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

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

Seek Honest Materials | Find Authentic Connection

Harvested Tulip Poplar Bark
  SEEK HONEST MATERIALS Annie Selke displays her wonderful linens, bedding, and rugs against our Bark House® Brand Poplar Bark Wall Covering. FIND AUTHENTIC CONNECTION People connecting to Nature:  In Germany with Freund and in NYC with Parsons School of Design .   4 Modern Theories That Explain Why We Can’t Get Enough Nature The Biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate … 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

Leadership in Sustainable Manufacturing Award

The Bark House received the Leadership Award in Sustainable Manufacturing from the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) today.  The award was presented by NC Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, NCMEP Director Phil Mintz, and EDPNC Global business Services VP John Loyack at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro to company co-founders, Marty and Chris McCurry. … 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

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

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

Love of Live Edges

live edge wood slab with beautiful detailing created by Fuelling Woodworking
Wood Slabs Too Paul and Kim Fuelling love cutting edge wood slab projects, boldering on the rocky outcroppings of the Blue Ridge Mountains and working with live edge wood. The couple combine a natural element to compliment their retro-modern style into fresh and delightful wood slab designs. Both are classically trained artists and independent business owners.  They appreciate creativity but balance … Continued