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Japanese Timber Frame Blacksmith Shop gets Yakisugi (焼杉) Board and Batten Siding

Japanese Timber Frame Blacksmith Shop gets Yakisugi (焼杉) Board and Batten Siding


Shortleaf pine, air dried one year Wedging the Nuki beams tightly. These provide the buildings lateral bracing and give a place to attach walls. Reading the knots is an easy way to see where the top of the tree was. Note the diagonal knots, all pointing up from the tree’s heart. In this method we nail battens between wide boards. Leaving wide boards free to move as much as possible. Cutting a notch out for the passage of a wedge beside the door frame. This saw only needed one sharpening for all this siding. Im always checking each board, looking for the natural orientation. Where was the top of the tree? Where was the outside? We always try and put the wood to use in the same natural way it grew. So roots down, bark out, just as a tree grows. Placing the boards as they grew we use their natural tendency to cup outward to our advantage, they push against the battens, holding themselves on the wall. Against the post, you could add another batten, or just one nail to hold that side of the board down. One nail should still allow movement. The bottom half of the walls are most likely to see weather, so that’s where they are charred the most. One third of each, pine tar, turpentine, and a drying oil, this time Canola, but tung oil, linseed or any would work. A good soaking every few years These old stainless pump sprayers are the easiest way to apply oil finish. Seal your stones while your at it! Also great for metal roofing.

Comments (56)

  1. CCs are added to each new video now, I explain everything I can!

  2. Amazingly beautiful. Thank you.

  3. Can you explain the mixture of the spirits and how they protect the wood? I don't remember seeing you spray this mixture on previous buildings–maybe I missed it?

  4. Maaaan! That is one beautiful smithy!

  5. Gorgeous as always. I like the close caption addition. As always, thanks for sharing.

  6. Right! Char the boards THEN oil them! Okay, I see what I did wrong the first time. Unrelated, fire insurance doesn't pay out nearly what it used to…

  7. At 1st glance I thought the burning was just 1/2 finished, then I saw the Artist in you and said "YES this is good"

  8. Charring in situ looks kind of sporty………………..but with care, why not.

  9. makes it all look easy, an amazing craftsman.
    I always liked the smell of pine tar too.

  10. Bravo respekt ❤🤝❤

  11. I'm always amazed at the quality of the workmanship that he puts into everything he does… Built right and to withstand time.

  12. Gorgeous! I can close my eyes and hear the banging of hot steel on an anvil already😉 Now if I only had smellavision to breathe in some of that cedar… American woodworking is quite wonderful but one has to sit in awe of the Japanese. Every joint looks so delicate yet does amazing work holding everything together. Could watch this all day✌🏼🤟🏼🤞🏼Great job brother, it helps to love what you do and it shows!

  13. Can someone explain why he charred the outside? I'm also curious how well that mixture he sprayed on works.

  14. Glad you stopped before going up to the roof with the flamethrower.

  15. 8:34 – I think it looks really good ! And it's efficient, practical & cheap. Excellent solution.
    Also : Thank you Mr. Chickadee, for all the interesting videos you've made. I'm fairly late to the party, but I'm catching up 😉
    Merry Christmas to you and your Wife (not forgetting the cats !)
    from a Norwegian woodworker

  16. Wow he`s using nails. It`s only a matter of time now. I see the glint in his eyes. next video he will have a power saw and a drill or two.

  17. Love the skill and content. Also, gotta love the comments.

  18. With no hyperbole whatsoever, one could easily apply the word "extraordinary" to this build. Just stunning inside, out, up and down.

  19. That's a nice building I'd be happy to Liv in it .😁

  20. Is the burning also called shosugiban? I’m sure I butchered that word.

  21. Good videos! I do same kind of stuff in my paradise. I just wanted to tell You my opinion as I see You want to preserve Your buildings as long as possible. So to my opinion, You should not put the boards "inside" of the frame, because the water will kill the building faster by more rain blowing on the boards. This would end up water on the bottom of frame and it would not last that long and belive me my friend, nature has the amazing power to do so. 20 Years will say alot and sometimes little details will decide the history for many buildings.

  22. Will those nails ever back out?

  23. That oil mix stain is a cool idea; what is the ratio there?

  24. I'm wondering if Mr. Chickadee was a Seabee. I love the videos, we just don't see people with his kind of talent anymore.

  25. Nobody: no one ever.

    Japanese: You should burn the house you're building.

  26. Always look forward to your videos , just wish they were longer , they brighten up a dreich ( wet rainy ) day in Scotland

  27. 911 what is your emergency- “uh, I was driving down the road and saw this chap torching his cabin in a most fashionable way” “what, keep on driving”

  28. 6:35 im disappointed. Jokes aside it looks beautiful. But wont water get stuck on the syll beam?

  29. That’s a beautiful workshop I love the design I’ve never seen anything like it I freakin love it.

  30. The visual effect of shou sugi ban type treatment is amazing and there is certainly no disputing its improved resistance to rot, insects and fire. You know what you're doing and move the torch away at just the perfect moment, but when I watched you turn up the blow-torn to your installed board-and-batten full bore, I cringed and grimaced anyway. I would way too skittish to do this without someone else standing by with a fire extinguisher ( frowning at me the entire time ). You and other YouTubers have helped us decide that we're putting up board and batten for our next project for sure. The jury's still out on whether I get to go full Pyro on ANYTHING without a volunteer fire brigade standing 'round watching and guzzling brews, lol.

  31. I really like the contrast on the outside of the building. That will for sure stand the test of time. Very well built also.

  32. Question: How often do you have to "tighten" the battens for better protection from wind infiltration?

  33. seus vídeos são maravilhosos, me faz querer ir morar no campo… saudações do BRASIL..

  34. Mr. Chickadee… ur going to run out of building space someday.😁🤣🤣 .

  35. No doubt Mama was happy you used her stock pot to make siding spray.

  36. I like the deep eaves a lot.

  37. Such a beautiful structure. I can't wait to watch how you put your new shop to use. Great work!

  38. Enjoy watching your videos. Thank you. Greetings from Scotland.

  39. Dude, you are terrible at arson.

  40. Awesome job! 😃👍🏻👊🏻

  41. The stone foundation looks fantastic!

  42. What is your mix ratio on the fluids? Is it gallon to gallon etc..? Thanks

  43. Is the yakisugi technique the same as shou sugi ban?

  44. May I ask why you only burn halfway up the siding and not all the way? Maybe I asked too soon you might answer my question in a forth coming video.

  45. I've noticed that you use only push-cut saws – do you prefer them to pull-cut saws or do you just not have any of the latter?

  46. I understand the principle; however, I don't know if I have the cajones to dedicate this amount of time to a project and then grab the propane torch.

  47. Молодчик!!! 😃

  48. It reminds me of an old tobacco barn.

  49. Absolutely stunning craftsmanship

  50. I've seen the torch method used to age a new wooden fence to match the older still standing portion with near perfect results. Very nice work!

  51. Looking good, sir. Very impressed. Looking forward to the next step.

  52. Just curious, why is the bottom section only burned and not all the way up? Nice work, I learned a lot of ideas.

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