The Japanese invented this technique hundreds of years ago, calling it “shou sugi ban” or “yakisugi”.
The idea is to burn the surface of wood to a varying degree of char. An important influence in modern exterior timber cladding design, the blackened effect is achieved through a process involving the use of an open fire to leave timber with a charred, blackish finish. Abodo use industrial blowtorches to replicate this effect.
The charred surface can be left completely untouched, can be heavily or lightly brushed, and can be sealed with a clear coat or oil. This charred surface is then decay, insect, weather, UV and fire resistant – but most importantly, aesthetically unique, striking and beautiful.
Charred, or blackened timber is now trending in exterior cladding design and is achieved in different ways. When used for multi-depth cladding, it simultaneously conveys rustic charm while accentuating the contemporary lines of a structure.
See some example houses clad with charred timber:
We applaud the winners of this year’s Timber Design Awards, many of which made use of Abodo timbers.
To help save time and money for builders, alongside reducing timber wastage, a range of selected set lengths are now available to order.
Alison brings a wealth of experience to Abodo with over 30 years spanning architecture, building, and joinery.