Careful Craftsmanship Makes the Difference!

We often talk about how Goodwin’s wood meets or exceeds the highest industry grading standards.  This is important, especially when it comes to antique wood such as River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart cypress and heart pine.  However, another crucial component of delivering the highest quality antique wood on the market is craftsmanship.

The antique wood specialists at Goodwin take time and care to ensure each board is produced to the exact specification. Our process may take longer, but we do not believe in producing our products in bulk.  When you purchase a Goodwin, you have the comfort of knowing that each and every board was handcrafted to perfection!

Our antique wood specialists can help you design the space of your dreams.  Give us a call to learn more today.

A Closer Look at Sinker Cypress

Paula and Randy from Florida Crotchwood Mobile Sawmill drop by on occasion to saw River-Recovered® heart cypress logs into beautiful slabs that can be handcrafted into gorgeous mantles, tables, shelves, signage, accents and anything else you can imagine.

This video shows our own Joe Collins skillfully crafting a fireplace mantle out of a River-Recovered heart cypress slab.  Take a look:

Often referred to as, “The Wood Eternal”, antique heart cypress (a.k.a. sinker cypress) is one of the few remaining prehistoric species.  Coloring can vary, displaying anything from warm honey to light chocolate tones. Traditional grades (Select, Vertical) can feature a plain sawn feathery, subtle arching swirling grain and, in some cases, vertical pinstripes. Midnight, Pecky, and Character heart cypress each have their own distinguishing characteristics for a more unique look.

Looking to incorporate heart cypress into your upcoming design project? If so, the antique wood specialists at Goodwin can help you determine which grade of heart cypress best suits your upcoming project. Give us a call to learn more today!

Properly Kiln Drying Antique Wood

Rare, antique wood must be handled with great care.  One reason why Goodwin is considered the industry gold standard is our meticulous kiln drying process. There are many reasons for properly kiln drying the wood to a consistent moisture content, including eliminating and preventing mold and bugs. Our founder and company sawyer, George Goodwin, ensures each board is properly kiln dried and precisely milled to the highest standards.  Let’s take a look at our signature kiln drying process.

Prepping the Wood

We examine each River-Recovered® log and reclaimed board or beam to ensure we are preserving the best and most beautiful sections of the wood. Our company sawyer, George Goodwin, carefully saws the wood.  The ends of the boards are then sealed with a wax-based product to prevent cracking and checking.

Air Dry

The sawn wood then needs time to properly air dry. It takes a few weeks for River-Recovered heart pine to achieve its ideal moisture content. River-Recovered heart cypress can take several months due to a higher fiber saturation point.

Pre Dry

After air drying, the wood is then sent to Goodwin’s ‘pre-dryer’, which is comprised of 16 fans (4’ across each) that blow air across the boards in stacks. We allow 1” between each layer to ensure the air circulates around each board.

Dehumidification Dry Kiln

Antique heart pine and heart cypress is very dense. Kiln drying fast with steam causes cracking and checking. Goodwin has invested in a dehumidification dry kiln that dries the wood slowly over the course of several weeks to ensure the ideal moisture content is achieved without affecting its quality.

Monitor Moisture Content

The moisture content of the wood is monitored several times a day. We slowly increase the temperature until 140 degrees is consistently achieved across the entire load. Once the wood comes out of the kiln, we let it relax for a few days before milling it into our signature River-Recovered and reclaimed heart pine and heart cypress.

The following video shows pallets of River-Recovered and reclaimed wood being placed into our dehumidification dry kiln.  Enjoy!

Sinker Cypress, It Never Gets Old

Sinker cypress logs are beautiful and have such a charming mystery about them that seeing these antique River-Recovered® gentle giants never gets old!  Founder, owner and company sawyer, George Goodwin, has worked with sinker cypress for more than four decades.  George is an excellent storyteller and always enjoys educating people about antique wood.

In this video, George shows us several recently recovered sinker cypress logs that are being prepped for milling.  The first log dates back prior to the 1880s.  We know this because of its ax cut ends.  Axes were used to cut wood prior to the 1880s.  After 1880, most logs were cross cut.

George shows us another interesting log that still has part of the wooden pegs that were used to secure it to the raft as it traveled down the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia.

These logs are naturally bug and rot resistant, making them perfect for exterior siding. They will soon be transformed into Goodwin’s gorgeous River-Recovered Heart Cypress where they will see a second life as beautiful paneling or siding for a home or commercial space.

Want to learn more about how to incorporate Heart Cypress into you living or work space?  If so, give our antique wood experts a call today!

Calling All Woodworkers and Craftsmen!

gorgeous sinker cypress log end rounds

We have 300 gorgeous sinker cypress log end rounds available and ready to ship.  We need space in our warehouse and they are priced to move.  This would be an excellent opportunity to take on a beautiful new project!

  • Each piece is approx. 4/4 thick and varies from 11” to 18” diameter.
  • Normally priced at $21.40/SF, we are offering this raw material for $10.70/sf.

