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Natural repair for wood crack!

 I would like here to share a story with a happy end. I hope it can be of help to others also.
PHASE 1) 12/20/2016
The client purchased from us two round footbaths in december 2016.

PHASE 2) 4/16/2017
We received from the client the following mail:
Hi
One of my footh tubs is leak and unfortunately I don’t find the note which followed with advise how to fix it. Could you please send it to me by mail?
Thanks.

My answer:
I am sorry for the problem.
Can you send me a picture?
Is there a crack? How many mm wide?

Client:
The crack is 2 mm large.
Best regards

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My answer:
First of all I would like to ask you to place a piece of newspaper inside the foot tub, on the side of the crack. Hold it firmly in place while filling it with water.
You will notice that the newspaper transfers the humidity to the wood, while preventing the water from flowing outside of the crack.
Leave the foot bath filled this way for 24 hours. The wood should expand back in place and hopefully seal the crack.
Please let me know if this solves the problem.

PHASE 3) 4/18/2017
Client:
Guess what, it worked! The crack  is fixed and the tub keeps the water. I’m so glad.
Have a nice week.

My answer:
Wonderful!
Can you send me a picture?
Do you think I can publish it on our homepage?
Thank you//

PHASE 4) 4/19/2017
Client:
Dear Iacopo
I’ m sorry I was too early to say the leak was fixed. When I took all the newspaper away it still leaked a bit. So I have to let the newspaper stay for one more night.
Best regards

Client:
I´m now delighted to tell you the crack is fixed and the tub no longer leak. yesterday I was content after soaking it i water and changes from cold to warm water every second time.
I leave some photos if you like to post it.
Best wishes

My answer:
Thank you, this is great news!
All the Best//


HAPPY END! I am publishing here below the photos I received for your reference.

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moon gazing

moonAre you a moon-watcher?

Today it is matsu-yoi-no-tsuki.

Did you know it?

The day before the full moon is a special day because … we can look forward to seeing the full moon the next day!

In japan (before the advent of TV…) japanese were big fan of enjoying the change of seasons and natural processes. See below: (more…)

sakura!

after a long winter, finally the sakura are blossoming here and there!

The weather has been bad in kansai area, especially on weekends, so here are some pictures that a friend sent me from Tokyo.

april 2nd:
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tsubomi: beginning of blossom with prominence of florets

april 5th:
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mankai: full blossom. This is actually a photo of one of my favorite hanami spots: the Meguro-gawa.

april 7th:
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chiri-sakura: gorgeous. the trees are still completely white but many petals are falling on the ground. The perfect symbol for the ephemerality of beauty. The peak is also the beginning of the end.

For those of you interested, you can find all you wanted to know on sakura blossoms viewing and real time forecasts on this site:
http://sakura.weathermap.jp/en.php
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details are in japanese only. Here is a collection of graphs relative to the Tokyo area:
http://sakura.weathermap.jp/area.php?city=Tokyo
If you still not have enough of sakura viewing you can migrate north little by little and enjoy the peak of cherry blossom viewing everyday!

If you are not yet in Japan, do not be sad: if you go to Hokkaido you will still be able to catch up with the cherry blossom as late as up to the mid of may!

hinoki aroma cards shipped!

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A big thank you again to all who supported us for the hinoki aroma cards crowdfunding campaign.
This is to confirm that I shipped all the items pledged by small-package (airfreight).
There is no tracking code but you should receive the items by 3/31 at the latest. If you do not receive it, please contact me at japanbartokdesign.com

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From now on the [hinoki aroma cards] are also available for purchase!
Please check in the shop. The cards are already finished with essential oil but the aroma may fade overtime. If you want to “recharge” them, remember to purchase separately the essential oil of your choice.

original hinoki aroma cards!

I am about 20days late on the original schedule but I have good news!

The hinoki aroma cards are ready and I am planning to prepare the shipments over the weekend and send early next week.

After that I will also add the actual pictures in the shop page.
But before that, I want to present here an outstanding original design and superb result:
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The client is going to use the cards for a friend`s wedding.
I thought it is a great idea and it may give an inspiration to other people!
Thanking the Ms. D who kindly agreed to show the photo in this blog, I am glad to introduce here the activity of her 2 daughters.
With “Musical traces“, they bring music in the community with classical concerts in local libraries, hospitals and private homes.
Check out their youtube channel.
Not only listening to the skillfully played music is mind soothing, but seeing that the performers are mostly children is heart warming and really inspiring!

This reference is not strictly ofuro-related but I am so glad to have such wonderful clients that I cannot help wanting to let the world know about it!

Enjoy the weekend and look for the musical traces…

World of Interiors debut!

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A short story about the Bartok design ofuros was published on the march issue of the famous british magazine “the World of interiors”!
Well, it is a little embarassing…but I did not see it yet. The issue was released on 2/12 but in Japan it was quickly sold out and is unavailable in the newstands or on amazon at the moment. I asked the editor to send me a copy but I cannot wait to see it!
Anybody has a copy? Please share!


2017.3.17 update:
I could obtain a copy. Please find below the referral to our tubs (on page 156)
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update about aroma cards

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Hi to all the backers of the hinoki aroma cards campaign!

