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 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 them to you.
Whether you are searching for a unique desk, mantle, table, bar top, or even stunning wall art, use our search tool to browse our online inventory. 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.
Lengths range from 2’ to 18’
Widths range from 1’ to 6’
Thicknesses range from 2 ½” to 6”
Species currently on hand but not limited to:
Stocked species fluctuate with availability
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“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!”
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