Bark House Bark Shingles and Panels become the first Cradle to Cradle Certified(TM) Platinum Product!

Bark House Shingles First to Earn Cradle to Cradle Platinum Certification Poplar shingles and wall panels achieve Platinum level across all five Cradle to Cradle categories with sustainable materials and a deep community commitment. Continued

5 Facts About Forestry

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  Continued

A NATURAL IDEA - BUT NOT FOR THAT TIME

We arrived at the Yosemite Visitor's Center just as employees hung the 2016 National Park Service Centennial Celebration Banner.  This was the fourth and final stop on a trip that began in San Francisco and included Sequoia, The Grand Canyon, Zion and Yosemite.  It was a wonderful time to spend with family learning all about the National Park System in the United States.  We estimated that 60 to... Continued

Natural Attraction - 10 Facts You May Not Know

There are 58 national parks in the National Park Service and you will LOVE how you feel when you visit any one of them. 2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service in the United States.  The federal law that established the NPS is the Organic Act of 1916. Continued

AMERICAN FORESTRY - BORN IN ASHEVILLE, NC AS AN EXPERIMENT IN CONSERVATION

2015 marks the 150th birthday of America's First Forester, Gifford Pinchot.  After Pinchot received forestry training in France and returned to the US in 1890, George Vanderbilt hired him as the nation's first working forester on the Biltmore estate in Asheville, NC.  Pinchot created a Forestry Management Plan for the estate and began teaching his employees how to selectively harvest, cull and... Continued

A GRAND LEGACY

Project: All Saints Episcopal Church Plus Five Residences Architect: Henry Bacon, AIA - 1895 Location: Linville, NC Style: Beaux-Arts with Rustication and Bark Shingle Treatments Product Integration: Chestnut Bark Shingles, The Predecessor To Bark House® Poplar Bark Shingles Architect Awards:  Gold Medal Presented by President Harding For The Design Of The Lincoln Memorial, Among Others Continued

Reverence, Diligence, Elegance

I was recently watching our guys craft a Gold 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 1885. He was a living legend from another era to me.  Cooked over an open fire in a log cabin... Continued

Creating a Company with a Triple-P Mission

William McDonough, the Founder of Cradle to Cradle had this to say about Highland Craftsmen back in 2011: "If you look at what's going on at Highland Craftsmen… you are looking at a product that is almost a sacred thing…. People are being honored with jobs, forests are being honored with sustainable forestry, and the buildings that use these materials are being honored with safe, healthy... Continued

Prunings

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 I am noted as being high strung and unyielding in temperament.... Continued

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