A previous client came to us with a request for an outdoor lounge that would be finished with the Japanese Sho-sugi-ban technique of charring the wood prior to application of an oil finish. Traditionally, cedar was one of the main woods to receive this treatment, since it's naturally weather and insect resistant. This seemed like the ideal wood to use in this case too, so we agreed on a design using cedar posts for the frame and supports, with the rails separated by a 3/4" gap creating a rhythm unifying the three pieces. The vertical posts were dadoed to continue the lines of the rails and the gaps in between. The wood was then charred and assembled using loose tenons.
The charring creates a great texture as well as the deep color. The end result being a very contemporary piece made with very ancient techniques that blend seamlessly.