Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese technique of burning wood as a preservative treatment for exterior siding. Shallow Char, as the name teases, is typically applied to our sustainably harvested Larch, though we’re open to other species. This grade is circle sawn, giving the boards a roughened, swoopy texture with a lightly toasted look and natural golds swirling with dark areas of char.
Shou Sugi Ban—Shallow Char sold as interior paneling or exterior siding, the char level can change over time, depending on its exposure to the elements. We treat our Shou Sugi Ban Shallow Char with a clear exterior oil to help slow wear. The evolving look suggests the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi—a reminder of the transience and imperfection of all things.
Other sustainably harvested Shou Sugi Ban siding and paneling options: