Shou Sugi Ban: The Timeless Art of Charred Wood

Architecture and design trends have evolved over centuries, yet some techniques endure, like Shou Sugi Ban. This traditional Japanese wood charring method, also known as Yakisugi, originated in the 18th century. It enhances the durability and aesthetic appeal of wood by burning its surface, then cooling, cleaning, and finishing it with natural oils. The result is a carbon-rich, durable, and decay-resistant surface that embodies the wabi-sabi philosophy, appreciating imperfection and transience through unique textures and variations in the charred wood.

Shou Sugi Ban’s benefits extend beyond its beauty. The carbonization process creates a protective layer, making wood resistant to fungi, pests, moisture, UV radiation, and fire. Environmentally, it avoids chemical preservatives, extends the wood’s lifespan, and requires minimal maintenance. This method also aids in carbon sequestration, storing carbon within the wood for extended periods. At reSAWN TIMBER co., we combine this ancient technique with modern design, offering various wood species and finishes to create functional and beautiful spaces that stand the test of time.



As an approved AIA CES Provider, reSAWN TIMBER co. is excited to offer a two-part series about specifying exterior wood cladding. reSAWN examines the sustainable, performance, and aesthetic benefits and innovations that have made exterior wood cladding an ideal material for architectural specifications. After the two-part series is completed, each attendee will receive a total of 2 (two) LU|HSW credits in addition to certificates of completion.


reSAWN TIMBER co. provides new and reclaimed wood products for architectural specifications for flooring, interior wall cladding, ceilings, exterior siding, roofing, and custom millwork.

Our carefully curated offering includes award-winning shou sugi ban charred woods, reclaimed woods, newly harvested American wood species, and European Oak.  We provide only the highest quality materials milled to exacting standards and finished in a way that enhances the natural beauty of the wood. Our extensive offering includes wide plank flooring and FSC® Certified woods.

We specialize in meeting the needs of architects, designers, and contractors, and provide superior service and guidance in developing your specifications.  Our products can assist you in achieving your project goals in aesthetic, performance, and sustainability.