The actual goal is to NOT burn down the house. And the Japanese have an environmentally friendly and gorgeous way to help prevent that.
The technique is called Shou Sugi Ban “burnt cedar wood” or Yagisugi. The origins are relatively unknown, but it is widely believed to be a Japanese art form or sorts that is a preventative measure. Architect Terunobu Fujimori is the forerunner in this practice not only as a means of protecting your home from the perils of fire, but as an architectural and design accent for wood furniture and wood pieces in your home of business.
The basic premise is to expose your natural untreated wood to high heat very quickly and just as quickly, cool it down. You then clean the wood to remove excess ash and tinder, then apply natural oil to preserve. This makes the wood less susceptible to bugs/insects, fire and rot. With this technique, you draw out the natural grain patterns of the wood (best on hardwood such as oak, ash, cedar).
Most would attribute fire to the demise of wood structures let alone your furniture. Creating with this charred wood gives it a unique look and adds structural density along with beauty.
We have familiarized ourselves with the technique of Shou Sugi Ban and look forward to creating some gorgeous pieces with it.
See some of our work with this technique at: https://www.instagram.com/p/BKTjB1-hjgf/?taken-by=gatesheritage