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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.
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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.
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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.
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This thinking is recommended in general while it is not really necessary for an adult/fit person.

“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.
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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)
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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.
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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

P.S.

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.
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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)
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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.
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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!
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ofuro for Cape Town -3- manufacture

This is sequel of the manufacture of the tub for South Africa.
for those who missed it check in a separate window part 1part 2

So, the planks have been laminated and the edges trimmed (you can see on the wall a plank before being rectified)

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The tongue and grove joint is hand made with a handsaw and chisel. To see the process and understand the way the japanese ofuro water-tightness is assured, refer to the second video from the top in our media section
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3 faces have been assembled together. Now is time to insert the bottom plank. Finally, the last wall will be hand-planed on both sides before being set in place and close the circle.
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You can see here the geometry of the traditional “Tjoint”
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To tighten up the faces, we use long stainless steel bolts. The head of the bolts is capped with round wooden dowels (for a natural look) or copper plates (the traditional detail of the Edo area, borrowed from the ship building practices).
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ofuro for Cape Town -2- start work

Continues from a previous post. Open the blog about “choosing the lumber” in a separate window.

We have been contacted by a private client in South Africa about 3 years ago.
He was going to build a new house overlooking the sea and wanted a japanese bathtub.
Apparently it took more than expected for the permits and to start construction but he got back to us and placed the order. We have a comfortable time frame but since we will ship by ocean freight we started construction:
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First the planks are planed

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Then the material to compose the side walls is selected also considering the grain direction (both to avoid warping and for the aesthetic balance)

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Then thru-holes are opened in the sections of the planks

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and the different parts are composed together with the aid of wood dowels and waterproof glue (only on the matching sections)

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The laminated side walls are pressed and left to rest for few days to dry and stabilize

<will continue…>

shipping using DHL, FEDEX, USHIP

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We shipped the round tub to singapore using DHL.
Recently Fedex and DHL are becoming more and more competitive costwise.

Also, we learned from a client a new way to find a competitive shipping company.
See the link below.
http://www.uship.com/ca/shipment/wooden-bathtub-httpbartokdesigncomproduc/657797908/

Basically, if I understand, you put tentatively your infomration and some shippers or other users (a kind of group-on?) contact you if there a good option of the possibility of consolidating the shipping.

Best luck!

hinoki flooring for indonesia

This time we shipped a large quantity of hinoki flooring to indonesia.
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The planks have a end match joint.

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We also shipped waterproofing treatment to be applied after installation.
One large can of “kihada ichiban” contains 16Kg and can cover 100m2.
The cost is 100,000JPY + packaging + shipping.
We also can sell 1L, 4L bins.

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Specs for the project:
– Hinoki flooring-
Origin: Kumano (Mie Pref.)
Quality: one face knotless
Cut: ITAME (plank cut)
Finish: planer finish, no coating, tongue/groove edge, end match
Sizes: W120mm x t 12mm x L 2950mm:

hinoki flooring for your projects!

Maybe not all of you know that we can also supply hinoki wood for flooring or wainscoting?
For interior products (wood not used in wet areas) we use trees from man planted forests (Mainly Kumano area in Mie prefecture and Yoshino area in Nara prefecture.)
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They are very regular and have few knots so we can obtain high quality solid flooring for a reasonable price.
The peculiarity of the material is a mix of “shirata”(sapwood=white) and “akami”(heartwood=red) areas.
The lumber is cut parallel to one direction (plank cut) so the planks are mixed by nature.

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Some people like this look, peculiar of sugi pine and japanese hinoki.
Anyway, if you prefer a more uniform look, the only way to obtain material of the same color is to cut away the sap wood and use only the core of each trunk. This brings up the cost by about 50%.

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Hinoki flooring is used without shoes and is normally un-coated. It is possible to coat it with urethane but this would interfere with two of the nice features of hinoki flooring: the subtle cedar aroma and the soft/warm touch. To make the upkeep easier, we recommend the application of a full penetration water repellent (Kihada ichiban). The product is applied after installation of the flooring so we will supply separately the cans and you will apply on site with a wide brush in 2 coats.

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All the flooring is manufactured as per your order so you can choose the thickness (usually 12, 15 or 18mm), the width (90, 105, 120, 150, 180mm or custom) and length of the planks(2m,3m,4m or custom), the quality and type of processing (tongue/groove, end matching joints, mitered joints, width of bevel etc.)

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plank with tongue and groove + end matching joint

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Here is a reference of sizes/prices in case of 12mm thick material.
The prices are for a minimum quantity of 50m2 or more.

