Ipe

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(Handroanthus spp.)
Central and South America
Also Known as Brazilian Walnut

Heartwood can vary in colour from reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown or darker blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes. In certain species, there are powdery yellow deposits within the wood. The colour can vary quite substantially as represented in the photos included. Ipe can be difficult to distinguish visually from Cumaru, another dense South American timber, though Ipe tends to be darker, and lacks the subtle yet characteristic vanilla/cinnamon scent while being worked. Has a fine to medium texture, with the grain varying from straight to irregular or interlocked. Moderate natural lustre.

Overall, Ipe is a difficult wood to work, being extremely hard and dense, with high cutting resistance during sawing. Ipe also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutting edges. The wood generally planes smoothly, but the grain can tear out on interlocked areas. Also, Ipe can be difficult to glue properly, and surface preparation prior to gluing is recommended. Straight-grained wood turns well, though the natural powdery yellow deposits can sometimes interfere with polishing or finishing the wood. Janka hardness of 3,510.

Common Uses: Flooring, decking, exterior lumber, veneer, tool handles, and other turned objects.

Ipe is a wood of extremes: extremely dense and durable, as well as extremely difficult to work. Its incredible hardness and strength make it well suited for flooring applications, though it is referred to as “Brazilian Walnut” among flooring dealers—though it is not related to true Walnut.

Description

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Additional information

Weight 9999 lbs
Dimensions 9999 × 999 × 9999 cm
Grade

Select or Better

Thickness

1", 1.25", 2"

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