Our Town Cafe – Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Sophia Burke Design

Ema Peter Photography


MONOGTARI 2.0 shou sugi ban charred cypress
Burnt and sealed on face and two long edges
#2Common Grade
13/16″ thick X 5-1/2″ wide X 16′ lengths

Our Town Cafe has been a fixture in Vancouver for over 15 years, serving the neighborhood’s favorite house-made baked goods, made-to-order light entrees and delicious coffee. In addition to providing food and drinks, Our Town is also a champion of the arts. Responding to Vancouver’s need for performance venues, Our Town created the “From the Small Stage” series showcasing the diverse range of emerging artists.

For their recent renovation, they reached out to Sophia Burke Design to help reimagine their space. Sophie Burke Design is an award winning Vancouver based design practice known for its creativity, subtle sophistication and warmth. The focus of their work is private homes and select retail. Understated, elegant, and classic design combined with the raw beauty of the Pacific Northwest shape their designs and approach. Sophia Burke strives to design simple, timeless and beautiful spaces that are meaningful for the people who live in them.

Sophia Burke chose reSAWN’s MONOGATARI 2.0 shou sugi ban charred cypress for cladding on the interior of the cafe.

MONOGATARI 2.0 features CHARRED CYPRESS burnt in the Japanese style of shou sugi ban.  MONOGATARI 2.0 can be used for interior or exterior wall cladding. For exterior cladding, we offer Select Grade.  For interior applications, we offer #2 common and Select Grade.  The higher the grade, the better it is felt the wood will perform, especially in exterior applications. MONOGATARI 2.0 can be treated to Class A Fire Rating for Interior Application – please call to inquire.

MONOGATARI 2.0 is carefully charred, misted with water, cooled, brushed and then stained/sealed.  The top coat sealer is applied prior to shipping (for exterior applications, we recommend sealing the back side as well as the face).  The burning process accentuates the wood grain and creates varying colors when viewed from different angles and in different light.

MONOGATARI 2.0 is made with cypress sourced from the Southern United States and can be used for interior wall cladding, ceiling cladding and exterior siding.  With its legendary beauty and natural durability, cypress has long been a staple as an exterior wood siding product.  Because cypress generates its own preservative oil, called cypressene, it’s an ideal wood for locations with constant heat, humidity, and torrential rains.

Our charring & sealing process makes for beautifully designed exterior wood siding.  Like any exterior wood siding prefinished or finished in place, these materials will weather naturally over time and will require maintenance.  For interior applications, expect little to no change.  

reSAWN’s CHARRED offering features cypress, western red cedar, Accoya, Kebony, black walnut, red oak, white oak and reclaimed hemlock that is burnt in the Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban.  Our award-winning CHARRED products pay homage to the traditional Japanese technique of “shou-sugi-ban” aka “yakisugi” without being literal.  Historically very specific in their definition, “shou-sugi-ban” and “yakisugi” have become common nomenclature for modern charred wood designs in general.  All of reSAWN’s CHARRED products are made in the USA, in our facility in Telford, PA.

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