Black is the New Green: Shou Sugi Ban - Abodo Wood
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Black is the New Green – Shou Sugi Ban

Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 (or Yakisugi) is an ancient Japanese exterior wood preservation technique that preserves the wood by charring the surface with fire.

Shou Sugi Ban, or Charred Wood, is becoming increasingly well known as a natural way to colour and protect timber cladding, feature walls and facades.

The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil.

The charred surface can be heavily or lightly brushed, or left simply sealed with a clear coat or pigmented oil.

This charred surface is then decay, insect, weather, UV and fire resistant for an extended period of time.

The finish, which shimmers with a black ‘crocodile skin’ look is aesthetically unique, striking and beautiful. For these reasons, this ancient technique is experiencing a renaissance and is becoming highly sought after in architectural applications.

The manufacturing process is detailed, slow and dangerous, creating anything from a highly charred fragile look to a sleek, contemporary finish. So – it is generally accepted to be a luxury wood finish option.

Abodo’s Vulcan Cladding provides the perfect substrate, with high stability and natural durability. Traditionally, Sugi (Japanese cedar) was used, with some facades lasting for over 60 years.

Examples of charred wood projects include the award-winning Lake Waikaremoana Welcome Centre.

The video below explains how Abodo create this Carefully Charred Timber. Contact Abodo for more information.




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Timber: Vulcan Cladding

Type: Rusticated 90x20MM

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