Ipê, often called Brazilian walnut, is a beautiful exotic wood from South America.
A longtime favorite for natural outdoor applications such as decking, ipê (EE-pay) is a very hard, very strong wood— almost twice as dense as most woods and up to five times harder. Typically found in a dark, rich color, it is naturally resistant to rot, abrasion and weather.
Flame Spread (10 min)
Flame Spread (30 min)
Smoke Developed (10 min)
* NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association
** UBC is the Uniform Building Code
Density and Buoyancy
Ipê Janka* rating – 3680 lbf
Average weight is 72 lbs./cu. ft.
Specific gravity is 0.92, so it barely floats.
* The Janka rating is a measure of the amount of force required to push a .444″ diameter steel ball half way into a piece of wood.
Drying and Shrinking
It dries extremely well with little checking, twisting, or bow.
Ipê can be difficult to work with, especially with hand tools. It can have a blunting effect on cutting edges, so pre‐drilling for nails and screws is recommended. It comes in good long lengths with limited warp. Planks do not bend well, but the wood finishes and sands quite smoothly, with no splintering.