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!

A Kitchen Needs Character!

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character shines equally bright both indoors and outdoors. Our dear friend Chad Cordwin at Cordwin Tree Service, Inc. had his kitchen cabinets crafted using Heart Cypress Character with a bird’s eye grain. The cypress colors and textures lend this space the warm, inviting glow a kitchen deserves.

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character is 100% heart, 100% dense growth.  Its swirling grain is a blend of arching, vertical, and feathery patterns in colors varying from warm honey through cinnamon tan to light chocolate.  The “character” of this grade comes from its pecky areas, face checks, and knots of any size. Heart Cypress is naturally tough, resistant to rot damage and termites.

If you need to remove or prune a tree, grind a stump, or assess foliage for storm risks, we highly recommend Cordwin Tree Service, Inc. Visit their website at or give them a call at 352-591-3642.

 

A Closer Look at Sinker Cypress

Paula and Randy from Florida Crotchwood Mobile Sawmill drop by on occasion to saw River-Recovered® heart cypress logs into beautiful slabs that can be handcrafted into gorgeous mantles, tables, shelves, signage, accents and anything else you can imagine.

This video shows our own Joe Collins skillfully crafting a fireplace mantle out of a River-Recovered heart cypress slab.  Take a look:

Often referred to as, “The Wood Eternal”, antique heart cypress (a.k.a. sinker cypress) is one of the few remaining prehistoric species.  Coloring can vary, displaying anything from warm honey to light chocolate tones. Traditional grades (Select, Vertical) can feature a plain sawn feathery, subtle arching swirling grain and, in some cases, vertical pinstripes. Midnight, Pecky, and Character heart cypress each have their own distinguishing characteristics for a more unique look.

Looking to incorporate heart cypress into your upcoming design project? If so, the antique wood specialists at Goodwin can help you determine which grade of heart cypress best suits your upcoming project. Give us a call to learn more today!

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!

Sinker Cypress, It Never Gets Old

Sinker cypress logs are beautiful and have such a charming mystery about them that seeing these antique River-Recovered® gentle giants never gets old!  Founder, owner and company sawyer, George Goodwin, has worked with sinker cypress for more than four decades.  George is an excellent storyteller and always enjoys educating people about antique wood.

In this video, George shows us several recently recovered sinker cypress logs that are being prepped for milling.  The first log dates back prior to the 1880s.  We know this because of its ax cut ends.  Axes were used to cut wood prior to the 1880s.  After 1880, most logs were cross cut.

George shows us another interesting log that still has part of the wooden pegs that were used to secure it to the raft as it traveled down the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia.

These logs are naturally bug and rot resistant, making them perfect for exterior siding. They will soon be transformed into Goodwin’s gorgeous River-Recovered Heart Cypress where they will see a second life as beautiful paneling or siding for a home or commercial space.

Want to learn more about how to incorporate Heart Cypress into you living or work space?  If so, give our antique wood experts a call today!

Back to the Beach!

Goodwin’s River-Recovered®, reclaimed and sustainable woods are often specified for coastal projects.  Our wood is perfect for any beachside residence or commercial space.  Take a look at this gorgeous residence in Key West, Florida.  This contemporary, new construction home features Goodwin’s Pecky Cypress on the ceilings and precision engineered Wild Black Cherry flooring throughout:

When it comes to livable luxury, building design professionals incorporate antique and sustainable wood to achieve a fresh yet warm feel. Are you planning to remodel your home in 2020?  If so, give the antique and sustainable wood experts at Goodwin a call today!

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

Trending: Wood Feature Walls

There’s no question about it – wood feature walls are definitely trending in contemporary design! Antique wood adds character, warmth and beauty, which is probably why heart cypress and heart pine are some of the most sought-after materials for this popular design trend.  Best of all, antique wood feature walls not only tell an interesting story, but they are quite affordable and surprisingly easy to install.

As you can see in these photos of some of our favorite wood feature wall projects, you can design a wall to match your preferred look and unique style.

Amalie Arena

Wood Feature Walls

Heart cypress walls and ceilings add elegance to an exclusive space

Corporate Offices

Wood Feature Walls

Wood Feature Walls

Heart pine walls and accents warm up this contemporary office building

Private Residence

Wood Feature Walls

Legacy building reclaimed heart pine and sinker cypress walls add a rustic flair to a modern upgrade

Otis Hawkin’s Center – University of Florida

Wood Feature Walls

Engraved heart pine feature walls adorn this modern home of University of Florida athletics.

Swamphead Brewery

Wood Feature Walls

Reclaimed wood feature walls and accents inspired the custom craft brew – River Logger

Visit Tampa Bay

Wood Feature Walls

Heart cypress character is the perfect species for feature walls

Interested in incorporating a wood feature wall into your home or office?  Give us a call, we can help you design and craft the antique wood feature wall of your dreams!

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress – Indoor / Outdoor Ceilings and Walls

Antique River-Recovered and reclaimed heart cypress feature walls and interior/exterior wood walls and ceilings are now widely used in contemporary design. S.R. Freeman is using Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress on their latest modern home project in California.  The folks at SR Freeman were kind enough to send us some photos of the heart cypress walls and ceilings as they are being installed.  Special thanks for this sneak peek!

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!