Black is the new Pine... We have Alessandro Ardovini to thank for introducing us to this wonderful technique when he spent a week working with us recently.
Called Shou Sugi Ban, it's an ancient Japanese tradition of scorching wood to make it water, insect and rot resistant. We think the look is amazing and it only cost 2 euros worth of gas to preserve the shower wall in the new sauna I'm building.
You burn the wood until fully blackened then wash down with a wet cloth. And that's it!
I love appropriate technology.