PAD studio spent a Friday evening with friends, Artist Katie Surridge & the design team of The Observatory at a wood charring workshop organised by SPUD. Charlotte Knight and Mina Gospavic guided us through the techniques they used to char the wood which clads The Observatories currently sited on Lymington Salt Marshes. Their method is based on traditional Japanese techniques called shou sugi ban.
Oak boards where bolted together forming chimneys. Paper and kindling was fed into the bottom where the fire was lit. Flames spread up the chimneys charring the Oak. Once the desired level of charing was acheived the fire was extinguished with a hose. The wood chard was then used by Katie Surridge in creating temporary sculptures located along the marshes. It was a fantastic evening of creativity, beautiful scenery and great food.
You can watch a video of the evening on The Observatory facebook page here.