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Back to Dasburg!

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!

 

Modern Antique

Remember this beauty?

Since we don’t come across logs of this magnitude very often, our marketing coordinator Jeffrey thought it might be neat to re-create a classic photo from the 1800s depicting loggers posing with a fresh cut giant cypress back in the day.

Jeffrey staged our staff around the log in the exact positions as the 1800s loggers.  We think it is a spectacular modern-day replica.  What do you think?

 

Our Newest “Gentle Giant”

giantcypresslog 001 (Medium)After nearly 40 years in the business, one would think we have seen it all. The truth is, each and every day is an exciting adventure that presents new opportunities. The logs we work with to create our River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress flooring, paneling and other wood products are simply majestic. Each has its own distinct character and personality. Logger Don McCallister recently pulled this Cypress beauty out of the northern Withlacoochee River.

giantcypresslog 005 (Medium)This “Gentle Giant “ is 30 feet long; 29″ in diameter at its top and an amazing six feet in diameter at its base.

giantcypresslog 006 (Medium)Just take a look at this incredible ax cut end.

The log was discovered while Goodwin’s Marketing Coordinator, Jeffrey Forbes, was on the Withlacoochee hosting a documentary video crew. It was the first log they saw. It was still submerged in the river and its head was resting on a sandy beach. The log served as the perfect “subject” for the documentary, which we will share when it is complete.

Here is a bit of background on river logging along Withlacoochee (for you history buffs):

This giant cypress log was recovered on the part of the Withlacoochee that flows south out of Georgia and meets up with the Suwannee River at Suwannee River State Park. There once was a sawmill owned by Governor George Drew (Florida’s first governor post reconstruction) at what is now Suwannee River State Park. This log likely once belonged to this mill before it was “lost”.

Goodwin will now saw this antique beauty into a series of benches for the expansion of the Bok Tower campus in Lake Wales. Stay tuned, as we will continue to update you on the progress of this Gentle Giant…

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Contributes to the Allure of the New Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Center at Naples Botanical Garden

Goodwin Company Provides Antique Wood Carefully Recovered from the Apalachicola River

(Naples, FL) – Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® wood, announce their contribution to the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Center at Naples Botanical Garden. The company meticulously sawed and precisely milled 20,000 linear feet of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress (virgin growth bald cypress; taxodium distichum) for siding and trim. The majority of the antique logs used for the project were carefully retrieved out of the Apalachicola River. The result is a magnificent, beautifully crafted complex adorned with antique wood that is not only breathtaking, but also tells an intriguing and fascinating story.

“Goodwin worked closely with the entire building design team to ensure the final product exceeded expectations,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “We previously worked on a project with similar specs – the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas – which made us the perfect resource for this magnitude of a project.”

Architect Tenna Florian of the esteemed Lake/Flato Architects in San Antonio, Texas, specified the reclaimed cypress with vertical grain for the Visitor’s Center project. Lake/Flato Architects is a recognized leader in the use of sustainably sourced materials and consciously designed vernacular architecture. They were recognized as the 2004 American Institute of Architects (AIA) firm of the year.

“I take great pleasure in watching visitors arrive at Naples Botanical Garden and marvel at the beauty of the Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress that we used for siding the buildings,” says Brian Holley, Executive Director, Naples Botanical Garden.

“Using this wood is a real win-win-win for us, as through the wood we can tell the story of the forests of Florida – it will last a lifetime or more – and most importantly was salvaged, an important consideration in this LEED Gold project. On top of that the folks at Goodwin are a pleasure to work with.”

Goodwin Company has earned the indisputable reputation for producing antique River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood using the strictest grading standards of any company in the marketplace. Demand for Goodwin’s rich, high quality flooring continues to flourish and has become exceedingly coveted among architects, designers, celebrities, and high-end homeowners.

“Our founder, George Goodwin, still operates the saw to ensure each and every cut meets his high standards and expectations,” says Carol Goodwin. “We are one of the few manufacturers whose founder and owner is actively involved in the production process and personally inspects each and every order before it ships.”

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, Naples Botanical Garden and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Subject of Latest SouthDocs Project

Special thank you to The Southern Register and Rex Jones for mentioning us.  Goodwin was honored to be part of Rex’s new documentary.  More to come…

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Restoring History

Hard to believe it has been nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast. Lives, property and a huge piece of our history was lost in one fail swoop on that tragic August day. However, with every disaster, stories of triumph emerge. Goodwin was proud to be part of one of those triumphant “stories”.

