Yakisugi Vessel - in Ash
Yakisugi Vessel from Ash
Size - D 11.5cm x H 9cm
Finish - Tung Oil and Waxes
Sourced from trees that had to be felled a few years ago in our woodland. Unfortunately we have had a lot of problems with ‘ash dieback’ a disease which ash trees get. To think that one day the vast majority will be gone is truly sad. Hopefully there will be some resistant trees which will hold on.
I’m really trying to make the most of this ash wood while we still have it and recently began upon an experiment into Yakisugi.
I came across this finish back in architecture school. It’s a Japanese method of wood preservation dating back to the 18th Century and often used to treat the external wooden cladding of a building. It’s commonly known as ‘Yakisugi’. ‘Yaki’ means burnt, charred or heat treated and ‘Sugi’ means Cypress which is Japanese Cedar, the timber often used for this treatment.
Here I’m using Ash which has an open grain structure and the rapid springtime growth is far less dense than the later summer growth. This burns more easily and so when brushed down creates a beautiful texture all over the surface.
For me, this is one of the stand out piece from this collection. A truly serendipitous outcome. The rim of this piece caught fire and I resigned myself to a failed experiment. However, quickly seeing the piece in a different light I knocked back the embers and brushed down to the stable wood beneath.
What was left was this undulating surface, the front of the embers attack.
This piece has a brushed finish giving a slightly more textural and matt surface.
For decoration or display.
N.B. Tung Oil comes from a nut so please be aware if you have a nut allergy.