you want to move to St. Pete, huh…

Video courtesy of Jeff Royer, Distinctive Focus Photography

Read more about Maureen’s reclaimed wood kitchen floors

Sydonie Mansion

Historic Restoration Featuring Antique River-Recovered® Heart Pine Floor Boards

A popular destination for discerning visitors, Mount Dora, Florida is one of the quaintest little gems in the south.  It is home to the historic Sydonie Mansion, built in 1904 for Pittsburgh steel magnate, James L. Laughlin. It is the only known example of the work of esteemed architect, Grosvenor Atterbury, in the entire state of Florida. Atterbury specified quarter sawn, vertical grain, 2-1/2″ “hard” pine flooring throughout the majority of the 22,000 square foot palatial estate home.

The Laughlin family eventually sold the estate to Hampden Dubose Academy.  Then, in 2014, current owners Clark & Amy Frogley set out to restore the mansion and open a museum/event venue.

The leaking roof over the porch caused the center boards leading to the front door to rot.

The Frogleys, wanting to honor Atterbury’s original specifications, turned to Goodwin for assistance.  We milled full length 16ft tongue and groove River-Recovered® heart pine floor boards to help restore the porch to its former safe and stately glory.  The Frogleys then sanded and finished the beautiful porch that had long ago been painted brown.

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