Thermally treating wood to make it harder has been used for centuries. From early Japanese Shou Sugi Ban in the 18th century charring ceder boards, to modern day oxygen free kilns for a deeper penetrating hardening of most any wood.
Nowadays the wood is used mainly in:
- Durable wooden cladding for buildings.
- As a building material in construction.
- Broad-walks and smaller piers and jetties.
The system itself continues to be fine-tuned and upgraded as time and experience allow. Here at Modesty Carpentry, we are proud to be the lead tester in this development process of the “Marine Maple” thermally treated American hard maple. A thermally treated wood designed specifically for the marine industry.
We have placed this “Marine Maple” on swim platforms, pasarelles and tenders with great success.
We have also run our own tests in the workshop, testing the durability, bendability and weathering characteristics of the wood in use.