Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
CharacterThis is one strong, tough, and resilient wood. Ipe's naturally durable and weather resistant so it's fantastic in outdoor projects. Moderately difficult to work especially with hand tools; has a blunting effect on cutting edges, however Ipe finishes smoothly except where grain is very roey. The rich dark color makes great accents.
Color RangeLight to dark olive brown with greenish caste, often with lighter or darker streaks.
Other NamesAmapa prieta, Bastard lignum vitae, Bethabara, Canaguate, Cortez, Ebano verde, Ebene vert, Greenhart, Guayacan, Ipe, Ironwood, Lapacho, Lapacho negro, Pau d'Arco, Polvillo, Tajibo
Some Typical UsesFurniture, flooring, industrial uses, tool handles, exterior applications, decking, inlay, furniture parts.
What's the Tree Like?May grow to 140-150 feet in height with trunk diameters of 72'' and frequently to heights of 100 feet and diameters of 24-36''. Boles are clear to 60 feet and more, with or without buttresses. The Ipe tree grows in Mexico, Central and South America
5.75lbs /Bd. Ft.
3510Janka Rating (?)
0.91Specific Gravity (?)
Woodworking with Ipe:
Ease of Finishing