Shou Sugi Ban

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We have put together two sample boxes with a selection of our Zwarthout | Shou-Sugi-Ban products, one for interior and one for exterior applications. That way you can experience the attention, care and love we put into every piece of wood yourself.

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Shou Sugi Ban

Shou Sugi Ban (burnt cypress) is a traditional Japanese technique in which coniferous wood is charred on one side.  Traditionally, this was done by binding three boards together to form a chimney and starting a fire at the bottom. The original reason for charring was, ironically, fire prevention.  As Japanese houses were mostly made of wood, inhabitants of the villages and towns were very aware of fire risks.  The scorching of the façades created a fire-retardant carbon layer. They also discovered that this layer offered good protection against vermin and fungus. The ancient art of Shou Sugi Ban is still being used on houses on the islands of Kanawa’s prefecture. Shou Sugi Ban or Yakisugi ties in with the Japanese life philosophy of Wabi Sabi, and the pure vision of beauty.


We provide our products in sizes varying from 50-250mm width and 20-40mm thickness, and in lengths between 2 and 5 metres. We recommend that you order an additional 10% to compensate for loss by sawing


Shou Sugi Ban is a vulnerable product that can easily be damaged, especially during installation.  This damage could be the reason for later wear and tear. For that reason, we also offer installation advice.  We recommend that the wood be mounted with countersunk stainless steel black head screws. This makes the installation virtually invisible.



Natural products weather over time and look different after ten or twenty years. The wood tells a story and shows its history. This also applies to Zwarthout | Shou Sugi Ban. For this reason we cannot guarantee the appearance of Zwarthout products, but we do guarantee the attention, care and love that we put into them. 

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Would you like to see our Zwarthout | Shou Sugi Ban products and get personal advice? Feel free to visit our workshop in Leersum or order a sample box. Would you like to receive a tailored proposal for your situation now?

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Price according to preference, quantity and on request.