This is an update about the development: I am a little behind schedule but my laminating company made a great job and finally deivered my hinoki cards! We could use the Kiso valley hinoki and they are much more aromatic and resistant to water than any other wood veneer card I tested until now. There is another good news: I am also tasting other essences and could obtain very stable cards also from sawara wood and koyamaki! I am considering to make it possible to choose the wood essence, but it will introduce after the main product variations have been tested on the market.

I should be ready to ship towards the mid of march: sorry for making you wait. I will keep you updated.

make payments thru the internet!

A client just sent us a payment for his tub thru AZIMO.
I was not aware of this option. I checked out the homepage and it seems like they have a very convenient currency conversion rate and a flat fee of 12 GBP for transaction.
I did not know this option existed, but from now on I would recommend to check it out bevore doing your bank wire transfer or payment thru paypal!

Apparently AZIMO is available for people holding a bank account in europe.
But there are many other options such as
WORLD REMIT
It may be convenient to use the automatic comparison tool here below:
https://www.finder.com/international-money-transfers/send-money-to-japan

Please comment here below if you find a convenient option which may be useful for other people!

sawing planks for Germany tub

Yoshiaki started today to prepare the material for a new tub going to Germany.
Next week the carpenter will actually start construction and we are planning to be able to ship by the end of february.
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The lumber when cut releases a wonderful scent!
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Cutting to size and removing the sap-wood.
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All about Ofuro Tubs

repulse-bay-ofuro-cloudsBartok design round ofuro in sawara cypress at the Cabana club, Repulse bay, HK

Jon Reyes, from Steam Shower Store wrote this article for Bartok design. Enjoy! —


 

The culture of japanese-style bathing

People have always enjoyed bathtubs and hot tubs as a way to relax and unwind, but more and more, the benefits offered by ofuro tubs are convincing homeowners to consider the possibility of incorporating this holistic Japanese tradition into their daily lives. With a variety of styles to choose from and the possibility of customizing a tub to suit any bathroom, ofuro tubs are a great choice for anyone.

An ofuro tub isn’t about just taking a bath. Traditionally, these Japanese tubs are used after you’ve already cleaned yourself in the shower – no soaps or shampoos should be used in an ofuro tub. Instead, use the tub to enjoy mineral salts or aromatherapy oils after you’re already clean, to experience a deep soak and indulge in a meditative time of contemplation.

These tubs are almost twice as deep as typical North American or European tubs, letting you sink in up to your chin to enjoy a thorough submersion into the soothing hot water. With no overflow tap, these tubs are designed, if anything, to overflow over the top and onto the floor, with a drain system installed underneath. This allows for an all-encompassing soaking experience, to help you truly relax and enjoy the many benefits ofuro tubs can offer.

Ofuro tubs are traditionally made with hinoki wood, and Bartok Design continues this tradition. The hinoki wood features a compact grain and a therapeutic lemony fragrance, which helps users relax and enjoy the natural, holistic experience of using the tub. Bartok Design also offers tubs made with asnaro wood, another traditional Japanese wood which boasts a knotless look and is especially termite resistant.

Tubs are designed to fit any bathroom style – either sueoki or umekomi. Sueoki style design has the tub positioned directly on the floor, letting the natural wood texture be a feature element of your bathroom design. With umekomi style, the tub is recessed into a half-wall or floor, making the wood of the tub less visible from the outside – but still natural and beautiful on the inside. These tubs provide a clean and modern-looking aesthetic, making them well-suited to any bathroom design.

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a beautiful ofuro and local beauties in Repulse bay – Hong Kong



Benefits of ofuro tubs

Ofuro tubs provide a number of valuable benefits that make them an especially attractive option over a regular bathtub or a hot tub. These benefits can be achieved by a 30 minutes to one hour soak each day, following a cleansing shower. This traditional Japanese style of bathing isn’t about getting clean, it’s about maintaining your health with a beneficial soak.

With the natural feel and scent of the hinoki or asnaro wood, an ofuro tub helps create a zen-like experience for the user. Enjoying a meditative soak will help boost your mental and spiritual wellness, making you feel more refreshed after a long day’s work. This can help reduce fatigue, relieve stress, and clear the mind.

The heat from the tub and the deep submersion work together to stimulate blood circulation, which helps promote a healthy immune system and aids your body in fighting colds or influenza. Sore, tight muscles will benefit from an ofuro tub as well, since the enveloping heat can loosen and relax the body. These benefits will only increase with regular, prolonged use. The ofuro tub is a perfect complement to a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to their many health benefits, ofuro tubs are also easier to care for than typical hot tubs or regular bathtubs. Since the ofuro tub is filled and drained with each use, there’s no need to use chemicals to adjust the water’s pH balance and keep it clean. Instead, you can just fill your tub whenever you want to use it, enjoy a relaxing soak, and drain it easily when you’re done. Since you won’t be using soaps or shampoos in the ofuro tub, you also won’t see any buildup or residue left on the tub after use.

The many benefits of ofuro tubs make them a great addition to any home. At Bartok Design, they are happy to work with their clients to provide a perfect tub to suit your needs, so that you can see for yourself how an ofuro tub can benefit you. From pre-made tubs to custom designs, Bartok Design has an ofuro tub for everyone.


Article by Jon Reyes, from Steam Shower Store. Jon is a specialist writer and has extensive knowledge in everything related to steam showers, saunas and hydrotherapy benefits.

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