slanted ofuro 3D

Is the ofuro free standing?
Or is it built into a ledge?
Since it has a slanted edge, do you see it from outside?

We had problems explaining the image to the client so we resorted to sketchup and everything was easy!

It is drafted quite roughly, but if you want you can download the model below from the sketchup warehouse.
We also have another couple of models in the warehouse. Search with “bartok” as keyword, you should find them.




2 times water repellent?

Is the product that you use to make the wood water-repellant available to purchase for continuing the practice – or is it a one-time product (only to be applied when the tub is new) ?
The water repellent “Kihada ichi-ban” this is used only to finish the new product. Since it penetrates inside the wood fibers it would not be absorbed if applied multiple times.

step/bench for ofuro

Do you have a photo of the step/bench as it relates to the tub?

Step-benches (as the name says) can be used both to easily enter/egress the tub and as a place to sit and relax after the tub. Of course it can be used also to hold some towels or even your champagne bucket…
The sizes are custom made to match your space and way of use.

Please find here below some examples of tub/bench combinations.

Hinoki 500x400x400H”>
Hinoki 400x320x300H

Hinoki 609x450x648H
This is particular. We made it with the height to match the height of the tub.

Hinoki 600x300x300H

ofuro for the elderly

Nowadays wooden bathtubs are popular in rehabilitation facilities and retirement homes for the elderly.
Wood is soft and warm and it is very appreciated especially by people with pain or physical limitations.
Here below are two examples. it is easy to mount railings or neck holder fixtures.
Also, it is common to install a movable partition inside to adjust the size. This way it can be used by multiple people as well as singularly.
The worry is that if the tub is too big, elderly people may slip inside the tub and drown.
For this reason it is recommended to use a size so that you can reach the back end of the tub with your feet.
This thinking is recommended in general while it is not really necessary for an adult/fit person.

approx cost for sushi counter

I am interested in a custom hinoki sushi bar counter ( 21’x2′) for a restaurant. I would like to find out a rough estimate (cost of the item as well as shipping, tax, etc). Please let me know.
Thank you!
Thank you for your inquiry!
Are you looking for a counter in solid lumber or veneered?
Let me give you a rough idea about the 2 options.
1) solid counter (imagine a sushi bar in Tokyo Ginza…):
it is difficult to find lumber to match exactly the request.
You would have to cut the length or the width which is a waste.
Usually designers look for a lumber of a size close to the request and then match the design of the shop.
For your reference a lumber 20 Ft. long would be around 8-10 million jpy .

2 ) laminated counter covered with hinoki thick veneer(5mm).
In this case of course we can make a counter to match your sizes (maximum length is 22Ft.) in this case the cost would be about 3 million JPY.

We are looking forward to working with you and remain at your disposal for any question/problem.

“longed for” ofuro to australia

Sometimes we deal with architect offices or construction companies, often we deal with end users.
Some clients are rationally minded business owners who have an organized mentality.
Some clients are carrying on their house remodeling and are very excited about the details.

Each tub has its own story which is what makes my work of “bridge between two cultures” so meaningful and rewarding.

This tub belongs to very enthusiastic client who knows what she wants and can communicate it very well.
Every email from the client it is like an energizing potion that leaves me fully recharged for the whole day…!
After about 3 weeks from the first email the tub is completed and ready to be shipped! It is a beautiful custom size kadomaru tub (see the details below)

Material is sawara cypress. The difference of color between the different planks is minimal, but because the wood fibers reflect the light with different angles when taking a photo the contrast appears increased.

Hot water will release a soothing aroma out of the straight grain of this sawara wood.

Here are the specs:

material: japanese Knotless Sawara cypress wood bathtub

shape: kadomaru with customs sizes

sizes:  L1100mm x W630mm x 740mm (630mm deep)

details: stainless steel wire bands. Iron brand at front top-right


I just sent the photos to the client who immediately replied:

“Please send as soon as you can!”

