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Charred Wood Siding - Shou Sugi Ban

Matt Risinger takes us through the process of creating charred wood siding, a technique known as Shou-Sugi-ban that dates back hundreds of years. The ancient Japanes used to burn the wood used to build homes because it would make it more flame retardant, as well as rot and bug resistant. Not only is the history and process of burning the wood interesting, but the final product is unique and visually appealing. Delta Millworks, the company Risinger visits in this video, demonstrates a taste of this charred wood with just wood and a roofing torch. Delta Millworks began burning wood in 2007, and we were instantly enthralled by the beautiful textures and grain patterns achieved by taking torches to timbers and boards. Shortly after beginning the craft," the company realized it was reviving the Japanese tradition of "shou-sugi-ban." Since those early discoveries, the company has focused on adapting the technique to modern architecture. Builders, designers and architects look for wood materials that are aesthetically pleasing yet provide the same practical benefits of other modern building materials. Tune in for all of the details as Risinger tours the factory where it's made. Learn more