In many of my recent pieces, all or part of the sculpture is seared with a torch. I got some of my inspiration from this from the Japanese exterior siding technique called Shou Sugi Ban (or Yakisugi) that preserves wood.
The type of wood used traditionally is Sugi (Japanese Cyprus). The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil.
Ever since I was a child, I was absolutely fascinated and enchanted by fire. It serves as an amazing compliment to many woods. Depending on the type wood, type of oil, and technique used, different shades of reds, browns, blacks and silvers can be achieved.
Watch this video of the Japanese technique.