Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient and ecological, non-toxic and natural Japanese technique used to make wood resistant to fire and atmospheric agents without compromising its internal structure. The right wood must be chosen and various processes must be completed before achieving an excellent final result.
The technique consists essentially of burning the wood on the side to be exposed. The technique is both ancient and ecological because it provides remarkable protection without the use of chemicals while also making the wood more stable, durable, water repellent, and fire retardant. The wood most commonly used with this technique in Japan is cedar, an autochthonous species, but we have conducted tests on others such as cypress, larch, and fir, and obtained surprising results in terms of aesthetics and resistance. The carbonized surfaces are treated with natural oils that bring out all the wood’s grain and increase its durability.
The aesthetic effect is highly suggestive and distinctive.