The Bark House Team is led by two owners—Marty and Chris McCurry —who are supported by four managers, twenty employees, 250 vendors and a community of stakeholders located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Asheville and Boone, North Carolina. The manufacturing facility and showroom opened at this location in 2000 to better serve an expanding clientele with a consolidated space. The facility allows clients to view the manufacturing process, see custom fabrication capabilities, meet staff and vendors, and see final products being showcased.
The business began its existence in 1990 with Marty leading product design and development of the now internationally acclaimed and sustainable certified poplar bark interior and exterior wall treatments. Chris explored the relationship between natural products, people and the built environment, creating a regenerative business. Together, they created a team of experts who now have leadership and authority in their perspective roles and continue to expand the brand and strengthen each other.
For over twenty five years, the Bark House has grown to serve an international clientele through regenerative processes that support the integrity of nature, honor culture and create active reciprocity with award winning, beautiful products. Because we designed and created the products we sell, we appreciate detail on a micro level. Because we created a complex, regenerative business from the ground up, we understand process at the macro level. This translates into a value of life that is unique and has taught our team how to support your project, no matter how large or small. Moreover – you are important to us. We would be honored to show you how.
Founding partners Marty and Chris McCurry believe that the greatest luxury is being close to nature, but that experience is incomplete until its essence is shared. For the couple, the RAW nature of Bark House products reflects an elemental elegance of beauty and struggle of the region and people of the Appalachian Mountains where products are sourced and made.
Theirs is a business that has explored the interplay of nature, culture and architecture. The company and original products have earned numerous world-class honors and certifications including being a B Corp Best for the World Business, having the world’s first and only Cradle to Cradle PLATINUM Certified™ products and a Record Product of the Year. The company’s story has been published in more than three hundred media outlets that include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Architectural Record.
The tenet they share is that the presence of honest products from pure nature, derived from regenerative process gives structures a deeper purpose in building whole communities. The connections they have made with honored clients and workers over twenty five years has supported the growth of the business and the economy of the Appalachians through active reciprocity. The couple feels blessed to say that a little magic happens here every day.
Hold old bark-spuds and survey a felled poplar tree.
Ryan has been the Sales Manager at The Bark House and in charge of customer relationships for over a decade. He is a valiant customer ambassador. With extensive knowledge of our products, he will guide you through the process of finding the right natural product to perfectly fit your project goals. After an order has been confirmed, he will track the production timeline and verify the quality of your product before approving it for shipping. Your happiness with our service from product selection to delivery, is how he measures success.
Ryan cares deeply about people and nature. Before coming to work with us, he had managed a low-impact wilderness school for teens, worked for the U.S. Forest Service and hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. He expressed that he would never work in sales as his idea was to connect people to nature and support their growth. He was exactly what we were looking for.
During his free time, Ryan can be found camping, hiking or canoeing with his beautiful wife and daughter, or putting together the next big adventure. Last year he took an extended leave and coordinated a group to complete the John Muir Trail.
Educated in Wildlife Biology and Environmental Science, Matt’s career began in the Rocky Mountains where he specialized in wetland and streamside habitat conservation. After moving back to Carolina to raise his family, he ran a department in his family’s furniture manufacturing company before becoming a licensed General Contractor. As a builder, Matt was a loyal customer of ours before being recruited to join our team. In addition to Sales, Matt also heads our Custom Fabrication Shop.
You will usually hear Travis before you see him as this former drill sergeant’s booming baritone voice gives you a preview of the big frame and the big personality that comes with it. Being a former State Champion Wrestler and Highland Games winner, it’s common to see him throwing around logs as easily as he used to do with people. He is a dedicated manager and a natural leader. As important as he is to us for running the yard, he also brings many other talents to our company. Travis is an accomplished artist in many disciplines, and is currently focused on his incredible skill and craft with woodcarving.
A former city arborist with a degree in forestry, extensive training in horticulture and park management, and years of experience in the field, Marmon is considered an authority on Appalachian wood species. He maintains Highland Craftsmen’s inventory of twigs, poles, and logs, making sure that the stock is uniform despite all the possible variations. When not being bombarded by the main office, he manages a family farm and his own thriving native plant nursery.
Michele has had over 27 years experience managing offices in an array of disciplines from property management to civil engineering and bank corporate real estate to architecture. Throw in a stint as a wine store owner – where she realized she much rather be running an office than a cash register – and you have someone who can keep things organized and running smoothly no matter what the provocation.
“It makes me proud that I’ve had a hand in what the Bark House is.”
~ Casey Bailey, employee
"Quality is not a goal here… It’s a way of life."