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

What 8th Graders Know

  At the end of September, The Bark House participated in a river sweep with the Toe River Valley Coalition and Mrs. Sirois 8th grade Science class.     Some of the things that the students discovered were: Whoever made kayaking “a thing” was pretty smart. “This” does not belong in the river. I got … 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

Centennial Celebration – 100 Years of NC State Parks

Throughout 2016, North Carolina’s state parks system will celebrate its centennial . One of the nation’s first state parks was created 100 years ago at the summit of Mount Mitchell, and since then, the system has grown to nearly a quarter-million acres set aside for conservation, recreation and education. The occasion offers North Carolinians an opportunity to celebrate this achievement and to rededicate themselves … 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

Mountain Mist at 6,683 Feet

There are reasons for the lore that surrounds mountain life.  Just like the mists that shroud us at high elevations, the mystery of life unfolds to the quiet observer and through the biggest of characters. It seems illogical that a group of people who work together – especially the long hours we put in during … Continued

Wilderness Heroes

River through Linville Wilderness where Bark House staff hiked this March 2016
Back in January, my brother Eric called and wanted a backpacking trip arranged for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area for late February. He and I used to through hike that place a lot but it had been 25 years since our last trip. Ryan and Matt here at the office got wind of it and … Continued