Shou sugi ban is a Japanese method of preserving wood. I just Love the look!
I had looked into this technique and even used it...but I was a little scared and I barely scorched the wood.
I love that look also, but this inspiration came from when I was walking through the woods and I noticed a log that had been in a bonfire over two years ago...it was so beautiful!!! I dragged the log up to our house...I was determined to use it in our bathroom that we were remodeling. Check out my post on Shiplap.
Here is a closeup of that beautiful log!
Sadly my hubby said we couldn't use it because it would crumble. 😢
I just had to have it in my bathroom, so I started from scratch. I got some wood and using the Shou sugi ban method, here is what I did.
For the above pictures I had used a small hand propane torch. It was painfully slow and took a long time to get it even a little bit charred.
Sooooo...we bought the Weed Dragon!!! Oh my...talk about crazzzy powerful! I might be a tad bit afraid of fire and that thing is a Dragon!!! Be sure to be far away for anything flammable. I highly recommend fire proof gloves...ask my nine finger husband. 😉
After torching it, I ran the hose over each piece (which I had close at hand and on!). You can wire brush them, but I really wanted the charred look. So I wiped it down pretty good, then let them dry. I sprayed with four coats of polyurethane. Even with all those coats on it, my hands still had a little black on them when I held it.... Which didn't worry me because its trim and modeling it will not be being handled.
Here are some close ups....
It has a beautiful silver look when the light hits it.
Here are a couple pictures of Cliff cutting the modeling at 45 degree angle.
All that is left is putting it up... We used a Ryobi brad nailer.
I love, love, love it!!!
What do you think?
Feel free to ask any questions. If you end up using this method, I would love to see pictures. Attach your pictures with your comments.
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Cement sink being one.