We keep an extensive inventory of Appalachian species with a focus on wind falls and diseased trees that are locally acquired. Most often they are “yard trees” that, without the normal forest competition, tend to have thick stocky trunks. We only accept the older and most gnarled or figured wood as they best tell the story of the tree’s struggles to survive.
These trees speak through the grain of their wood. Technical terminology for characteristics such as Curly, Spalted, Quilted, Wormy, and Burly are simple labels for extremely complex growth and figure resulting from a myriad of stresses and injuries that the tree has endured. This figure can be difficult to see in a rough board for the untrained eye, but once our raw wood slabs have been finished you will be captivated by the depth and movement as the grain tells the story of its life.
Our sawing technique called “slabbing” means that once we choose the direction to slice, we make repeated parallel cuts until all boards are freed. We don’t cut the bark edges off as to leave the natural “live edge” intact. After a period of air drying to relieve the boards of excess moisture, we finish dry and sterilize them in our kilns before offering the finished, raw wood slabs to you.
Whether you are searching for a unique desk, mantel, table, bar top, or even stunning wall art, use our search tool to browse our online inventory of live edge wood slabs and mantels. Our sales staff are also happy to walk you through the myriad of color, shape and size choices available to help you discover your perfect one-of-kind piece.
These live edge wood slabs and mantels are 100% sourced and made in the US. Bark House® invests over 50% of its income directly back into our local Appalachian economy. See what makes us Authentically good…
Our staff is pleased to help you in the selection of your wooden slab or mantel. We have some recommendations to help. The search function on the catalog will eliminate the products that do not fit your needs and help narrow your final purchase. When you have a few favorites in mind, please call to schedule an appointment. We can have your pieces pulled out for you to see during your visit. this will help to streamline your shopping experience. You are the most important aspect of our work. That’s why we’ve organized the process to focus on your needs. Your appointment will ensure we are capable to do this while you are here. We love wood, so finding that perfect slab for each client is important to us.
Species currently on hand, but not limited to:
Stocked species fluctuate with availability
Recycling Centers are available in every county in each state across the country. We’ll help you to identify the closest Recycling Center in your area that has Demolition and Construction Recycling Infrastructure. This decreases general landfill waste and improves the environment.
Simply mulch untreated BARK HOUSE® POPLAR PRODUCTS and allow them to add biological nutrients back in the soil.
Awarded at the regenerative Business Summit led by Carol Sanford. Carol is on a mission to create a better world, and she believes that business can and will play a major role in accomplishing that.
Root Cause recognizes local businesses doing good in forestry that also support and strengthen communities in Western North Carolina.
“"When we were building the new tasting room for our winery we knew we had to have a remarkable piece of wood for the bar top. I looked to Bark House explaining that I needed a nice mountain look with a large WOW factor. When I went to the Bark House showroom, we were able to find that Wow factor I was looking for. A 17' long, live edge slab of white oak that was 42 wide and 3 thick!"”
"Quality is not a goal here… It’s a way of life."