Shou Sugi Ban is a Japanese term which literally translates to ‘burnt cedar board’. Historically, Japanese carpenters sourced driftwood from the coastlines of Japan, both for its impressive durability and distressed appearance, after being subjected to salt water and harsh weather conditions. Over time, it became increasingly difficult to source this driftwood due to high demand for such a hardwearing product. As a result, Japanese carpenters chose to create the desired effect by burning or weathering timber to give the original wood a charred and fragile finish.
This technique has grown in popularity over the last couple of years and a number of different manufacturers are showing up around the globe. French company "Les Brûleurs du Bois" has recently supplied burned Kebony Clear for the Ligne Roset and Cinna Showroom in Limoges - a brilliant interior choice!