Process & Stories — japanese
The virtue of Fire - Shou sugi ban / Burning wood finish treatment
In most survival situations, fire is a true asset. A fire will give you light, warmth, help purify water, signal, dry wet clothes, cook your food and make a pleasant companion but it can also burn through most material or in this case provide a layer of protection to another material. Yakisuki; Ancient Japanese technique to preserve wood. Yaki means to heat with fire, and sugi is Cypress .also called Shou Sugi Ban in the west which refers to burnt timber cladding Typically done with cedar it's essentially a fire hardening of wood technique, a carbonization of the surface. By slightly charring the surface of the wood...