Shou Sugi Ban
The recent sunshine pulled us from behind the monitors long enough to experiment with this Japanese wood treatment technique. It involves charring the surface of the wood prior to sealing with protective oils. While the traditional method is much faster, the final finish isn't suitable for the project we have in mind. This method was originally used to reduce deterioration from moisture and the spread of fire from one building to another, although here we're searching for ways to express the natural character of cedar.