Bark House


Winter 2015

Material World: Blue Ridge Bark

Marty McCurry and his wife, Chris McCurry, drew inspiration for their poplar bark products after witnessing changes to where they live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

“We were seeing a huge influx of second homes, which was great for the economy, but weighty on local resources and culture,” says Chris, who with Marty founded Highland Craftsmen in 1990. “We wanted to offer an alternative building style and approach that blended with the surroundings and honored the environment and the people crafting the raw materials.”

Shingles are manufactured with renewable energy, have a high R-value, and are class-B fire rated.

Mary Beth Rohde