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Video: Making a Shou Sugi Ban cedar fence

Great tutorial on making your own Shou Sugi Ban cedar fence.

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Video: Shou Sugi Ban Tutorial for a Tiny House

An overview of the process of how to prepare exterior siding for a tiny house project. Cedar siding with a little bit of fire can really create a distinct and unique look. Check out more of the process of Shou-sugi-ban as well as the entirety of the tiny house build at this blog.

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Video: Shou Sugi Ban in the UK

Explore how the Brits do the Yakisugi Technique in this video demonstration from Wales, United Kingdom.

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Video: Yakisugi in Mexico City

Yakisugi / Shou Sugi Ban Technique from JSª Arquitectura in Mexico City.

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Video: DIY Shou Sugi Ban on HGTV

HGTV shows a more modern Shou Sugi Ban technique:

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Video: Fujimori’s Yakisugi Technique (Austrian TV)

Watch as renowned Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori demonstrates the technique below (from Austrian newscast).

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Video: Traditional Shou Sugi Ban technique (Japanese TV)

Getting Started: The traditional Shou Sugi Ban technique:

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Video: Touring a Shou Sugi Ban factory

This technique to give wood siding fire resistance has some beautiful qualities. See a tour in the Delta Millworks factory in Austin TX where it’s made.

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Video: Deciding to use Shou Sugi Ban Siding

Shou-sugi ban–also known as Yakisugi–is a traditional Japanese technique for treating siding that was used on the Flexhouse in Portland, Oregon. This video features the home’s owner Ajna Lichau and Ray Anthony Barrett talking about their decision to use and their process for implementing this technique. The house was designed by Michele Jeresek (Architect,

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Wowed by Shou Sugi Ban in the W Boston’s redesign

If there is any beauty in destruction then it is found in shou sugi ban. This traditional Japanese method of weathering and preserving wood by charring became trendy in America over the past couple of years, and falls in line with a desire for aged decorative elements. But shou sugi ban’s rumpled black tarry finish has an element of chaos — something violent happened to this wood — and a mysterious Gothic quality.

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