Construction of Japanese soaking tub (ofuro)

Sakaguchi-san constructed an ofuro for the bathhouse from high quality Port Orford cedar procured by the owners.  He fabricated the walls and floor of the ofuro, hand planing them.  He then assembled them through a combination of Japanese joinery and the use of screws and bolts that add strength and endurance to the tub.

Hand planing tub walls
Ofuro joinery
Hammering in wooden plugs where screws and bolts had been inserted
Inserting screws to strengthen assemblage tub walls
Installing ofuro
Making shelf for bathing room (furoba)
Installing ofuro
Installed ofuro

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