Benefits Of Shou Sugi Ban

Consistently Beautiful Finish

Handcrafted to create an even, charred surface for a long-lasting finish. The Shou Sugi Ban technique allows us to enhance and enrich the natural beauty of the wood, amplifying its unique features.

Low Maintenance

The charcoal surface as part of the burnt wood process protects timber by creating a layer of carbon which provides higher water and fire resistance. Shou Sugi Ban process makes the wood stronger by exposing it to the right amount of fire to fuse the timber grains. It also deters rot by making it less desirable to bugs, insects and fungi.


Atelier TwentyOne is passionate about conserving our environment and committed to using sustainable methods of sourcing and manufacturing. We source our wood sustainably from reliable partners to ensure all our products are FSC certified, environmentally conscious and long-lasting.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Shou Sugi Ban last?

If treated properly, Shou Sugi Ban wood can last over 50 years. This is due to the carbon layering process from charring the wood. Charring adds an extra layer of protection to wood’s structural durability and changes the chemical composition of the wood itself. Hemi-cellulose in wood reacts with flames to minimise rot and infestation. The char layer remaining on wood becomes hydrophobic, which safeguards the wood against moisture and weathering. It also provides additional protection against fire by increasing the temperature threshold needed for combustion, making the charred wood less flammable.

Does burnt wood need to be sealed?

Charred timber is highly durable and weather resistant. This has been extensively tested by many Japanese buildings built over the last few centuries. These structures withstood the test of time.

Shou Sugi Ban wood ages over time to reveal a beautiful patina. Softer species of wood will weather its char layer sooner than hardwood or thermally modified wood. A reapplication of the topcoat will aid in preventing the degradation of the charcoal, and maintain colour consistency of brushed and oiled finishes.

This should be done every 4-5 years in order to preserve wood’s colour vibrancy. However, if you wish to embrace textural richness of patina, reapplication of oils can be done every 10-15 years. We recommend periodical recoating of our products. Atelier TwentyOne can supply finishing oils at your request.

Does charring wood prevent rot?

Charred wood is rot resistant due to the process creating a carbon layer that makes it more resilient to environmental threats including fungi, fires, insects and moisture.

What kind of wood do you use for Shou Sugi Ban?

Many wood species such as Pine, Larch, Oak, Spruce can be used for burnt wood. Atelier TwentyOne offers a range of charred wood options that each offer benefits depending on your requirements.

Bring Your Project To Life With Charred Wood

Distinct, elegant, high quality and durable, our burned wood products can be used for a range of applications.


Create a unique aesthetic for your façade that connects with the landscape


A premium look and feel for your surface


A statement for any home with the inclusion of charred wood planks


Unique and practical, built to last fencing


Custom, hand-made and one-of-a-kind designer furniture for residential and commercial

Get in touch

We would love the opportunity to support you to bring your project to life.

We can provide advice and guidance on installation aspects including fixings, finishes, coating, cost and lead times. We recommend you work with experienced contractors to fit your products.

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