“Gold Birch” was a descriptive coined by a favored client when the common tree name of Yellow Birch escaped them. So appropriate it was, we have been calling it that ever since. “Gold Birch” exudes an intimate golden bronze glow with a delightfully whimsical tattered texture. We love the wintergreen scent that the raw bark emits when first brought to our processing yard. Though the scent fades, the elegant gold color of the bark laminate wall covering never does. “Gold Birch” is an important hardwood species that prefers cool and wet locations in primarily mid-Atlantic to Northeastern regions of forest. Our harvesters delicately strip the bark from the logs before hauling to the mill to create the birch bark paneling. It is an extremely tedious task to harvest and equally so to weave on a panel, but our artisans are masters of obtaining this bark laminate wall covering.
This luxury birch wall paneling is 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…
Bark House® Gold Birch Bark Veneers are made to your specifications. This creates a wall covering that is uniquely your own.
Panels are custom order and can range up to 60” x 144”, depending on the substrate that you select. We can fabricate your panel in a standard square or rectangular shape or make this custom fit your project. For a custom fit, please contact our office so that we can discuss this option with you.
60” x 144” (additional fee)
Custom fit (there may be an additional fee)
Gold Birch Bark must be laminated to a substrate. The substrate used should be determined by your specific application.
Interior Grade ¼” Plywood
Interior Grade ½” MDF (additional fee)
We prefer this product without a finish, but we do offer a polyurethane coat if this is what your application calls for. Applying this finish will darken and dull the natural gloss of the bark, and it will stiffen and occasionally curl the wisps of the outer tatters. However, the polyurethane coat will make the surface more tolerant of handling.
Flat polyurethane (additional fee)
We have two edge options for the panel seams: Straight and Feathered.
The Straight edge fits against the next panel creating a visible seam.
The Bark House® unique Feathered Edge supports the appearance of one continuous panel across the full span of your wall. We position jagged edges of the bark to protrude past the joint to overlay onto the adjoining panel.
Feathered edge (additional fee)
Small orders may be shipped as a parcel, but most of our products will ship via LTL freight.
In order for us to get an accurate freight quote, we will need the answers to the following questions:
If at any time in this process you need to contact us, please do so by calling (828) 765-9010 or email us at [email protected].
If you’re ready to order, call us today!
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.
Bark House® Gold Birch Wall Coverings are monolithic panels hand crafted with the bark of yellow birch trees (Betula alleghaniensis). This bark is a luminescent gold tone with fringed edges that creates an abundance of texture and depth. The characteristic of the curled fringes supports our craftsmen to weave smaller pieces of bark into a continuous tapestry that looks natural. We can also provide feathering of the material over the panel edges so that seams will disappear between panels on installation. All bark wallcoverings were originally designed and created by Marty McCurry.
Gold birch can be used in many styles! Here are some examples of projects that have been done…
Our Laminate Wall Coverings are priced by the square foot. The price will depend on the type of bark, the substrate material, and any finishes that you wish to add. Feathered edges are priced by the linear foot.
Each laminate order is custom fabricated, and every order is unique. We can fabricate panels up to 4’x8′ on 1/4″ Birch plywood substrate, and up to 5’x12′ on 1/2″ MDF substrate. We epoxy laminate the bark to your panels after our skilled craftsman carefully designs the piece.
They sure look that way! Actually, they are made up of multiple smaller sheets of raw bark. Our craftsmen carefully weave them together to appear to be seamless. The panels are a true work of art.
Bark House® laminate wall coverings are only recommended for interior use. If you have a unique exterior application in mind, please reach out to us to discuss potential solutions.
We can feather the adjoining edge of one panel so it can lap over the next. This will give a “seamless” appearance. Or you may choose to “celebrate” the edge by adding a strip of material of your choice between them.
If you wish to hide the seam where two panels join, we offer feathered edges as a way to conceal them. The edge of your panel will have bark overhanging which can be overlapped onto the adjoining panel. Feathered edges are available on our White Birch and Gold Birch laminate veneers.
