Shou-Sugi-Ban – Burnt Sugi Boards
Shou-sugi-ban 焼杉板, or burnt sugi board is a Japanese technique of creating timber cladding that should last over 80 years. Sugi is known as Japanese cedar, Instead of sugi, our wood species are Belinga. Old traditional Japanese houses use shou-sugi-ban for their external timber cladding, although rarely used now (replaced by manmade plastic or composite). The sugi was burnt to resist rot and fire. Supposedly it’s difficult for something already burnt to a charcoal finish to catch fire again. - The Decking Network forum January 19th, 2011
This is a technique people have been using for many years to create a very distinct and durable look, mainly used for exterior siding and furniture. Lately I have become very interested in how we can use it on some of our projects and art pieces here at Urban Design and Construction. I first became interested in it watching friend and fellow artist Steven Tiller do experiments. He was tinkering around with the technique at the shop one day and I fell in love with what he was doing. I watched him create a few art pieces and quickly became enamored with the whole process. I mean come on FIRE!!
We first started to play with it on an episode of House Crashers. Steven Made this beautiful Exterior wall for the show. Next I started my own experiments. Making a frame for an art piece, doing different samples of burn amounts working with different oils, basically having fun. Next came our first project, 20 out-door table tops for an up coming restaurant in our local area.
We are having a lot of fun experimenting with this finish technique at the shop, and I am personally having a great time coming up with many designs and interesting applications for this process. Hopefully you will see us incorporating this into a lot of our work in the future!
Below are images I have found for different applications for Shou Sugi Ban..