Sobokuya’s Wood Offerings

Sobokuya’s Wood Offerings

At Sobokuya we gather our wood and timber for our projects from the local Yatsugatake area; we are experienced lumberjacks skilled at selecting appropriate wood and timber for different projects. Enquire with us about your needs and usage targets and we can put together a suitable wood package for your project.

Wood that we have on offer:
・Sugi (Japanese Cedar)
・Hinoki (Japanese Cypress)
・Akamatsu (Japanese Red Pine)*2
・Karamatsu (Japanese Larch)*2

Sugi (Japanese Cedar)
Fragrant, weather and insect-resistant, soft with a low density. The wood is light red or reddish brown with a beautiful grain. Sugi has long been used for construction projects within Japan and is an important softwood species in Japan.

Sugi has a moderate natural lustre. Sugi is a softer wood that is generally easy to work with hand or machine tools, with some care needed for knotty areas. Glues, stains, and finishes well, however not ideal for steam bending. Sugi is moderately resistant to rot and insects which makes it highly suitable for housing. Sugi is sometimes treated with the Japanese method of Shou Sugi Ban (Yakisugi in Japanese) which involves charring the wood black to increase its fire and rot resistance. These flame-treated planks are generally used as siding for houses.

Uses: Pillars and boards, ceiling boards, polished logs, furniture, siding, barrels, shipbuilding and Kumiko panels.

Pricing: starting at $830 USD/㎥
Pricing depends on size (length, width, thickness) and wood grade*1. 
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Sugi Sample

Hinoki (Japanese Cypress)
Lemon-scented, light pinkish-brown, with a rich, straight grain, and is highly resistant to rot, decay, and insects. It is easy to work with machinery and has strong stability after drying.

Since ancient times, Hinoki has been used in Japan to construct temples, shrines, and other important buildings. Hinoki is well regarded for its durability, growing more durable as it ages. Horyuji temple, the oldest remaining wooden building in the world, was built using Hinoki, with 65% of the original building still standing to this day; a true testament to the durability of Hinoki wood.

Usages: Exposed pillars, flooring and ceiling material, decks, saunas, furniture, baths and masu (wooden sake cups).

Pricing: starting at $1,090 USD/㎥
Pricing depends on size (length, width, thickness) and wood grade*1. 
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Hinoki Sample

Wood that we utilize for our projects:
・Sugi (Japanese Cedar)
・Hinoki (Japanese Cypress)
・Akamatsu (Japanese Red Pine)
・Karamatsu (Japanese Larch)
・Nara (Japanese Oak)
・Keyaki (Japanese Zelkova)
・Kiri (Japanese Paulownia)
・Momi (Japanese Fir)

*1 Grade refers to how fine the wood is, the grade depends on the amount of knots and the grain of the wood. The differences in grades are primarily visual aspects and do not impact the integrity of the wood.
The grading system is based on the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) which has strict grading based on the visual characteristics of the wood – the highest grade wood has no knots and finer grain and colourization. The grade does not directly affect the structure or durability of the wood, all grades are of a high quality; the grade indicates the aesthetic quality of the wood.

*2 In addition to Sugi and Hinoki which we currently have on offer, we can take on smaller orders of Akamatsu and Karamatsu wood. Please contact us for more details

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Please consult with us about your project.

Consultations on moving to the Yatsugatake region, finding land, climate and topography, etc., are available. We also offer tours of a model house built using the wooden frame construction method.