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Reclaimed Pine Flooring Heartwood Colors

There can be confusion between sapwood and heartwood that has not darkened in antique wood.  As living trees mature they develop heartwood around the center. Pine heartwood has more resin than the surrounding sapwood.  As mentioned in an earlier posting the heartwood darkens over time.  In large antique pine beams it is common for this process to progress through out the entire piece.  Occasionally however we find beams that still have yellow portions within the heart.  These areas are called yellow heart.  The picture has a board that was just surfaced showing areas that have changed color and areas that have not.  The question is sometimes asked if these yellow sections are sapwood, but they are not.  The sapwood is on the outside of the heart wood. If you look at the curvature of rings and the yellow has heartwood outside of it the yellow part is heartwood. Over time the light heartwood sections will darken and blend in.

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Color in Heart Pine

Heart Pine

If You Think Antique Pine Flooring is Gorgeous…

Antique Heart Cypress "Tidewater Red" Brochure from 1904Here’s a brochure from the early 1900s touting the beauty of Tidewater Red Cypress. That’s about the end of the commercial availability of virgin growth, or original growth heart of cypress.

Today Goodwin offers River Recovered Antique Heart Cypress in many grades and milling patterns for paneling, cabinetry and millwork. We follow the 1904 grading standards, the last time any were published for this rare wood.

“New cypress looks almost like another specie”, says George Goodwin talking with Norm Abrams while they look at a 1,700 year old river recovered heart cypress log.

Making Pine Flooring is Fun

Pulling Logs for Pine Flooring

Joe Collins' Ax Men Pulls Antique Logs to Make Pine Flooring


Who would have thought 35 years ago that lovingly making beautiful antique heart pine flooring from River Recovered® logs would be so much fun. Years ago when This Old House’ Producer, Russ Morash, visited Goodwin with Norm Abrams, Goodwin’s fame began to grow. Now we are famous for Ax Men Joe Collins who worked with Goodwin Heart Pine for over 20 years. Here he is with his new river recovered logging boat.

Goodwin Heart Pine is employee owned. George will personally put his heart into making antique heart pine flooring for another 15 to 20 years at least. Craftsmen that he is training now will then be training their replacements so that you can continue to have the richest, most beautiful pine flooring in the world.

And… since George has developed with expert help from Andrew St. James, our COO, well-made engineered pine flooring the supply is going to last even longer.