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WHAT ARE BIRCH BARK WALL COVERINGS

What are Bark House® Birch Wall Coverings?

Exclusively designed and created at Bark House, Birch Bark Wall Coverings bring a world of nature to your interior space.  Lavishly textured natural tones can be integrated in small and large rooms to create a dramatic effect.  We’ve taken papery thin pieces of birch bark and laminated them to a substrate for ease of installation.  See how your investment supports climate change remediation and Appalachian forests and families.

For your benefit, we offer this incredible material in several product options – compared in the table below.

BARK HOUSE® PRODUCT WHITE BIRCH BARK WALL COVERINGS BIRCH LEATHER WALL COVERINGS GOLD BIRCH BARK WALL COVERINGS
What are… Bark House® White Birch Wall Coverings are monolithic panels, hand crafted by laminating white birch (Betula papyrifera) tree bark to a specified substrate for ease of installation.  Each panel is uniquely crafted with natural bark so no two are ever completely alike.  A distinguishing characteristic is the white background of the bark with the black streaks or lenticels.  The papery thin material supports our craftsmen to weave smaller pieces of bark into a continuous tapestry that looks natural.  We can also provide feathering of the material over the panel edges so that seams will disappear between panels on installation.  All bark wallcoverings were originally designed and created by Marty McCurry. Bark House® Birch Leather Wall coverings are monolithic panels created to utilize the second layer of white birch (Betula papyrifera) bark.  This inner layer of the bark has some of the lichens and scarring of the powdery white outer layer but is a faint brown tone and has the look and feel of suede leather.  These wall coverings are handcrafted and do not include the option of feathering the edges of individual panels.  All bark wall panels were originally designed and created by Marty McCurry.  Bark House® Gold Birch Wall Coverings are monolithic panels hand crafted with the bark of yellow birch trees (Betula alleghaniensis). This bark is a luminescent gold tone with fringed edges that creates an abundance of texture and depth.  The characteristic of the curled fringes supports our craftsmen to weave smaller pieces of bark into a continuous tapestry that looks natural.  We can also provide feathering of the material over the panel edges so that seams will disappear between panels on installation.  All bark wall panels were originally designed and created by Marty McCurry.
Application Interior; Exterior (w/consultation)
Commercial, Residential
Interior
Commercial, Residential
Interior; Exterior (w/consultation)
Commercial, Residential
Color White background with distinctive black lenticels Powdery beige background with distinctive black lenticels Luminescent gold tones
Seams Hidden Celebrated Hidden
Amount of Fringe Texture Medium fringe Small fringe Maximum fringe
Substrate (Backer) Interior Grade ¼” Plywood 4’X8’ max or custom
Interior Grade ½” MDF 5’x12’ max or custom
Edges Straight or Feathered Straight or Feathered Straight or Feathered
Finish Options Natural (unfinished)
Flat 2K Poly
Natural (unfinished)
Lacquered
Natural (unfinished)
Flat 2K Poly

 

Product Details and Specifications

What style are birch bark wall coverings?

Birch can be used in many styles! Rustic, traditional, industrial, modern…  Bark House® bark wall coverings are versatile and complement every style.  View the styles in our image galleries.

How are laminate wall coverings crafted?

Each laminate order is custom crafted, and every order is unique. We can make panels up to 4’x8′ on 1/4″ Birch plywood substrate, and up to 5’x12′ on 1/2″ MDF substrate. We epoxy laminate the bark to your panels after our skilled craftsman carefully designs the piece.

Will I see seams on my panel?

White Birch: No; most larger panels are made up of multiple individual sheets of bark. We choose colors and textures that flow together and then intricately patch the seams so that the finished panel looks like one big piece of bark! We can even feather the panel edges to hide boundaries between panels.  See an example of this in our blog on the Ritz-Carlton.

Birch Leather: Yes; we use multiple sheets to make one typical panel. The edges are torn into a jagged pattern and overlapped to form a random display of color and texture. We can flush the outer edges of the panel or leave a jagged overlap in order to seamlessly lap onto another panel.

Gold Birch: No; our gold birch panels look like one continuous sheet, though they are made up of multiple smaller sheets of raw bark. Our craftsmen carefully weave them together to appear to be seamless.  We can even feather the panel edges to hide boundaries between panels. The panels are a true work of art.

Can I use laminate wall coverings outside as well as inside?

Bark House® laminate wall coverings are only recommended for interior use. If you have a unique exterior application in mind, please reach out to us to discuss potential solutions.

What are bark lenticels?

lenticel is an open pore that can be found on certain bark materials. The shape, color, size and prevalence of lenticels is one of the characteristics used for tree identification.  It adds a distinctive quality to wall coverings.  In nature, they control gas and water vapor exchange.

Will my panel look just like the sample that I received?

These products are derived from natural material, so no two will be the same. If you have been inspired by a photo, let us know, and we will do our best to help you achieve a similar look.

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Customization of Bark House Products

Can I customize my Bark House® Laminate products?

Product Options makes your fit and customization finish unique.  The product page for each laminate or panel product will detail the available options that are available. The different barks and materials that we use in our fabrication process lend themselves to unique options for customization (an additional fee may apply).

What makes a Bark House product distinctly mine?

No two pieces of harvested bark will be the same, which means that no two of our projects will ever be the same. Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings and Panels are hand-crafted with materials that meet our rigorous selection standards. From the start of fabrication, to the final installation, you can be sure that the product is made specifically for you.

We work with architects and designers all over the globe to create product applications that have contributed to award winning designs. We welcome the opportunity to do so with you. See what famed shoemaker Christian Louboutin did with Bark House® birch wall coverings.

Can I recreate a design that I’ve seen on Bark House’s website or in a publication?

If you have been inspired by a design that we’ve done in the past, we can use that as a reference for your custom project. While it will not be exactly the same, we can use our previous work as a guide for your vision.

I’ve got a unique design concept and I’m not sure if Bark House laminates will work for it.  How can I be sure?

We are no strangers to high levels of customization and unique installations. If you’re wondering if it can be done, it probably can be. Reach out to our expert staff to discuss the details of your project!

If I’m butting two panels together, will there be a seam?

Our birch bark laminate panels have a couple of edge options.  We can feather the adjoining edge of one panel so it can lap over the next. This will give a “seamless” appearance. Or you may choose to “celebrate” the edge by adding a strip of material of your choice between them.

What is a feathered edge?

If you wish to hide the seam where two panels join, we offer feathered edges as a way to conceal them. The edge of your panel will have bark overhanging which can be overlapped onto the adjoining panel.

Do I need a finish on my laminate panel?

White Birch:  Unfinished White Birch bark is renowned for its powdery white appearance. The signature white color is what many of our customers desire in their laminate wall coverings. When a finish is applied, the bright white color will yellow, but lenticels and other features will become more pronounced.

Birch Leather:  A low sheen lacquer finish will enhance the features and give it an elegant glow to the surface.

Gold Birch:  Applying a polyurethane coat will darken and dull the natural gloss of the bark. It will also stiffen and occasionally curl the wisps of the outer tatters. It will, however, make the surface more tolerant of handling.

Will finishing the panel change the bark’s appearance?

There are various finishing options that can be added to your laminates, but they are not necessary. Finishes are applied for aesthetic reasons or to enhance the features of the veneer, with the exception of fire retardant, which may be required for some commercial installations.

Can Bark House help me share my project with others?

Yes! Projects with Bark House products have been featured in over 250 well-positioned media outlets.  We want to celebrate the completion of your unique project.

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Installation and Maintenance

How do I install laminate wall coverings?

As with all of our products, we provide detailed installation instructions.

How fragile is my bark laminate panel?

White Birch:  White Birch bark is seldom thicker than 1/8”, but it is a strong material that offers trees growing in harsh environments protection from the elements. Bark House White Birch Wall Coverings are made from this durable bark, but the textured nature of it may lend itself to some peeling. Peeling may occur when handling the laminate panels, installing, or if they are installed in an area that will see heavy traffic.

If this is a concern, then a clear polyurethane coat is an option.

Birch Leather: Our Birch Leather is the inner layer of White Birch. Since we’ve removed the powdery outer layer, there is no fringe and peeling does not occur.

Gold Birch:  Despite the shaggy texture, the feathery tufts of gold birch are surprisingly resilient to touch. Any initial shedding is minor, but if your panel’s location is subject to abuse, a polyurethane finish may be applicable.

How do I clean my interior bark wall coverings?

If you choose, feel free to use the brush attachment on your vacuum for an occasional dusting.

Why are Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings better than other types of wall coverings?

Why not cover the interior of your home with what Mother Nature covers her trees? Our durable laminate wall coverings offer a natural beauty in an indoor space that other wall covering solutions cannot match. These Bark House products break the mold of traditional building practices by giving you a unique design that is created just for you.

