Japanese garden burned wood pond edging

11 years ago

I've seen some interesting pond edging at the Como Ordway Japanese Garden near my home in St. Paul, Minnesota. It's apparently made from wood, then burned to darken it. Can anyone provide insight as to how this is done, what kind of wood might have been used, and would it speed up the wood decaying process, etc.

Since it's a Japanese garden, I'm curious as to what the burned wooden edging represents.

Here is a link that might be useful: Burned wood edging photo

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