Sinker Treasures proudly specializes in premium grade Sinker Cypress, Ipe Wood, and Cumaru decking. Not only do we guarantee the highest quality Ipe wood, we also offer premium lengths from 8′ to 22′! Ipe and Cumaru are used for siding, decking, and flooring.
These two exotic woods are popular because the are durable, termite resistant, fire resistant, and FSC environmentally friendly. Our Brazilian decking products have been proven to last over 50 years! Lumber Locators promptly delivers your order directly to your commercial or residential jobsite. Accompanied with our one-on-one service, we offer an incomparable relationship that is a necessity to construct your next project.
Sinker Treasures has over 100 years of combined ipe wood import experience which enables us to offer you the most inexpensive pricing around!
Color & Appearance:
Ipe heartwood can range from red-brown to yellow olive-brown or dark black-brown. It may have contrasting dark brown/black stripes. In certain species powdery yellow deposits lie within the wood. Ipe can be hard to distinguish from Cumaru, another solid South American timber, but Ipe is usually darker and does not have Cumaru’s delicate vanilla and cinnamon scent when being worked.
Grain & Texture:
Ipe has a fine-to-medium texture with a grain that varies from straight to irregular and interlocked. It has adequate natural luster.
Ipe is porous and diffuse with solitary and radial multiples. It has medium to large pores randomly arranged, numerous to very numerous. Tyloses and mineral and gum deposits are sometimes present. It is parenchyma unilateral, winged, and marginal with narrow rays, normal spacing, and ripple marks
Ipe is very durable with excellent insect resistance, but some species are prone to marine borers. It has excellent weathering features. [Ipe was used for the boardwalk of New York City’s Coney Island and lasted 25 years before replacement.]
Generally, Ipe is a difficult wood to work since it is very hard, very dense, and has high cutting resistance. It also has a marked blunting outcome on cutting edges. This wood generally planes smoothly, but the grain can tear out on interlocked parts. It can be hard to glue correctly, so surface preparation before gluing is suggested. Straight-grain wood turns well; however, natural powdery yellow deposits can sometimes hinder wood polishing or finishing.
Ipe has a slight scent while being worked.
Allergies and Toxicity:
Severe reactions are uncommon, but Ipe has been reported to cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation, as well as headaches, asthma-like symptoms, or disturbances of vision.
Pricing & Availability:
Ipe is usually sold as decking or flooring; boards for furniture and general use are often available. Prices are reasonable for an imported tropical species. You will find that Sinker Treasures has the best prices around.
This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. However, Ipe species grow in very low densities, and mature trees occur only once per 300,000 to 1,000,000 square feet of forest area. The clearing of large parts of rainforest trees (most of little commercial value) is required, but certified sources of Ipe are available.
Ipe is used often for decking, flooring, veneer, exterior lumber, tool handles, and similar turned objects.
Ipe is an extremely dense and durable wood, but also very difficult to work. Ipe’s extreme hardness and strength make it suited for flooring application. Even though it is referred to as “Brazilian Walnut” by flooring dealers, it is not related to true Walnut of the Juglans genus. Ipe was formerly classified in the Tabebuia genus. Species of Ipe (H. guayacan, H. impetiginosus, H. serratifolius) were moved in 2007 to the Handroanthus genus based on genetic research.