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Zen Meditation on the Art of Creating Shou Sugi Ban Boards


John Neeman Tools shows us how shou sugi ban should be done – by hand, under dappled sunlight and with a zen master playing the flute as accompaniment. Check out his meditative video tutorial – without any words to take away from

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Japanese Surrealist Architect Fujimori Revels In Fairytale Visions


A one-legged Shou sugi ban teahouse suspended amid cherry trees in the Japanese mountains showcases the vivid imagination and designs of architect Terunobu Fujimori. Conceiving his first creation at the age of 42, Fujimori is considered one of the world’s

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Shou-Sugi-Ban Wood Siding


From Remodelista, a photo-overview of how to create Shou Sugi Ban siding. One family’s account of building a house in Southern California with Mexico City–born, San Diego–based architect Sebastian Mariscal.

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Buildings Made Of Previously Charred Lumber Reduce House Fire Risk


From PSFK, an article espousing the benefits of using Shou Sugi Ban in contemporary homes – including reduced fire risk. The manufacturing process is detailed, accurate and dangerous, creating anything from a highly burnt fragile look to a sleek and

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Weekend Project: Make a Shou Sugi Ban dining table


From the Felted Fox, this weekend try creating a Shou sugi Ban table with only a few simple materials needed.  Though a few expletives were uttered during the making of this table (which come standard with my husband’s DIY projects),

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Flame Throwing Sugi Style

Flame Throwing Sugi style

From Orchard House in Ohio, here’s how you char wood in today’s world: get yourself a flame thrower. In actuality, it is a lot of fun with fire. It’s like one hot coat of paint that will last the life

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Facade Focus: Charred Cedar

Modern Shou Sugi Ban

From Dwell, a slideshow on modern Shou Sugi Ban applications. Siding is a pretty dull subject—unless you’re talking about charred cedar cladding, which makes our hearts go pitter-patter. It’s beautiful to look at and practical, too—the ancient Japanese technique seals

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Apartment Therapy Tutorial: Make a Shou Sugi Ban Wall


Apartment Therapy gives a helpful tutorial on making your own Shou Sugi Ban wall. Note their safety tips! For those of you who would like to try this yourself, please be aware that dust from charred wood is so fine

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HGTV kitchen remodel shows their Shou Sugi Ban chops

Shou Sugi Ban

From HGTV Kitchen Cousins, this kitchen remodel incorporates Shou Sugi Ban walls to create the ‘rustic – luxe’ style the owners are looking for.

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Get off the fence about Shou Sugi Ban

Arrowhead NC

Cool reclaimed wood product designers, Arrowhead, based in Durham, North Carolina, revisited a standard pine fence by giving it the shou sugi ban treatment.  In additional to being aesthetically pleasing, this technique renders the wood virtually maintenance free – fire,

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