Florida Crotchwood Visits Goodwin

Last week, Goodwin was privileged to be visited by Paula and Randy from Florida Crotchwood Mobile Sawmill. They helped us saw five gorgeous River-Recovered® heart cypress logs into beautiful 2.5 inch thick slabs. These “green” slabs dry out at a rate of about one inch per year.  So, it will be nearly three years until these slabs are dry enough for fine woodworking. Believe us; they will certainly be well worth the wait!

Goodwin in the Community

Our own Jeffrey Forbes recently conducted an informational session on the River-Recovered® heart cypress used in the new Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center. His talk was part of a lecture sponsored by Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience featuring Jason Evans, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson University and author and photographer Lynne Buchanan.

Special thank you to Jason Evans, Ph.D. for inviting Jeffrey to speak at this esteemed event!

Goodwin in the Community

Architect Preston T. Phillips has some impressive photos of the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center featured on his website.  Be sure to check them out!

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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.

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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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

Goodwin partners with building design professionals throughout the country on both new construction and remodeled commercial spaces.  Antique heart pine and heart cypress are two of the industry’s preferred wood species because of their unique qualities, extraordinary beauty, and rich history.

You may recall a past article highlighting the use of Goodwin’s antique wood in the boardroom and lobby entrance of an esteemed financial institution in Chiefland, Florida.  The Drummond Bank project is now complete, and we have some gorgeous photos to share!

This incredible 56”x 21’ double slab River-Recovered® Heart Cypress conference table with live edges is the focal point of their new boardroom.

Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress

Goodwin partner, Dan Petersen of Heritage Wood Finish Company, designed and handcrafted the massive table from logs that were cut down well over a century ago. They rested on the bottom of the Florida panhandle’s Apalachicola River until they were recently recovered.

We then milled and manufactured this beautiful Vintage Precision Engineered floor for the lobby entryway at the new Drummond headquarters. The floor is 5-1/4″ on the face and finished with low sheen Diamond 7 by Heritage Wood Finish Company.

The General Contractor on the project was Gray Construction of Trenton, Florida.  The architect was Joe Hafner of Hafner/Ferlita Architects in Tampa.  The design was spearheaded by Mary Beth Courier of Studio Courier.

Are you looking to refresh the look of your home or office?  Or, perhaps you are considering building something new?  If so, our antique heart pine and heart cypress experts will partner with you to create the look and feel you’ve been dreaming about.  Give us a call today!

Photos by Terry Wieckert of Abstract Photography, Inc.

Heart Cypress and Frank Lloyd Wright

Take a look at these stunning wooden boxes handcrafted by our good friend Jerry Yermovsky of Architectural Millwork Consulting (AMC). They are made entirely out of a blend of Goodwin’s various heart cypress species – hinges and all!

While admiring these, we couldn’t help but think of the renowned and beloved architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Heart cypress was repeatedly used in his now famous designs. Wright’s Prairie School style of architecture emulated the American landscape and often incorporated locally sourced building materials. This included the equally accessible and breathtaking old-growth Bald Cypress (a.k.a. heart cypress).

Wright was quick to recognize the versatility of heart cypress and specified it in a majority of his works, including furniture and accents. Heart cypress even became a signature of his Usonian home designs. (Learn more about the movement to restore the Lewis Spring House – the only Frank Lloyd Wright private residence in the state of Florida.)

We would like to think that Frank Lloyd Wright would have enjoyed the use of heart cypress in these boxes and the intricate details they include.

Jerry Yermovsky did a masterful job on these heart cypress boxes. His works, including his River-Recovered® Heart Pine Curly poker chip holders and Heart Cypress, Heart Pine and Wild Black Cherry toolbox, are all completely unique and awe-inspiring.

Need heart cypress for the largest parts or the smallest details of your next project? Call (800) 336-3118 and speak with one of our heart cypress experts today!

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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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Sprucing Up Your Wood Floors for the Holidays

Sprucing Up Your Wood Floors for the Holidays

December is upon us!  We can already smell the cookies baking and hear the laughter of children playing.  If you are among those who will invite family and friends over this holiday season, you are probably in the process of cleaning and sprucing up your home.

Goodwin wants to help ensure your wood floors will look fresh and rejuvenated for the holidays.  Below are some cleaning and maintenance tips to help your floors look as new as the day they were installed.

Step 1:  Clean Surface

  • Using a soft bristle head, vacuum any loose dirt on the floor.
  • If needed, spot clean by hand with WOCA Natural Soap Spray, the recommended cleaner for all of Goodwin’s factory finishes. Other mild wood floor cleaners from reputable manufacturers may also work, however, avoid any harsh cleaners and solutions that must be combined with water.

Step 2:  Mop Floor

  • Clean any remaining dirt off the surface using a quality cotton yarn twist mop and ‘soft’ water.
  • Fill a bucket with natural soap solution or another mild cleaner
  • Fill a second bucket with pure water to rinse the mop. Change the water in this bucket as needed to avoid a grayish haze caused by dirty water.
  • Wring out the mop vigorously, then mop in the direction of the grain. If you see water on your floor, your mop is probably too wet.

Step 3:  Deep Cleaning (if needed)

  • Spray one section of the floor at a time with natural soap spray or another quality hardwood floor cleaner. Be sure to avoid excess moisture from too much cleaner.
  • Take a flat mop head and use multiple terry cloth covers which can be reversed to collect more dirt and later machine washed.

Step 4:  Maintenance Refresher

  • Consider a quality maintenance refresher (can also be applied on occasion between cleanings). We prefer the WOCA Refresher, which can be mopped like the natural soap. Other products require applying and then using an orbital buffer.
  • Different products have different set times so follow the manufacturer’s directions closely.

Have questions?  Give us a call.  We’re here to help!

Goodwin’s Precision Engineered Heart Pine Wood Flooring

Take a look at this gorgeous Precision Engineered Heart Pine wood flooring that just came off of our finish line.  It is coated with Diamond 7, a proprietary finish developed by Heritage Wood Finish Company specifically for Goodwin’s River-Recovered® wood.

Goodwin’s Precision Engineered Heart Pine wood flooring is handcrafted using the same high quality heart pine as our solid wood lines.  And, unlike inferior engineered flooring products, ours has thick wear layers so it can be sanded over and over again.  These wear layers also help the floor remain flat in changing humidity.

Let’s take a look at some other interesting facts that solidify Goodwin’s position as the industry gold standard in engineered wood flooring:

  • Goodwin was the first reclaimed wood company in America to produce an engineered floor in the U.S.A
  • We use sustainable River-Recovered and reclaimed wood to produce our precision engineered wood flooring products
  • Safe for kids and pets – Goodwin uses low formaldehyde glues and a certified “green” back
  • Manufactured in long lengths to look like solid wood
  • Lifetime structural warranty on the floor
  • 20 year warranty on the finish

Looking to remodel your home or office in the upcoming year?  Goodwin’s Precision Engineered wood flooring experts are ready to help.  Give us a call today!

 

Beverly Frank, AIA, Featured in Women in Architecture Spotlight

We were excited to see this American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay Women in Architecture spotlight featuring our good friend Beverly Frank, AIA, Principal at BFFrank Studio.

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As you know, Beverly has specified Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Heart Cypress for several projects, including the University of Florida Otis Hawkins Center, AIA Tampa Bay office in Ybor City, The Edge at the University of South Florida and the Lexus Lounge at the Amalie Arena, Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Congratulations on the great article, Beverly!

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

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 Ponte 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 of sinker cypress they have incorporated it into many areas of their home.  Take a look at these photos they sent which 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!