Burnt wood is an ancestral technique of Japanese origin, called Shou Sugi Ban. It consists in burning the exterior of a wooden cladding board to toughen it. This technique was used by the Seto Inland Sea fishermen for the facades of their wooden houses. Today, some examples can still be seen on some of the traditional tea houses, particularly in the old quarters of Kyoto and Nara. The term ‘Shou Sugi Ban’ comes from the ‘Sugi’, the conifer, Japanese Cedar or Cypress used to majestuously decorate the doorways to Japanese temples or oratories.
Its virtues are undeniable : once the board has been burnt, the carbon layer which has been created protects the wood fibrefrom fungal or insect attacks. The cladding board is tougher and longer-lasting. This carbon layer also means that the boards require no maintenance.
Burnt wood is linked to Wabi-Sabi esthetics. The spirit of Wabi is based on authenticity, the patina of time and the simplicity of raw, untreated, imperfect, recycled or rustic materials. ‘Wabi’ conveys simplicity and ‘sabi’ refers to the beauty created by the passage of time. Consequently Noirdebois cladding boards will age beautifully. They bear witness to passing time, a way of staying in contact with the cycle of nature.
Today, Noirdebois is the history of men and women , who love wood and the authenticity of this material, who use all their skills to offer the best burnt wood solutions…