Delta-Millworks-Sugi-CharredThere are many wood finishes, but none so extreme as Shou Sugi Ban (or Yakisugi) an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it. Traditionally, Sugi, (Cryptomeria japonica or Cupressus japonica) commonly called Japanese cedar, was used. 

I am going to be building a potting shed this spring – think this would make an interesting accent.