Ironwood (technically Ipe) is called so because of its hard, heavy, and tough characteristics… just like iron. Like other extremely hard woods, it is commonly used for tool handles and railroad ties, but in addition, the ironwood we use is nearly waterproof. That is why it is often found on docks, boats, and bridge supports. It looks rich brown from a short distance, but get up close to one of our Ironwood cutting boards and you will likely see olive, yellow, red, or black stripes in the grain. The grain can be straight as an arrow or interlocked and very irregular. Due to the unique properties of Ironwood, you don’t need to treat it as often as you do other woods, but see our wood care section to make sure you do it right when you do.
Scientific Name: Tabebuia Seratifolia
Other Names: Pau Lope, Lapacho
Hardness: 3680 (Janka)
Specific Gravity: 0.91