Used a heat gun to burn the surface, creating a gradient in colour.
Wanted to see how dark I could get the surface of the wood with a heat gun. I really like how shiny it gets when the wood is really burnt. Used a saw to cut vertical lines down one side to reveal the unburnt wood underneath. While I liked the constrast created, I did not like how unnatural the lines look on the wood.
Since I wanted a more natural look, a different method was used this time to reveal little parts of the unburnt wood. I used a chisel and hammer to basically hack of the surface of the wood in a random manner. To futher create a more natural look, I used the heat gun to lightly brown the surface again to blend the different parts together.