Enterprises Inc. has been in Natural Bark Siding production since
1995. As owner, Jim Furniss oversees the poplar
bark process, as well as various land management and building
projects. With a degree in agronomy from the University of
Georgia, Jim founded Mountainside Nursery specializing in tree
nursery stock. Later, he actively became involved with the
management and construction of a select few of the area's widely
renowned mountain golf courses, as well as prominent croquet and
Along the way, he also
earned his Builder-Contractor and Real Estate Broker
licenses. Today, Jim manages premier land and building
projects in Cashiers and Lake Toxaway, and continues as owner and
devotee of his poplar bark business.
Having lived in Cashiers, NC
and nearby areas most of his life, Jim has a deep respect and
understanding of the mountains, and approaches all projects with
an ecologically conservative approach, emphasizing quality and
natural beauty. The bark siding idea was born through
homeowners' requests to build their mountain getaways in the
flavor of "old-time Cashiers". As these homeowners
and others have happily reported, this special natural look offers
a unique lasting mountain impression to their homes. Thus,
the Natural Bark Siding business was born from a revived century
old building tradition. Since its start, poplar bark is now
not only used for home exteriors, but as featured interior
enhancements as well.
HARVEST POPLAR BARK FROM RECLAIMED TREES
The poplar bark is obtained only from trees that are already designated for harvest. What was formerly considered to be an unusable byproduct of the tree, the bark is salvaged before taking the logs to the sawmill. Bark Siding is an eco-friendly choice for your building project.
All consideration is given to proper harvesting, conservation and environmentally sound practices. Working closely with foresters and local sources, trees are carefully selected for the best bark product. No machines are used to harvest the product. The bark is hand peeled away from the trees the old-time way using a spud, during a very limited time of year.