Sinker Cypress – The Gentle Giants of the South: Part One
Goodwin’s resident history enthusiast, Jeffrey Forbes, describes the origins of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress – a.k.a. sinker cypress. Hundreds of years ago, the Suwannee River ran “clear”, more like a spring, as opposed to the murky waters we know today. Both sides of the river were literally walls of bald cypress (a.k.a. tidewater red cypress, sinker cypress). These gentle giants were more than 100 feet tall and 2000-3000 years old. Behind the wall of bald cypress you would find millions acres of longleaf pine, which Goodwin also recovers today.
Goodwin recently recovered a 35 foot long sinker cypress log that was left by loggers of yesteryear in the Withlacoochee river (which runs into the Suwannee) hundreds of years ago. Much of it has now been milled and is being used at the Bok Tower Gardens expansion project in Lake Wales, Florida. This is what sustainable design is all about. Rather than cut down forests, Goodwin recovers antique logs from river bottoms for architects and interior designers to incorporate into award-winning, sustainable designs. Homeowners love the wood because it is not only beautiful and durable, but it comes with an intriguing and rich story behind its origin.
The above video is the first in a multi-part series outlining the “story” behind these gentle giants of the south. Enjoy!