Shou Sugi Ban is a traditional Japanese wood charring technique that was designed to protect the wood against water, sun damage and various types of pests. The Shou Sugi Ban technique is used on many types of wood such as larch, spruce, accoya, cedar, pine and many others. The wood can have a different appearance and color depending on the type of wood used and the intensity of the firing.
The Shou Sugi Ban technique has been used in Japan for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, but has recently become much more popular in Western countries. There are many ways to create a charred wood effect. The original tanning process involved joining the three planks together into a triangular tube, then burning the wood from the inside deep enough for a black / silver finish. After cooling, the wood was brushed and washed. Currently, the firing process of Wood of Fire products is fully mechanized, which ensures, above all, uniform distribution of flames, homogeneous degree of tanning, which in turn allows achieving an even level of brushing and perfect protection through even distribution of impregnants.
The Shou Sugi Ban tanning process, also known as Yakisugi, was originally used in Japan to impregnate the side walls of buildings to increase their durability. Today, treated boards are also used as decking boards, wall cladding, furniture fronts.