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Connecting with Clients Who Love Reclaimed Wood

Green building is about reclaimed wood flooring and using reclaimed materials. See this beautiful River Recovered Antique Heart Pine reclaimed wood floor in this restored Key West home.

The owner noted that he chose Goodwin because he felt that we cared more about what he wanted than ‘just selling a floor.’

Call us and tell us about your project.

Key West Restoration Features Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Heart Cypress on a Solar Bath House

UF Students Building a Solar Bath House

Using River Recovered Heart Cypress trim to make screens


When I pulled up to Camp Crystal Lake the other day it took me back 30 years to when my daughter and her friends went there to summer camp. The place hadn’t changed much. The longleaf pine trees along the camp trails were even more beautiful.

I made my way to the where UF College of Design, Construction and Planning students were building a solar bath house using Goodwin’s river recovered antique heart cypress as screens and building reclaimed antique heart pine beam trim as roofing boards. My work in green building puts me in touch with so many talented and wonderful people. It’s especially heart warming to see the student’s passion for understanding a place and building a beautiful and functional design that lasts.

Thank you Ashley, Erica and Dr. Hailey and all the great staff at the College for all you do.

Hello Wood Floors… Goodbye respirators and meds!

Hopefully…   When our grandson was born his bedroom had new carpet and fresh paint. I gave my wonderful daughter the Lung Association’s Healthy House book and thought we were doing better.

Two weeks before our granddaughter was born her room suddenly had to be painted pink. And the paint store didn’t offer my daughter the low VOC paint!

This spring the family replaced the carpet with Precision Engineered River Recovered Antique Heart Pine wood floors in both grandkids rooms.

We are all breathing easier… literally. So far, so good. I’ll keep you posted.

Love wood floors and grandkids!

Antique Wood Flooring in Georgia

Goodwin end grain heart pine floor tiles at the Chihuly Museum in TampaCharleston One Source’s Pat Devaney met me at beautiful Glendalough Manor near Atlanta to see builder, Gary Alford last Thursday. After looking through Goodwin’s album Gary and his client chose end-grain tiles and vertical grain Antique Heart Pine wood flooring for a home they are building nearby. When we offered to pre-square and groove the pieces to help create a herringbone pattern Gary said, “Wood work is what God put me here on Earth to do.” Can’t wait to see the floors when finished.

On to my next stop…

The Yellow Bluff Company south of Savannah was lovely when I arrived late the next day at sundown to deliver a 1901 photograph of heart pine logs being rafted down river. The frame was of Goodwin’s Antique Heart Cypress to hang in the clubhouse that has Midnight Heart Pine and Legacy Vertical Antique Heart Pine flooring and stair parts.

Goodwin Midnight Heart Pine Antique Reclaimed Wood Office Furniture

I plan to visit St. Petersburg, Florida and Key West to deliver more wood flooring soon. Call if you want to come along to see beautiful antique river-recovered and reclaimed wood and meet great crafts people.

Why I love antique wood floors…

I had fun yesterday driving through historic neighborhoods in Orlando with Sheila Ratliff, Classical Renovations. You could Jonni Vermeulen's River Recovered Antique Heart Pine flooring with a dark walnut stain.literally see her 30-year career from house to house. For years Sheila has driven her truck to Goodwin and taken back all the antique heart pine flooring and other wood she could carry to restore historic old homes from the 1800s and on and I finally go to see them! Sheila agreed to write about ‘green renovations’ so more about her soon.

Then I called up a client who bought antique heart pine flooring two years ago. Jonni Vermeulen sounded surprised to hear from me but said, “I love, love, love my floors.” You can see in the photo how she stained her River Recovered Antique Heart Pine dark to reduce the red tones but still have the dense hard antique wood floors’ beauty and grain.

For years I’ve talked mostly on the phone with our reclaimed wood floor owners. Now I’m on a mission to see more client’s homes and reclaimed wood floors. Love to hear from you.

Yours,
Carol Goodwin

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Best Reclaimed Wood Floor of the Year

Goodwin’s wood won again! DM Hardwoods created the winning entry for the National Wood Flooring Association 2010 Contest using River Recovered Antique Heart Pine from Goodwin. Here’s a photo of last year’s winner in the same category. More photos to follow as soon as they become available.
 

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 pinewild black cherryantique 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.

Pilings from Savannah First Dock Continue To Serve As Beautiful Flooring in Homes Across the Nation

Savannah’s port has always played a significant role in the city’s history, serving as a leading shipping avenue for New World products bound for Europe. Now the wharf pilings that launched those ships 250 years ago is continuing to live on, as reclaimed wood for new flooring in Savannah and across the country.

All of a sudden—perhaps with a remembered sense of patriotism or new nesting instinct—modern designers and homeowners are rediscovering antique wood floors. One company that specializes in recovering antique woods recognized the inherent benefits of the Savannah River dock pilings and purchased them to remill into luxury flooring, millwork and stairparts.

The pilings are made of heart pine and heart cypress older than any previously recovered antique pine and cypress, according to George Goodwin, president of Goodwin Heart Pine Company, located outside Gainesville, Fla.,

“We have been recovering heart pine and heart cypress for more than 25 years and this wood is older than any antique wood I’ve seen,” Goodwin said. “These pilings were constructed about the time General James Oglethorpe was creating Savannah and were hundreds of years old when they were cut down. And just as Savannah is rich in architectural and natural beauty, so too is the wood from it’s first dock.”

The pilings were made from original-growth Longleaf Pine and Bald Cypress. The cypress is a survivor from prehistoric times, commonly living more than 1000 years and towering over 100 feet. These giants of the southeastern swamps helped build America along with heart pine from Longleaf pine trees, which grew slowly and are hard and extremely durable. Both of these antique woods are in limited supply and available only from specialists who reclaim them.

The indigenous woods withstood the elements and became the principal building materials through the entire area. The dock was made up of logs and beams, many of which still show the ax marks where they hand hewn.

Tim Wellford, who owns a restaurant on the pier at St. Simons, installed Goodwin’s Midnight Heart Pine™ flooring in his contemporary home and loves both the look and the romantic history of the historic wood. Next he plans to build an entertainment center from the Midnight Heart Cypress™.

“I didn’t even know about this wood until I start researching wood,” Wellford said. “It’s so much better than any ordinary wood because it’s a better product, it’s good looking and it has historical value. I just never knew I could have wood this nice.”

Heart Pine is hard, nearly indestructible and has a rich red patina. The Savannah River pilings offer antique heart pine with chocolate tones.
Heart Cypress, also called antique tidewater cypress, is fine grained and finishes to a warm, honeyed brown. It is often used for paneling, trim, fireplace surrounds, mantles, whole slab table tops and exterior projects. The heart cypress from the Savannah wharf piling are a bit darker.

“Throughout its eons of adaptation, original-growth cypress developed natural oils that resist insect and water damage, which you just don’t find in other woods,” Goodwin said. “It was a favorite of Frank Lloyd Wright’s and, with its blend of vertical straight grain and arching swirls, it’s easy to see why.”

Goodwin said the dock functioned through the 1800s and pilings could still be seen intact from River Street in downtown Savannah looking toward Hutchinson Island until the summer of 1997. The decision to build a theme park and raceway created the need to remove the pilings.

Known for his passion for conserving original-growth wood without cutting trees, Goodwin finally secured the rights to buy the pilings after more than 18 months of researching the issue. The homeowners fortunate enough to install this rare treasure appreciate his diligence.

“My wife is born and raised in this area,” Wellford added. “The fact that we have a floor from a local landmark just adds to the benefits we receive. If we ever sell this house, I know the historical value will be a great selling point.”