Durable Beautiful Brazilian Ipe
What is Ipe” (pronounced “ee’ – pay”)
|Ipe (pronounced “ee-pay”) is a luxurious tropical hardwood that grows throughout South America. Ipe wood is also known as Ironwood, Brazilian Ipe, Brazilian Walnut, Pau Lope, Bethabarra, or Lapacho – and generally includes all species of the Tabebuia genus.
Due to successful forestry management and low impact logging practices, Brazilian Ipe is not an endangered species. Ipe hardwood dries extremely well with little checking, twisting, or bowing; and naturally resists wear, rot, splintering, termites, fire, chemicals, and marine borers. A very heavy timber, approximately 69 lbs. per cubic foot, Ipe hardwood usually sinks in water and has an actual fire rating of NFPA Class A!
At Balance Works, our craftsmen select from a variety of hardwoods to ensure that the wood’s characteristics will match the required functionality and physical specifications of the woodworking project.
Physical Properties of Ipe