Take a look at one of the recent projects which used our beautiful sinker cypress:

Cypress Log End Round Bartop

When estimating for your cut list, please use the following calculation:

  • 11” = 0.66/sf
  • 15” = 1.22/sf
  • 18” = 1.77/sf

We expect these to sell fast, so give call us today!

Sign, Sealed, Delivered!

Take a look at this sign at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo in Gainesville, Florida. It was crafted by Signs By Tomorrow using five of Goodwin Company’s 1×8 (+/-) sinker cypress boards at 14ft long with one live edge.

Unlike new growth bald cypress, old growth sinker cypress builds up a full heart of cypresene oil, making it resistant to rot. Goodwin’s sinker cypress is specified in many outdoor projects specifically for its rot resistance.

Here are a few more qualities that make Goodwin a staple in sustainable design.

Eco-Friendly

Goodwin has always been passionate about being a good steward of the environment. We know from experience that you can produce an eco-friendly product without compromising on quality. You don’t have to use harsh chemicals, damaging additives, or participate in questionable practices to achieve superior craftsmanship.

Environmentally Conscious

Goodwin partners with environmental foresters who call on us when storms cause damage to trees. We remove the threatened and/or damaged trees to ensure continued growth of the ecosystem. Goodwin then mills them into our beautiful antique wood products.

Have an outdoor project that requires beautiful, rot-resistant wood? If so, give our antique wood experts a call today!

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.

Antique Wood Design

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!

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!

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Leaves an Impression in Beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina Home

Once home to massive, thousand-year-old bald cypress trees, Beaufort, South Carolina is known for its history and charm.  People from around the country are choosing to re-locate to Beaufort, and once you see this gorgeous home, you will understand why.

Allan Howell of Howell Builders is the general contractor for a contemporary residence in the area.  Goodwin milled 2500sf of 1×6 (5-1/4″) River-Recovered Heart Cypress for interior and exterior ceilings. The historic darker cypress which is synonymous with the area and contemporary white timber trusses perfectly complement each other.

“The River-Recovered Heart Cypress from Goodwin is the best cypress I have ever used,” says Allan Howell, president of Howell Builders.  “It was unbelievable. There was hardly any waste. All the material was great. We saved the laundry room for last in case there was some cull; however, it was as good as the first day we started installing.”

Take a look:  http://howellbuildersllc.com/in-progress/

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.

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.

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!

Heart Cypress – Perfect for Patios, Too!

We met our friend Jason Owen of Trimark Properties when we worked with them on the NIMBUS building feature wall earlier in the year.  Jason recently installed a River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character ceiling on the porch of a client’s Gainesville, Florida home.  It was pre-finished with a two pass UV oil.  Check out these initial photos we’ve just received:

This gorgeous River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character was sourced from bald cypress forests logged 100-200 years ago. Bald cypress (taxodium distichum) can grow to be 2000 years old.

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character is becoming more and more popular for its unique features, which include:

  • Rot resistant, making it ideal for outdoor applications
  • 95-100% heart, 100% dense growth
  • Blend of arching and vertical grain with some machine defects, face checks, cracks, peck and bug holes to add “character”
  • Knots of any size
  • Warm honey to cinnamon tan to light chocolate color tones
  • Swirling grain and feathery patterns

Looking to add a heart cypress feature wall or heart cypress ceiling inside your home or on your porch?  Give us a call, we’re here to help!

Antique Heart Cypress Adds “Character” to Contemporary Office Space

Goodwin Company was proud to supply our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character for a reception desk, kitchen and a number of gorgeous feature walls in the ultra-modern office space for Visit Tampa Bay. Located in one of the beautiful skyscrapers that adorn the Tampa, Florida skyline, Visit Tampa Bay is a premier promoter of “the hip, urban heart of the Gulf Coast of Florida.”

Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character adorns the walls and various areas throughout the office space and is also featured in the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center. The heart cypress paneling gives a nod to the 2000-year-old bald cypress trees that historically lined all of the bayous and sloughs around the bay.  An added touch is the cigar boxes that are embedded in the various walls denoting Tampa’s (and Ybor City’s) rich history as the cigar capital of the world.

Check out these stunning photos by Native House Photography:

Goodwin produced 1600sf of 5-1/4″ River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character for this project.  The wood was prefinished with oil by Heritage Wood Finish Company and installed by AWS Carpenter/ Contractors of Clearwater, Florida.

If you are in the Tampa area, be sure to stop by the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center.  They have some great gifts and mementos of Tampa.  The wonderful staff are also available to direct you to points of interest and help plan your stay. Oh, and while there, be sure to check out the heart cypress feature wall and let us know what you think!

Sinker Cypress – Antique Wood Treasures

Goodwin works with sinker cypress that is at least 800 years old. The large diameter logs yield heart cypress slabs that are of great width. Both the size of the slabs and density of its grain makes heart cypress desirable for projects such as walls, ceilings, table tops, shelves, mantles, or bar tops.

