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A modern matt black embossed finish


Inspired by the traditional Japanese timber charring technique of Yakisugi, Kurowood® provides the intricate aesthetic of charring but with less maintenance and no mess. Kurowood® is produced from thermally modified Scots Pine, supplied in a matt black embossed finish. Unlike real charred timber, Kurowood® doesn’t chip or fade over time. Choose from a traditional ‘charred’ finish or a modern ‘barred’ finish.

At a glance


Scots Pine


Northern Scandinavia

Modified timber

Yes. Scots Pine is modified using only heat and steam. No chemicals or hazardous substances are used.


Heartwood of Scandinavian Scots Pine, thermally modified to create a dimensionally stable timber free from resin. Re-graded in-house to our own exacting standards.


Boards are supplied in a matt black embossed finish, which will need to be maintained after 2-6 years depending on exposure.


Sustainably sourced from well managed forests. PEFC certified.

SiOO:X coating

Not suitable for SiOO:X coating.


Exceptional durability (Class 2 - 3 BS EN 350-2) due to thermal modification.


Supplied in a matt black embossed finish.


Supplied in a matt black embossed finish in your choice of a traditional 'charred' or modern 'barred' finish. Displays prominent figuring and an abundance of structurally sound live and splay knots. These as well as the occasional dead knot, add to the characterful appearance of this durable timber.


Low - classified by BS EN 350-2 as approximately 420 Kg/m³ at a moisture content of approximately 6-8%.

Fire retardant coating

Cannot be treated with fire retardant.


Ideal for a variety of project types.


Thermal treatment results in substantially reduced swelling and shrinking of the timber, reducing dimensional movement by up to 50% making Kurowood® a very stable timber.

Surface finishes

Kurowood® is supplied in a matt black embossed finish in your choice of a traditional Charred or modern Barred effect finish.

See how Kurowood® exterior compares with other species

Expert View

Yakisugi charring techniques on timber have become very desirable for both exterior and interior building design, but inherently create visual and performance issues. Kurowood® represents a beautiful solution offered in both a traditional Charred or modern Barred effect finish, meaning that a diverse range of designs can be achieved.
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Profile options

Kurowood® can be produced in the following profiles.

Surface finishes

Learn more about our range of Kurowood® cladding surface finishes; Charred or Barred effect.

Barred effect

A 'horizontal band-sawn' pattern is embossed into the boards to create an industrial look.
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Charred effect

A 'charred' pattern is embossed into the boards to create a textured surface.
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Recommended fixings

How timber is fixed is fundamental to its long-term performance in terms of both appearance and durability. These are the recommended fixings for use with Kurowood®.

L-GoFix® A2 Screws

Face fix

Cladding screw for effective fixing and neat detailing.

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Face fix

Compensation strip designed to prevent direct contact between timber elements.

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Russwood Battening System


Environmentally friendly, engineer-assessed, method of fixing timber cladding.

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Secret fix

An innovative secret-fix solution for open rainscreen cladding.

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F-BohrFix® ZB Screws

Secret fix

For optimal fastening of tongue and groove cladding.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is Kurowood® cladding?

Kurowood® starts from £63 per m² excluding VAT. Prices are based on a minimum quantity of 50 m². Prices are subject to change due to the fluctuating prices of timber and should be used as a guide only. For the most up-to-date prices please contact our sales team.

Can you help with NBS Specification?

Yes, Russwood’s dedicated Architect Liaison Team can assist architects with selecting the best timber cladding species, coatings and fixings for their projects, ensuring both the performance and aesthetic requirements are met. We can also assist with writing the H21 (external timber cladding) National Building Specification (NBS). Find out more about the services we offer to architects.

How do I order Kurowood® cladding?

To receive a quotation or to place an order, get in touch with our Technical Sales Team who will be happy to assist.

Can I order a sample of Kurowood® cladding?

Physical samples can be ordered by contacting our sales team who can assist with selecting the most suitable cladding for your project and send out appropriate samples. 

How does Kurowood® compare to other timber species?

Our handy Cladding Comparison table allows you to compare species information and timber properties at a glance.

Where do you deliver to?

We offer UK wide delivery on all of our products. Please contact our sales team for a quote.