Leave the boring interior solutions for someone else – renew your home with charred wood planks.
Your home is your temple. Yakisugi wood charring technique has been widely used in ancient Japanese temple building, and now it is perfectly adaptable for creating your home interior. Yakisugi technique connects three elements – earth (wood), fire and water and allows you to feel the energizing natural wood texture.
How do We Make Shou Sugi Ban
It all begins by exposing a piece of wood to scorching flames that reach an average temperature of 1100 degrees Celsius. Such a high temperature demands the highest levels of caution and precision. Only specially trained and experienced personnel can undertake and manage such an objective. The aforementioned exposure to fire brings out the very best qualities wood has to offer. At first, thanks to high temperatures – various organic components and mainly sugar, abundant in cellulose which wood is plentiful of, dissolve. As a direct result of organic compounds dissolving (processing), timber becomes much more resistant. Immune to many threats, so to speak. Thanks to carbonisation, the wood turns water-proof as well.
When timber is free from organic compounds, it can be labelled as ‘sterile’. That means that rotting, decay and decomposition are entirely out of the equation. With a material that is already as long-lasting as wood, improving durability and longevity is an astonishing feat nonetheless. Along with tremendous added resistance to pests and vermin, Yakisugi would likely not have much competition for the title of ‘most refined and most impressive / best wood processing technique in the world’.
A Diverse and Versatile Wood Processing Technology
However, the Japanese have been perfecting this craft for hundreds of years. So, charred wood is more than just a fancy way to label a vermin and water-proof plank. It’s scientifically clever, thanks to simple but brilliant things. As you may or may not know, wood is covered with lots of miniature pores. In regular cases, any porous material absorbs and soaks-in liquid, most notably – water. It accumulates and is a catalyst for degradation, decaying, etc. After the timber is treated with very hot flames, however, the pores shrink and enclose. Thus, water simply has nowhere to go and is not absorbed as a result. Hence, the wood becomes water-proof.
Likewise, application possibilities for cladding, flooring, panelling, fencing, decking, roofing, ceilings and other interior as well as exterior locations become near limitless. It is a premium solution aimed at those who appreciate the natural beauty of wood and its uniqueness.
Even though we mentioned that it should come second, but the beauty of charred wood is what most people notice first. After processing, the texture is enhanced. What was just a barely noticeable streak, stain or line before, is now an expressed streak or grand pattern on a dazzling piece of siding, decking, flooring or whatever else. Treated wood is also UV resistant, thanks to the crème de la crème in wood oil. The latter protects the colour from fading, yet you have the most bleach-resistance when the wood is left untreated.
Charred Wood - a Contrast of Beauty and Practicality
We love contrasts. This is why we offer a modern product with millennia of tradition behind it. This is also why we can praise the vast indoor and outdoor application possibilities for charred wood.
Perfection. Excitement. Unique. Beautiful. Full of emotion. These would be the words which we think best associate with what we have to offer. They appropriately describe our product.
Charred wood is not too bold or brash for any project. Thanks to its unique properties and beautiful aesthetics, Shou Sugi Ban can make the wildest architectural dreams come true, or they can supplement a refined, polished and toned-down idea for any interior.
Versatility is becoming a much rarer find in modern times, and charred wood is just that rare find. It’s just what you look for – versatile.
The Wide Array of Application Prospects for Charred Timber
Just as we’ve mentioned, Yakisugi improves the aesthetics as well as physical characteristics of timber. In fact, aesthetics come second. The primary focus points of this technique are improving durability and resistance to various common environmental nuisances as well as giving it the tools to stand its ground against the test of time.
In our experience, Shou Sugi Ban timber has had a vast range of suitable applications. Due to its immense resistance to harsh weather and dynamic climate changes even, it can be fitted outdoors. At the same time, the beauty which emerges after the wood is charred makes it a very welcome addition to seemingly any contemporary interior design. Or anything that is going for a Japanese-themed interior or a retro vibe, nonetheless.
The synergy between harmony and tradition makes Shou Sugi Ban the ideal choice for any lifestyle. The blend of Orient’s finest traditions and modern wood refinement is particularly well-received when contemporary home décor meets exotic or slightly out of the box ideas. You also have many wood profile breeds to choose from. The list of profiles will have something for everyone. Go with the popular Shiplap or choose something matchless and exciting like Tongue & Grove profile patterns of burnt wood.
Despite that, do not think of it as only the eccentric’s choice of materials. Charred timber has a much broader appeal. It can be much more than just a deck in a Summer villa. Shou Sugi Ban makes for great floors and fences. Yet we have to admit that it shines best when picked as a gracious, finishing or an extra touch to the façade or the interior.