Inspiration - Shō Sugi Ban / Yakisugi

This week I have been mostly looking at ……….

The technique of Sho Sugi Ban


Yakisugi (焼杉) is a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation. Yaki means to heat with fire, and sugi is cypress. It is also referred to in the West as Shō Sugi Ban (焼杉板).

The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it and finishing with a natural oil.

By slightly charring the surface of the wood the wood becomes water-proof through the carbonisation and is therefore more durable. Traditionally used for exteriors because of it’s durability the technique is now also being used by architects and designers for interior finishes.

I have already tried it out and can’t wait to suggest using the technique to a future client.