ABOUT YAKISUGI IN NEW ZEALAND
(Shou sugi ban)
Welcome to The Blackwood Project New Zealand, specializing in Yakisugi (or Shou Sugi Ban) the traditional Japanese art of fire conditioning timber. We are an all kiwi business producing charred timber cladding with multiple finishes and timbers on a commercial scale in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
Yakisugi or shou sugi ban is a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation. This ancient method of charring naturally durable timber which produces a hard-wearing, long-lasting, and low maintenance charred timber finish. In addition to the practical benefits the finish also looks sleek and stylish. There are 3 main finishes for Yakisugi the traditional full char, the charred and brushed and the charred and double brushed which allows for the introduction of light coloured stains
Why did we start burning timber cladding?
Working in the timber milling business for a number of years we noticed many people were interested in the finish that reduced the maintenance requirements of timber cladding and Japanese burnt timber addressed this issue.
Before making yakisugi part of our timber business, we needed to see the process and the product in its traditional setting. Our interest was sparked after supplying a large project in Auckland, that featured on Grand Designs, where the home-owner charred his own timber.
We flew to Japan to see how Yakisugi is done by the masters and learn why it works so well. We were impressed, and it was reassuring to see so many old examples of Yakisugi still looking great today, many were over 120 years old.
As timber professionals we could see excellent benefits to the end user from the yakisugi process that made the timber stronger, more stable and maintenance free.
With what we learnt in Japan, we started to experiment with yakisugi using different effective burning techniques. After 1000s of hours and twice as many meters of timber we made good progress. Today we are very excited to say we now offer Yakisugi Japanese burning for all your projects.