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This Woodworker Uses His Background In Shipbuilding To Create Stunning Wooden Bathtubs

Art comes in different shapes and colors. It’s sometimes represented through scents. Sometimes it’s music. What’s your favorite artwork? Human fantasy and creativity can reach the stars, and this woodworker makes pieces of magic. And yes, you can take a bath in them.

Nathie Katzoff is a former boat builder. His creations include unique bathtubs, and he makes these in his NK Woodworking & Design studio. Katzoff makes the best bathtubs and he uses wood.

The best part comes when you realize that his bathtubs will keep your water warm longer than regular bathtubs.

He uses sustainable domestic and exotic hardwood. Katzoff’s bathtubs are finished with a durable marine varnish. It takes hundreds of hours for him to finish a bathtub. According to the Seattle woodworker, they “aim to be the Steinway or Maserati of bathtubs.”

“My favorite to use, visually, as a composition, is walnut and a mahogany called Sapele. With every bath being different, it varies on complexity. However, it often takes us three or four months to make a bath. The most extreme custom bath (no public photos available) we made took almost a year to create.“

“Nk’s modern approach to luxury wood baths is unique and maintenance-free!” The website reads.

“These art pieces are completely stabilized, waterproof and smooth to the touch. They are not affected by extreme humidity, dryness, or common liquid cleaning products and are designed for daily use. You can buy them directly from us and select galleries and showrooms across the US.”

Katzoff’s baths have “ the luxury of fine art furniture as the centerpiece of your bathroom and a luxurious soak.” They come in different shapes and sizes. You can get a bowl-like bathtub, too!

The “cheapest” bathtub will cost you $30,000.

“These are art-level pieces priced similarly to nice cars and handmade high-end art furniture.”

When he was five, Katzoff played with Lego and painted artistic landscapes. This gave him the perfect foundation for his further career.

“At sixteen, I got my first carpentry job building a composite timber frame home in New England, and at eighteen, went to a boat building school in Maine to continue my path in the expertise of craft.

After working as a wooden boat builder for many years, in 2011, I decided to start my own business based around my love of fine wood furniture and fine woodwork.

My goal was to merge my interests of art and nature along with my honed appreciation for the fine craft of woodworking. Over the last nine years, we ended up winning many awards and getting recognized worldwide for our sculptural curved stairways along with our sculptural baths.”

Every design is inspired by nature, and Katzoff is impressed by his work.

“The unique geometry and forms that are created are present everywhere if we only pay attention. As a designer and artist who works with wood and glass, my goal in my work is to emulate or celebrate the natural materials and natural forms found in the world and bring them to the built environments.”

What are his plans for the future? He is already working on some exciting projects!

“Although wood is my favorite medium, I have started doing some very exciting projects with bronze and glass and look forward to sharing more of these with the world in the coming years.”