Shou Sugi Ban is traditional Japanese process used to preserve the wood by charring it. The heavily-charred surface of the plank makes it unique as well as resistant to rot, insects and decay. Historically this Charred Surface undergoes different treatments to achieve the durability. Earlier Shou Sugi Ban was discovered in Japan, but after some time it seeks the attention of architecture’s in North America due to its durability and unique looks, its use has really expanded to other areas in few years. Charring of wood means to burn the surface, and left untouched or can be bruised. This process of burning the surface with fire makes it bug free because of charring process drives off the lighter-weight and more volatile cellulose compounds, leaving behind the blackened lignin which is harder and more stable. This Shou Sugi Ban gives attractive and wonderful looks to your interiors and exteriors applications.\n \n
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About Shou Sugi Ban (Charred Wood)
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Nakamoto Forestry deals with wood work and known as world’s largest producer of the ancient Japanese Charred Wood (shou sugi ban). They have four mills, located in Hiroshima and Tokushima. Recently they expanded their distribution centers to North American with inventory in Portland, Oregon. Nakamoto forestry is known for producing high-grade and affordable charred wood products. This traditional charred wood plank is used in modern design, and is installed by carpenters same as un-charred siding and paneling. It can be left black, or brushed and tinted to achieve a range of finishes. For more details please visit official website of Nakamoto Forestry or you can call at 503-512-6780.
Shou Sugi Ban is Japanese technique that preserves wood by char it with heat treatment. This charred wood is also know Japanese burnt cedar. The complete process includes charring the wood surface, cooling it, cleaning, brushing once or twice and finishes it with natural oil. This process is time consuming but the final product is not only elegant, its rich, silvery finish. This Charred wood surface looks unique and beautiful without brushing or polishing and same time it is also fire, insect, rot resistant. This burnt wood is long lasting and can be used for siding, cladding, fencing and flooring. This charred wood (Shou Sugi Ban) is unique selection for your home exterior and interior applications.
Japanese carpenters searching for a unique technique that also improved durability used recovered piece of wood from the coastlines of Japan. Due to weathering Process wood undergoes when it is treat with the harsh environment of saltwater, surf and sun. This wood was prized for its elegant appearance and durability in much different carpentry medium.
Then they turned to another weathering process to achieve the durability. Fire in this case provided the preservative, and the unique dimension Japanese homeowners. This practice of charring commonly referred to in the United States. In the last 50-100 years the practice has fallen out of favor in Japan due to the advent of modern plastic or cement based siding, decking, and fencing. Due to these factors Shou Sugi Ban process has lost.
Shou Sugi Ban was rediscovered first in Japan in early 2000’s, but after some time it seek the attention of architecture’s in North America. Then they started showing up these in traditional designed houses and buildings. As it was popular in Japan hundreds of year ago due to its durability and unique looks, its use has really expanded to other areas in few years. Charring of wood is method of coloring, finishing and preserving siding and fencing is just catching on.
We need to know that charred wood is not bug proof, however it is bus resistant. Bugs like termites fed on charred wood looks less healthy then Termites fed on fresh pine shavings. The charring therefore is a obstacle, but not a complete solution for termites and other wood pests. There are many things you can do to prevent pest damage and using charred wood siding and fencing would be a part of that, but not the whole thing. As fire resistance, the charring process drives off the lighter-weight and more volatile cellulosic compounds, leaving behind the blackened lignin which is harder and more stable. Lignin is much more chemically stable, therefore hard to digest than cellulosic compounds.