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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!

Sustainable Wood Flooring – Popular in Coastal Areas

Sustainable wood flooring has always been popular in coastal areas. Goodwin recently provided 1200 square feet of 5-1/4” tongue and groove wild black cherry wood floors for the renovation of a vintage vernacular cottage (circa 1925) in Cedar Keys, Florida. The Cedar Keys are a cluster of islands in the Gulf of Mexico located just off of the northern Florida peninsula.

You can almost feel the cool breeze and hear the sound of gently rolling waves as you view these gorgeous photos.  The wild black cherry wood floors were handcrafted using sustainably harvested wood that was pre-finished with Diamond 7 (a proprietary finish developed exclusively for Goodwin by Heritage Wood Finish Company.)

Our friends at the Sustainable Design Group specified Goodwin’s sustainable wood flooring for this renovation project.  The wood flooring was installed by Matt Marwick of Precision Floorcrafters and the general contractor was Kenneth Edmunds of Delta Construction in Cedar Keys.

Love these photos and want to learn more?  Give us a call!  We will be happy to talk with you about how we can help you incorporate sustainable wood flooring into your coastal design or renovation project.

Photos courtesy of Mark J. Koper.

Wild Black Cherry Wood Feature Walls and Accents

Most people have seen wild black cherry hardwood flooring at one time or another, but did you know that the species is perfect for wood feature walls and accents, too?  Take a look at this beautiful office showroom for Avalon Park West community in Wesley Chapel, Florida.  Our good friend Chris Webb at CWebb Designs in Tampa crafted the interior using Goodwin’s wild black cherry. JNT Interiors was the designer on the project.

Photos by Bos Images

Wild black cherry wood floors have a history of being especially popular because of the arching grain patterns and slight mineral coloring.  These same unique features are also what makes is so desirable for wood feature walls, wood ceilings and accents.   Goodwin sustainably harvests this species and mills it into our exclusive wild black cherry engineered flooring, solid flooring, wood feature walls and wood ceilings.  Contact us today to find out how wild black cherry can add depth and warmth to your home or office!

Sustainably Harvested Wild Black Cherry Wood Flooring

Goodwin rescues trees which have fallen during storms and/or are scheduled to be cut down due to development. We work closely with foresters and land planners to sustainably harvest this beautiful wood to ensure it is not doomed to waste. One of the species we rescue is wild black cherry.

Wild black cherry primarily grows in the eastern half of North America and Mexico. Goodwin mills sustainably harvested wild black cherry logs into our solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. Some argue wild black cherry is more desirable than standard cherry because it often develops arching and/or burled grain patterns, along with slight mineral colors for added beauty. Wild black cherry’s natural coloration varies from deep pink to rich red brown tones.

This short but informative video shows Dan Petersen of Heritage Wood Finish Company pre-finishing a solid wild black cherry wood floor with a low sheen diamond 7 finish for one of our valued clients:

Our friends at The Sustainable Design Group in Gainesville, Florida are the architects for the remodeling of a home in Cedar Keys where the wild black cherry solid wood flooring you see in the video will be installed.

Interested in a wild black cherry solid wood floor or engineered wood floor?  If so, please give us a shout so we can custom craft a sustainably harvested wood floor just for you.

Reclaimed Wood Class and Road Trip

Goodwin was excited to present, “Architectural and Design Uses of Reclaimed Wood” to 62 architects at MiaGreen. We answered lots of questions about installation, moisture control and sustainable forestry.  The story behind sinker cypress and the process of recovering logs always engages the audience.  A good time was had by all!

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While in South Florida, we visited a number of friends to show off Goodwin’s new factory finished reclaimed wood, including Moor, Baker & Associates Architects, P.A. and Bonded Floors in Vero Beach (who we’ve worked with for over 20 years).

Congratulations Chris Baker of Moor, Baker & Associates Architects, P.A. !

Congratulations Chris Baker of Moor, Baker & Associates Architects, P.A. !

We also stopped by Uline’s vacation home in Everglades City to see their Goodwin engineered floor. As we made our way up the coast, we made a stop at Architect’s Unlimited in Naples and at Chico’s Headquarters in Ft Myers. Chico’s founders, Marvin and Helene Gralnick put a Goodwin Heart Pine floor in their home 25 years ago. The Gralnick’s wanted to use Goodwin’s Wild Black Cherry flooring in their new stores; however, solid unfinished wood proved too challenging for commercial contractors.