Antique wood feature walls are trending in both traditional  and contemporary design. The accompanying video features two pieces of heart cypress that will ultimately frame a wall of Shou Sugi Ban art (a Japanese style of wood burning.) Since the slabs will each run flush with a wall, the best edge of the slab was selected and the other was sawn.

Check out this short video featuring sinker cypress slabs:

Sawing Sinker Cypress

Antique Heart Cypress is one of only a few remaining prehistoric tree species. Goodwin Company is proud to specialize in working with sinker cypress. Check out this video demonstrating how Goodwin transforms River-Recovered® Heart Cypress logs into gorgeous wood paneling and ceilings:

Rescued from a North West Florida river bottom, the River-Recovered log in the video displays an ax cut end, dating its harvest prior to 1870.  This was before the large scale introduction of the steam engine and arrival of the railroad in Florida.  The sheer size of these logs attest to their age, and, with an approximate diameter of 3ft or greater, their size allows for larger cuts unattainable in modern cypress. Each log has at least eight growth rings per inch… and often times more. The unique tight, fine grain gives antique Heart Cypress a soft graceful pattern that varies from warm honey and cinnamon tones through to light chocolate coloring in its grain.

Goodwin founder George Goodwin has been the company sawyer for over 40 years.  He saws each log to ensure the most wood is preserved with each cut.  The mill carries the sawn wood down along a conveyer belt to its first level of grading by Goodwin’s specialists. After grading, the boards are cut into standard widths, placed in the kiln and later moulded into heart cypress flooring and paneling as featured in the modern offices of RRSimmons.

Dreams Do Come True… Sometimes They Are Just a Long Time in the Making!

Several years ago, we noticed an increase in the demand for pre-finished wood flooring.  So, we set out to find someone who was considered the best of the best in the industry to work with us.  It took three years before Dan Petersen appeared at our door after being introduced to us by a colleague. Dan is one of the best pre-finished wood experts in the business, as evidenced by the specially formulated finishes he has developed specifically for Goodwin.  Dan is talented and can provide the hardest finish on the market, produce any custom color unique to you and incorporate textures that look great on reclaimed wood.  Not to mention he is one of the smartest and nicest people you will ever meet! Dan operates Heritage Wood Finish Company here at Goodwin.

Finding Dan was only the first step.  Next, we needed a new building.  We drew up plans and applied to the County Growth Management office for a building permit for a factory finish facility. The County initially denied our request.  Today – after three more years of engineering, environmental and legal studies – we are very close to finally having our building.

As you can see, the turtles in our log pond are just as anxious as we are for it to be complete!

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Goodwin is one of the most fortunate companies, as we have been doing what we love for over 40 years. George Goodwin started pulling and sawing River-Recovered® logs in the mid-seventies and today he is still the company sawyer. He could hardly be happier!

Thank you, George, for an incredible 40 years. Here’s to our wildest successes yet to come!

The Goodwin Difference… Together, We Are as Strong as Our Wood!

  • Original River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress specialists
  • First reclaimed engineered floor “Made in the USA” right here at our mill
  • Environmentally, kid and pet friendly factory finishes, custom color and textures
  • Oldest family-owned and operated reclaimed wood company in the United States
  • River-Recovered and reclaimed flooring, paneling, siding, stair parts, moldings and lumber, solid/engineered, finished / unfinished

Please enjoy these photos of our new building – we are almost there!

Sinker Cypress – The Gentle Giants of the South Part Three

Virgin (old growth) bald cypress and modern (new) growth bald cypress are the same species.  However, there are many differences between them.  Two of the most striking differences include:

  1. Old growth sinker cypress is highly dense, as it had more than 2000-3000 years to grow. The growth rings very close together, making it a much more beautiful and durable material. New growth bald cypress is harvested after about 40 – 50 years.
  2. Old growth sinker cypress builds up a full heart of cypresene oil, making it resistant to rot. New growth bald cypress, on the other hand, most definitely will rot in an exterior application.

Goodwin’s sinker cypress is specified in many outdoor projects specifically for its rot resistance.  Although virgin growth and modern growth bald cypress are the same species, they have entirely different properties.

Enjoy part three of Sinker Cypress – The Gentle Giants of the South:

Sinker Cypress – The Gentle Giants of the South Part Two

After the Civil War and during reconstruction, things were chaotic in the south.  There was an abundance of cheap land, much of which was bought up by northern lumber and timber interest who needed a new source. The easiest way to access the longleaf pines near rivers was to cut through the bald cypress and create a road that led to them. Loggers then went to great lengths to girdle the trees in hopes of decreasing their weight in preparation to float them down river to sawmills. They would also use man-made auger holes to place a pole between one tree which had been girdled and one which had not to float them down the river. Sometimes this technique would work. However, when this strategy failed, trees would sink to the bottom and be lost.  These are the trees we recover and transform into our beautiful antique heart pine and heart cypress wood flooring, paneling and ceilings.

As you can see, there is much, much more to sinker cypress than meets the eye.  Enjoy part two of Sinker Cypress – The Gentle Giants of the South: