The “SUGI” Table

Pictures really are worth 1000 words. Tonight I will let the pictures tell the story. But for the particulars…  I made this coffee table for a friend. It is made from old reclaimed framing material and I used an old Japanese finish technique called Shou Sugi Ban. The finish is created by burning the entire piece then … Continue reading

The Under Dogs Go To War… Turf Wars that is.

A A couple of months ago good friend and amazing contractor Courtney Cardenas came to my partner Marvin Maldonado and I asked if we would help participate in an up coming episode of Turf Wars. (DIY Network). My initial reaction was well.. less than enthusiastic. We were just coming off an episode of House Crashers that damn … Continue reading

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). … Continue reading

Bath Crashers Build Day “Uno”

Team HomeOwner

Day 1 on the Bath Crashers job site started off promptly at 7:30am (and when I say promptly, I mean promptly as in stand around till 9am waiting for all the techs to set up). Things got rolling with lot’s of drive up shots. A drive up shot is where the camera crew takes film … Continue reading

Urban Now Working on Newest “Bath Crashers” Project


I have been working with the fine people over at the The Idea Factory (producers of House Crashers, Yard Crashers and Bath Crashers) for a little over a month now. It started with a HC episode and a few custom furniture designs they needed and in a REAL hurry. The experience was a lot of … Continue reading


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