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The black siding and paneling commonly seen on modern projects in North America and Europe is inspired by traditional Japanese heat-treated wood siding called yakisugi.  In the West the vernacular is “shou-sugi-ban”, but this is a mis-reading of the word 焼杉板, correctly read as “yakisugi-ita”.  Yakisugi is not originally an expensive, high-design product as it has been marketed in the West—it is a standard building material used in Japan for centuries.

Japan has some of the world’s most advanced wood construction technology, not only in carpentry, but also in design and millwork.  Yakisugi is a uniquely Japanese solid sawn wood plank product that is time-tested, exhibiting increased weather, fire, insect, and rot-resistance over untreated wood.  It is a sustainable and beautiful surface, and can be speced into projects within a reasonable budget.  It is not necessarily a purely black look, as it can be brushed and tinted to achieve a range of finishes.  Yakisugi has a rich sheen that can only be grasped by seeing the actual product.

Nakamoto Forestry is the largest producer of yakisugi in the world and has now expanded distribution to North America with inventory in Portland, Oregon.  Our four mills in Hiroshima and Tokushima operate custom automated lines to produce high-grade and affordable product.  In Japan we have owned and managed large tracts of forest for decades, using the logs our harvest teams bring in to mill the most consistent yakisugi available anywhere.  We would like the international community to appreciate that Japan has always had a large domestic forestry industry, one that has ingrained respect for the forest fiber with which we shelter ourselves.

Note, if you are searching for any of the following, you are in the correct place: shou sugi ban siding, shou sugi ban fence, shou sugi ban flooring, shou sugi ban wood, Japanese burnt wood siding, Japanese wood burning, Japanese charred wood, Japanese burnt wood, Japanese burnt cedar, Japanese burned wood finish, burned cedar siding, charred cedar siding, flamed wood treatment, etc.

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The black siding and paneling commonly seen on modern projects in North America and Europe is inspired by traditional Japanese heat-treated wood siding called yakisugi.  In the West the vernacular is “shou-sugi-ban”, but this is a mis-reading of the word 焼杉板, correctly read as “yakisugi-ita”.  Yakisugi is not originally an expensive, high-design product as it has been marketed in the West—it is a standard building material used in Japan for centuries.

Japan has some of the world’s most advanced wood construction technology, not only in carpentry, but also in design and millwork.  Yakisugi is a uniquely Japanese solid sawn wood plank product that is time-tested, exhibiting increased weather, fire, insect, and rot-resistance over untreated wood.  It is a sustainable and beautiful surface, and can be speced into projects within a reasonable budget.  It is not necessarily a purely black look, as it can be brushed and tinted to achieve a range of finishes.  Yakisugi has a rich sheen that can only be grasped by seeing the actual product.

Nakamoto Forestry is the largest producer of yakisugi in the world and has now expanded distribution to North America with inventory in Portland, Oregon.  Our four mills in Hiroshima and Tokushima operate custom automated lines to produce high-grade and affordable product.  In Japan we have owned and managed large tracts of forest for decades, using the logs our harvest teams bring in to mill the most consistent yakisugi available anywhere.  We would like the international community to appreciate that Japan has always had a large domestic forestry industry, one that has ingrained respect for the forest fiber with which we shelter ourselves.

Note, if you are searching for any of the following, you are in the correct place: shou sugi ban siding, shou sugi ban fence, shou sugi ban flooring, shou sugi ban wood, Japanese burnt wood siding, Japanese wood burning, Japanese charred wood, Japanese burnt wood, Japanese burnt cedar, Japanese burned wood finish, burned cedar siding, charred cedar siding, flamed wood treatment, etc.