OUT AND ABOUT

Chris McCurry attends Regenerative Cohort in Austin TX - Pamela Mang is pictured
  Fall is the perfect season to gather and share ideas.  Chris McCurry has recently spoken at two colleges about Whole Building™ and participated in The Regenerative Practitioner: Speaking With Mars Hill University Ethics Class in Mars Hill, NC             Instructor: Elizabeth Pierce Appalachian State University Sustainable Business Management Class in Boone, NC … Continued

THE ATTRACTION OF BEING “OUTSIDE”

What Chris McCurry, Bark House, sees at Appalachian Trailhead
Saturday morning found me moving quickly through a little-known mountain pass that connects North Carolina to Tennessee.  The pavement has never met across state lines, and to this day, a strip of gravel poses special challenges in wet or dry weather.  This narrow road climbs from the valley floor to a pinnacle point where the … Continued

BRINGING THE OUTSIDE INSIDE

Stringer House in Michigan with Bark House brand Poplar Bark Siding - exterior and interior
Product: Bark House® Poplar Bark Siding Project: Stringer Private Residence Architect: Sarah Bourgeois, Sarah Bourgeois Architects Builder: Phil Tremonti, Philip Tremonti Construction, Inc. Designer:  Kim Stringer Location: Kewadin, Michigan Project Vision:  “We want our home to look like it’s been here in the woods for a long time, surrounded by and blended in with the natural environment of Northern Michigan that we love. We want … Continued

Dramatic Interior Pulls Inhabitants Outside

Bark House White Pine Paneling in Whitefish MT - Residential Bar
      Product: Bark House® White Pine Bark Wall Treatment Project: Private Residence Architect: Rich Graves, Principle Architect, Altius Design Group , Montana Builder: Malmquist Construction Designer:  Barb Cooke, Owner, Velvet Leaf Studio, Missoula, Montana Distributor: Earth Elements Location: Whitefish, Montana Project Vision (from the builder’s perspective): The vision really started with the Architect (Rich Graves) capturing the sky, the mountains and the view down … Continued

AIA Ethics Code Now Covering Sustainability – Focus On Building Materials

Bark House bark sheets and panels: natural texture
An op-ed from BuildingGreen president Nadav Malin details an analysis of new changes in AIA Ethics.  You can read an introduction here . As noted, “Building materials: members should select and use building materials to minimize exposure to toxins and pollutants in the environment to promote environmental and human health and to reduce waste and pollution … Continued

Regenerative Building Material a Product of Whole-Building

Regenerative Building Materials: Bark House Products... natural bark wall covering, panels, sheets
WHOLE BUILDING™ Whole-Building mobilizes investment in the built environment to improve the health and vitality of communities and nature.  This practice views “building” as an opportunity to engage the essential capacity of all stakeholders to participate in communal, economic and environmental enrichment as an integral function of creating a built-environment. This process begins, seeking first to understand the … Continued

The Bark House Legacy – est 1990

Bark House Natural Bark Products: Trees
Bark House founders wanted to increase the vitality of the Appalachian Region that they call home.  This would require creating livelihoods for people born of a gentle culture that revered nature.  The work had to honor ancient traditions and values of the whole-community, something that local people could take pride in.  Growing its viability would … Continued

THE REGENERATIVE PRACTITIONER SERIES

Bark House is a regenerative practitioner
The Regenerative Practitioner series introduces the core concepts and frameworks that define the practice of regenerative development, a process and methodology for harmonizing human activities with the continuing evolution of life on our planet, even as we continue to develop our potential as humans. “What is Regenerative Development? “Regenerative development is a process by which cities, towns, and … Continued

The Tree of Life

Bark House EmBark blog, twisted bark on an old tree
Think of the bark on a tree.  When it cannot grow straight, it twists and becomes gnarled – struggling to protect the life underneath from this world.   The high ridges, the low valleys, the twists and gnarls, our hand touches the build-up of tension and resulting roughness –  and the part of us that is … Continued

Poplar Pole End Cut Panel Project

Bark House Poplar Pole End Cut Wall Panel. Designer: Earth Elements
Location: Springhill Suites Bozeman Montana Distributor: Earth Elements , Bozeman   Project Highlights: The lobby integrates natural elements to welcome guests in all four seasons.  Bark House Poplar Pole End-Cut Wood Wall Panels provide the perfect centerpiece around the fireplace that compels guests to stay longer – creating a sense of depth and intrigue. Natural wood tones accentuate the warmth of … Continued