The relatively wide sapwood is yellowish-white and sharply
differentiated from the heartwood. When freshly cut, the heartwood is grayish
and darkens upon exposure to a grayish-green or brownish-olive. Because
there is not control over the specific species of ipe reaching the
marketplace, there may be a wide variety of physical characteristics
of the wood. Generally, the timber has a fine but often uneven and interlocked
grain. There is neither distinct odor nor taste to the wood.
This hard heavy wood, often with wavy grain, is hard to work. It plays havoc with cutting blades on machine tools but not to a point that the wood
should be abandoned. It turns and finishes well. Pre-boring before using nails or screws is advised.
Uses include heavy construction, railroad crossties, turnery, industrial flooring and decorative veneer. It is ideal for outside decks, walkways and railing
in up-scale applications.