Our good friends Marvin and Helene Gralnick, founders of Chico’s

Our good friends Marvin and Helene Gralnick, founders of Chico’s

Today our factory finished engineered floor in any custom color is ‘install ready’ for high-end commercial or residential projects. Thank you Marvin and Helene. We were honored to provide you with your River-Recovered ® Antique Heart Pine floor!

 

Walk on Diamonds!

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.

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Whatever your style, we can create it.
Call us today – we like to help!

The Best Wood Flooring for Pets in Your Home

Luxury Solid Wood FlooringDoes the resilience of Heart Pine stand up to the normal wear and tear of pets? Yes it does! Let’s look at the Janka hardness scale (see our earlier post) for assurance. The Janka scale for Hard Maple (commonly used for basketball courts) is 1450. When people speak of pine flooring not being suitable for pets, they are referring to White Pine, which has a Janka scale rating of 380.

Heart Pine registers 1220 on the Janka hardness scale, which is equivalent to Red Oak and almost commensurate to basketball court strength. Contrary to popular belief, true Heart Pine flooring is actually harder than Cherry, Teak and Walnut. The key here is “true” – you definitely want to make sure the Heart Pine your are considering is “all heart”.

Many floor re-finishers also believe the type of finish is important. Try to avoid hard shell coatings with pets in the home. This type of finish is more likely to show marks.

True Antique Heart Pine allows you to enjoy the remarkable beauty of luxury wood flooring without isolating the furry members of your family!

More Reclaimed Wood Furniture Ideas

For the Artist in All of Us What is so wonderful about reclaimed wood furniture is the uniqueness of each piece. These stools made from reclaimed wood  are a great find, handcrafted by designer Nicolai Czumaj-Bront, no two are alike. He calls them “pitch stools”.

More Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Mitz Takahashi is a furniture designer/maker located in Montreal who works with reclaimed wood and materials. His creations range from vintage to modern, and his use of reclaimed wood gives his work that extra flair that makes people take notice. The hallway console, featured here is made from reclaimed Cherry, Walnut, Birch, Mahogany, Maple.   […]

Natural Color Changes

The rich color of old heart pine is one of the main benefits of an antique wood floor. A discussion of heart pine may help you to get the look you want. Several species of wood change color significantly as they age. Lumber from freshly sawn antique heart pine logs change from light yellows to deep orange-red browns as time passes. The color change is especially noticeable in longleaf heart pine of high resin content. Other species such as American black cherry, Jatoba (sold as Brazilian cherry) and purple heart also show a significant color transformation. Oxidation of components of the wood drives the change in color and it is accelerated by ultraviolet light. Covering part of a board with aluminum foil and leaving it in strong sun light for a day or two can cause enough darkening to be seen. For a new wood floor much of the change in color takes place in the first few weeks. However the richer tones continue to emerge for several months. Area rugs placed on the floor before this time will keep the areas under the rugs from darkening. Heart wood typically changes color significantly more than sap wood. The color of freshly sawn longleaf pine River recovered® logs is lighter while heart pine reclaimed from buildings is usually darker. Reclaimed heart pine can also contain some yellow portions that are associated with high resin concentrations. The color deepens to the same range in wood from either source. The degree of color change in a new floor is strongly affected by finish that is applied. The type of finish should be considered as a part of the decision to determine the final color of the floor.

Knowing what to expect can help you flooring installation go more smoothly.

Goodwin Partners with Andrew St. James to design Precision-Engineered Flooring

Once Goodwin found Andrew St. James, master flooring craftsman and as much of a perfectionist as George Goodwin, the company’s Precision Engineered “PE” wood floor design process flourished. His wood floor technical connections are among the best in the world and wood science is his passion.

Andrew prefers to do most of the testing himself rather than rely on others. “There isn’t a large body of research on engineered wood like the one that exists on solid floors,” he says. “We are charting our own path.”

After years of design and testing, Andrew was satisfied that the design yielded a floor that had longer lengths than most engineered, looked like a solid wood floor, could be sanded and refinished like solid wood and would avoid problems of some other engineered wood floors.

