November 09, 2020

Black Locust Split Rail FAQs

Black Locust Split Rail Fencing: Why black locust wood? Rot-resistant – Black Locust (Robinia Pseudoacacia) is the strongest and most rot-resistant wood indigenous to North America. It will remain beautiful and withstand years of outdoor exposure.  No chemicals- Natural rot resistance means that no chemical pressure treatment is needed, and none will leach into surrounding … Continued

November 04, 2020

Black Locust: The Tree on Which the U.S. Was Built

By Wesley Greene May 04, 2015 Wesley Greene is garden historian for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This blog is adapted from  Resource for this information: As the strongest timber in North America, black locust helped build Jamestown and hardened the navy that decided the War of 1812, yet today few Americans have heard of … Continued

October 26, 2020


  Dis-connectivity has left humans longing for our better nature.  Human well-being is supported by natural elements outside in forests and within building environments.  Nothing compares to stepping outside ourselves into a grand cathedral of trees.  When the strategy of the forest has been honored in the sourcing and making of products, nothing is quite … Continued

October 23, 2020

ForestHer: Women Landowners Together in Forest Stewardship

ForestHer continues to bring women landowners in Western North Carolina together in forest stewardship. Women now make up 60% of almost 14 million acres of NC forest land-owners, either owning the land jointly or individually.  They have a resource in the ForestHer Program that supports forest stewardship. The WNC Chapter of ForestHer is led by … Continued

October 15, 2020

REGENERATE – A Post Pandemic Theme Part 2

From the desk of Carol Sanford on Regenerative Living   “Life has never felt less certain, in a global sense, than it does right now. Whether you believe that uncertainty is being created by or simply revealed by current circumstances, learning how to navigate it is a top priority for everyone from business leaders and … Continued

September 10, 2020

REGENERATE – A Post Pandemic Theme Part 1

From Travel to Products – Your Purchases Decide What Businesses Stay and Go   Regenerative work designs are growing.   This recent article in the NY Times introduces us to the idea of Regenerative Tourism.  We can substitute the industry segment “tourism” with “regenerative business” and our goals would be similar.  From the article: “We’ve managed … Continued

August 27, 2020

Highlands Reserve Featured in Our State Magazine

At the pinnacle of 4,500 ft in Southern Appalachia, you will find an “island in the sky” with diverse plant communities, rare species, and a bark lodge from which every journey in this magical land begins.  The stewards of this incredible property are Robert and Betty Balentine.  They have expanded this reserve to 120-acres with … Continued

August 20, 2020

When Mission Matters

See The Benefits Of Restorative Growing, Sourcing, and Harvesting Work at Bark House began in 1990 with a focus on the well-being of Appalachian forests and the people working and living in them. In 1990, we embarked on a new manufacturing company framework to honor the strategy of trees and forests through cleanly manufactured products … Continued

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