A lenticel is an open pore that can be found on certain bark materials. The shape, color, size and prevalence of lenticels is one of the characteristics used for tree identification. It adds a distinctive quality to wall coverings. In nature, they control gas and water vapor exchange.
Despite the shaggy texture, the feathery tufts of gold birch are surprisingly resilient to touch. Any initial shedding is minor, but if your panel’s location is subject to abuse, a polyurethane finish may be applicable.
There are various finishing options that can be added to your laminates, but they are not necessary. Finishes are applied for aesthetic reasons, with the exception of fire retardant, which may be required for some commercial installations.
Applying a polyurethane coat will darken and dull the natural gloss of the bark. It will also stiffen and occasionally curl the wisps of the outer tatters. It will, however, make the surface more tolerant of handling.
As with all of our products, we provide detailed installation instruction. Our Laminate Wall Covering Installation guide is found here.
These products are derived from natural material, so no two will be the same. If you have been inspired by a photo, let us know, and we will do our best to help you achieve a similar look.
Laminates and panels are shipped in the most economical way possible for the size of your order. Most shipments will be done via Less Than Truckload (LTL) freight, and the cost will depend on your order size and shipping location. We are happy to provide you with a quote.
To place an order for laminate wall coverings, our sales team will need:
See the section above labeled “Product Options” which will walk you through this process.
You can be sure that your investment in Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings is an investment in a well-designed product. Years of research and development, trial and error, have paved the way for the highest quality product. The maintenance free laminates will last indefinitely, leaving you to do nothing but enjoy the natural beauty that they add to your building. Your investment in our wall coverings is an investment in the wellbeing of our planet, and the health of your interior space.
Why not cover the interior of your home with what Mother Nature covers her trees? Our durable laminate wall coverings offer a natural beauty in an indoor space that other wall covering solutions cannot match. These Bark House products break the mold of traditional building practices by giving you a unique design that is created just for you.
Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings and Panels are custom fabricated for each individual client. We are unable to offer discounts on these products due to the level of craftsmanship that is required for every order.
We do not have a minimum order for Laminate Wall Coverings. If you are looking for very small quantities, we do have 6″ x 6″ sample tiles that you can easily order via our sample page, Sample Kits.
No two pieces of harvested bark will be the same, which means that no two of our projects will ever be the same. Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings and Panels are hand-crafted with materials that meet our rigorous selection standards. From the start of fabrication, to the final installation, you can be sure that the product is made specifically for you.
We work with architects and designers all over the globe to create unique product applications that have contributed to award winning designs. We welcome the opportunity to do so with you.
Product Options makes your fit and customization finish unique. The product page for each laminate or panel product will detail the available options that are available. The different barks and materials that we use in our fabrication process lend themselves to unique options for customization.
If you have been inspired by a design that we’ve done in the past, we can use that as a reference for your custom project. While it will not be exactly the same, we can use our previous work as a guide for your vision.
We are no strangers to high levels of customization and unique installations. If you’re wondering if it can be done, it probably can be. Reach out to our expert staff to discuss the details of your project!
Projects with Bark House® products have been featured in over 250 well-positioned media outlets. We want to celebrate the completion of your unique project.
“When a practitioner of Regenerative Development works in a project or community, the result should be increasing ableness for that community. People should become better able to evolve and pursue the aspirations they hold for healthy and meaningful lives. Water and air should be increasingly able to maintain their quality, and forests to support enlarged diversity of life. These are the indicators that real value has been delivered to stakeholders.” www.Regenerat.es
The single skilled craftsman encompassed the earliest form of making products. Training was personal and the tradesmen took pride in their work and the benefits it produced. A post-industrial world saw the use of machinery, increased scale and a trend toward practices that were Extractive to people and planet. Recognizing a need for change and making a choice to do better, manufacturers improved their processes and identified themselves as “GREEN companies”. With an aim to do “less bad”, and quantify what better should look like with agreed measurements, companies were certified through third-party groups as SUSTAINABLE. Companies with a REGENERATIVE aim were either founded with this mission, or made conscious choices to work to create new and fitting potential for the places they operate and the sectors they disrupt. Regenerative design opens a new level of exploration. It begins a process of wholistic, collaborative development. This occurs in tandem with the natural world and the inhabitants of the places they work.
