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Forum topic by TNNovice posted 08-15-2016 05:37 PM 555 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2016 05:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shou sugi ban burnt wood yakisugi charred wood gator gator skin finishing modern traditional

Hey all,
I’m new to the forum and to be honest new to woodworking in general. I am wanting to do a Shou Sugi Ban (Deep “Gator” charred) finish on some cypress planks. My question is, after charring the planks to a gator finish how do I prevent the char from ashing or flaking off? I feel like even if I seal the planks after the char it will still flake out. Any tips or advice?

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 05:31 AM

You need to brush off the char – use a brass wire brush. There is no way to seal the char to the wood. Unfortunately you’ll loose most, if not all, of the alligatoring. After brushing off, also wipe off the remaining soot. Then oil.

Wear a mask!

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 08-16-2016 06:56 AM

The whole idea is to leave the char as a shield to the weather, Mark.

TNN, I DON’T KNOW that they bother sealing the char. I’ve dug up hundred year old charcoal bottle hunting and it was doing just fine without any protective finish.

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#3 posted 08-18-2016 05:41 PM

I’m not in a place right now where I can re-watch this video again, but IIRC, Matt did a nice job describing the process:

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#4 posted 08-25-2016 12:53 PM

Kelly, I was assuming the sealer was to limit the smell of burnt wood in the house and to potentially protect against ash flaking off all over there place.

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#5 posted 01-02-2017 03:51 PM

Did you end up trying the Shou Sugi Ban? I’m interested in trying it on done plaques I make.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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