Bark Shingles

Bark was commonly used as home siding by the American Indians.
Europeans arriving in America also found bark to be a useful siding. Chestnut siding was preferred until the chestnut blight killed the majority of chestnut trees. Now poplar bark is preferred. The bark is peeled from the felled tree and then flattened and kiln dried. The drying process kills all insects and makes the bark maintenance-free and impenetrable to future insect infestations. Bark siding has been known to last upwards of 80 years without need of sealant or stain.

Poplar bark has an R-value of approx 3.7 and has excellent sound insulating qualities. Poplar wood is widely used in the furniture industry and utilizing the tree’s bark for siding means tree bark siding is a virtually zero waste product.

Bark Shingles


Bark Shingles

Bark Shingles.
Via Tumblr, original source unknown.

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Highland Craftsman’s Bark House in North Carolina.
barkhouse.com

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Poplar Bark shingles and cedar board.
The Farm at Banner Elk, North Carolina.
Barkhouse siding.
Builder/Designer: christopherkellie.com


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Bark Shingles by Barkclad, North Carolina.
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Bark Shingles by Barkclad, North Carolina.
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Bark Shingles with whole tree posts as porch columns.
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Bark Shingles by barkhouse.com

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Bark Shingles by barkhouse.com

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Bark Siding by Parton.
partonbarksiding.com

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Poplar Bark Shingles and shiplap siding.
By Mountain Construction.
mountainconstruction.com

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Bark Shingles of poplar.
By Mountain Construction.
mountainconstruction.com

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Bark Shingles
by Barkclad, North Carolina.
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Bark Shingles: pioneer or rough cut.
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Bark siding panels on a floating home in Union Lake, Seattle.
By g-little.com

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All Saints Episcopal Church, Linville, NC (1910-1913). Designed by Henry Bacon who utilized the bark of the Chestnut trees which were in great abundance in the area. Along with All Saints Episcopal Church, Bacon designed numerous other structures in the area all utilizing Chestnut bark in a shingle siding application. The original 100 year old bark siding is still in service today. hardincreekmillwork.com

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Bark Shingles: pioneer or rough cut.
barkhouse.com

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Bark Cabana covered in redwood bark from a local mill.
Side walls open. By Alex Wyndham.
alexwyndham.com

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Bark Sculpture by
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Bark playhouse.
Via: littlefreelibrary.org

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Bark Longhouse at Saint Marie.
Bark was stripped from trees and allowed to dry out all summer before use.
Via: ontarioarchitecture.com

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Hickory Bark Wigwam.
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Birch bark wigwam at Fort William.
The bark added an extra layer of waterproof insulation. ontarioarchitecture.com An Ojibway birch bark wigwam here: wildwoodsurvival.com

Bark siding is expensive, but it is long lived and never needs maintenance.

Resources:

“Bark House Style” by Chris McCurry & Nan Chase.
barkhouse.com

Bark Shingles from North Carolina available in all US and more…
barkhouse.com

Poplar Bark Siding in NC:
partonbarksiding.com

Poplar Bark Siding in TN:
everhart-lumber.com

Barkclad in North Carolina:
Also sells less expensive engineered bark.
barkclad.com

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Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

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