Shou Sugi Ban is originally a Japanese technique to make wood more durable; cedar or cypress wood is ‘charred’ (burnt) on the surface to create a carbonised layer that is resistant to weathering. Traditionally, wood in Japan is ‘burnt’ to prevent fire propagation, and to protect it from insects and fungi.
We mainly use this technique for oak, which gives it a fantastic authentic appearance. There are a number of possible variations, from lightly singed to heavily charred. After the burning process, the charred wood is brushed at least once and treated with an oil to prevent the carbonised layer from peeling off. Everything is completely customised to meet the needs of the client and/or architect.
Our charred wood can be used for timber cladding and wooden driveway gates.