Yakisugi is a traditional Japanese technique of charring or scorching to protect the wood from the elements. This technique is popular for cladding, particularly scorched larch. It is also great for sutainable, contemporary, garden furniture as no chemical preservative treatment is required.
This larch bench has been shaped with drawknife and angle grinder in preparation for scorching. I’ve carefully followed the grain at the boundary between sapwood and heartwood to retain the live edge but remove the non durable sapwood.
The level of scorch is fairly shallow and will quickly fade from charcoal black to reveal the grain of the larch. Subtle marks from the saw chain, have been left as part of the story of the making process. These lines, parallel to the grain, will slowly emerge as the scorching fades over the next few weeks.
Time to make some legs….