Buckminster Fuller Questions – Bark House Responses

A Regenerative Source Guild of the Blue Ridge is the exact initiative that our state needs to be behind in the face of the dire consequences of climate-systems disruption.  The Buckminster Fuller Institute launches various challenges that encourage creators of whole-systems to succinctly communicate their potential, and I routinely take advantage of these exercises.  I … Continued

ForestHer NC: Women Landowners in the Blue Ridge

Chris McCurry attended the first of several workshops in Morganton, geared toward women landowners in the Blue Ridge Region.  The room was filled with smart women who really care about their land, their community and nature. ForestHer NC is a new initiative created by conservation organizations in North Carolina to provide women who are forest … Continued

DE-Certification

In the last couple of weeks, my friend and thought leader Carol Sanford shared a podcast on the history of how certifications began, and why they cannot continue for the built environment industry.  Over a year ago, I shared my impassioned rebuff of certifications with Carol.  At the time, I had just decided to drop all Bark House certifications and … Continued

ABCs of Bark House® Poplar Bark Wall Coverings

      The bark of different tree species has different attributes.  Below, we are exploring Liriodendron tulipifera.       APPALACHIANS:  Ancient and biologically diverse , the Appalachians – where Bark House and Liriodendron tulipifera can be found – are among the oldest of mountain ranges.       BIODEGRADABLE:  This means the raw, chemical-free bark can break … Continued

Certification Fatigue

This post and subsequent comment caught our team’s attention:   Certification fatigue is a growing complaint shared across a spectrum of users that include design teams, owners, and product manufacturers.  Resistance to jumping through hoops to earn a certification that seems to have a zero-yield for users and little or limited benefit for the environment … Continued

Careers For Impact at ASU

Along with other regional businesses, Bark House® participated in an invitation-only event on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina on Feb 20th.    The Career Development Center hosted a new program – Careers for Impact.  Businesses were selected to participate because of their organization’s purpose-driven mission and commitment to creating a sustainable … Continued

Winter Thoughts

Great-Grandmother said that WINTER is the time to best see the great distance before us and the soul of the trees at the same time. One compelling us forward.  One connecting us to place. I think that the greatest potential for growth and development exists when dualistic forces such as these come together. Minnie Hoilman was … Continued

Big Impacts Start Small

Bark House Bark Crew
The value of an employee who thinks cannot be measured – so we intentionally encourage the development of this capacity. “Bark Season” coincides with the Summer break from high school and university, so we hire a percentage of returning students each year for our team.  At the end of each season, we meet and ask … Continued