In western cultures, bathtubs are viewed as a tool for washing our bodies. Eastern cultures, particularly the Japanese, see bathtubs in an entirely different way: As a tool for relaxation and spiritual peace. The desire for a relaxing experience has spawned the popularity of wooden bathtubs for soaking worldwide. In Buddhist cultures, bathing is a ritual cleansing tradition, and the special, deep wooden bathtub is part of that rite, according to
Diamond Spas. Like a simpler version of a hot tub, a wooden bathtub, particularly a round one, is meant for soaking and for hot water. VIDEO View in gallery This traditional Hinoki wood style tub is made by Bartok Design. The creator is Jacopo Terrine, an Italian architect living in Japan, who has beed creating wooden bathtubs, many for export, since 2002.
In fact, in the Japanese culture,
bathtubs of any kind are not intended for soap and washing. People clean themselves outside of the tub, and only then climb in for a a relaxing soak. Traditional style wooden bathtubs in Japan include seats.
The popularity of hot tubs and spa experiences in modern society could possibly be behind the rising popularity of a wooden bathtub for soaking.
In Japan, a wooden bathtub is traditionally made of Hinoki wood, but in the Unites States, types of Cedar are often used. The cedar is especially fragrance and can add to the experience.
Regardless, the relaxation that
a soaking tub provides at the end of a long hard day is a tradition that most people would happily adopt. View in gallery Puntoacqua, an Italian company, has been creating hydromassage tubs, multipurpose cabins, saunas, Turkish baths and relaxation accessories for 25 years. This tub, called “Natural” is made from Canadian Cedar, in Italy. View in gallery Even in this rectangular wooden bathtub by Unique Wood Design, the light wood and spare style evoke an Asian esthetic. View in gallery A bit more like a western hot tub because of the different interior, this wooden bathtub is a soaking tub by Graff. View in gallery From Graff’s Dressage collection, both the wooden tub and the washstand have the warmth solid wood. Their resign uses Corian® solid surface material on the inside. View in gallery KHIS is an Estonian company that specializes in individually handcrafted and assembled wooden bathtubs made from Nordic Ash. This beautiful round tub also comes with matching a step stool. View in gallery A KHIS wooden bathtub is dark brown, almost black because of the way the wood is thermally processed. Besides giving it a luxe look, the process makes it extraordinarily water-resistant and durable. View in gallery A KHIS wooden bathtub has rubber seals to connect hand-cut wooden parts. This adds to the tub’s durability, even if it is used outdoors. View in gallery The dark color and elegant lines make this KHIS wooden bathtub a stunning addition for any style bathroom. The depth of the tub provides an excellent soaking experience. View in gallery From any angle, it’s a beautiful wooden bathtub. View in gallery The Munai round wooden bathtub from Unique Wood Design is available in seven different types of wood and three sizes. While the choices are all beautiful, this light ash wood helps promote a serene mood. View in gallery This cypress — or hinoki — tub is made from the material used for Buddhist statues and temples. It is made by Furo of Japan. View in gallery The Laguna Pearl by aLegna, is like the sportswear of wooden bathtubs. Sleek and shiny, the sunburst of wood grain is a work of art. According to the Alegna website, wood veneers are compressed together under high pressure and completely saturated with resin. View in gallery The Laguna Pearl is available in a variety of woods: Wenge, walnut, pear. mahogany, iroko, and oak. All the woods are certified wood from forests with controlled felling and reforestation. View in gallery Alena’s experience with yacht building “makes it possible to manufacture timeless beautiful wooden bathtubs in a perfect quality.” View in gallery Alena’s Laguna Spa wooden bathtub has a wide rim filled with pebbles, which allows the tub to be filled to the rim. The excess water gurgles away between the pebbles, adding to the relaxation of soaking in this beautiful tub. View in gallery The Laguna basic wooden bathtub is a misnomer in our opinion. The beautiful woodgrain, and velvety looking finish is very elegant and stylish without being flashy. View in gallery A lighter colored wood choice makes this wooden bathtub no less appealing. View in gallery In a darker wood, the Laguna Pearl wooden bathtub looks even more dramatic. View in gallery The “Sailor” wooden bathtub from Bagno Sasso has digital touch controls built into the edge of the tub, taking this from a basic soaking experience to a luxury spa soak. View in gallery This gorgeous wooden bathtub is the Shell by Nina Mair Architecture + Design. It is made of hand-polished and oiled walnut, carved from a solid block of wood with using a precision CNC milling machine. The final piece is refined, polished and oiled by hand. View in gallery Mair’s produce description explains that the sophisticated drain and overflow lie flush with the surface of the bathtub, disappearing