TORA :: shou sugi ban charred cypress


reSAWN TIMBER co. – CHARRED collection
TORA – shou sugi ban charred cypress – Select Grade
7/8” thick X 5-1/8” wide X 14’ long
Tongue and Groove
charred on face only, sealed all 4 sides


CCS Architecture worked closely with Nancy and Tim Cushman to create O Ya New York.  The design brings the ambiance and character of their Oya – Boston to Midtown.  Located on the ground floor of a cherished townhouse within the Park South Hotel, the design is a mix of carefully orchestrated old and new.  Exposed brick and concrete are contrasted with crafted Japanese carpentry, glazed kiln tile, steel, and fabric.  The main element is the expansive eating counter made from walnut timber.  Other seating includes a long upholstered banquette, plus four intimate booths built from cedar and walnut concealed behind a simple wood screen.  The ceiling is natural cedar with indirect lighting to further emphasize natural materials and setting the mood.  The façade and entry identify the establishment and also defines a transition from urban NYC; where you step down from the street, traverse a micro-Japanese garden of bamboo, gravel, and a large iconic granite boulder brought to the site direct from the quarry, and then enter the restaurant under a steel and wood canopy.  The entry way features reSAWN’s TORA  charred cypress is select grade.

The ancient technique of shou sugi ban is gaining new life as a unique and modern interior and exterior wall cladding. The wood is carefully charred, misted with water, cooled, brushed to remove dust and loose debris, and then stained/sealed to create the unique designs you will find in the CHARRED collection.  The top coat sealer is applied prior to shipping (for exterior applications, we recommend sealing the face & back).

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