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The Shou Sugi Ban Japanese Timber finishes Company

Weather channel protection technology.
 The only charring provider with a guarantee on your weather tightness. 


Quality and scale through technology:

Workmanship Guarantee: WCPT

The largest timber and profile range:

Why you should consider shou sugi ban.


Welcome to The Blackwood Project, your destination for authentic Japanese charred timber solutions in New Zealand. We specialise in offering a diverse range of charred timber weatherboards and timber finishes, carefully spelected timbers crafted to elevate the aesthetics and durability of your architectural endeavours.


At the core of our offerings lies Shou Sugi Ban, an ancient Japanese art form of fire conditioning timber. We have taken this traditional technique and modernised is with Infrared light technology given the highest level of precision that protect key elements of the modern weatherboard profile from charring. The end results is unparalleled resilience and character, making it an ideal choice for both residential and commercial projects. With a daily production capacity of 3000lm, we ensure a consistent quality and readily available supply of meticulously charred timber to meet the demands of your project, no matter the scale.


What sets The Blackwood Project apart is our dedication to innovation and quality. We're proud to introduce weather channel protection technology, (WCPT) a groundbreaking advancement that shields elements of our charred timber against the charring process ensuring your weatherboards maintain weather tightness. This pioneering technology, combined with our steadfast commitment to craftsmanship, enables us to provide a comprehensive weather tightness and workmanship guarantee, ensuring your investment withstands the test of time.


Our product range features a variety of finishes and timber species, available on a full range of weatherboard sizes and profiles. All produced at commercial scale to accommodate projects of any size and delivered in short turnaround times. From the deep hues of traditional Yakisugi to the modern appeal of charred and brushed finishes, our selection offers versatility and sophistication. Additionally, our charred timber cladding is locally produced in Waikato, New Zealand, and distributed nationwide to both Australia and New Zealand, ensuring prompt delivery and exceptional service.

Yakisugi, also known as Shou Sugi Ban, goes beyond simple wood preservation—it's a testament to craftsmanship and tradition. Through the meticulous charring process, we imbue our timber with unmatched strength and resilience, resulting in a finish that's not only visually striking but also resistant to the effects of weathering and decay. Beyond its practical benefits, our charred timber exudes timeless elegance, adding a touch of sophistication to any architectural design.


Our range of finishes caters to diverse design preferences and project requirements. Whether you prefer the rich char of traditional Yakisugi, the subtle texture of charred and brushed timber, or the enhanced grain clarity of double brushed finishes, we offer options to suit every aesthetic vision. Moreover, our charred timber serves as an ideal canvas for introducing light-coloured stains, allowing for further customization and creative expression.


The Blackwood Project is your trusted partner for enhancing projects with Japanese charred timber finishes in New Zealand. We are trusted by New Zealand top Architects and builders for our consistent quality and wide range.  With our unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and craftsmanship, we strive to exceed your expectations and bring your architectural vision to life. Explore our range today and experience the timeless beauty and durability of Shou Sugi Ban.

Full colour range - More than just Black



Suyaki Alto charred timber cladding with screw
Shou Sugi Ban by The Blackwood Project


Charred timber cladding in Gendai finish

Why did we start charring 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 cladding 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 shou sugi ban was made by the masters, and hoped to learn why it works so well.  We were impressed, and it was reassuring to see so many old examples of yakisugi 30 and 40 years old still looking great today, some examples 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 tenfold as many meters of timber we made good progress. Now we are very excited to say we have been offering Yakisugi Japanese charred cladding since 2018.

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