Shou Sugi Ban, a Japanese tradition
In Japan, cypress wood was traditionally charred to help prevent the spread of fire and to protect wood against insects and mould. The ancient technique known as Shou Sugi Ban is still in use today and can be found in both traditional and modern buildings. After renowned Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori began incorporating the charred wood finish in his designs in the late 20th century, it began to show up in Western countries as well.
Wood charred in our own workshop
At Carpentier the wood is ‘burnt’ to create a charred layer that is resistant to the effects of weather. We apply this Shou Sugi Ban technique to thermo ash, thermo pine and Douglas fir in particular, since it creates a beautiful, lived-in look while ensuring stability.
The charred finish can also be applied to other wood varieties upon request, including Accoya.
Charring accentuates the particular texture and appearance of each wood variety, making every board unique. And almost any result is possible, from lightly toasted to deep black. A stabilizing finish preserves the charred layer and has a maintenance-reducing effect.
Technical specifications of charred wood
Controlled surface burning improves the durability of the wood and produces an attractive charred finish that is harmonious and stylish. Another important feature of charred wood is that it is flame retardant, since having already been fire-treated it is less likely to ignite. Charred wood is also highly resistant to UV damage. The charred layer retains its colour and develops a beautiful patina over time.
Exceptional beauty for indoor and outdoor projects
Our charred wood is an outstanding and durable choice for cladding of exterior walls and the wooden gates and fencing that we offer in ready-to-use kits. It is also ideal for interior projects such as wall panelling.
Ready to see more? Beautiful examples of charred wood projects can be found on our projects page. If you have any questions or would like to plan an appointment to visit our showroom, please do not hesitate to get in touch.See more projects
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