Kennedy’s offer a comprehensive range of timber finishes providing a perfectly tailored look to your commercial or residential project.

The Charcoal Finish provides an eco friendly, low maintenance solution, resulting in a stunning charred look. 

This Charcoal finish was inspired by an ancient Japanese technique originating in the 18th century. The intent of this method is to preserve the wood by charring it with fire to weatherproof it. The wood is burnt until the case of the timber is charred followed by a coat of oil to seal the finish.

Kennedy’s offer two options for Charcoal finish.

Option one includes carrying out similar technique to Shou Sugi Ban process of burning the external case of the timber followed by sealing it in a natural oil. This option would be beneficial for clients who desire a rawness and realness of character as the surface of the wood can take on a crackled look.

Option two can consist of any other texture finish such as Kennedy’s dressed/handbrushed/sawtooth/sawn followed by a coat of oil. The difference is the oil has a black ash tint to it achieving the same colour finish as the burnt look however the texture of the timber can differ depending on your specifications.

If using timbers externally, Kennedy’s recommend specifying class 1 durability timbers.


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