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

Congratulation to The John Ruskin Prize 2019 Shortlist Finalists

The John Ruskin Prize is the fastest growing multi-disciplinary art prize in the UK. With the values of the radical polymath John Ruskin at its core, the Ruskin Prize has a growing reputation for supporting and promoting artists, designers and makers whose work defies easy categorization. The Bark House® would like to congratulate the artists who made the shortlist of this prize that aims to … Continued

Forest History Society Announces New Library

On May 3, 2019, the Forest History Society (FHS) officially opened their new library, archives, and headquarters.  Along with their newest archival collection, a compendium of maps, photos, moving footage, and 20,000 documents on the history of the Oregon-American Lumber Company, they are exploring new programs and educational outreach opportunities, and welcoming researchers from around the US and … Continued

Bark House® White Birch Feature Wall in The Ritz-Carlton

Bark House White Birch Wall Covering Panel at the Ritz Carlton Avon CO
      WYLD Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch The restaurant was designed by EDG Design to provide an escape through forests of Aspen that begins on approach to The Ritz-Carlton, located between Beaver Creek and Arrowhead.  The resort itself nestles up against wilderness. Product: Bark House® White Birch Wall Coverings High Life magazine noted that “not only does the menu resonate with a … Continued

Poplar Bark Planters and Benches at Rockefeller Center

Bark House Poplar Panels are used to create tree planters in Rockefeller Center.
      Location:  Rockefeller Center , New York Product: Bark House® Poplar Bark Panels Planter Designer and Fabricator: Future Green Studio Project in Coordination with: New York Botanical Gardens   “Your bark sheets are the perfect complement to the woodland inspired, native plantings we have installed in the center of Manhattan at Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens. The rustic texture of the bark, lichen included, enhances the … Continued

Carney Logan Burke Architects’ Riverbend Residence

Bark House poplar bark panels wall covering that has been sanded and painted blue
      ARCHITECTURAL RECORD Features home “…with strong connections to the world beyond its walls” Product: Bark House® Poplar Bark Panels , in-house finish Architect: Carney Logan Burke Custom Millwork: Poliform, Western Woodworks, Brandner Design, Willow Creek Woodworks Bark House Distributor: Earth Elements Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming From Architectural Record : “The [owners] gave the design team a lot of creative license. ‘Their list of requirements … 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


Bark House natural bark products can be found at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke VA
This March, Ryan joined the Black Dog Salvage team in their booth at the 2019 Home Builders Show in Salem Virginia.   During the builder’s show, hundreds of architects, builders, and homeowners visited the booth to meet the stars of the show “Salvage Dawgs” and learn about the wide range of Bark House® interior and exterior bark wall coverings.  … Continued