Forest Cooperage

shaw-forest-lumber-custoemrForest Cooperage stands for quality.  Always.  It informs every decision we make with our Cedar Barrel Hot Tubs, Cedar Water Cisterns, Cedar Barrel Saunas and Cedar Japanese Soaking Tubs.

We builit our first hot tub in 1998 and have since shipped over 1000 tubs, in addition to our other products.

We believe in putting out a quality product above all else, which is why we take such great care in selecting our wood from local mills and milling it down further to our exacting requirements, before kiln drying it and turning it into the beautiful Cedar Barrel Hot Tubs, Saunas, Soaking Tubs and Cisterns that our clients receive.

Throughout our years in the industry, we have remained true to our business principles, which means keeping a close eye on quality. When our clients call, they actually speak with the owner or the individual working on their project, ensuring they receive sound advice and reassurance that their specific needs are being met.

Additionally, our company is environmentally responsible, always following the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council. Western Red Cedar is used exclusively in our products because of its resistance to decay and dimensional stability. We also make every effort to find a useful purpose for all of our waste material so as to respect the trees that provided the wood that goes into our products.

We handcraft our wooden barrel hot tubs in the traditional cooperage style of construction; this method has stood the test of time, having been utilized for hundreds of years for creating wine vats, water cisterns, and barrels.

The combination of the ageless beauty found in the finest Canadian Western Red Cedar and our craftsmanship and construction is what allows for the creation of such high-quality wooden hot tubs.

We are located one hour from Victoria British Columbia in Sooke, where we have Cedars growing in the hills all around us, which gives us a true love and appreciation of these wonderful trees.

Flat-vs-Vertical-GrainWe exclusively use vertical grain in our Hot Tubs and Japanese Soaking Tubs (Ofuro)

Vertical grain lumber is much more expensive than flat grain because of its much higher quality. We use exclusively vertical grain Western Red Cedar for our hot tub floors and side staves because we want our tubs to last for decades. To us, that added expense is worth it, and we hope you’ll agree.

Vertical grain is much more stable than flat grain. It expands and contracts evenly, promoting a good seal. Flat grain has a tendency to warp and to crack when it dries. This can seriously affect the life span of the tub!  The surface of flat grain can lift causing a rough surface and splinters.

Most hot tub manufacturers use a mix of flat and some vertical grain. You will notice this in their photos once you know what to look for.

Our 4 foot high tubs use 4 stainless hoops instead of 3

Forest Cooperge uses 4 high quality stainless steelhoops on a 4 foot high tub. This cuts down the space between the hoops, giving more even pressure on the wood joints which provides a better seal between the staves and less chance of leaking. It will also add extra years to the life span of the tub.

Kiln Dried on Site

We insist on kiln drying all of our wood ourselves in order to keep complete control over the wood. If it is dried too fast, it can lead to defects, which will shorten the life of your tub. Everything we do here at Forest Cooperage is done with the intent to create the most durable and high quality tub, sauna or cistern possible.

When you purchase a Forest Cooperage Cedar Barrel Hot Tub, Cedar Barrel Sauna, Cedar Japanese Soaking Tub or Cedar Cistern, you are making the choice for quality, beauty and durability. 

Doing our part for the environment.

The FSC® Trademark identifies products which contain wood from well-managed forests certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council®

Rainforest Alliance sets standards for sustainability that conserve wildlife and wild lands and promote the well being of forest workers and their communities. For more information on Rainforest Alliance

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