Our State Magazine Details The Living Heritage Of Bark Wall Finishes

The Mountains of North Carolina are about 800 miles from the luxury boutiques of Miami’s bustling design district, but there, on North East 40th Street, in a temple to high-end consumerism, shoppers are confronted with the soulful presence of native North Carolina trees… …all the standards that exist today for this bark product were created by Marty [McCurry].  Peeling bark takes skill and... Continued

Forest History Society Announces New Library

On May 3, 2019, the Forest History Society (FHS) officially opened their new library, archives, and headquarters.  Along with their newest archival collection, a compendium of maps, photos, moving footage, and 20,000 documents on the history of the Oregon-American Lumber Company, they are exploring new programs and educational outreach opportunities, and welcoming researchers from around the US... Continued

Certification Fatigue

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The Bark House Legacy - est 1990

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 require a non-traditional business system that... Continued

Finding Grace In A Changing Environment

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 house.  The process has filled my free time and encroached on work.  It will be the first... Continued

Bark House Wins 2017 Root Cause Award

The fifth annual Root Cause Awards, celebrating achievement in the local forest products industry and sustainable forestry, were announced and The Bark House won the 2017 Support of Local Wood Products Award in recognition of its efforts in promoting local forest products and supporting jobs in the forest products industry.  Continued

The Campfire and Other Deeply Held Stories Illuminated

Ask people how the National Park system got started and they will probably tell you a story about Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir sitting together around a campfire under the skies of Yosemite, deciding it would be so.  The campfire story is concrete, relatable and resonates with a rugged independent spirit.  The visual of this great idea - starting as a glowing ember, growing into a whirling... 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 worldwide clients to nature in a... 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. The 141 winning companies in the Community... 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... Continued

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