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Coped Black Locust handrails set a standard of craftsmanship at this mountain estate

Coped Black Locust handrails set a standard of craftsmanship at this mountain estate

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Handrails and guardrails are such a critical element to any structure as they invite, embellish, and protect. Who is not enticed to enter and climb a grand staircase when flowing handrail sections beckon? Or when is the eye not drawn to their geometric or organic patterns that give interest and depth to the spaces they contain. Of course the underlying critical need is for them to be structurally sound for your safety and protection.

In the early days of our company, the first complimentary product line to our Bark House Shingles was twig handrail and guardrail systems. Our founder was a general contractor who well understood code requirements. As the explorations in materials and designs began, the tasks of aesthetics, structural soundness, and ease of application became the interwoven pathway to final product presentation.

All of our organic handrail material is sustainably harvested. Our exterior solution, Black Locust is  naturally rot resistant and is incredibly dense and strong. For protected areas and interiors, we can offer a host of species options for straight balustrades and geometric patterns to flowing organic weaves. We also can provide you with a number of mounting options for each system that we provide.

Call our sales staff and let us help you choose the best option for your project. Our technical support team will also be there to answer questions as well. The immense task of sourcing, sizing, and engineering organic handrails has always made them prohibitive to most. We have taken care of the hard stuff for you. Now go get what you’ve always wanted.


  • Black Locust exclusively (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  • Peeled or Bark Intact
  • Turned or straight pickets
  • Y-branches
  • Rails and posts
  • Mounting brackets


  • Available species include but not limited to:
  • Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  • Hickory (Carya glabra and Carya tomentosa)
  • Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
  • Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)
  • Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
  • Kiln dried and sterilized when required
  • Peeled or Bark Intact
  • Turned or straight pickets
  • Y-branches
  • Weaving branches
  • Rails and posts
  • Burled newel posts
  • Mounting brackets
Lay-off guides Installation instructions and tips Guide for preserving Bark Intact material Material Characteristic Sheets Expert Technical Assistance for Architects, Designers, and Contractors

Customer Reviews

 “I’ve used Bark House for years. Their knowledge of the evolution and authenticity of rustic materials pin points periods of time. The material consistency is excellent and I can always count on what they say.”

Richard Turk
Rictur Properties

"I wanted to send you a note to thank you for your help with our Camp David project. The use of the Black Locust rails and balusters and the bark shingles made just the right effect for the cabins. The owners and architects were all as pleased as I was with the outcome…. I plan to use your services again on another project in the very near future. It’s gratifying to know that someone is making such creative and novel products available and backing them with quick shipping and great service."

Colin D. Whyte
Martha’s Vineyard Construction Company, Inc.
West Tisbury, Massachusetts