Origin: Kumano (Mie Pref.)
Quality: surface knotless
Cut: ITAME (plank cut)
Finish: planer finish, no coating, tongue/groove edge, end match
thickness: 12mm
w120 x L 1950: @3,020 JPY per piece
w120 x L 2950: @3,950 JPY per piece
w120 x L 3950: @7,000 JPY per piece

w150 x L 1950: @4,000 JPY per piece
w150 x L 2950: @5,900 JPY per piece
w150 x L 3950: @9,200 JPY per piece

The best cost/performance for a 12mm flooring is obtained by using the 3m planks.

For installation use both glue and nails following the procedure as per the sketch here below.
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Hammer the nails diagonally and make them flush with the aid of a punch before laying down the next plank. Proceed until you reach the other end. It is recommended to tuck in the planks with the aid of a hammer to make sure there is no gap between the joints.

NOTE: Solid hinoki flooring is not compatible with floor heating.

2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards!

The restaurant and bar The Ocean (Hong Kong, Hong Kong) for which we supplied 8 bathtubs and 2 U-shaped sushi counters has been shortlisted amazingly in two different categories at this years Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
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The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards ceremony will be held in London on 29th September 2016.
Everybody, please keep your fingers crossed…
Of course, if you visit Hong Kong do not miss the Ocean!
Shop 303-304, Lobby A, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

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show your passion for bathing on the Japanese TV!

2016.7.19 UPDATE- (see at the end of the post)


Dear japan-lovers,
I just sent this email below to the mailing list. I am copying here the text for those of you who are not in the list.

How are you? It has been few months since the last mailing.
Things have been very busy and I did not manage yet to start the “bartok yukata kimonos” collection. Bear with me until september, I will provide updates in the homepage news section so keep an eye on it!
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Anyway, this mail is about a different topic: I have been contacted by a TV program producer.
(see the original mail here below)
Are you interested in showing off your love for japan on the japanese TV?
Please send me a video (if you prefer you can send it directly to Japan Footage Inc. at the details below).
If you are selected… YES!
You will be invited to Japan as a guest in the TV program!
Check the details in the email here below and/or contact me for any question.
Best//
iacopo~
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Hello Iacopo,
I’m Senna Tateyama, from Japan Footage Inc.
Now I’m looking for Japanophiles who want to appear on a Japanese TV program “Who wants to come to Japan 世界ニッポン行きたい人応援団”.
(This is the official website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/nipponikitaihito/ Unfortunately, only Japanese version is available now.
Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/whowantstocometojapangp/ This one is written in English for the most part.)
I saw your home page, and was really impressed with your Hinoki Wood Japanese bathtub !
It makes me want to ask you a favor. If you know any other non-Japanese Hinoki bathtub lover like you or Hinoki bathtub international networks, could you introduce them to us?
Now we are looking for people who have never been to Japan, but with a strong passion to Japanese traditional culture.
The process of participating to our TV program is,
1. Send us a short video which shows your passion to Hinoki bathtub
2. Selection ( we have a selection meeting every week about who to invite to Japan)
3. The chosen challenger will be invited to Japan to have a special experience in the area of their interests
These are some episodes from our program.
We would like to feature overseas Hinoki bathtub enthusiasts.
(Please note that: We can’t guarantee that the video will be used in this program. The producers of this program will choose some out of many.)
If you’re interested in this project and have any questions about it, please contact me.
We would appreciate it if you could support and cooperate with us!
Best regards,
Senna
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Senna Tateyama
Japan Footage Inc.
Visual Contents Division
8F, Ichigo Shiba-Koen Bldg. 3-12-1, Shiba, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 105-0014 Japan
Tel:81-3-3452-2711
Fax: 81-3-3452-2722
E-mail: tateyama<at~~mark>jfkinc.jp
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This is an update about the participation to the japanese TV program.
I spoke with the TV producer: the clause “has never been to japan” is not a sine-qua-non.
What is important to qualify for the participation to the program is the “degree of your passion for japan”. (This was difficult to translate, I hope you can get the message).
They are looking for people with a “deeper interest for japan” than the average tourist.
For instace: if your dream is to become a japanese carpenter, or if you would like to become the apprentice of a pottery maker to learn his the secrets…
They are looking for people with a clear purpose rather than a “general interest about japan”
Please contact Tateyama-san and describe your passion, they will evaluate if you meet the criteria.
Best//
iacopo

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