THOSE PEOPLE AREN’T RIGHT…

Marty and Ryan hamming it up
It may not be the HAPPIEST of HOLIDAY sentiments but in reality, most of us are thinking this on some level even before the first serving of turkey and dressing has hit our plate.  It’s really what holidays are all about – remembering that’s why big family gatherings only happen once a year. Unless you … Continued

AMERICAN FORESTRY – BORN IN ASHEVILLE, NC AS AN EXPERIMENT IN CONSERVATION

Black & White photo of Forest with the sun shining through
2015 marks the 150th birthday of America’s First Forester, Gifford Pinchot.  After Pinchot received forestry training in France and returned to the US in 1890, George Vanderbilt hired him as the nation’s first working forester on the Biltmore estate in Asheville, NC.  Pinchot created a Forestry Management Plan for the estate and began teaching his … Continued

A GRAND LEGACY

All Saints Episcopal Church, Linville, NC
Project: All Saints Episcopal Church Plus Five Residences Architect: Henry Bacon, AIA – 1895 Location: Linville, NC Style: Beaux-Arts with Rustication and Bark Shingle Treatments Product Integration: Chestnut Bark Shingles, The Predecessor To Bark House® Poplar Bark Shingles Architect Awards:  Gold Medal Presented by President Harding For The Design Of The Lincoln Memorial, Among Others At the end … Continued

Reverence, Diligence, Elegance

Readying Yellow Birch Bark for a Wall Covering
I was recently watching our guys craft a Yellow Birch Wall Covering panel when a warm memory flickered in my mind. For some reason, I could smell my grandfather’s cook stove. The purest and best of my early inquiries were nurtured in that farmhouse and the woods that surrounded it. “Paw Watts” was born in … Continued

Three Projects Using Yellow Birch Bark for Wall Coverings

Birch Wall Covering Linville NC Dianne Davant Interiors
  Project:      Three Small Spaces With A Big Impact     Designers:  Pam McKay,  Dianne Davant Interiors General  Contractor:  Baxter Norris Location:  Linville, NC Style:  Rustic Lodge       Designers: Locati Interior Design General  Contractor:  JNL Innovative Construction Location:  Fairway, KS Style:  Rustic Traditional         Designers:  Steve Silver, Boone Construction Co General  Contractor:  Boone Construction Company Location:  Boone, NC Style:  Mountain Rustic     … Continued