Traditional Shou-sugi-ban Burning Method

A quick way to burn sugi siding for a house in Okayama Prefecture, where shou-sugi-ban (焼杉板) is still quite common. 

The method used is different from the method that was used to burn the cedar for our house.  Take tree planks and tie into a triangle. Place on top of the fire for one minute, turn over and burn for another minute. Remove from fire, extinguish flames with water, untie the planks, and water it down. It’ll be much clearer if you watch the video. From the TV show Dramatic Before After (大改造!!劇的ビフォーアフター).

A related video of architect Terunobu Fujimori burning sugi using the same method:

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6 Responses to Traditional Shou-sugi-ban Burning Method

  1. Pingback: Shou-sugi-ban « Pursuing Wabi

  2. just checked the Penofin site…so many to choose from…which did you use …dont know anything about this sort of thing..just doing a bit of research …we are going to build and my husband is keen on trying this method……ta


  3. Anonymous says:

    i noticed you elected to use penofin on your finished product. did you consider leaving it untreated to weather naturally? i am considering doing this myself as the thought of retreating yearly with penofin seems a little time consuming to me….thoughts?
    how has the penofin been holding up? any retreatments applied? how do you think it would look if you didn’t retreat with penofin?
    thanks, jon

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  5. Gretchen says:

    looking for someone to ‘shou sugi ban’ some wood that I have…

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