Ipe wood is well known for a wide spread of uses: Interior: e.g. hardwood flooring, parquet and stairs Exterior: e.g. cladding, decking and waterworks
Fresh 1200-1300 kg/m3
Greenish brown and yellow
The heartwood of Ipé has a greenish brown colour and a very fine stripy pattern. A yellow/green content can be seen in the vessels (Lapachol). The sapwood is easy to dinstinguish. The grain is straight, sometimes irregular or interlocked. The texture is fine.
Straight, with some irregularities
Drying goes slowly with less defects.
13700-16700 N Janka
Machining goes well, despite the high density and hardness of Ipe wood. A smooth result can be reached. Gluing is reported to be good.
FSC Ipe is available in the Amazon region of Brazil. The large trees reach up to 40 m with diameters of about 100 cm. The sapwood is a few cm wide. Ipé contains Lapachol, which is used for medical applications.