brnsh is inspired by the ancient Japanese tradition of preserving wood by charring with fire, called Yakisugi (or Shou Sugi Ban). Our proprietary process honors that traditional approach and combines it with modern techniques to consistently create architectural wood cladding that is both beautiful and functional.



We have developed a truly one-of-a-kind system to produce Yakisugi (Shou Sugi Ban) in a way that is flexible yet consistent. The brnsh process starts by sourcing the right grade and species of wood from responsible, domestic producers. By fusing traditional and contemporary techniques brnsh is available in cypress, cedar, or thermally modified white ash in collaboration with Arbor Wood Co. The wood is then sent through our proprietary line where a range of burn, brushing and finish options can be applied to suit different design aesthetics.



The proprietary brnsh true-flame system creates a uniform char on the surface of the wood, often referred to as ‘alligator skin’. This charcoal layer improves the wood’s resistance to pests, rot and fire as well as becoming a natural water barrier and sun shield. This is the classic Yakisugi (Shou Sugi Ban) look. 



The brnsh system includes a brushing stage where additional looks are achieved by varying the brush head speed, depth and number of passes to remove the charred charcoal layer and expose the natural wood grain. Note, we’ve also found that brushing the wood even when no burn has been done creates a beautiful aged rustic look.



Applying a finish after the brnsh treatment can further enhance the look and durability of the wood. These finishes can be used to lock in the char and provide added UV protection. Optional added pigment also creates darker or lighter tones and added contrast.



0 Brush

For those seeking the traditional Yakisugi (Shou Sugi Ban) look, brush heads are lifted leaving the original ‘alligator-skin’ charred surface in beautiful 3 dimensional relief. 


1 Brush

A single pass of the brnsh brush heads removes the ‘alligator-skin’ layer of initial char to reveal the original wood grain pattern in a smooth, silky texture. This maintains much of the look that many associate with Yakisugi (Shou Sugi Ban) while also being slightly more refined.  


2 Brush

A second pass of the brnsh brush heads removes most of the surface char and exposes the original wood tone. Charring will still be visible on the grain itself, resulting in a look that has beautiful contrast and depth.  



Just about any standard wood finish can be added to brnsh wood siding. Finishes can enhance exterior stability by providing more UV protection and locking in the charred surface. We have experience with a broad range of finishes and can recommend one that will suit your desired outcome.