About Us

Chartek are New Zealand's only commercial scale timber charring company.

Driven by our country’s love of all things black and a preference for awesome looking buildings; we wanted to bring charred timber cladding to the masses.  Simply because we believe it looks incredible.

The Japanese practice of “Shou-Sugi-Ban” is ancient, they have been charring wood to waterproof homes for centuries; but for some reason it was still incredibly expensive here. We needed to reduce the cost, but maintain the quality finish.

Combining our skills in construction, engineering and material science; we discovered new ways to burn the wood at speed and with consistency.

At last charred wood is accessible to all.

We are based in Christchurch, happily supplying architects, developers, construction companies and home owners across NZ.

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We're Local

We are the only NZ based commercial wood charring operation. No more dealing with overseas suppliers or big timber operations.

We're Punctual

Because we are NZ based, we can turn around projects with tight timelines and you won’t have to worry about delays caused by importation problems.

We're Specialists

Charring wood is all that we do. We love it. We’re not builders trying it out. We’re not a timber company, so we use the best wood for your project.

We're Friendly

We are a family owned business, with family values and a focus on customer service. We are here to look after you and your project.

Cladding

The most common use of charred wood is exterior cladding. Not only does it look incredible, charring is also maintenance free and even improves fire resistance!

Interior

Need a feature wall? Want something unique? Consider charred wood as an option. Warm aesthetic, intriguing to touch and a bold statement!

Durable

Charring is an excellent alternative to paint. It lasts longer in all weathers, its near-zero maintenance and its been tested for centuries!

Cost Effective

You can compare charring to the cost of buying pre-painted boards. Our unique system means we can make it a viable option for your project.

Char Examples

Siberian Larch
Siberian Larch
Siberian Larch - Brushed
Siberian Larch - Brushed
Abodo Pine - Oiled
Abodo Pine - Oiled

Latest Work

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Our Team

Murray ReadGeneral Manager
Nelson ThelningHead of Engineering
Austin BrownSouth Island Sales

How To Find Us

Have a project you're interested in discussing with us? Drop us a line below, we’d love to talk.
Head Office

At a secret location in Christchurch

General Enquiries

sales@chartek.co.nz

Call us

+64 (0)27 274 6103