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massive asnaro lumber

We are now working on a large asnaro tub with a 260mm wide border!
Commonly, large top frame borders like in your case are done laminaing 2
planks, anyway we had a beautiful piece of asnaro in the warehouse, so the frame will be done in one piece!

It was probably ment to be a cut for a beam or daikoku-bashira (main column) but at present there are not many chances to use expensive wood even for temples or shrines…

The lumber was 360×360 straight cut! This means that the 1/3 central segment of the tree was almost half meter square at the base. The tree had probably a diameter of 1200 to 1500mm !!
We could get our kamachi in one piece and also most of the planks for the sides from the same piece. This means the tub is going to be all straight cut!

PS:
Please do not ask us to provide such lumber for your project. This stroke of luck does not happen more than once a year…

hinoki tub for california

ofuro

Candid knotless AB grade Hinoki for this tub. Frame oversized to 100x60mm for a bolder look. This tub will be recessed in a tiled ledge in a corner position, rotated 45 degrees.
For this reason, the non exposed joints have been finished with wooden plugs.

Japanese soaking

Note the double bench with the corner hole detail for the drain plug chain.
dimensions of this tub are: L1515mm x W915mm x H725mm (depth=630mm)

asnaro tub for prague

Japanese soaking

Asnaro-hiba AB grade tub (straight cut).
Frame 110x60mm for this large 1700mm x 800mm x H800mm tub with copper plates and copper apron. We put our iron brand on top of the kamachi border as per the client`s request.

The asnaro wall spout was built to be recessed in a wall niche, only the front portion will be visible. In any case spouts need to be accessible for maintenance, so the lid is removable.

ofuro spout

blog introduction

hajimemasite – nice to meet you.

It was a long time we wanted to start this blog but always had other priorities for the day…
Anyway, in these pages we would like to convey you the passion of our craftsmen, the warmth of the wood. We enjoy our work and are starting to feel a little guilty if we keep all this for ourselves… So find here some pictures and some comments (when we have the time to post).

For all who do not know, “daiku” is the carpenter, the meister in wood-working.
This blog is not a sophisticated one, you will find here sawdust, sweat and all our smiles!

Note that this is a rare photo I managed to take with Mr. Ikeda and Mr. Kondo.
They are always busy and never stop. When we get a chance to sit down, we chat drinking tea, so I never manage to take an official photo of us to put in the company profile…

hinoki tub for belgium

ofuro

Knotless hinoki: L1200mm x W700mm x H700mm for this clean and simple tub to be used in a tiled bathroom. Note the details: Wooden plugs and copper apron.

Japanese bathing

natural heaven

FORESTS OF JAPAN

Why are the japanese so proud of their baths and hot springs? A HINOKI bathtub is ideal for a provides a full sensory experience: beautiful white cedar with a rich grain, smooth texture, soothing lemony fragrance, and the warm comfort of soaking away all the tension and stress of the day.

WOOD CULTURE

When we talk about Japanese dwellings and lifestyle, its association with the culture of wood is almost automatic. Still today most of private homes are built with a wood post-beam structure. Wood is used to manufacture cooking utensils, shoes, children`s toys. And of course, bathstubs. The remarkably straight SUGI might be best choice for buildings, as the SAKURA (cherry) is for producing objects or the MATSU (pine) is for panels and doors. But wood bathtubs are only made in HINOKI, the wood of the 1300 years old Horyuji Temple in Nara, the wood chosen by the emperors…

THE EMPEROR OF WOODS

As hinoki trees suffer polluted environments, they grow mainly in "virgin" areas, where the air and water are pure. Aomori and Ishikawa in the north, Gifu prefecture, the Kiso Valley in the Chubu district and the Kochi prefecture in Shikoku are the regions with largest hinoki forests. This "purity" reflects in the wood’s appearance : light-colored, has a rich but compact straight grain. A natural clear resin permeates homogeneously the pores thus creating a natural protection against insects and rot. When cut or scrubbed, hinoki wood emanates a pleasing lemon scent for which it is famous.

hinoki tub for scotland

ofuro tub

Straight hinoki: 1500 x 1200mm x 930mm deep. Being quite deep, this tub is also equipped with an external bench that can be used as a step or just to sit down and relax after the bath. In this case we also supplied a wall mounted spout, hinoki shelves and fixed internal bench.

asnaro tub for virgin islands

soaking tub

Asnaro wood: 1960 x 943mm x 580mm deep. Double slanted back for couples who like to talk while taking a bath. The back side is indented to create a water-sheet overflow.

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