Oh, I love stuff like this! If you had said the words "beautiful burnt wood" to me 10 minutes ago, I probably would have said, "What in the world are you talking about?!". But now, after seeing this handmade, hand-burnt wooden sign, I am antsy to gather up any damaged wood I have on hand and burn it into beauty...
KITKA Design Toronto is the blog that accompanies the wonder-filled shop Mjölk. There is an online store, as well as a real-life store that needed a sandwich board out front. (I must say, I love hand-painted sandwich boards. Here in San Francisco, New Bohemia Signs does such great work.) Anyway, the Mjölk team bought and burned some wooden boards, sealed them with matte polyurethane ("This will keep the charcoal from rubbing off onto your hands"), added attractive copper hinges, and had the sign hand-painted with their name and logo. The whole process is detailed here along with the finished sign, though I would love to know more about the actual burning process. How...burned do you want it to get?
As I mentioned, I think this would be the perfect way to get new life out of wood that's been stained or otherwise compromised. It's as if the burning, instead of damaging the wood, helps you appreciate its essential woodness. I'd like to make burnt-wood shelves someday, or perhaps just one on which to display my favorite treasures. I could also see a burnt-wood-topped coffee table being very cool. What do you think?
(Images: KITKA Design Toronto)