Reverence, Diligence, Elegance

Readying Yellow Birch Bark for a Wall Covering
I was recently watching our guys craft a Yellow Birch Wall Covering panel when a warm memory flickered in my mind. For some reason, I could smell my grandfather’s cook stove. The purest and best of my early inquiries were nurtured in that farmhouse and the woods that surrounded it. “Paw Watts” was born in … Continued

Three Projects Using Yellow Birch Bark for Wall Coverings

Birch Wall Covering Linville NC Dianne Davant Interiors
  Project:      Three Small Spaces With A Big Impact     Designers:  Pam McKay,  Dianne Davant Interiors General  Contractor:  Baxter Norris Location:  Linville, NC Style:  Rustic Lodge       Designers: Locati Interior Design General  Contractor:  JNL Innovative Construction Location:  Fairway, KS Style:  Rustic Traditional         Designers:  Steve Silver, Boone Construction Co General  Contractor:  Boone Construction Company Location:  Boone, NC Style:  Mountain Rustic     … Continued

The Rare and Elusive Bark Panel

For years, Ryan and I have tried to explain to folks how incredibly difficult it is to harvest our Poplar Bark Panels. I have always said “one in a thousand trees” to push the point. Last year we decided to follow one of our favorite logging crews into the forest to try to film the … Continued

Patagonia and Power and Grace

Bark House Beautiful Outside and Within
  part 2 of 2 Vincent Stanley from Patagonia met with a group of B Corps in Asheville, NC in September.  The conversation centered on responsible companies, which echoes the title of his and Yvon Chouinard’s (Founder and Owner of Patagonia) book.  One of the opening quotes shared by Vincent was from writer Norman Maclean … Continued

Prunings

Bark House Apple Twigs at Fox Gap Farms
Gary McCurry, our former operations manager, has officially retired from Bark House. He has been my older brother for years, although there has been no genetic testing to conclusively prove this. It is quite a challenge to identify our relation when comparing natures, as he is generally the calm and balanced voice of logic while … Continued

Introducing the EmBark Blog

Bark House @ Milford Sound
To EMBARK is to begin a new journey of exploration. Interestingly, this state makes no promise or false claim of excitement, glory or fulfillment. Yet for so many of us, the idea of journeying holds a magic allure. It beckons to us sweetly with predictable routine. A new journey suggests a fresh start like being … Continued