October 15, 2015

Creating a Company with a Triple-P Mission

William McDonough, the Founder of Cradle to Cradle had this to say about Highland Craftsmen back in 2011: “If you look at what’s going on at Highland Craftsmen… you are looking at a product that is almost a sacred thing…. People are being honored with jobs, forests are being honored with sustainable forestry, and the … Continued

October 08, 2015

The Rare and Elusive Bark Panel

For years, Ryan and I have tried to explain to folks how incredibly difficult it is to harvest our Poplar Bark Panels. I have always said “one in a thousand trees” to push the point. Last year we decided to follow one of our favorite logging crews into the forest to try to film the … Continued

October 01, 2015

gb&d Magazine Features Bark House® Poplar Bark Shingles

Project: Child’s Play at U of Chicago Childcare Center Architect: Larry Kearns, AIA, Principal, Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Illinois General Contractor: Leopardo Companies Magazine or Media Feature: gb&d Magazine Blog: gb&d Material World Location: University of Chicago, Childcare Center Style: Modern-Rustic / Urban-Nature Product Integration: Poplar Bark Shingles, Laminated Project Awards: 2015 – USGBC Emerald … Continued

September 17, 2015

Patagonia and Power and Grace

  part 2 of 2 Vincent Stanley from Patagonia met with a group of B Corps in Asheville, NC in September.  The conversation centered on responsible companies, which echoes the title of his and Yvon Chouinard’s (Founder and Owner of Patagonia) book.  One of the opening quotes shared by Vincent was from writer Norman Maclean … Continued

September 03, 2015

White Birch Storefront – Power in Balance

Project: Lululemon Retail Storefront Architect: BKA Architecture and Interiors – Brockton, MA Location: Albany NY Style: Modern Product Integration: The Bark House® at Highland Craftsmen Inc® White Birch Veneer Panels Photography: Dexter Davis Photography Comments:  Employees note that people do a double take to see if it’s real.  They appreciate a fresh, natural look for the … Continued

August 20, 2015

PATAGONIA – A Company Poised For Success

  part 1 of 2 This September, Vincent Stanley the Chief Philosophy Officer of PATAGONIA and nephew of Founder Yvon Chouinard, will do presentations with various public and private groups in Asheville, North Carolina.  Vincent and Yvon have worked together since the original equipment company in 1973 that eventually became the outdoor sport clothing retailer … Continued

August 13, 2015

Prunings

Gary McCurry, our former operations manager, has officially retired from Bark House. He has been my older brother for years, although there has been no genetic testing to conclusively prove this. It is quite a challenge to identify our relation when comparing natures, as he is generally the calm and balanced voice of logic while … Continued

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