Practicing the Art of Shou Sugi Ban


One of our favorite interior design firms in Portland, Vida, reached out to us with a unique request: A live edge slab coffee table, stacked, charcoaled. 

Shou Sugi Ban is a Japanese technique developed during the 18th century to "weatherproof" woods (often cedar) using torching and charring. 


Find some videos and photos of the process: 



The table turned out spectacularly! The client is stoked and so are we. 

It is very important for us to continue to learn new techniques and push the materials we work. It was cool to use an ancient practice and see interesting outcomes. 

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