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!
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.
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.
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!
“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.
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:
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
We’ve featured photos of the gorgeous home in the Old Northeast Neighborhood of St. Petersburg, Florida owned by our good friend Maureen Stafford. A previous article featured her reclaimed wood kitchen floor.
Maureen is restoring another historic home in St. Petersburg. She used 400 square feet of Goodwin’s Legacy building reclaimed heart pine select and vertical heart pine in the closets (which she made) and to fill in where she took out the floor vents. The replacement wood was a critical improvement to the new floor reclamation square footage.
Enjoy this video of the home. Great job, Maureen!
Makes you want to move to St. Pete, huh…
Video courtesy of Jeff Royer, Distinctive Focus Photography
The Lakeview Condos in historic St. Augustine Florida date back to the late 1800s. The Lakeview building was constructed between 1885-1893 by the firm of McGuire and McDonald, famously known for constructing the Ponce De Leon Hotel. Both structures were built by Standard Oil tycoon, Henry Flagler; the Ponce as a luxury hotel and the Lakeview building as the male staff quarters for the hotel. Originally, the Lakeview building was referred to as the “Ponce De Leon barracks.”
Fast forward to 2004 when the building was purchased and developed into luxury condominiums. Lakeview sits on the edge of Lake Maria Sanchez in a prime area of town just blocks off the heart of the old city.
October 2016 brought powerful hurricane Matthew to the area, which flooded the historic district of America’s oldest city as it passed at high tide. Sadly, the Lakeview building took on five inches of water from Lake Sanchez. Goodwin worked closely with the owners association to replace the original heart pine flooring. Most units were restored using River-Recovered Heart Pine Character or Antique Longleaf pine. Much of the replacement heart pine was either 2-1/2″ or 3-1/4″. The 800-1000sf units are now light and airy living spaces with wonderful architectural transoms over the doors and arched passageway. Goodwin is always most pleased when we can be a part of historic restorations.
This video shows Goodwin’s Naily heart pine being finished on site by our partner Heritage Wood Finish Company (HWFC). Goodwin has partnered with HWFC to develop proprietary, custom finishes specifically formulated for our resinous antique River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood. Goodwin now offers a variety of install ready products – including wide plank flooring, wood walls, wood ceilings and wood paneling – featuring custom colors, textures and environmentally friendly finishes:
- Zero to very low volatile compounds
- Second in hardness only to diamonds
- Customizable to fit your specific design needs
- Child, pet and environmentally friendly
Goodwin’s antique heart pine beams are recovered from 19th century industrial buildings where carpenters would choose the best face of the beam to nail to. This results in our beautiful naily faced floor grade we get to enjoy now, two centuries later.
Our finisher guides the milled flooring and wood paneling material onto the finishing machine. This is the final process in the manufacturing of our finished wood flooring and paneling for wood walls and ceilings. The grade in the video features rich red tones as a result of oxidation during its life in the industrial buildings. Splashes of yellow heart can be found throughout the grade as well. The black staining around the nail holes is also a result of oxidation. This chemical reaction occurs between the extractives in the antique wood and the iron nails that were used so many years ago resulting the rustic unique character that we see today.
This historic reclaimed wood can’t help but hint to its past even in modern spaces, like the window sills featured in Gainesville, Florida’s Swamphead Brewery. As you can see, introducing antique wood walls, wood paneling or wood flooring adds a warm, natural and relaxing feel to any room in your home or office. From sinker cypress wood walls, paneling and ceilings to heartpine flooring and accents, the use of River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood in contemporary design is on the rise as consumers seek unique and sustainable products to personalize their home and work spaces.
Dan Peterson describes his specially formulated Diamond finish to a visitor at our GreenBuild Expo booth. There is still time to come and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to download your FREE expo pass!
How is this for color – check out our Wild Black Cherry hardwood, brushed and pigmented with grey and topped with a Diamond coating (second in hardness only to diamonds!)
We recently created this for a customer who wanted the grain and features of cherry, with exceptional durability and grey coloring. So, we created a special-formulated, custom coating to match the color they desired with a more resistant wear layer suited for a commercial floor. The small inset is the natural color of cherry so you can see the difference.
Whatever your style, we can create it.
Call us today – we like to help!
In the Old Northeast Historic District of St. Petersburg, Florida, preservationist and past president of the Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, Maureen Stafford is busy restoring a vintage, early twentieth century beauty. This classic home, like so many built in St. Pete’s grand and early years, was full of heart pine, but age and condition demanded some repair and replacement be done. Goodwin milled 1020 square feet of LEGACY (building reclaimed) heart pine flooring for the project. Built at a time when long leaf pine (pinus palustris) was still plentiful in the state of Florida, Maureen’s careful attention to detail and use of historically appropriate materials assures that this old survivor will enjoy an extended lifetime. Goodwin applauds Maureen’s work and the work of all of those who take on the mantle of preserving great American architecture!!
Did you notice? Maureen used a great old trick in creating the face of her floor. Knowing that the bed will live in one spot in this room, our preservationist made sure to install most of the knottier boards there, insuring that the remainder of her floor will be perfectly clear.
Condos and Vacation Homes
Condominiums and vacation homes are often not occupied for several months during the year. If the HVAC is left off during the summer, humidity can build up and get in between the boards to the underside and cause the floor to cup. Of course, to solve the problem, you must understand the problem. This issue can be prevented by back sealing the boards with inexpensive polyurethane before installation. If you expect the interior conditions to not be controlled year round, this balances both sides of the wood to avoid cupping.
Wide Board and Large Rooms
When working with wide boards or large rooms, consider starting the installation in the middle of the room. Nail toward both walls with spline glued into the grooves of the middle boards. The tongue side should be held down with sufficient fasteners, so most of the movement occurs on the groove side. This technique essentially cuts your shrink/swell in half.
Installation Over Concrete
When installing either solid or glued engineered wood over concrete on grade, we always recommend sealing the concrete. A well-made engineered wood with a water resistant plywood backer and high-quality glue can even survive a leak. It will generally dry out and will usually be fine if you get the water off relatively quickly, but it will not be able to dry if the concrete is not sealed.
Acclimation and Moisture
Every wood floor professional should own a moisture meter. Use the kind with pins that measure electrical resistance and orient the pins with the grain, as that is how the meters are calibrated. Meters that sit on top of wood measure specific gravity and do not work well on dense reclaimed wood. This step is the most important specification to make sure that the wood and site are acclimated and installed at the expected long-term moisture content and living conditions.
Nails and Fasteners
Be sure to use enough fasteners for a nail down floor. Our recommended nail schedule is as follows:
- Every 6” for a 3” face
- Every 4” for a 5” face
- Every 3” for a 7” face
- Every 2” for a 9” face
And, no more than 1-1/2” from end to avoid splits.
- Every 6″ for a 3 face”
- Every 5” for a 5 face”
- Every 4” for a 7” face
Wider products require more nails to get close to the same average number of nails per square foot. You must consider more than just the expansion and contraction of the flooring. It is also very important to get the flooring to conform to the sub floor. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the quality of installation you want. The good installers we know use more nails than average.
More and more, today’s consumers are looking for local and sustainable options. Whether it’s locally grown produce from the neighborhood farmer’s market or recycled building products from the local architectural salvage company, today’s marketplace demands an alternative to inferior and poorly crafted imports. It should come as no surprise that discerning homeowners all over the country are seeking out similar products in the way of authentic, “Made in the U.S.A.” wood flooring.
We thought you’d like to see the fascinating process that Goodwin Company goes through to bring clients the finest in reclaimed heart pine engineered flooring. In 2007, Goodwin became the first reclaimed wood company in the United States to manufacture an engineered floor here at home and not overseas. Goodwin offers its Precision Engineered product in both River-Recovered® and Legacy (building reclaimed) Heart Pine.
The following photos are very interesting and intriguing. They take you through the multi-stepped process of milling the highest quality flooring we know (even if it’s used as wainscoting like our clients did at the new Sea Scout base in Galveston, Tx.) From the reclamation of gigantic heart pine beams out of deconstructed 19th century industrial buildings to sawing and finishing the final product, Goodwin means quality. Goodwin means, “Made in America”.
While the Goodwin Company showroom is a one of a kind, beautiful display of our River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine and cypress; it also sits right smack in the middle of our sawmill. A sawmill can be a dusty, dirty place and you can imagine that keeping this showroom clean is a job in itself.
While you may not face the challenges we face with a continual outpouring of dirt and sawdust, you may find an oil and re-buff every few years does wonders to even the most well maintained floors. Keeping our antique wood floor looking resilient for welcomed visitors takes a couple of easy, but necessary steps:
- First, we vacuum away all the loose dirt making sure to use a soft bristle head so as not to scratch the floor.
- Next, we mop the floor with clean, warm water and a fresh mop. This doesn’t require a lot of water. Each time the mop goes back to the bucket it should be thoroughly wrung out. The point is to only use enough moisture to remove dirt, but not enough to linger on top of your floor. It should dry rather quickly.
