Picture Perfect

If a picture is worth a thousand words, it deserves to be framed by wood that tells a story. Take a look at these gorgeous picture frames created by artist Laura Predny of Tuscawilla Skyline Design.  She used Goodwin’s River-Recovered® HeartPine and sustainably harvested Wild Black Cherry to handcraft these unique pieces that would look beautiful in any home or office and make a perfect gift for someone special.

Predny will be offering these unique River-Recovered® HeartPine and sustainably harvested Wild Black Cherry frames at this year’s winter GLAM craft fair in Gainesville, Florida held on Sunday, December 8th from 10:00am to 5:00pm at First Magnitude Brewery.  GLAM proudly features works from indie artists and offers delectable food, beer, wine, music and unique gifts.  It’s not too late to begin your holiday shopping so if you will be in the area, be sure to stop by and meet Predny.  She would love to show you these beautiful picture frames in person!

Do you have a unique craft or talent that may benefit from our antique woods?  If so, give us a call today!

Montgomery Wall: A Portal to the Past

The recently restored historic Montgomery Wall in Micanopy, Florida was in need of an authentically re-created gate. The wall itself was built around 1895 to define the boundary of the estate and three homes.  These homes were eventually lost in a fire and only the wall was left standing.

The Montgomery Wall was damaged in 2015.  The west facing capital of the archway and the 12 foot section underneath were destroyed by a falling live oak branch during a storm.  The Micanopy Historic Preservation Trust (MHPT) raised funds to restore the damaged wall in the early spring of 2019.

MHPT board member and craftsman, Erik Murray, restored the missing original spindled gate. Goodwin donated the River-Recovered® Heart Cypress needed for the project. Erik did a wonderful job both building and installing the gate.  Take a look:

Original Wall Built in 1895

Montgomery Wall: A Portal to the Past

Crafting Process

Final Product

The next time you find yourself in Micanopy, Florida, be sure to stop by to see this beautiful historic landmark!

Goodwin’s Passion for Historical Restoration

We are excited to be part of another historical restoration project.  This time, it’s the repair and restoration of a 1916 farmhouse at the Edson Keith Estate in Sarasota, Florida.  We custom milled a 2-9/16″ River-Recovered® Heart Pine Select and Vertical antique wood floor to match the original.

The farmhouse was originally built to serve as a center of operations during the construction of a large estate mansion.  The Italian Renaissance estate home was built in 1916 as a year round working farm. Today, the estate is part of the Phillippi Estate Park.  It is used for daily tours and can be booked for special events.

Goodwin partnered with Greg Best, Compliance Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Sarasota, and installer Mick Behr of the Behr Snyder Group on this historic restoration project.

Floor Under Construction

Look for a follow-up feature with final project photos coming soon!

Wild Black Cherry – A Wise Investment

Goodwin was proud to partner with our good friends at LEVEL Architecture and THEORY Construction to provide some of our beautiful, highly sought after wild black cherry for one of their latest projects.

A Gainesville, Florida investment firm now has a gorgeous baffle wall and ceiling featuring Goodwin’s wild black cherry s4s (surface four sides).  Take a look:

Photos by: Severine Photography

Notice how the wild black cherry baffle wall and ceiling are used to break up the room space in a contemporary way.  The versatility of reclaimed, recovered and sustainably harvested wood allows expert design professionals to creatively apply the material and elevate ultra-contemporary settings.

It’s amazing the big impact a little wild cherry can make. Are you interested in taking your home or office to the next level?  If so, your friends at Goodwin are ready to help.  Give us a call today!

Sneak Peek: River-Recovered® Heart Cypress

A financial consultant in Ocala, Florida is incorporating River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Select and Character into his downtown office.  The owner of the space was inspired by the photos of the Visit Tampa Bay office with its rustic wall paneling acting as a foil for the sleeker finishes. As a result, he is paneling the front entrance reception area and the breakroom with Heart Cypress. He is also incorporating it into the ceiling of the bathroom.

While the project is far from complete, our client was kind enough to take some photos to give us a sneak peek.  Take a look:

We cannot wait to see the finished project!  Stay tuned…we will be sending a photographer out to get some photos once it is complete.

The Clock Strikes Midnight!

River-Recovered® Midnight Heart Cypress comes from the same old growth bald cypress trees as lighter colored cypress. Midnight is essentially the result of 1000+ years of the tree absorbing a variety of different minerals and nutrients through its firmly grounded root system. These ancient towering giants soak up a unique color range of minerals from swampy soils, each adding its own patina. This is how Midnight Cypress achieves its dark color.

River-Recovered Midnight Heart Cypress displays a range of cozy brown hues, varying from light to dark chocolates. This spectrum gives it a gorgeous and rich textured look perfect for flooring, wall paneling, or ceiling paneling.

Take a look at this 7″ wide Precision Engineered tongue and groove River-Recovered Midnight Heart Cypress flooring that is 5/8″ thick with a 4mm wear layer.

Heritage Wood Finish Company pre-finished the floor with a two pass UV Oil. Although Heart Cypress is typically incorporated into walls and ceilings (it is half as hard as Heart Pine), a heart cypress floor is certainly fine to install in rooms where foot traffic can be controlled. As flooring, Midnight Cypress works beautifully in bedrooms and studies.

Enjoy this short video to learn more about River-Recovered Midnight Heart Cypress:

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

AIA People’s Choice Awards

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

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

Go vote!

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.”

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

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!