How To Finish Boards Using Shou Sugi Ban - Two Videos
October 18, 2015 | 10:39 pm CDT


Japanese technique of preserving/antiquing wood "Shou-sugi-ban Yakisugi 焼き杉, is demonstrated in two videos, including one (bottom) by Portland State Community College, and the other, (top) showing a single craftsman burning, brushing, washing, then coating the boards with tung oil.

Shou-sugi ban--also known as Yakisugi--is a traditional Japanese technique for treating siding that was used on the Flexhouse in Portland, Oregon. This video features the home's owner Ajna Lichau and Ray Anthony Barrett talking about their decision to use and their process for implementing this technique. The house was designed by Michele Jeresek (Architect, Departure Design, and built by JRA Greenbuilding (


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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.