Canadian wilderness outdoorsman Shawn James experiments with Shou Sugi Ban, a traditional Japanese method used to preserve wood with fire.

Shou Sugi Ban, also called Yakisugi, is the charring of cedar wood for use in construction of exposed wood buildings.

Shou Sugi Ban has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity. Originating in 18th century Japan, this ancient Japanese technique has been rediscovered and re-invented over the years.