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

Me in the Middle

Bark House presents Jerry Flynn's maple twig sculpture in full 2017
  Project Name: Me In The Middle Artist: Jerry Flynn Apprenticed under John Gallis, an accomplished western furniture maker from Cody, WY Inspiration: Metal Sculpture by Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997) The Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy Concept: A circular design with figures to clearly define the center and perfectly book-matched left and right sides. Specs: Made … Continued

Sustainable Brands

From the article: Building a regenerative Company and a Whole Community Our handcrafted wall coverings for interiors and exteriors are made to evoke the substance and the essence of trees themselves, in a product that builds an authentic connection between nature, individuals, and the built environment. We believe they are beautiful, unique and bridge a … Continued

The Laurel of Asheville

From the article: Highland Craftsmen Repurposes Unwanted Tree Bark When they started fashioning tree bark into decorative wall coverings two and a half decades ago, Chris and Marty McCurry were not seeking to merely carve out a niche in the design world.  Instead, the innovative couple built what was to become a venerable Western North … Continued

Environmental Building News

From the article: Bark Cladding is First Cradle to Cradle Platinum Product Cradle to Cradle Platinum Certification sets a very high bar for sustainability. A decade in, Bark House shingles are the first to make the grade. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) was the first certification to attempt to define in 2005 what sustainability might look … Continued

B Corp Best for the World x 10

The Bark House® at Highland Craftsmen, Inc.® is honored in the Best for Community list for 2016, which includes businesses that earned a Community score in the top 10 percent of more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment . The full assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. … Continued

Helping Build What’s Next

The Bark House staff have been very engaged during these summer months helping craft “what’s next in the built environment”.  Although there is a lot to be celebrated that will be discussed here, there is also a lot to be done.  We’ll be sharing more on that later. I just spoke at the Living Products … Continued

Designing a Business – Inspired By Nature Part 3

Water Stewardship No water is used in the manufacturing of Bark House® Poplar Bark Shingles and Wall Coverings.  This is a big deal given that the Industry sector uses 5% of US fresh-water according to the EPA  and the manufacturing of wood is a major part of that.   The US Department of Interior Geological Survey website states:  “The industries that produce metals, wood and paper products, chemicals, gasoline … Continued

Designing a Business – Inspired By Nature Part 2

Clean Energy and Carbon Management 100% of the electricity used in the manufacturing of Bark House® Poplar Shingles and Wall Coverings is renewable solar power, generated at this facility.  90% of the materials are sourced within 50 miles and 100% within 500 miles.  Bark House manufacturing methods are clean and rely heavily on fine hand-crafting. … Continued