- Thirdly, while following the instructions closely, use a quality hardwood floor cleaner that can also be applied and removed with a fresh mop. Look carefully. Some cleaners need to be diluted, while others do not.
- Lastly, once dry, we oiled and buffed the floor using a quality hardwood floor maintenance oil and a orbital floor buffer. We buff the oil in using a new pad, then wait over night, change pads and buff again to remove the excess oil and to lower the sheen. Ultimately, we buffed the floor for a third time to achieve the sheen we like. Like the hardwood floor cleaner, be sure to follow the instructions closely when using the maintenance oil. Different oils can have different set times.
Enjoy the photos of our showroom and please come pay us a visit!!!
University of Florida president, Dr. Kent Fuchs, and wife Linda graciously hosted an evening BBQ this past Wednesday, June 10th, in appreciation of all of the contractors and trades people who worked so diligently to complete the UF Dasburg president’s house. During the event, Dr. Fuchs thanked everyone for their hard work and effort. He also noted all of those companies that had made generous donations to the appointment of the Dasburg house. Goodwin was proud to be among the recognized businesses. Dr. Fuchs then announced that for the rest of the evening the Dasburg would be completely opened and that all were free to roam the house and admire their and other’s handiwork. What a great surprise! We were able to capture some additional photos of the home and the flooring we provided. Enjoy!
Last weekend, our Marketing Coordinator Jeffrey and his lovely wife Megan celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary in Cedar Key, Florida. While there, they visited the St. Clair Whitman House at the Cedar Key State Museum. Although Jeffrey was away on pleasure, he could not resist taking these photographs of Goodwin’s wood in the home:
Last year, Dale Kendrick with the Florida Park Service repaired several sections of flooring in the St. Clair Whitman House using Goodwin’s LEGACY heart pine. Jeffrey’s photos not only show the contrast of the new wood to old, but also illustrate how well the material marries together as a whole. The wood is featured in the front entrance, kitchen and on some of the wainscot in the dining room.
If you are ever on Cedar Key, be sure to stop by and check it out!
Hmmm…. I am considering giving Jeffrey an afternoon off to take his wife to an early dinner and movie since he found a way to “work” on his anniversary weekend…
Congratulations, Jeffrey and Megan. And, thank you for the wonderful photographs!
We are honored that Kimal Lumber on Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Florida chose to use Goodwin wood for their showroom office remodel. The owner, Al Bavry, is a wonderful person and a very knowledgeable professional. We certainly appreciated the opportunity to work with him!
The job turned out so well, Kimal is also using the office as a Goodwin display. The area features selections of most all of the wood Goodwin offers, including engineered, curly, log rounds, cypress paneling, and pecky.
We encourage you to stop by and visit the Kimal Sarasota location. A talented employee by the name of Rob has even handcrafted a number of wall hangings and art using the cutoffs. In fact, they will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday, February 27th with a customer appreciation day. Jeffrey Forbes and I will be there representing Goodwin with a booth and display. We would love to see you!
For more information, visit: http://kimallumber.com/locations/sarasota-east/
Antique Reclaimed Wood Serves as Centerpiece of Firestone Office Building’s New Look
(Gainesville, FL) – Great architecture stands forever, which is why Phoebe Cade Miles (daughter of the late Dr. James Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade) and her husband Richard – owners of the old Firestone building in Gainesville, Florida – chose to install antique River-Recovered® and Legacy Heartpine flooring during their recent renovation. The building, which also houses University of Florida’s Gator Lab and Starter Space, features 4,000 sq. ft. of office space (two stories), a reception area, inside second floor balcony and a completely renovated and remodeled interior. The building itself was constructed using Campville Brick, another material with a unique story and history.
The hallmark of the newly remodeled space is the River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heartpine provided by Goodwin Company, which surrounds a rectangle of brilliantly positioned reclaimed pine from the original building and an inlay of a fan medallion in the center. Boston native Rudy Dittmar performed the installation.
“We could not have created this incredible space without the help of Goodwin Company,” explains Miles. “They provided the antique heartpine flooring we needed to complement the original flooring. We were able to save some of the original flooring and with their help, were able to create an amazing design that worked both old and new into a work of beauty.”
“Restoring and renovating historic spaces is one of our passions,” says Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “Words cannot describe the feeling of witnessing your product breathe new life into a building with such deep roots and history. Antique wood is really the only option when you want to preserve the rich history and appeal.”
Photo Credit: Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group
About Goodwin Company
Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring. Esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments. Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion. For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.