Premium wood choices
We use the finest quality naturally antimicrobial woods: both aromatic woods and hardwoods. Yes, that’s right, all of our wood tubs are handcrafted from wood species that are naturally antimicrobial (aka rot-resistant) and water-resistant. We use only carefully selected premium, vertical grain, heartwood lumber.
The outside surfaces of our finished tubs are oiled and waxed to a warm glowing finish, while the inside surfaces are left unfinished to achieve a warmth and softness that synthetic materials cannot, and to allow the hot water to draw out the amazing natural aromas of the wood!
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Revered for its unique, lemon-ginger fragrance and natural rot resistance, Hinoki Cypress wood is regarded as sacred in Japan. Indistinguishable from it's Japanese sibling, American Hinoki (aka Port Orford Cedar) provides the classic appearance and aroma; for this reason it is our most popular wood choice.
Hinoki is a light colored wood with overall tone being quite consistent. The variation spans strawberry blonde to creamy off-white to slightly caramelized gold.
An abundant species from the Pacific Northwest, Western Red-Cedar dazzles with natural variation. The sweet scent of cedarwood combined with its powerful antimicrobial properties make it excellent for building ofuros.
Color palette includes blonde, pink, red, & brown in delightful combination, providing for especially one-of-a-kind pieces. Aroma spans bright apple-cider vinegar to warm chocolate cherry.
Treasured and revered by wooden boat builders, teak wood offers elegance & durability. Due to a very high oil content, Teak is extremely resistant to water, wind, and weather with minimal maintenance. As a hardwood, Teak is much more dense than hinoki or red cedar, and is an ideal choice for outdoor, high-traffic use, & commercial installations.
Teak is dark mocha brown in color with a neutral aroma.
Hinoki & Teak
The Zen Bathworks Hybrid Hinoki & Teak Ofuro combines the elegance & durability of teak (exterior) with the revitalizing, natural aroma of hinoki (interior). This offers a tantalizingly unique overall contrast. Customize the tub rim & rail feet with either wood choice to fine tune the final look to your preference. A Zen Bathworks exclusive, the Hybrid is the best of both "woods"!