Not All Heart Pine is Created Equal

Check out this article discussing the different features and aspects of River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart pine:

Special thanks to David Schiff and Woodcraft Magazine for this very thorough and informative article.  Goodwin’s resident historian, Jeffrey Forbes, contributed to the piece.  Goodwin also provided some of the photos of the wood samples.

Give it a read and let us know your thoughts!

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!!!!

Tampa Armature Works Theater – The Next Generation

The historic Tampa Armature Works Theater located in the esteemed Tampa Heights neighborhood once served as an entertainment venue for the Tampa Electric Company (TECO) street car workers who would catch a show or movie after their shift.  Those who remember the theater in its glory recall the brick wall used for silent films and south side stage where vaudeville style shows were performed.

Today, the Tampa Armature Works Theater serves a new generation of clients.  It has been re-purposed into a 2500 square foot event venue that can accommodate up to 200 guests.  Goodwin Company was proud to be part of the renovation, providing 3000 square feet of Antique Longleaf for the project. The good ‘ol days may be gone, but thanks to the Antique Longleaf and recent renovation of this historic space, they are certainly not forgotten!

Corey Cathcart of Integrity Flooring supervised the talented crew who nailed down, sanded and finished the gorgeous Antique Longleaf floor.  Corey sent us these photos of the work in progress.  Take a look and let us know what you think!

Heart Cypress, Heart Pine and Wild Black Cherry

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 this gorgeous toolbox handcrafted by Jerry Yermovsky of Architectural Millwork Consulting (AMC).  He selected a combination of Goodwin’s vertical heart cypress, curly heart pine and wild black cherry for this project.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing architectural millwork craftsman.  Thanks for sharing these photos, Jerry!

Sinker Cypress Here, There and Everywhere!

We often have building design professionals and individual homeowners contact us desiring to incorporate heart cypress into their homes and/or offices.  You may recall us featuring a sinker cypress ceiling project that involved replacing “pesky popcorn” with “pecky cypress”. https://heartpine.com/getting-rid-pesky-popcorn/

The same valued client is preparing to add a 400 square foot Florida room onto their home in Ponta Vedra, Florida.  They loved their heart cypress ceilings and will be using same pecky sinker cypress in the new Florida room.

In fact, they are so fond on sinker cypress, they have incorporated it into may areas of their home.  Take a look at these photos they sent to us which eloquently showcase some of the many uses of this beloved and versatile antique wood:

Sinker Cypress Fireplace Mantle

Sinker Cypress Slab Kitchen

Sinker Cypress Column

Sinker Cypress Ceiling

Are you looking to add depth and warmth to your home or office?  If so, give us a call to schedule your personal sinker cypress consultation.

Dreaming of Sinker Cypress?

Take a look at this absolutely beautiful sinker cypress headboard and foot board.  It was handcrafted by our good friend and partner Dan Petersen of Heritage Wood Finish Company.  Dan used Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress (a.k.a. sinker cypress), specifically selecting the slab for its gorgeous coloring and stunning grain.  This handcrafted beauty is finished using WOCA oil and is another example of the versatility of sinker cypress.

Sweet dreams!

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.

Curly Heart Pine

As Rare as It is Beautiful

Curly heart pine is a burled grain found in some longleaf heart pine trees. Curly is typically identified in only one log out of several hundred that are retrieved from River-Recovered® material, making it a very rare and unique treasure. The curly or burled grain occurs most prominently at the interface of the heart and sap wood.  Often times, a milled curly board will have a red (heart) face and a yellow (sapwood) face.

Curly heart pine is a genetic anomaly and inherited trait within particular longleaf communities.  A longleaf tree that contains curly heart pine is often described as being unmistakably “bumpy.”  They tend to grow in groups, so if you find one, you will likely discover other trees in the immediate vicinity that are also curly.

Curly heart pine is most often used as an accent and is distinguished by grain that appears holographic and three-dimensional.  The grain can also be described as seeming topographic in nature.  Let’s take a closer look at this gorgeous wood:


A Rare Beauty – Notice the Prominent Bumps Synonymous with Curly Heart Pine Logs


Curly Heart Pine Slab Fresh Off of Production


Holographic and Three-Dimensional Appearing Grain

Curly Heart Pine Used for a Cabinet – Richard Geary


Curly Heart Pine is Popular for Paneling, Walls and Ceilings


Curly Heart Pine Speaker

Notice the Distinctive Grain in This Piece of Curly Heart Pine Which Has Been Crafted Into a Bar Top

Want to add character to your home or office?  Give Goodwin a call today – we can help you incorporate this rare beauty into any living or corporate space.

No Job is Too Small for River-Recovered® Heart Cypress

The versatility of reclaimed and River-Recovered wood extends far beyond wood flooring and wood feature walls.  Take a look at these lovely annual award plaques designed by our good friend and architect Beverly Frank of BFrank Studio.

The plaques – which are displayed at The Edge recreation building at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg – were handcrafted by Modulo Design Studio in Tampa, Florida using Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress.  Beverly Frank also specified Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress for The Edge renovation project last year. 

One-of-a Kind River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Table

Dan Petersen (Heritage Wood Finish Company) handcrafted this gorgeous River-Recovered® Heart Cypress table for the newly built boardroom of the Drummond Bank headquarters in Chiefland, Florida.  Goodwin and Heritage Wood Finish Company partnered to create this massive boardroom conference table measuring 21’ long and an average 56″ wide.

