October 23rd, 2019

Hono Stool

Made in Small Batches.
Available now, Ships in 1 week.

A favorite since 2014

This Uhuru classic is made from upcycled utility poles and hand made in small batches at our Pennsylvania factory. Discover the story and process behind the Hono.

From Beam... to Hono

We start by chainsawing blanks out of pilings pulled from the utility pole fabrication process, which is supplied from a local mill. Then, the blanks are prepped through a series of sanding and flattening. A pie-shaped “check” detail is cut into each stool, which helps alleviate the pressure of wood as it expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity. 


Each Hono is charred utilizing an ancient Japanese method of wood preservation called Shou Sugi Ban. Inspired by the method's resulting rich color depth, authentic texture, and it's traditional use to weather-proof wood, we adapted the application to be environmentally safe and durable.

Our Hono Stools showcase the narrative of this ancient method and highlight one of the earliest methods of wood preservation.

To finish, each stool is cooled, meticulously finished with a non-toxic clear coat, tagged with a brass Uhuru authenticity tag, and carefully inspected.

Please note that the woodworking and charring displayed in this post are performed by professional craftsmen in controlled environments, with fire protection and safety monitoring. Do not attempt to duplicate, re-create, or perform the same or similar methods at home, as personal injury or property damage may result. Uhuru Design and producers of this post are not responsible for any such injury or damage.