Japanese Wood Burning on Pallet wood

My goodness it’s been a while since I’ve written anything.  I have been doing more than writing.

In my previous posts I have mentioned my LOVE for burning and wanted to show my meager attempt at using an ancient Japanese Technique for burning and preserving wood called Shou Sugi Ban.  This literally translates to burnt Cedar board.

The technique has been around for hundreds of years and was developed as a means of preserving wood and making it fire and bug resistant for up to 80 years or more.  My understanding is that the main use was for siding on houses, however it has developed into an artistic wood art as well.  Properly done it is a bit time consuming, however the results are timeless and produce a truly unique wood grain.

Besides the uniqueness you can create with burning, the technique makes the project fire and pest resistant! Who wouldn’t like that?  Although I am not charring the wood to the degree the true technique requires in this little project, I am certain my pallet boards are free of bugs and molds.

The technique I used is a four step process on previously cleaned and sanded boards

Step 1:  Burning

Propane or other hand held torch

Step 2: Brushing

A stiff bristle brush

Step 3: Washing

Vinager in water with a dash of dish soap

Step 4 Staining or Oiling

Below is my video link showing the 4 step method.

Wood burn Shou Sugi Ban (1)


Market Made Ideas

Lately I’ve been so busy with my day job and different market venues I haven’t had a lot of time to write about the things I love doing. Mostly because well I am doing what I love doing outside my day life. So I thought I would share and add to my love of burning. Oh here she goes again with the burning. I swear I will write a more in depth article about it at a later date.
If you are going to market yourself and your art, (what ever it might be). Sometimes you have to go with the flow. You can still make it your own but find out what is a good project that will produce some earnings and also make people aware of who you are.
As you know I frequent our local farmers market and with the Christmas season coming fast upon us I have a few things on the go and thought I’d share this one first first since I have a couple ready for this coming market.

I decided to make a few bottle openers with catchers.  I chose my pallet boards, sanded and cut them to length.  They are not all the same length but to make good use out of a board and for this project they didn’t need to be.  Once done I used my small Burnsomatic to burn the boards.  Here’s a sample of one of the boards burned, cut and one end stained.


I decided I wanted to add the cap catchers as well.  I was looking around for something I already had that I could repurpose.  I found one of my hubby’s cigar boxes and a citronella tin.  The bottle openers I found on line.  For me the best pricing was Amazon but being in Canada sometimes our choices are limited with delivery and exchange.

I also have a large number of various coasters from Europe and from some Provincial Breweries.  I thought I would use some of these as well.  My first board I chose my coaster and used Mod Podge to glue and seal it onto the board.  A couple coats of Mod Podge later I then sealed the whole board with Varathane.  I used a semi gloss out door varathane to protect it as well as make it easy to wipe down.  I used the old tin on this one as the cap catcher.  I wanted to make it removable for ease of emptying.  My hubby helped me with the cuts.  I also gave the inside of the tin a spray with Rustoleum to clean it up and protect it a bit more.

I attached my opener and catcher and all was done.  The other one with the cigar box turned out nice as well.




Burn On, (I told you I had a problem)

If you remember or read my previous post here’s a wonderful little project using the same technique of burning! Read More


Wood Burning on Pallet Wood

I think I have a problem, I LOVE BURNING !  Read More


Burt Wood Welcome Sign

I had a piece of pallet wood that I set aside as stand alone because the grain in the wood was so prevalent I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.  I came across a technique on burning the grain on wood to enhance it.  It was a fairly good article but sorry I couldn’t seem to find it again.  If I do I will certainly include the link.

I used a little mini-torch and went over the grain until I got the desired effect.  If you decide to use such a technique be careful to protect yourself, with gloves, goggles and mask.  Good ventilation is a good idea too.  The trick is to go with the grain on the wood or you will raise it which is OK on pallet art but if you are building a table top or something finer you will have an uneven surface.

I finished enhancing the grain and it sat in my shop for a couple more weeks as I wasn’t sure what I was going to paint on it without covering up the darkened grain. I saw so many potential pieces of art in my head but wasn’t ready to start.

I was getting ready for the market and finished a dragonfly pallet art when I looked at the piece and decided it would make a very nice welcome sign.  Once I finished the artwork.  I put two really good coats of clear satin polyurethane over it to protect it.Sunflower Welcome-1

Burnt Wood grain