National Experts Lead Advanced Flooring Workshops

A newly published subfloor technique was just one of the topics unveiled by some the nation’s best known wood flooring leaders at two recent advanced workshops, held at Goodwin Heart Pine Company’s manufacturing facility outside Gainesville, Florida.

Flooring professionals from across the country gained hands-on, job-site experience at the Wood Floor Guild seminars by designing and installing custom flooring in Goodwin’s new showroom.

Goodwin Heart Pine Company, which specializes in river-recovered ® antique heart pine, heart cypress and wild black cherry, provided the wood for the special projects. These woods are considered to be some of the highest quality wood available and provided attendees with the opportunity to gain applied knowledge of their unusual properties.

Howard Brickman, a national wood floor consultant, featured professional in “Hardwood Floors” and Bob Villa’s “Home Again” television show and former technical director of NOFMA, led the “Advanced Installation Workshop.” This weeklong seminar featured several topics including radial layout, bent curves, custom end-grain, borders, scroll saw introduction as well as monitoring job site conditions, brass inlays, and wood anatomy. The installation segment also featured Don Bollinger, author ofHardwood Floors books and videos by Taunton Press. Jeff Foreman demonstrated advanced stairpart installation.

In addition, the group installed an eight-foot round medallion that earned the 2002 Designer’s Choice Wood Floor, which was chosen by the American Society of Interior Designers for Most Aesthetically Pleasing Floor. Other instructors included Daniel Boone and Andrew St. James, president of the Wood Floor Guild.

The “Advanced Sanding & Finishing Workshop” was led by Bob Moffett, developer of sanding equipment and instructor of more than 100 workshops. This class provided in-depth information about innovative methods, products and equipment on topics including sanding pattern floors, end-grain and medallions and understanding and using different techniques on the full array of stains, sealers and finishes with a dust free system.

Daniel Boone, past technical director of the National Wood Flooring Association, was on hand to teach a never before published subfloor installation technique with plywood. This system was developed in conjunction with Mickey Moore and the National Oak Floor Manufacturers Association.

Other participants included two chemists from Germany who provided education about a new stain system and an oil sealer for heart pine with only 10 percent solvents.

“Several of these instructors are not only the most experienced and skilled in the industry but, they are still practicing their craft on a daily basis,” said Andrew St. James, president of the Wood Floor Guild. “These workshops are intended to provide real world experience on an actual job site to address the challenges and opportunities that inevitably crop up.”

George Goodwin said ongoing education for design, building and installation professionals has always been a high priority for his company. Goodwin Heart Pine frequently sponsors workshops, such as the environmental finishes seminar held last September and scheduled again in the spring. In addition, they offer free courses for four continuing education units, which are recognized by most professional organizations.

“It was a real privilege to learn from these flooring masters and have them direct the installation, sanding and finishing of our new display area and offices,” said George Goodwin, president of Goodwin Heart Pine. “They set the standards for the most expert techniques in the industry and it is valuable information we will pass on to our customers.”