IPE Wood is commonly known as Brazilian Walnut or Lapacho. Ipe is an extremely dense, tropical hardwood with exceptional natural durability and insect resistance. When properly installed, paying attention to the natural characteristics of the wood, an Ipe can be expected to literally give a lifetime of service with as much maintenance as the customer desires. It is the only product available today that can claim to have a real potential for ZERO MAINTENANCE over its useful life. It is the wood used on the famous Atlantic City boardwalk!
IPE Wood, available in the sizes of the length of 3 feet to 8 feet, 140 and 100 mm of width & 21 mm of thickness.
Color/Appearance: 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, there are powdery yellow deposits within the wood. 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.
Tree Size: 100 ft (30 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter
Janka Hardness: 3,510 lbf (15,620 N)
Shrinkage: Radial: 5.9%, Tangential: 7.2%, Volumetric: 12.4%, T/R Ratio: 1.2.
Grain/Texture: Has a fine to medium texture, with the grain varying from straight to irregular or interlocked. Moderate natural luster.
Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; solitary and radial multiples; medium to large pores in no specific arrangement, moderately numerous to numerous; tyloses and mineral/gum deposits occasionally present; parenchyma unilateral, winged, and marginal; narrow rays, spacing normal; ripple marks present.
Rot Resistance: Very durable; excellent insect resistance with superb weathering characteristics.
Odor: Ipe has a mild scent while being worked.
Density Ipe is super-dense and the heaviest wood that is available for commercial usage.
Durability: Ipe can last more than 25 years outdoors.