I am sure the ofuro is going to be pampered in his new home in Australia!

flooring for Singapore house

We were contacted by an architect renovating his home in Singapore.
The client was keen on hinoki material but did not like the traditional “white-pink melange” look of japanese evergreens.
After considering several options, the client opted for a more expensive “all heartwood” material.
The sapwood is eliminated before sawing and milling the planks so the color is more uniform and the lumber itself is harder.
We milled a tongue and grove on the long sides but did not manufacture the end matching joint (the planks would have become about 4cm shorter and would not fit the module of the project)
Also, we were requested not to bevel the edges. Our grumpy carpenter was quite uneasy about this (eliminating the corners make the flooring look more regular and prevents indenting of the edges during installation)
But we agreed that everybody would manipulate and install the planks with the utmost care and were able to manufacture the custom “perfectly flat” product.
The specs/sizes of the flooring are:
material: hinoki (Yoshino-Nara pref.) all heartwood
size: 2000mm x 150mm x 15mm.

I am looking forward to seeing the completed room!

remote control system for ofuro

Our current tub has a section on the side with filter, pump, heater, cleaner, and controls. I would prefer to have a remote system that would drain the tub after use into a temperature controlled, insulated holding tank, that would have a pump to refill the tub just before using. I saw that you had a drawing of a similar system. Would it be possible to get an email link with the people who did or used that design? We also would like a cutout on the top of the tub for controlled overflow to a drain.
How would you recommend doing that in such a way that it looked good and the water wouldn\’t stain the tub? Ideally everything I do will last 50+ years (except for the electronics – which is unrealistic for now).
Thanks in advance
About the equipment part (pump, filter, disinfection system, post-heating etc.) we cannot supply it.
You will have to ask a spa equipment company in maui to custom make for you a system. I hear that most people use ozone purifiers for wooden tubs.

About filling, heating and recirculating systems (very common in japanese households) we cannot supply it as we would not be able to do the maintenance/send spare parts. So again, you will have to have a custom made one. You can set up very easily a system with solenoid valves and magnet switches or software controlled (LAN) automation.

About the longevity: we treat the tubs with a water repellent full penetration product which add to the natural hinoki performance against rot and mold. Said so, I think that you should consider a life-span of 10-15 years for a tub used outdoors.

We are looking forward to working with you and remain at your disposal for any problem/question.

about sloped sides ofuro

Hi, Great looking products! I live on Maui in Hawaii and have
had a hinoki O-Furo since 2004. It is located outside, open air, but
covered with a roof and about a 100 meters from the ocean. We have used
it every day, 5 months of the year and keep water in it, with occasional
draining and refills. We use an electronic water purifier with
occasional small doses of chlorine (which I want to stop) and the wood
has stayed in pretty good shape, although it does feather occasionally.
The outside bottom has just started to rot and will require replacement
in the near future. The current tub is 5 feet in diameter, 27 inches
deep, and has straight sides. My first question is: Is there any reason
for sloped sides other than aesthetics? I prefer the look of sloped
sides, but I am not sure it will be easy to retrofit.
Thank you for your interest in our japanese bathtubs!
We made barrel type ofuro (maru-buro) with almost straight edges even if some slant is needed to cling on the metal bands.
If you like it slanted, no problem: this is the normal shape.

ofuro for Cape Town -4- completed!


This is the second ofuro we are shipping to South Africa in 2016!
In both cases we were in touch with the clients, architects and interior designers for over a year but it was worth it! Take a look also at the pictures of the manufacture phases:
part 1part 2part3

Here is the photo of the back side.

We created a new type of overflow cut: it is tuck in the back towards the wall and is drawing the water to a gutter running along the wall.

The spout cover is openable for controlling the built in tap. Not a high tech solution but very practical!

Here is the layout of the whole composition including a duck-board and bench cut with an angle to match the corner of the bathroom. I am looking forward to seeing the completed space!

Here are the specs of the project:
Material: Asnaro wood AB grade bathtub (quarter sawn) t42mm
Size: L1500mm x W750 x H670mm (ext. dim.) – depth 543mm
Details: copper apron, wood dowels. Iron brand at front side top-right
Option: overflow top cut
* Ledge and filler: W165 x L1500 x H670) assembly on site
* Bench: W 454/367 x D 515 x H 450mm
* Duckboard: W 521/454 x D 400 x H 55mm
* Asnaro wood ledge mounted spout D with faucet

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