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

4 Questions About The Built Environment

GreenBuild Home Show 2016 featured Bark House poplar bark wall panels and white birch veneer laminate wall coverings
GreenBuild Home Bark House® connects people to nature in the built environment through regenerative design that is strong across all pillars of the sustainability triad. Why is The Built Environment so important to humanity? The Built Environment comprises humanity’s largest impact on the overall health of people, the planet and social capital.  The materials that are used … 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

Hiking the John Muir Trail

Three years ago, Marty asked me, “So, what’s your next big adventure?”  I told him that I had been dreaming of hiking the entire John Muir Trail .  His quick response was, “have fun.”  I then explained to him that it wouldn’t be possible as I would have to be off from work for an entire month.  Without … 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

5 facts about Forestry

Pinchot et. al. US Use Book Committee
Since Conservation began in the U.S. in the mid 1800s there has been an ongoing debate about Forest preservation, conservation and utilization. Scientific Forest management policy led the early conservation movement with the goal to protect natural resources including animal and plant species, to minimize soil erosion and ensure the quality of water and air … Continued