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It's Torch Time! Shou Sugi Ban Siding

We are ending this Hot Hot Summer with a BANG we torch the tongue and groove boards for the exterior finish of our Home. It's a wild process that sounded pretty far out to me when O first mentioned it.


We are using propane to burn the wood and then applying Penofin penetrating oil, made of Brazilian Rosewood oil, immediately after it cools. The effect is pretty cool! I love watching the charred wood pull in the oil as it bubbles and soaks into the black gator surface. Handling the process DIY because it's very time consuming and the boards are difficult to transport once complete.


Shou Sugi Ban (Yakisugi) is an ancient method used in Japan to preserve the wood, repel insects and rodents and create a fire resistant material. It was developed in Japan many centuries ago and there is a rich history around the use of the method and techniques used. Recently, it has seen a resurgence with modern designers. More about the history here posted by Pioneer Millworks out of NY.


What do you think? Check out the video below to see how we are painting with fire~~~~~ ! It sounds like a there's jet plane in the courtyard.

Check out the video below to see how to "paint with fire"!


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