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John Muir’s Walk with Heartpine

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By Jeffrey Forbes
Marketing Coordinator and Resident Historian

Every Goodwin floor is a conversation piece, and each detail prompts a story for its rich and historic past.  We know all about the durability and sustainability of a quality heartpine floor.  You can see it in the tightness of the River-Recovered® longleaf grain and you can feel it in the density.  Many owners of vintage homes have told us when they perform repairs to their heartpine framed houses, “you have to pre-drill nail holes; don’t ever try just driving them in.”

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A Visit From a Friend…

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GatorWe recently captured this photo of an alligator camping out in our log pond. This reminds me of the reason why the term “deadhead logging” was coined. As you can see, the small ends of the sunken logs float, resembling heads. It is difficult to distinguish the logs from the alligator!

Speaking of deadhead logging, did you know George Goodwin was the pioneer of the Florida Deadhead Logging permit? This environmental permit specifies and monitors how the logs are to be recovered to ensure preservation of the underwater habitat. George traveled to the state capitol on numerous occasions to garner support from environment groups and government agencies, ultimately partnering with Florida’s Department of Submerged Lands and a host of environmental organizations to develop what is now known as Florida’s Deadhead River Logging Permit.

Take comfort in knowing that not only does Goodwin take great care in recovering our logs, but we spearheaded efforts to ensure anyone who chooses to do the same does so in a manner which is environmentally responsible and protects our precious underwater habitats.

Interested in what this permit entails? Visit:

Come Visit Goodwin at these Upcoming Events!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 and Friday, August 23, 2013

Sarasota, Florida
Florida Green Building Coalition Product Expo
Join Today! www.floridagreenbuilding.org

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dallas/Ft. Worth
3rd Annual Interior Design Society of Dallas/Ft. Worth’s Vendor Showcase

Sunday, September 18, 2013 and Monday, September 19, 2013

Chicago, Illinois
Traditional Building Show

Turning Trash into Art

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The world of “found art” is a fascinating one.  Many people have made amazing art collections by gathering things that other people would think of as trash, and turning them into stunning sculptures and works of art.  There are many things that count as “found art”.  Some people collect driftwood and dry it out, paint it, or frame it.  Other people convert antique or retro electronics into storage and ornaments, and still more use their skill with a welding rotator to convert scrap metal into art.

Eco Art for All

Eco Art is a rapidly expanding niche.  One interesting seller of eco-art is the Wonder Welders project.  This project is run by a group of disabled people in Tanzania.  The welders are all people who suffered Polio infections during their childhood, and have been left with long term disabilities.   A local welding expert taught them how to use welding equipment, and they now make small sculptures out of scrap metal.

Wonder Welders

Over the last couple of years, Wonder Welders has grown into a self-sufficient enterprise.  They sell  a range of hand-made products (some metal, some wooden, and even hand-made recycled paper), and also produce custom orders for international buyers.

Scrap Sculptures

Found art doesn’t have to be limited to small scale pieces.  There are many people that make huge sculptures and garden ornaments out of scrap metal, damaged vehicles, and other large items.

While many of these sculptures are large, that does not make them any less intricate. Artist Michael Leeds, for example, made some found art bikes out of miscellaneous items that he collected over several years. One of the bikes that he made was actually put together out of old buggies that were destined for the scrap heap.  Michael Leeds’ resourcefulness and creativity is amazing.  He has a talent for finding exactly the right use for each part to create realistic, yet quirky looking vehicles.

Another amazing artist is Joe Pogan.  Pogan uses his skill with welding equipment to combine various scrap metal items ranging from spanners to old keys, making found art animal sculptures out of them.  Each piece uses a huge number of different metal items, but the end result is breathtaking.  From a distance, the sculptures are lifelike and convincing, and when you get closer, the level of detail and the number of parts that went into making each one will astound you.

DIY Upcycling

You don’t have to own a welding rotator, or be particularly skilled in DIY, to do your own upcycling. Some paint, patience, and a basic collection of tools is all you need to turn old scrap items into interesting and attractive decorative items for your home.

Whether you choose to turn a vase into a lamp, convert damaged bowls into plant pots, or do something a little fancier, upcycling is a great start on the path towards creating your own found art.

If DIY isn’t your thing, then you can always buy items on Etsy, eBay, or direct from your favourite supplier.

This post was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Westermans International who supply machinery to welders the world over. Image courtesy of qsl.net

Do You Mesh?

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A Mesh company uses modern technology and social networks to provide people with goods and services without the burden and expense of owning them outright. A new book by Lisa Gansky, “The Mesh” will educate you as to how that is being done right now by over 6722 companies in over 1282 cites across the globe. Social Media plays an organizing role, using interactive platforms to share and gather information on the resources that are available to share.

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