“Healing Environments Biomimic Design”

Pricing and Availability

What are the economic benefits I receive when purchasing from the “Original Manufacturer of Bark Wall Coverings”?

You can be sure that your investment in Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings is an investment in a well-designed product. Years of research and development, trial and error, have paved the way for the highest quality product. The laminates will last indefinitely, leaving you to do nothing but enjoy the natural beauty that they add to your building. Your investment in our laminate wall coverings is an investment in Appalachian forests and families.

Bark House® is the original manufacturer of bark wall coverings, designed to connect people to nature in the built environment.  Our products elicit thinking about the potential of nature and memories of past time spent in the forest with loved ones.  This includes walks with grandparents as children when all was safe and anything was possible.  We believe that people care for what they care about, and placing the regenerative bark of trees where people spend 90% of their time, will nurture a connection with forests.  Reconnecting to natural systems is an important first step toward human health, climate remediation.

As the first manufacturer of bark wall coverings, we know that nature has inspired great works of Architecture in every country for thousands of years.  People yearn for a connection with nature in their living environments.  We deliver this in its purest form through beautiful products.  Importantly, we discovered that the patterns in nature can also teach us about a better business process: one (like nature) that is flexible and capable of responding to all types of changing conditions.  Many businesses are built on the idea of keeping things simple, but we follow a methodology that allows us to keep an eye on the whole-process and see what’s developing on the horizon, in the valleys and across the plain.  We have worked hard to anticipate your every need and have an option ready to support your goals.  We invite every stakeholder including vendors, employees and clients to learn more about the system that yields products and process that are awarded world-wide.

The Bark House Difference

How are laminate wall coverings priced?

Our Laminate Wall Coverings are priced by the square foot. The price will depend on the type of bark, the substrate material, and any finishes that you wish to add. Feathered edges are priced by the linear foot.

How much does it cost to ship wall covering?

Our products are shipped in the most economical way possible for the size of your order. Most shipments will be done via Less Than Truckload (LTL) freight, and the cost will depend on your order size and shipping location.  We are happy to provide you with a quote.

Does Bark House offer a trade or volume discount?

Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings and Panels are custom fabricated for each individual client. We are unable to offer discounts on these products due to the level of craftsmanship that is required for every order.

What is the minimum quantity that I can order?

We do not have a minimum order for Laminate Wall Coverings.  If you are looking for very small quantities, we do have 6″ x 6″ sample tiles that you can easily order via our sample page, Sample Kits.

How do I order bark wall covering products?

Each of our Product Pages has a section entitled “Product Options” which makes navigating your choices easy.  When you contact us, we will need an answer for each of these options.  It is helpful if you are prepared with your shipping information (where the shipment is going, is it a commercial or residential address, do you have a way to get the product off of the truck). Our streamlined process is designed so that you are delighted with your custom products!

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Bark House’s Regenerative Manufacturing Practices

How does Regenerative Development benefit communities?

“When a practitioner of Regenerative Development works in a project or community, the result should be increasing ableness for that community. People should become better able to evolve and pursue the aspirations they hold for healthy and meaningful lives. Water and air should be increasingly able to maintain their quality, and forests to support enlarged diversity of life. These are the indicators that real value has been delivered to stakeholders.” www.Regenerat.es

Podcast with The Carol Sanford Institute:  Regenerative Work

What is green, sustainable or regenerative manufacturing?

The single skilled craftsman encompassed the earliest form of making products.  Training was personal and the tradesmen took pride in their work and the benefits it produced.  A post-industrial world saw the use of machinery, increased scale and a trend toward practices that were Extractive to people and planet.  Recognizing a need for change and making a choice to do better, manufacturers improved their processes and identified themselves as “GREEN companies”.  With an aim to do “less bad”, and quantify what better should look like with agreed measurements, companies were certified through third-party groups as SUSTAINABLE.  Companies with a REGENERATIVE aim were either founded with this mission, or made conscious choices to work to create new and fitting potential for the places they operate and the sectors they disrupt.  Regenerative design opens a new level of exploration.  It begins a process of wholistic, collaborative development.  This occurs in tandem with the natural world and the inhabitants of the places they work.

“What if consumers became healers of the world?” – Chris McCurry speaks on environmental issues at the Leadership NC Conference in Asheville.

What are the green or regenerative benefits I receive when purchasing from the “Original Manufacturer of Bark Wall Coverings”?

We offer a thirty-year track record with over 250 well placed publications sharing our regenerative philosophy that is now and has always been the core-business for this company.  The co-founders designed the original products and processes, inspired by nature.  The products you purchase reach their highest achievement when supporting your regenerative projects.  Read more about the benefits below.  Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to ask questions or share your project details with us.

