Ipe (Tabebuia, serratifolia)
Similiar Woods: Wenge
Trade Names: Ipe, Ironwood, Greenheart, Lapacho Negro
Origin: South and Central America as well as the Caribbean
Range: Widespread in South and Central America while not being sensitive to growing sites or soil conditions. There is a large and varied population of trees which are classified under the genus Tabebuia which have yet to be defined. Uses: Bridge building, dock work, decking, exterior construction, tool handles, bows, as well as decorative veneers for paneling.
Properties: Because of the wide variety of Tabebuia, there is likewise a variety of characteristics. In general, the wood is grayish-green when fresh cut, turning into a dark brown with age. The grain is sometimes straight and at times interlocking. It is a hard, heavy wood which is also resistant to attack from decay, fungi, and insects. Machine dust is an irritant.
Machining: Ipe is very hard to work.
Seasoning: Seasons easily with no complications of warping or checking.