Andrew turned to Miguel Scannone, Goodwin’s Production Manager, to focus on the manufacturing. Miguel makes sure that all of Goodwin’s products are properly kiln-dried, well milled and graded to established guidelines. He was the natural choice to train and oversee the development of a manufacturing team and processes for the new product line.

Why Goodwin Precision-Engineered Might be Right for You

Goodwin began installing its engineered wood floors in commercial and residential projects in 2007. Still, the pre-finish was a concern. After tests with ten different pre-finish companies, Goodwin found a match to the company’s high level of craftsmanship and love of beautiful wood with Greyne Custom Wood Company of Charlotte, NC.

Greyne uses a vegetable-based oil, followed by an amberizing sealer with a high quality water-based topcoat that looks warm and natural. The finish truly has a furniture quality surface.

In addition to the River-Recovered® Antique Heart Pine, Goodwin offers its Precision-Engineered wood floor in building reclaimed antique heart pine, wild black cherry, antique heart cypress, walnut and mahogany (Andiroba) among other reclaimed or rescued woods. We’re ready to meet your needs for superior engineered wood floors.

We offer you on your Precision Engineered PE wood floor a lifetime structural warranty and 20 years on the finish. Call for a sample today.

National Experts Lead Advanced Flooring Workshops

A newly published subfloor technique was just one of the topics unveiled by some the nation’s best known wood flooring leaders at two recent advanced workshops, held at Goodwin Heart Pine Company’s manufacturing facility outside Gainesville, Florida.

Flooring professionals from across the country gained hands-on, job-site experience at the Wood Floor Guild seminars by designing and installing custom flooring in Goodwin’s new showroom.

Goodwin Heart Pine Company, which specializes in river-recovered ® antique heart pine, heart cypress and wild black cherry, provided the wood for the special projects. These woods are considered to be some of the highest quality wood available and provided attendees with the opportunity to gain applied knowledge of their unusual properties.

Howard Brickman, a national wood floor consultant, featured professional in “Hardwood Floors” and Bob Villa’s “Home Again” television show and former technical director of NOFMA, led the “Advanced Installation Workshop.” This weeklong seminar featured several topics including radial layout, bent curves, custom end-grain, borders, scroll saw introduction as well as monitoring job site conditions, brass inlays, and wood anatomy. The installation segment also featured Don Bollinger, author ofHardwood Floors books and videos by Taunton Press. Jeff Foreman demonstrated advanced stairpart installation.

In addition, the group installed an eight-foot round medallion that earned the 2002 Designer’s Choice Wood Floor, which was chosen by the American Society of Interior Designers for Most Aesthetically Pleasing Floor. Other instructors included Daniel Boone and Andrew St. James, president of the Wood Floor Guild.

The “Advanced Sanding & Finishing Workshop” was led by Bob Moffett, developer of sanding equipment and instructor of more than 100 workshops. This class provided in-depth information about innovative methods, products and equipment on topics including sanding pattern floors, end-grain and medallions and understanding and using different techniques on the full array of stains, sealers and finishes with a dust free system.

Daniel Boone, past technical director of the National Wood Flooring Association, was on hand to teach a never before published subfloor installation technique with plywood. This system was developed in conjunction with Mickey Moore and the National Oak Floor Manufacturers Association.

Other participants included two chemists from Germany who provided education about a new stain system and an oil sealer for heart pine with only 10 percent solvents.

“Several of these instructors are not only the most experienced and skilled in the industry but, they are still practicing their craft on a daily basis,” said Andrew St. James, president of the Wood Floor Guild. “These workshops are intended to provide real world experience on an actual job site to address the challenges and opportunities that inevitably crop up.”

George Goodwin said ongoing education for design, building and installation professionals has always been a high priority for his company. Goodwin Heart Pine frequently sponsors workshops, such as the environmental finishes seminar held last September and scheduled again in the spring. In addition, they offer free courses for four continuing education units, which are recognized by most professional organizations.

“It was a real privilege to learn from these flooring masters and have them direct the installation, sanding and finishing of our new display area and offices,” said George Goodwin, president of Goodwin Heart Pine. “They set the standards for the most expert techniques in the industry and it is valuable information we will pass on to our customers.”