orginates from the forests that grow in the Amazon region of Brazil



Ipe is available in the forests of Precious Woods, located in the Amazon region of Brazil. The large trees attain heights up to 40 m and diameters of about 100 cm. The sapwood is a few cm wide. Ipé contains Lapachol, which is used for medical applications.



The heartwood has a greenish brown color and a very fine stripy pattern. A yellow/green content can be seen in the vessels (Lapachol), specially in the Surinam Ipe, which is also known as Surinam Greenheart. The sapwood is easy to distinguish. The grain is straight, sometimes irregular or interlocked. The texture is fine.


Processing properties

Machining goes well, despite the high density and hardness. A smooth result can be reached. The sawdust can cause an allergic reaction. When in contact with water, extractives in Ipe have a tendency to leech of the timber. Pre-drilling is recommended. Gluing is reported to be good, but difficult because of the high density. Drying goes slowly with few defects.



Ipe is well known for a wide spread of uses:

Interior: e.g. flooring, parquet and stairs

Exterior: e.g. cladding, decking and waterworks


For more information, please contact us: sales@preciouswoods.com