Shou Sugi Ban Process Replicates Ancient Japanese Technique for Line of Cladding and Paneling

The Kebony Shou Sugi Ban by Delta Millworks utilizes the Japanese techniques of burning, brushing or pre-weathering timber to provide a wood cladding product.

The Kebony Shou Sugi Ban by Delta Millworks utilizes the Japanese techniques of burning, brushing or pre-weathering timber to provide a wood cladding product.

Kebony has announced it is now partnering with Austin, Texas-based Delta Millworks to produce a line of Shou Sugi Ban modified timber cladding and interior paneling, according to Kebony USA sales manager Andy Hehl.

The cladding and paneling range, called Kebony Shou Sugi Ban by Delta Millworks, utilizes the Japanese techniques of burning, brushing or pre-weathering timber to provide a wood cladding product. This manufacturing process of Kebony has been used in the U.K. for the past eight years and will now be available for projects in the U.S., produced through Delta Millworks.

Shou Sugi Ban is a Japanese term which translates to “burnt cedar board.” Historically, Japanese carpenters sourced driftwood from the coastlines of Japan, both for its durability and distressed appearance, after being subjected to salt water and harsh weather conditions. Over time, it became difficult to source this driftwood due to high demand for such a hardwearing product. As a result, Japanese carpenters chose to create the desired effect by burning or weathering timber to give the original wood a charred and fragile finish. 

Kebony Shou Sugi Ban by Delta Millworks cladding and paneling products are available in various styles using Kebony Clear products, each differing in textured grain and tonal palette. Delta is offering Kebony Noroshi Gator and the Kebony Noroshi Half Gator. Both are reminiscent of the Japanese style of this finishing process, with a heavy layer of char that protects the wood. Delta plans to roll out more Shou Sugi Ban products in Kebony. 

Despite these variations caused by charring, Kebony Shou Sugi Ban cladding offers the same sustainability and performance characteristics as other Kebony products. The wood is treated with a bio-based liquid that, after it is cured, provides a combination of durability and dimensional stability. The patented process results in wood cell walls that are about 50 percent thicker and provide a hardness that rivals the best tropical hardwoods.

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