The historic Charnley-Norwood house, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, was literally torn apart by Hurricane Katrina. However, in 2013, the entire structure was restored to its original beauty. Architect Larry Albert specified Goodwin Company to supply antique wood for the restoration. We provided 800sf of River-Recovered® Curly Heart Pine T&G V-joint paneling, and 1000sf of 3-1/4″ Legacy (building reclaimed) heartpine T&G flooring.

We would like to share the short documentary, By the Hand of the Unseen Poet by Ellis Anderson.

Learn more at: http://www.savemyplacems.com/listing/charnley-norwood-house/

As an additional note, this project received a 2014 Heritage Award for Preservation Education. We were honored to be part of restoring this important piece of our nation’s history!

Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour

Planning to attend the Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour this weekend?  If so, be sure to stop by the Rongat Sangaree/Seibert House at 110 17th Street.  Our good friends Mike and Carole Seibert installed a beautiful Goodwin River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character floor in their home, which is part of the tour.  If you are […]

Installing Wood Floors – It’s Not an Expense, It’s an Investment!

We sometimes deal with potential customers who are debating between installing our wood flooring, or using an inferior product.  Sometimes the cost of our flooring is a bit higher than other options.  However, the durability, longevity, and alluring beauty of our woods cannot be ignored.  And, with proper upkeep (which amounts to regular sweeping and […]

Try Your Hand at Parquet Ancien!

contestGoodwin Company is sponsoring a unique contest on behalf of one of our valued clients, Peggy Gilder of Fire Island, New York (formerly of Los Angeles, CA). She is looking for a unique Parquet Ancien design for her home. She describes the beauty, feel and alluring qualities of the wood:

Pine is synonymous with the texture of relaxation. It invites the unraveling of responsibility. It takes care of itself and it ages beautifully.”
Peggy Gilder

So, would you like to try your hand at Parquet Ancien design? We will select the top three custom designs and provide the winners with a panel of their creation. Our client will then select the final winner. You do not have to be a professional designer to enter.

Need more information about Parquet Ancien? Google these terms to see some neat examples: Parquet Ancien, Ancien Parquet, Parquet Ancienne, Ancienne Parquet. We’ve also included some photos of our own work below.

Scan and e-mail your designs, along with your name, e-mail address and telephone number to: carol@heartpine.com.

Reclaimed Wood is Recycling

River-reclaimed logs were lost once and presumed gone forever… waiting perfectly preserved.  Beams from industrial revolution warehouses are another wonderful source. Existing wood floors have an extended life span and can often be reused. Many antique floors are in homes of the 18th or 19th century and are still walked on every day. They offer tremendous design diversity and the look of an old floor can be completely transformed with stains, faux finishes and inlays.

It Was a Green Halloween!

As program chair for the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Goodwin sponsored “Green Halloween” in conjunction with Boo at the Zoo. We gave out several thousand organic chocolates and exhibited along with a couple dozen other sustainably minded business people.

Interested in participating next year? Learn how you can expose your business to thousands of community members and encourage healthy celebrations all at the same time at www.GreenHalloween.org.

 

30 Years of Forest Protection

These days we’re all fairly aware of deforestation and the need to protect our trees. We recycle paper, and many people choose reclaimed wood for their homes, for furniture, flooring and more. However it wasn’t always so. Human beings as a race are not very good at using something conservatively unless it is running out. […]

Turning Trash into Art

The world of “found art” is a fascinating one.  Many people have made amazing art collections by gathering things that other people would think of as trash, and turning them into stunning sculptures and works of art.  There are many things that count as “found art”.  Some people collect driftwood and dry it out, paint […]

Green Olympics!

Change is in the air, and it looks green! Host cities submit city planning and building proposals, promising sustainability and continued use of Olympic facilities after the Olympic flame has passed. But cities like Beijing and Montreal have failed to follow through with that promise. Many of the structures now sit vacant or are only […]

New Reclaimed Wood Products

Reclaimed wood offers so many opportunities to make an architectural statement, as well as supporting the green lifestyle movement. We found these amazing wood panels by Architectural Systems, winner of the 2012 Best New Product at the GlobalShop Show held in Chicago.

A Salute to Green Portland

More Green Buildings

Interest in vertical gardening is growing fast, and no wonder, who can resist these lovely green buildings, especially the ones with salad makings growing on the walls!

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”.