This River-Recovered Heart Cypress table will be the centerpoint of Drummond Bank’s Floridiana themed board room.  It comfortably seats 12 and will be outfitted with charging and other technology ports to accommodate smartphones, tablets and computers.

The table was crafted from two River-Recovered Heart Cypress slabs sawn from logs retrieved out of the Apalachicola River then married together. The 21’ length was achieved by attaching “bread board” ends perpendicularly to the married slabs. Live edges grace the length of both sides and the ends of the table.

The surface features beautiful, swirling, feathery grain patterns with deep rich chocolate hues which is synonymous with antique Heart Cypress.  The entire table is finished in oil.

The bank will also feature a 200sf front lobby entrance of Vintage Precision Engineered heart pine flooring.

Incorporating Multiple Antique Wood Products to Achieve a Unique, Modern Look

This vintage beach home on Florida’s First Coast is being remodeled and incorporates a variety of Goodwin woods to achieve a unique, modern look.  Still under renovation, this home in sunny Ponte Vedra, Florida (near Jacksonville) is taking on a distinctive style all its own.

Once complete, the home will feature 2360sf of Goodwin’s Vintage Precision Engineered (building reclaimed) heart pine ceilings and floors.  This is the first time that we know of where an engineered product is being incorporated into a ceiling.  It looks absolutely gorgeous!

The custom crafted contemporary stair rail, stairs and treads are Legacy (building reclaimed) solid heart pine.  Legacy heart pine was also used for the upstairs hall shelves.  All Legacy wood was then stained a beautiful, deep, rich chocolate color.

Finally, the River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character used on the vaulted ceiling contrasts nicely with the light gray painted walls.

We love sharing sneak peeks of building and remodeling projects in progress.  We look forward to posting stunning photos of this newly remodeled beach home once complete.

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!”

 

River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Heart Cypress Add Contemporary Grace and Elegance to High End Home

Our good friend Mark Jefferson of Jefferson Woodworking sent us a sneak peek of a high end residential project he is in the process of completing for a client.

Mark used Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Pine Vertical Clear to face the stair treads and the central stringer (spine) in this very contemporary floating staircase:

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Vertical Clear and Pecky Cypress make up the feature wall and gorgeous ceiling.

The side angle close-up shows how the pecky alone is raised, thus giving a depth and three-dimensional aspect to the surface:

Why does Mark choose Goodwin wood for high end projects? “It makes a difference for discerning clients – the look plus a story,”  explains Mark.

Goodwin enjoys working with talented craftsmen like Mark who are as passionate about delivering an excellent product as we are!

Stay tuned for more photos once the project is complete.

“It makes a difference for discerning clients – the look plus a story.” – Mark Jefferson of Jefferson Woodworking

Heart Cypress Feature Wall

Heart Cypress Feature Wall Adds Beauty and “Grace” to Non-Profit Reception Area

Grace Place, a non-profit organization in Naples, Florida that helps children and families, now has a gorgeous River-Recovered® Heart Cypress feature wall in their reception area to recognize their generous donors.  The wood feature wall was crafted using 120 sq.ft of River-Recovered Heart Cypress Select and Vertical with trim.  Dan Petersen of Heritage Wood Finish Company coated it with his signature UV Diamond 7, a proprietary finish he formulated specifically for Goodwin.

Goodwin partnered with David Corban Architects, who were referred to us by our good friend Tenna Florian from Lake/Flato Architects. This is one of the most creative uses of a wood feature wall we have seen.  What a unique and beautiful way for a non-profit organization to recognize and demonstrate how much they value their donors!

Antique Wood Feature Walls and Ceilings

An Easy to Install Upgrade to Any Home or Office

The popularity of wood feature walls in contemporary design continues to grow.    Because of the endless possibilities, building design professionals and homeowners  are installing River-Recovered® Heart Cypress feature walls and ceilings to add value, beauty and interest to both residential and commercial spaces.

River-Recovered Heart Cypress is a unique and dynamic material that brings any space to life.  Coupled with its rich history, heart cypress is perfect for any home or office and is becoming increasingly popular in high traffic commercial spaces.  Its ease of installation and maintenance is especially attractive to both homeowners and building design professionals alike.  This video illustrates how to install a heart cypress feature wall:

Wood feature walls and ceilings are pre-finished with proprietary finishes formulated specifically for Goodwin.  These finishes are designed to work well with resinous wood and enhance durability while bringing out the rich colors of the cypress.

Goodwin has provided antique wood feature walls and ceilings in both heart cypress and heart pine for a considerable number of projects, including:

If you are looking for stylish, easy to install upgrade to your home or office, give us a call.  We can help you design a wood feature wall and/or wood ceiling that will make you the trendiest home or office on the block!

1830s Era Pennsylvania Barn

River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character and Old Florida Breathe New Life into 1830s Era Pennsylvania Barn

The owner of an 1830s-era barn sent us photos of his remodel.  Goodwin provided 2200sf of River-Recovered Heart Pine Character and Old Florida for this adaptive re-use project.  We also milled the heart pine stair treads. Take a look:

We are experts in adaptive re-use. River-Recovered and reclaimed wood can help breathe new life into any historical building. Do you have an adaptive re-use project?  If so, give us a call.  We can help!