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Yakisugi (grilled cedar) 焼き杉 - Charring Wood as a Finishing Modality

 
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Jay, et. al.

Wanting to use wood from giant aspen we need cut down.
Since this wood prone to deteriorating, I would like to preserve it well for exterior applications, using whole or split logs and boards. Here are my steps with questions:

- remove bark from logs
        Essential?
- apply Tim-bor (borate product)
       Is this alot better than just using borax and water?
       Is borate important to preserve, even if charring?
       Does this serve as a flame stop alternative, or do I
        also need flame stop (or other fire retardant) ?  
- apply boiled linseed oil
        If I apply oil and borate product, do I still need a
        flame stop?
- char and scrape
- apply Natural Heritage or homemade oil/wax finish.
- keep wood above ground (scribing posts to stone, etc).

Thanks,
Drew in CO
 
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Hello there, interesting twist. What are the benefits of only doing the first 3 feet?
 
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I just want to share this video I found of the technique being done with means other than a propane torch.

 
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Thanks for sharing this Lew.  Seems like a nice low tech approach.
 
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