Over the past number of years Shou Sugi Ban (burnt wood) has become very popular. Shou Sugi Ban is the Japanese technique of burning wood to preserve and water proof it. Traditionally used for siding it originated in the 18th century using Japanese Cypress. The process is very labor intensive and quite messy. In the end it produces a beautiful black charred finish. People are burning everything from Cedar and Douglas-fir to Maple and Oak and it is being used in everything from wall cladding to furniture.
A few years ago Paperstone came out with a new product called CharredStone. Using their slate Paperstone they pressed a wood grain pattern into the face and laminated it to Douglas-fir plywood. It is sold in both 4×8 sheets and in planks. CharredStone mimics the look of Shou Sugi Ban with out the work of burning the wood, scraping and cleaning. It also offers the hardness and durability of Paperstone.
We recently used the planks on a job for Virtuous Pie’s location in West Brook Village at UBC. They used the planks as interior cladding.
They also used the product to produce there serving boards.
PaperStone is created from recycled paper and a non-petroleum resin. Manufactured in Washington State with 100 percent made-in-the-U.S. raw materials, most PaperStone products are certified recycled by the Rainforest Alliance to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards and certified food safe by NSF International.