As the world’s largest manufacturer of shou sugi ban, commonly known as “yakisugi” in Japan, we have an unmatched dedication to craft & tradition. We are the only company supplying North America and Europe with authentically milled and heat treated shou sugi ban, controlling the entire manufacturing process from our forests to your walls.
Featured Shou Sugi Ban Siding
Sugi is Japanese Cypress
Cryptomeria japonica is Sugi in Japanese and is a monotypic genus in the Cypress family indigenous to Japan. It is often called Japanese Cedar and is utilized primarily for construction lumber due to high rigidity and quick drying. We specialize in the Hachiro variety used specifically for siding in Western Japan. Our Sugi is milled and graded for maximum durability in exterior applications and to showcase the inherently beautiful grain.
Suyaki is the most traditional and easily recognizable of our yakisugi “shou sugi ban” products. Due to the thick, hydrophobic, UV-inhibiting soot layer, Suyaki has the best wood and color longevity as well as incredible fire resistance. We apply oil prefinishes to solidify the soot layer, making installation easier, minimizing blemishes, and preventing soot from coming off when touched.
CHARRED SUGI BRUSHED ONCE
Gendai is the most commonly specified yakisugi “shou sugi ban” surface for exterior applications. A light brushing process knocks down the heavy soot layer and leaves a smooth, silky appearance. The burnt fiber crevasse shadows are subtle, and Gendai can either be installed with or without an oil prefinish.
CHARRED SUGI BRUSHED TWICE
Pika-Pika is made by passing the yakisugi “shou sugi ban” planks through a second wire brushing process that removes all loose soot from the softer spring growth rings and leaves the late wood as contrasting burnt ridges. It is a topographic, textured surface that follows the wood grain, and we hand-grade after surfacing to achieve a consistent blend of heartwood and sapwood.
We are Nature’s collaborators
We are truly blessed by the woods. Our process has always started with planting and caring for the forest. It looks after us in return. Over generations of practice we have learned to support a rich natural environment that produces sustainable quality timber. Working and living in sync with the forest is essential to our continued mission of providing ethically harvested wood.
CRAFTED IN TRADITION
Why have we refined our proprietary heat treatment process for several decades? Because the best material deserves the best technique.
Creating quality yakisugi starts with the right material: straight cypress logs. Our proprietary heat treatment process minimizes rot, preserves against weather exposure, and creates a fire-retardant outer layer, making yakisugi maintenance optional. Highlighting the wood’s inherent beauty and evolving patina is simply a bonus.