Shou Sugi Ban

Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it. Traditionally, Sugi, or Japanese Cyprus, was used. Recently, we have discovered projects that have used Douglas Fir, Cyprus, and Oak species. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil. Although time consuming, the final product is not only gorgeous, with its rich, silvery finish; the charred wood also resists rot, insects, and fire and can last up to 80 years! 

For more on the process of charring wood, check out Pursuing Wabi and Materia

Reader Comments (1)

Great post on this. I just came across this technique and was looking for more information on its weathering. Thanks for the links for further information. Such a beautiful wood finishing.


September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

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