MATERIAL SOURCING

Where is the wood sourced?

Bark House sources only Reclaimed Appalachian Wood Waste, (RAW™) from small 10-acre tracts owned and stewarded by local families over generations.

What benefit do you create when you only source materials from the Appalachian region?

The Bark House manufacturing facility is located within the five states across the Appalachian region in which our raw materials are sourced.  The co-founders were born here and understanding “Appalachia” as a place has been their life’s work.  Because this is our neighborhood, we take our impacts very personally.  The proximity means that our neighbors can let us know what we’re doing well and where we need to improve.  The benefits we are most proud of is helping to keep family farms intact and providing right-fit, nature-based jobs in this economically distressed area.  The legacy of US Forestry practices began in our back yard.  We aim to honor the philosophy of those practices by exceeding them.

What benefits are created from small-tract harvesting?

Whether select (most often) or clear-cutting, smaller tracts sparsely spaced throughout many Appalachian states means that the impact of harvesting is less disruptive to the living eco-system. Loggers provide materials from forty-five counties across five Appalachian states.

What benefits do smaller eco-logging crews offer?

Smaller 2-3 person crews with lighter equipment disturbs the soil less, so regrowth occurs faster.  Carefully felling and removing trees and following Forestry Best Management Practices protects the trees from scarring and invaders.  These practices are less disruptive to the living eco-system.

How does the Bark House® process impact local watersheds?

  • The company’s material procurement model utilizes small logging crews, with less equipment on small tracts and has a lighter impact on the environment
  • Loggers are trained in water stewardship and have state governed logger certifications
  • No water is used in direct manufacturing
  • Bark House participates in water stewardship initiatives, stream bank restoration and stream protection initiatives to improve water quality in the Appalachian Region
  • We advocate for and educate about clean water
  • We monitor Government Reporting on watersheds where our materials are sourced

What else is Bark House involved in to improve Appalachian forests and impact climate change remediation?

You can read about all our engagements over thirty years in real-time accounts published in the EmBark Blog and over 250 acclaimed publications. Right now, we are working to support a Regenerative Source Guild of the Blue Ridge.

MANUFACTURING

How does your investment in Solar Panels impact your Carbon Footprint?

Solar panels replace our electricity as one important component in the total carbon equation to manufacture a low carbon product.

How does Bark House’s unique kilns impact your Carbon Footprint?

High efficiency kilns designed by co-founder Marty McCurry exclusively for the complex process of drying bark are the first and only kilns of their kind.  They received the NC Governor’s Green Innovation Award and are one important component in the total carbon equation to manufacture a low carbon product.

Do poplar bark panel wall coverings qualify for LEED building practices?

Bark House veneer wall coverings may qualify for LEED points based on locally or regionally sourced product.

SOCIAL BENEFITS

What financial benefits does Bark House create for Appalachian families?

At a minimum, 50% of annual company income is invested directly in to the local community.  As a comparison, big box stores invest 12% in the local communities where they operate.  Products are 100% sourced and made in the Appalachians.  We purchase wood-waste products from land owners that are not acceptable in the standardized industry because of figure, curl or massive size.  Employees are paid a living wage as a starting point.  Importantly, a new income stream for this economically challenged area means that family farms can remain intact.

How does Bark House support the culture of the Appalachian region?

Bark House supports cultural diversity, equity and inclusion.  These attributes can be traced in Appalachian culture before European settlement began and as it occurred.  Cultural diversity is inspired by the region’s vast bio-diversity of flora and fauna.  One thing this culture of independent people agree on is an appreciation for nature.  Bark House work supports people to retain this close relationship with nature.  Our volunteer work and community contributions center on further developing this relationship.

What verification can you offer that supports your social benefits?

Bark House believes in shared prosperity and we can back up our claim of social benefits with the certifications and awards that we’ve received:

What social benefits do bark panels offer beyond the Appalachian region?

Bark House views the development of a relationship that honors nature as critically important, especially in view of a disrupted climate.  Our wall coverings go into the space where people spend most of their time (indoors) and provide a gentle invitation to remember those healing, invigorating moments outdoors – in a forest.

Can Bark House help me to share the benefits that my project creates with others?

Projects with Bark House products have been featured in over 250 well-positioned media outlets as well as being featured in our blogWe want to celebrate the benefits your project is creating for people or the environment.

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We look forward to working with you!

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