Ipe

ipe

Scientific Name: Handroanthus spp.
Location: Tropical Americas
Dried Weight: 69lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 3,510lbf
Crushing Strength: 13,600lbf /in2

 

Ipe varies in color from a reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown, to a darker blackish brown color. The grain varies from straight to irregular or interlocked and it has a fine to medium texture. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Ipe is one of the most durable lumbers on earth. It is difficult to work with because of its hard and dense surface, as well as it’s high cutting resistance. The wood has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. The wood is difficult to glue. The straight grained parts of the wood are excellent for turning.

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