Ipe & Garapa Hardwoods
Rich, warm and full of character
Ipe (pronounced "Ee-Pay") is an exotic hardwood with a fine texture, reddish brown color and lots of character. Ipe is highly insect resistant and over twice as hard as Hickory. Garapa is golden-yellow in color, has tight grain and good durability. An aesthetic V-groove is formed at each adjoining board of our hardwood furnishings adding a look of depth as well as longevity in the elements.
Ipe boasts the highest resistance to decay and rotting among any commercially available hardwood. Commonly used in decking and even bridge building, Ipe’s also an excellent choice for outdoor furnishings. We guarantee our Ipe material won’t suffer structural damage due to rot, decay or insect infestation for 25 years.
Ipe is notoriously challenging to work due to its density; it even shares the same fire rating as steel and concrete. According to the Janka hardness test, Ipe is the 6th hardest wood. Period. Nevertheless, our experienced craftsmen work it with skill.
Highly Insect Resistant
Ipe is highly resistant to insects all on its own—naturally. You can forgo the annual re-staining and leave it to weather to a silver patina without worrying about termites.
Garapa’s tight grain gives it good durability and moderate natural resistance to insects; it’s often thought of as an alternative to Teak. We stand behind our material and guarantee our Garapa won’t suffer structural damage due to rot, decay or insect infestation for 10 years.
Garapa displays a unique characteristic called wood iridescence, producing a natural shimmer. Garapa comes unstained standard.