“What if consumers became healers of the world?” – Chris McCurry speaks on environmental issues at the Leadership NC Conference in Asheville.
We offer a thirty-year track record with over 250 well placed publications sharing our regenerative philosophy that is now and has always been the core-business for this company. The co-founders designed the original products and processes, inspired by nature. The products you purchase reach their highest achievement when supporting your regenerative projects. Read more about the benefits below. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to ask questions or share your project details with us.
Where is the wood sourced?
Bark House sources only Reclaimed Appalachian Wood Waste, (RAW™) from small 10-acre tracts owned and stewarded by local families over generations.
The Bark House manufacturing facility is located within the five states across the Appalachian region in which our raw materials are sourced. The co-founders were born here and understanding “Appalachia” as a place has been their life’s work. Because this is our neighborhood, we take our impacts very personally. The proximity means that our neighbors can let us know what we’re doing well and where we need to improve. The benefits we are most proud of is helping to keep family farms intact and providing right-fit, nature-based jobs in this economically distressed area. The legacy of US Forestry practices began in our back yard. We aim to honor the philosophy of those practices by exceeding them.
Whether select (most often) or clear-cutting, smaller tracts sparsely spaced throughout many Appalachian states means that the impact of harvesting is less disruptive to the living eco-system. Loggers provide materials from forty-five counties across five Appalachian states.
Smaller 2-3 person crews with lighter equipment disturbs the soil less, so regrowth occurs faster. Carefully felling and removing trees and following Forestry Best Management Practices protects the trees from scarring and invaders. These practices are less disruptive to the living eco-system.
You can read about all our engagements over thirty years in real-time accounts published in the EmBark Blog and over 250 acclaimed publications. Right now, we are working to support a Regenerative Source Guild of the Blue Ridge.
Solar panels replace our electricity as one important component in the total carbon equation to manufacture a low carbon product.
High efficiency kilns designed by co-founder Marty McCurry exclusively for the complex process of drying bark are the first and only kilns of their kind. They received the NC Governor’s Green Innovation Award and are one important component in the total carbon equation to manufacture a low carbon product.
Bark House veneer wall coverings may qualify for LEED points based on locally or regionally sourced product.
At a minimum, 50% of annual company income is invested directly in to the local community. As a comparison, big box stores invest 12% in the local communities where they operate. Products are 100% sourced and made in the Appalachians. We purchase wood-waste products from land owners that are not acceptable in the standardized industry because of figure, curl or massive size. Employees are paid a living wage as a starting point. Importantly, a new income stream for this economically challenged area means that family farms can remain intact.
Bark House supports cultural diversity, equity and inclusion. These attributes can be traced in Appalachian culture before European settlement began and as it occurred. Cultural diversity is inspired by the region’s vast bio-diversity of flora and fauna. One thing this culture of independent people agree on is an appreciation for nature. Bark House work supports people to retain this close relationship with nature. Our volunteer work and community contributions center on further developing this relationship.
Bark House believes in shared prosperity and we can back up our claim of social benefits with the certifications and awards that we’ve received:
Bark House views the development of a relationship that honors nature as critically important, especially in view of a disrupted climate. Our wall coverings go into the space where people spend most of their time (indoors) and provide a gentle invitation to remember those healing, invigorating moments outdoors – in a forest.
Projects with Bark House products have been featured in over 250 well-positioned media outlets as well as being featured in our blog. We want to celebrate the benefits your project is creating for people or the environment.
If you have further questions for us, please reach out to [email protected].
We look forward to working with you!
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.
"Quality is not a goal here… It’s a way of life."