HAI SHOU-SUGI-BAN IN CHARRED CYPRESS. PHOTO BY DOUG HUMAN.
Shou-sugi-ban is a centuries old Japanese wood preservation technique achieved through the charring of timber boards. Dating back to the 1700s, the process can vary, but typically involves applying fire to the wood’s surface, cooling it, brushing away excess soot, washing and finally sealing with an optional coat of oil. The practice provides an aesthetically striking result and an environmentally sensitive way to preserve and protect timber – rendering it resistant to sun, wind, water, fire, rot, insects and even pests.
used in Japan as a treatment
the western market appears to be making up for lost time as local timber specialists such as
shou-sugi-ban is one of the latest developments to hit the tiber scene.
With shou-sugi-ban products designed for flooring, furniture, exterior and interior wall cladding and more… the options are looking pretty exciting. What do you think?!
Photography via reSAWN TIMBER co.