Is That a Mountain…In Florida?

Definitely a mountain

Many thoughts cross the human mind when seeing this picture. What is that pile and why is it so large?  Where will it go, or will it go anywhere?  How big is that thing going to become?  Those were MY initial thoughts on seeing this mammoth mound, but I was informed and delighted to hear about what happens next.

At Goodwin Company, we care tremendously about the environment for the present, and our future.  Our “waste” isn’t actually waste!  Take a look at this large sawdust pile that accumulates on a daily basis.  While it continues to grow, the pile gets divvied up between local blueberry farmers.  Our River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart pine and heart cypress is scattered underneath blueberry bushes.   The antique wood’s acidity supposedly enhances the blueberries taste, making them richer and sweeter to eat.  Goodwin has also collaborated with The University of Florida to further biochar research.

This is not the only way we incorporate repurposing into our normal regimen. George Goodwin was the pioneer of recovering logs that rested underwater for at least 150 years and transforming them into our signature River-Recovered Heart Pine and Heart Cypress products. At the same time, we also rescue wood that has outgrown its original intention.  We take the salvageable boards from a building coming down, de-nailing and re-sawing to create an entirely new structure.  Nail holes, staining, and other imperfections help to tell its history.  The destruction of trees from natural disasters can further be rescued and reused, giving the wood another chance at life.

Present day, wood continues to be beneficial for the environment and energy efficiency.  According to The American Forest Foundation, wood is the only major building material that is renewable.  Sustainably produced wood pellets from the United States get sent around all over the world to power plants to help build greener strategies.  For our future, eco-friendly practices will hopefully continue to combat environmental issues, like reducing carbon emissions and climate change.  For now, Goodwin will steadily do our part being environmentally conscious.  We will manage our green practices, while educating others in what we do and why it’s important.  Stop by Goodwin and see what we can do today to help you!

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!

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!

Featured Wood: River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character

Add a Little Character to Your Home or Office in 2018

Have you seen our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character feature walls?  They are a hot seller and are absolutely stunning.  In fact, heart cypress character’s unique fine grain, arching grain patterns and vertical pinstripes makes it a popular species for feature walls, paneling, ceilings, trim and anywhere else you want to add subtle beauty.

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress is also a conversation piece, as it is one of only a few remaining prehistoric species available. Character grade offers more natural characteristics and even some unique features such as face checks, cracks and a few loose knots.

Our clients love its colors, which range from warm honey to cinnamon tan and light chocolate tones.  If you want more consistent color, it can be stained. And, with 99.9% heart content, how can you go wrong?

Treat yourself to some River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character in the upcoming year.  Our friendly experts are here to help!

Trending Wood Feature Walls

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!

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!