Shou sugi ban or 焼杉板…
Is the Japanese art of preserving and finishing wood using fire. The technique originated in 18th century Japan as a way to make cypress weatherproof. It has recently gained popularity as an interior and exterior wood treatment due to the textural beauty of the finished product, called yakisugi or “burned cypress”.
The technique which involves charring the wood, leaves a deep charcoal black color and also makes it weatherproof! The carbonisation from charring makes the wood more durable, fire retardant and protects against insects. When properly applied and maintained, shou sugi ban can last over 80 years!
Pretty cool, huh?