Truth to Material

Bark House has wall panels in the Denmark Museum
Bark House® bark wall coverings are designed to uplift the simplicity of bark and the complex strategy of nature into buildings and the building of communities.  The strength of truth to materials is demonstrated on environmental, human, and systems scales through our nature inspired Whole-Building™ system.  Truth to the bark material as a strategy of nature is at … Continued

Fifth Graders Explore Bark House Shingles as an “Eco Friendly Building Material”

5th Grade students in Quincy, MA learn about eco-friendly building products by using Bark House Shingles.
A good teacher knows that “getting the chance to see, touch and feel the [world] brings learning to a whole other level!”  This is the essence that motivated teacher Casey Deaguero from Quincy, Massachusetts to create a project-based learning opportunity for her advanced placement students.   Casey shared some of the comments made by these remarkable … 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

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 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 Panels

Bark House Custom Fabricated Poplar Pole End Cuts pieced together
Unlike our other wall coverings, The Bark House is not the original designer of end cut panels – we just do them better than anyone else.  Here’s how: Meticulously handcrafted with standardized methods, this product has earned the Bark House brand that holds up to commercial grade performance.  Each end cut is inspected for material … Continued