into its form. View in gallery The Barrel wooden bathtub from Wood + Water is made from Tasmanian Oak and still maintains the feel of a traditional soaking tub, even though it’s shape is modern. View in gallery This substantial wooden bathtub is produced by Italy’s e legno group. It is made from solid wood coated in a matte resin. View in gallery Produced by Matteo Thun and Partners, this wooden bathtub is called ‘Ofurò’. It was inspired by the traditional tubs, but is made with a European shape. “Made of larch wood – for a sauna-scented experience – it is dried in several work steps and cut, shaped and joined together in a special procedure. The clean design is pared down to the essentials and harmoniously emerges out of the wood grain. ‘Ofurò’ is haptic, visual and comfortable: one of a kind,” explains the product description. View in gallery While not a traditionally deep soaking tub, the Ocean Shell wooden bathtub by Bagno Sasso is till very inviting. The sleek design, resembling an open seashell, makes you just want to slip down onto the water. View in gallery The Ocean series of wooden bathtubs from Bagno Sasso would be a beautiful and relaxing bathroom addition. These are more for bathing than soaking because of their shallower depth. View in gallery A stand-alone tub, it is a breathtaking centerpiece for any large bathroom. View in gallery This substantial bowl of a wooden bathtub is by WS Bath Collections. It is available in a number of wood varieties: Larch, Beach, Mahogany, Cedar, Walnut, Cherry, Wenge, or Teak View in gallery More ship-shaped than the other wooden bathtubs we found, the European-style custom tubs from Bath in Wood of Maine are very interesting and would fit well in a more ornate style of bathroom. View in gallery The Woodline wooden bathtub by Agape is made from waterproof plywood, which allowed designers to create any ergonomic bottom. It can be made in a natural, brown, dark oak or teak finish View in gallery Australia’s Wood + Water creates one-of-a-kind handmade wooden bath tubs, which means the can make specialty shapes like this heart. A far cry from the cheesy heart-shaped tubs of the 1970’s, this one is a marvel of wood craftsmanship. View in gallery OK, so this is not an entirely wooden bathtub. It’s made of wood and glass, which makes for a stunning combination, especially when situated in a place that has a stunning view. The tub, by Bagno Sasso, wood is finished with “selected technology from Formula 1.” View in gallery Poland’s Unique Wood Design created these luxurious wooden bathtubs. The company started in business building wooden boats and yachts, allowing them to develop expert carpentry and boat building skills. View in gallery Unique Wood Design says that “Our impregnation method has been adopted from yacht hull building. Multilayer coating is fully waterproof while having an excellent mechanical and chemical resistance.” View in gallery Niewendick’s two-person Bamwan wooden bathtub is more European than eastern style, but would still be equally relaxing for a good soak. The design is ergonomic and the stainless steel railing helps bathers enter and exit safely. View in gallery The Rosemarie wooden bathtub by Wooden Baths Ltd in Scotland is coated with a High Clarity glass reinforced epoxy resin. This coating is incredibly hard wearing. The glass fabric reinforcing makes the bath extremely resistant to changes in humidity, temperature and high UV levels. View in gallery The basket weave style of this wooden bathtub is particularly attractive. View in gallery This wooden bathtub by Gruppo Treese is made from marine plywood. Called the Capyso, it is available in cherry or wenge, is a definitely of a modern, western shape. View in gallery NK Woodworking of Seattle, Washington, created stunning wood bathtubs like this one. They handcraft their wooden bathtubs from distinctive sustainable domestic and exotic hardwoods. The tubs are finished with a specialized clear composite barrier. These are equally as beautiful as they are relaxing. View in gallery NK Woodworking says that “We are changing the culture of what is possible in architectural and home design.” View in gallery Some homeowners prefer a more traditional built-in style like this variation of the Laguna basic, the stand-alone model of which we showed above. View in gallery Unique Wood Design’s Vanala custom wooden bathtub offers not only a beautiful tub, but also the surround in the same wood. Tis provides a great deal of counter space, more like many large built-in standard bathtubs — bot with the beauty of wood. View in gallery Again, not a traditional stating tub, but still a wooden bathtub, is this boat-shaped art tub sold by Gallerie Kreo. It is designed by Dutch firm Studio Wieki Somers. View in gallery Furo’s Urushi lacquered wooden bathtubs are based on the centuries-old art of lacquer. It is created by applying a natural sap that over a wood surface. The company’s name — Furo — is the world for Japanese bath View in gallery Bagno Sasso’s Circle Tub is not quite like the usual soaking tub. the wooden bathtub is very dramatic and truly makes a bathroom statement, but is much shallower than a real soaking tub. View in gallery