Kenny Woods sculpts bowls and other objects from hardwood. He specialises in working with burr from elm trees, often leaving the intricate outer side of the burr exposed.
He has recently been experimenting with charring wood. Shou Sugi Ban, an ancient Japanese architectural technique, has become popular in recent years and creates a beautiful finish on a small scale as well as on buildings. The wood is preserved by charring the surface with a hot flame.
Shou Sugi Ban is also known as Yakisugi and traditionally was performed on Sugi wood, a Japanese cedar. The wood is charred, then cooled before any soot or burnt debris is cleaned from the surface, it is then finished with oil.