Ipe (spelled ipe and pronounced “ee-pay”), also called Brazilian walnut, is a beautiful exotic wood from South America. Ipe wood structures are difficult, strong, and naturally immune to rot, abrasion, weather, and insects. It is almost two times as dense as most woods and up to 5 times harder. It is medium to darker brown in color, like a mahogany, so not only lasts a long time but has the good thing about a fine interior wood. If Ipe lumber is allowed to patina, color can be brought to its original shade using the use a cleaner and brightener. Ipe wood lumber has developed into a very popular and inexpensive alternative to teak .
Ipe Wood Lumber can be used for Exotic Decking and other outdoor applications like furniture, siding, and fencing. Its has a extremely long life within the outdoors. It can last up to 75 years and definately will last greater than 40years in almost all applications. Which is 4-7 times as long as most pressure treated woods. In order to build something to last for a long period, Ipe is an excellent choice.
Ipe wood is really a commodity like several woods, so pricing changes based on availability, quantity, and the market. Being a direct importer we can provide extremely competitive pricing. So please call us today. The price of Ipe is greater than pressure treated pine or cedar but it lasts often times over either of those options.
Ipe arises from the Tabebuia Tree, which can be native to the American tropics and subtropics from Mexico as well as the Caribbean to Argentina. The wood is sourced coming from a large geographic area.
Area of the reason for woods toughness is definitely the Tropical Environment which it exists in. It has natural hardness and oils which make it a naturally treated wood that can last for many years in every environments. Primarily sold as decking or flooring, boards for furniture or general use are occasionally available as well. Charges are moderate for an imported tropical species.
Sustainability: This wood species will not be indexed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. However, Ipe species grow in suprisingly low densities, with mature trees only occurring once per 300,000 to 1,000,000 sq ft (3 to 10 hectares) of forest area. This necessitates the clearing of large parts of rainforest trees (almost all of which can be of little commercial value). Though uncommon, certified causes of Ipe can be found.
Heartwood can vary in color from reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown or darker blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes. In certain species, you can find powdery droquh deposits within the wood. Ipe can be tough 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.
Rated as very durable; excellent insect resistance, though some species are susceptible to marine borers. Superb weathering characteristics. (Ipe was applied for your boardwalk over the beach of brand new York City’s Coney Island, and was said to have lasted 25 years before it needed to be replaced: an amazing lifespan given the amount of traffic and environmental stresses put upon the wood.)
Overall, Ipe is a difficult wood to function, being extremely hard and dense, rich in cutting resistance during sawing. Ipe also offers a pronounced blunting impact on cutting edges. The wood generally planes smoothly, but the grain can tearout on interlocked areas. Also, Ipe can be difficult to glue properly, and surface preparation before gluing is usually recommended. Straight-grained wood turns well, even though the natural powdery yellow deposits can sometimes interfere with polishing or finishing the wood.