Finding Grace In A Changing Environment

The Bark House: McCurry Farm in Winter
At dawn I headed out to feed the animals.  On cold January mornings its particularly important for the horses because eating the hay warms them.  In the dim light, I was having an internal dialog about the efficiency of movement in space.  I have been planning a remodel and eventual addition to the old farm … Continued

Bark House Wins 2017 Root Cause Award

Ryan Crawley, sales, and Lang Hornthal: Bark House wins 2017 Support of Local forests award from Root Cause.
The fifth annual Root Cause Awards, celebrating achievement in the local forest products industry and sustainable forestry, were announced and The Bark House won the 2017 Support of Local Wood Products Award in recognition of its efforts in promoting local forest products and supporting jobs in the forest products industry.  The Root Cause initiative is committed … Continued

Chris McCurry is a Keynote Speaker at IDEC SW Conference

Chris McCurry, Bark House @ Highland Craftsmen, Inc., was a keynote speaker at the 2017 IDEC SW Region Conference
The Appalachian State Department of Applied Design hosted the 2017 Southwest Regional Conference for the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) this month.  Chris was honored to be a keynote speaker at this event. An excerpt from her speech: Whole-Design The diagram below expresses a model that designers have subscribed to.  The pinnacle of this project … Continued

Fall Fantasy

CaraGreen put together white birch bark laminate with counters
This is a wonderful time of year to fantasize about an interior re-fresh for home or office.  White birch and sanded, then finished poplar wall coverings offer the perfect pairing to match any interior and bring nature inside your space.  The rich textures of bark – painted or stained to accentuate any palette – adds … Continued

My Favorite Tiny House

Bark House Poplar Bark in tiny house with steampunk industrial light fixture
My favorite tiny house is one that you rent as an Airbnb / VRBO or have as an extra space for visiting guests.  Otherwise, the market research reflects that owners find them challenging to live in full-time, and they do not hold resale value as a standalone home.  However, they are cute and present the … Continued

2017 Regenerative Business Prize: Adorning

Bark House receives the prize for 2017 Regenerative Business Adorning for natural poplar bark shingles and wall treatments
For the Bark House family, being a regenerative company is about honoring authenticity and celebrating it with others.  This is an essential engagement involving people, planet and prosperity.  We are about reconnecting people to the natural environment and building whole communities.  Our manufacturing processes and products improve water quality, hold free carbon in the built … Continued

A FACTORY LIKE A FOREST – A DISRUPTIVE FORCE OF NATURE

The Bark House demonstrates qualitatively and quantitatively that which has been envisioned metaphorically– a factory can be like a forest.  Air, water and soil are improved in the local life-shed that’s impacted by company manufacturing processes. Like a forest, the Bark House enhances more than its place of origin.  Its products connect the local community and … Continued