THE ATTRACTION OF BEING “OUTSIDE”

What Chris McCurry, Bark House, sees at Appalachian Trailhead
Saturday morning found me moving quickly through a little-known mountain pass that connects North Carolina to Tennessee.  The pavement has never met across state lines, and to this day, a strip of gravel poses special challenges in wet or dry weather.  This narrow road climbs from the valley floor to a pinnacle point where the … Continued

Dramatic Interior Pulls Inhabitants Outside

Bark House White Pine Paneling in Whitefish MT - Residential Bar
      Product: Bark House® White Pine Bark Wall Treatment Project: Private Residence Architect: Rich Graves, Principle Architect, Altius Design Group , Montana Builder: Malmquist Construction Designer:  Barb Cooke, Owner, Velvet Leaf Studio, Missoula, Montana Distributor: Earth Elements Location: Whitefish, Montana Project Vision (from the builder’s perspective): The vision really started with the Architect (Rich Graves) capturing the sky, the mountains and the view down … Continued

AIA Ethics Code Now Covering Sustainability – Focus On Building Materials

Bark House bark sheets and panels: natural texture
An op-ed from BuildingGreen president Nadav Malin details an analysis of new changes in AIA Ethics.  You can read an introduction here . As noted, “Building materials: members should select and use building materials to minimize exposure to toxins and pollutants in the environment to promote environmental and human health and to reduce waste and pollution … Continued

The Bark House Legacy – est 1990

Bark House Natural Bark Products: Trees
Bark House founders wanted to increase the vitality of the Appalachian Region that they call home.  This would require creating livelihoods for people born of a gentle culture that revered nature.  The work had to honor ancient traditions and values of the whole-community, something that local people could take pride in.  Growing its viability would … Continued

Bark House Bark Product – Distribution

Freund is a distributor of Bark House poplar wall coverings and other naturals
Our distributors have a talent for showcasing Bark House products…   Their creative designs are such an asset! Let us introduce you to our Distributors… 3 Rivers Building Supply Blowing Rock, NC CaraGreen   Raleigh, NC Chick Lumber North Conway, NH Earth Elements Bozeman, MT Jackson Hole, WY Sun Valley, ID Whitefish MT Freund GMBH Berlin, Germany Henson Building Materials Black Mountain, NC Linville, NC Hyde Park Lumber Cinncinatti, OH Jennings Building Supply Cashiers, NC … Continued

Finding Grace In A Changing Environment

The Bark House: McCurry Farm in Winter
At dawn I headed out to feed the animals.  On cold January mornings its particularly important for the horses because eating the hay warms them.  In the dim light, I was having an internal dialog about the efficiency of movement in space.  I have been planning a remodel and eventual addition to the old farm … Continued

A FACTORY LIKE A FOREST – A DISRUPTIVE FORCE OF NATURE

The Bark House demonstrates qualitatively and quantitatively that which has been envisioned metaphorically– a factory can be like a forest.  Air, water and soil are improved in the local life-shed that’s impacted by company manufacturing processes. Like a forest, the Bark House enhances more than its place of origin.  Its products connect the local community and … Continued