Make Wood Last With Fire AKA Yakisugi! (Not Paint!)
You will want to watch this short video on how to Make Wood Last With Fire AKA Yakisugi! (Not Paint!). Yakisugi is the ancient Japanese technique of preserving the exterior wooden siding. The wood technique preserves the wood by charring it with fire. Traditionally, Sugi wood also called Japanese cedar was used. The wood process involves first charring the wood, cooling it, then cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil. This wood technique is an environmentally friendly way to preserve wood, and ironically this technique makes the wood fire-resistant. The need for chemical preservatives, retardants and paints are therefore unnecessary. In addition to the exterior uses of the wood, the popular technique can now be found in interior rooms, furniture, and artwork. Yakisugi is still a popular tradition in the Okayama area of Japan. Today you will find designers and architects using other species of wood like western red cedar, cypress, douglas fir, pine and oak. The wood process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil; it can then be torched a little more. Although this wood technique is time-consuming, the final product is not only beautiful, with its rich, silvery finish but the charred wood resists fire, rot, insects, and can last up to 80 years. You will want to take a closer look at this wood technique and see the beautiful quality of the wood, and how the use of different woods can alter the final look.
The island of Japan is located in the Pacific Ocean, lying to the east of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The kanji that makes up Japan's name means sun origin, and Japan is also known as Land of the Rising Sun. Traditional houses and many temple buildings in Japan are made largely of wood. You will see the use of tatami mats and sliding doors that break down the distinction between rooms and both the indoor and outdoor space. Japanese sculpture is also made mostly of wood. The Japanese paintings are among the oldest of the Japanese arts, with early figurative paintings that date back to at least 300 BC.
Yakisugi is just one wood technique for exterior home finishes; it would also look well used in furniture designs. Another wood furniture technique is that of log furniture. Log Furniture is just one style and type of rustic furniture that incorporates the use of both whole logs and branches in its design. Log furniture is often very strong and long lasting, depending on the construction methods used. Log furniture, other types of rustic furniture and reclaimed wood furniture have increased in popularity in recent years. As a result, there are many more styles of log furniture decor and styles available for people wanting to furnish their log homes, mountain lodges, country homes or log cabins. You will find more economical lines of log furniture that are typically milled by machine and massed produced while those shoppers who are looking for unique style may opt for the most expensive collections of handcrafted one of a kind log furniture. Using log furniture to decorate your log home or log cabin is a great way to add some character and texture to your home. You can combine log furniture with modern pieces of furniture.
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