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

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

FAQ…

Bark House White Pine Bark on bed and wall
Bark House® White Pine Veneer Laminate   Can the White Pine Bark be used on exteriors as well as interiors? In most cases, white pine bark is used for interior application.  However, in certain cases, it is appropriate for it to be used on protected exterior walls.  For more details on this, call us at … 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