Our clapboard utilses Shou Sughi Ban, an 18th c. Japanese charring technique that dramatically extends the exterior performance of wood, naturally. Originally applied to Cedar, and other woods with inherent resistance to moisture and insects, it is gaining popularity for it’s sublime beauty, exterior performance and sustainability. On Douglas Fir, the charring serves to raise the wood grain, and sillouette the underlying figure, producing a subtle but stunning effect that ranges in color between Van Dyke Brown and Matte Black depending on light and angle of view. As shown in photos, the clapboard offers an exceptional quality of reclaimed old growth Douglas Fir, sourced from Worcestershire Sauce tanks and available in a limited edition. The woods are custom sawn with a tapered clapboard profile, followed by traditional charring and a hand rubbed natural oil finish.