Shou-Sugi-Ban or yakisugi is the traditionally Japanese technique of charring cedar boards for use in siding, decking and fencing projects. Modern applications of the centuries old craft are making a resurgence in the US and strong statement in the Pacific Northwest. This process of burning and wire brushing wood planks was originally used to replicate the natural weathering process of driftwood in Japan. Dating back to the 18th-century, the Shou-Sugi-Ban method enhances the materials performance and beauty by sealing the woods pores and deepening the color.
Locally, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar planks can be sustainably sourced (FSC) and treated with the charring method to produce quality products that express their unique structure and beauty. Typically finished with natural oils the carbonized material holds up to weather, fire, rot and pest exposure in addition to repelling water and resisting sun damage. The increased durability and reduced maintenance needed with similar wood products is appealing to homeowners and architects alike.
This stunning charred wood offers many applications including exterior cladding, interior siding, flooring, artistic accents and more. All of which appeal to contemporary design while highlighting the original touch of the human hand. The wood’s natural beauty showcased in a traditional yet modern fire treatment presents an artisanal designed feature that is sure to standout.
As an ‘ode to wood’, below is a sweet cabin SZ designed, featuring charred wood cladding. More to come…