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Remodeling 101: Shou Sugi Ban Charred Wood

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Remodeling 101: Shou Sugi Ban Charred Wood

October 14, 2014

Repeat after us: shou sugi ban. Devised as a way to make wood less susceptible to fire and to keep away insects and rot, this longstanding Japanese method involves torching your building materials. The results are long lived and hauntingly beautiful. And the good news is that charred wood is now widely available for domestic use. Here are 13 examples of charred wood put to use (for both interiors and exteriors) and where to buy it.

13 Charred Wood Houses

a series of charred wood cabins in northern new zealand by cheshire architects  12
Above: A series of charred wood cabins in northern New Zealand by Cheshire Architects from Top of the Lake: Tiny Cabins in Dark and Light.
a single shou sugi ban wall in a tuscon, arizona, house designed by dust from s 13
Above: A single shou sugi ban wall in a Tuscon, Arizona, house designed by Dust from Steal This Look: Sonoran-Style Bedroom/Living Room in Tucson, Arizona.
a passive house in hudson valley with a charred cedar facade from architec 14
Above: A passive house in Hudson Valley with a charred cedar facade from Architect Visit: A Natural Pool and Passive House in New York’s Hudson Valley.
the shou sugi ban exterior of a riverside cabin in devon, england, by rupert mc 15
Above: The shou sugi ban exterior of a riverside cabin in Devon, England, by Rupert McKelvie from The Off-the-Grid Riverside Cabin, Rental Edition.
a charred wood cottage attached to a bright white house on the coast of brittan 16
Above: A charred wood cottage attached to a bright white house on the coast of Brittany by NeM Architects from Before and After: A Charred Wood Cottage, on a $45K Budget.
designer nicole hollis used the shou sugi ban technique in the interior walls o 17
Above: Designer Nicole Hollis used the shou sugi ban technique in the interior walls of her San Francisco studio from A Noirish Studio for a San Francisco Design Star.
burnt cedar siding on a house in los gatos, california, by schwartz & archi 18
Above: Burnt cedar siding on a house in Los Gatos, California, by Schwartz & Architecture, submitted to this year’s Remodelista Design Awards.
charred larch cladding on the exterior of a japanese style teahouse in the czec 19
Above: Charred larch cladding on the exterior of a Japanese-style teahouse in the Czech Republic from A Teahouse, Charred and Blackened (On Purpose).
architect boor bridges applied the technique to some of the interior walls of s 20
Above: Architect Boor Bridges applied the technique to some of the interior walls of Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco from Architect Visit: Sightglass by Boor Bridges Architecture in San Francisco.
a charred wood headboard by london designer mark lewis in a house in dorset, en 21
Above: A charred wood headboard by London designer Mark Lewis in a house in Dorset, England, from Blue Period: An English Manor House Channels Picasso.
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Above: A modular studio (for use as a home office, guest room, or play space) made from shou sugi ban siding by Sett Studio of Austin, Texas.
the ceiling wood of the williamsburg, brooklyn, shop joinery was hand charred b 23
Above: The ceiling wood of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, shop Joinery was hand-charred by owner Angela Silva from Joinery in Williamsburg.
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Above: A cabin designed and built for under $40,000 in Belgium makes use of charred wood as exterior cladding from An Architect-Designed—and Built—Lakeside Cabin for Under $40,000.

Where to Buy Charred Wood

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Above: US lumber retailers of late have begun to specialize in shou sugi ban. Shown here, a sampling of the shou sugi ban finishes offered by Delta Millworks, in Texas, which specializes in burned woods, among other offerings, and works directly with private and commercial clients. Another provider is reSawn Timber Co. of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the UK, Shou-Sugi-Ban supplies, designs, and installs shou sugi ban cladding, flooring, and wall coverings in colors that it compares to “the dying embers of a log fire and the charred effects of a burnt wooden board.”
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Above: Charred cypress for use as siding, fencing, decking, and flooring. Photograph from reSawn Timber Co.
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Above: Delta Millworks and reSawn Timber Co. specialize in using cypress, as well as yellow pine and vertical grain Douglass fir, all grown in the southern US and treated with variety of burned finishes.
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Above: Yashu, a charred cypress, for interior and exterior applications from reSawn Timber Co.
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Above: ReSawn Timber Co.‘s Kujaku cypress with a subtle char.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran October 14, 2014.

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Frequently asked questions

What is shou sugi ban?

Shou sugi ban is a Japanese technique of charring wood which preserves it and protects it from insects and decay.

What types of wood are best for shou sugi ban?

Cedar, cypress, oak, and pine are excellent candidates for shou sugi ban technique.

What colors can be achieved with shou sugi ban?

The charring technique can produce a range of colors from light gray to deep black, depending on the intensity of the burn and the wood used.

Can shou sugi ban wood be used for flooring?

Yes, shou sugi ban wood is commonly used for flooring and adds a unique and modern look to any space.

How long does shou sugi ban wood last?

When properly maintained and installed, shou sugi ban wood can last up to 80 years or more.

Can shou sugi ban wood be painted?

Yes, shou sugi ban wood can be painted, but it's not recommended as it covers the unique texture and pattern produced by the charring process.

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