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Reclaimed Wood Diaries: Adventures In Sourcing Part II - Dinizia

Tough as nails, greener than Ipe:  The story of reclaimed Dinizia

It started with a notice from one of our sourcing partners in the Midwest: a tropical hardwood sound barrier was being removed to widen a highway in the Chicago area, and the contractors needed to dispose of it.  Specializing in reclaimed and sustainable wood flooring, cladding & tables, Anthology Woods is always looking for high-quality and unique woods ready for a second life, and the silver-gray weathered patina was beautiful.  Once we had a sample in hand, the discoveries started:

Our wood anatomist determined it to be Dinizia excelsa, a Brazilian native prized for impressive durability, hardness, and resistance to insects & decay.

After 40 years exposed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the wood was in amazing shape – only boards with direct ground contact showed any significant decay.

The fasteners were going to be labor intensive to remove, but we could work with it.  Milling costs would be a bit higher than that for most of our products because of the hardness, but it machined smoothly and finished well.

Beyond the stunning silver-gray patina that would be gorgeous on walls, the wood underneath could be used for decking, flooring, and siding.  The rich wood color was similar to Ipe, and performance was similar to Ipe, as well.  We fell in love with the rich color streaking and interlocked grain patterns.

The Dinizia wood polishes to a rich soft sheen (ironic because it is so hard!).

A Dinizia Conference Table in progress

A Dinizia Conference Table in progress

Dinizia Decking ready to ship

Dinizia Decking ready to ship

Dinizia Flooring and Silvered Dinizia Wall Cladding

Dinizia Flooring and Silvered Dinizia Wall Cladding

Dinizia Cafe Tables

Dinizia Cafe Tables

The verdict?  We took the plunge with this distinctive and rare tropical wood and bought every board we could track down – and have now created a line of decking, siding, flooring, and wall cladding around it – and even built table tops with it, too!  For a limited time, Dinizia will offer a very sustainable alternative to Ipe in applications where hardness and durability are critical.

Please contact us for information or samples pertaining to your next project!

More reasons to choose Reclaimed Tropical Hardwood over new wood

A cocobolo tree sits along the edge of Guanacaste National Park in Costa Rica’s northwest.

A cocobolo tree sits along the edge of Guanacaste National Park in Costa Rica’s northwest.

A recent article in the Tico Times exposes continued illegal logging of Costa Rica's treasured tropical forests, including alleged links to organized crime.  Increasing demand for exotic wood products contributes to the pressure on native tropcial forests, while resources to protect them are often inadequate.

Anthology Woods offers great post-consumer reclaimed tropical hardwood alternatives.  Some good options are reclaimed Teak and Dinizia.  Both of which are available as flooring, decking, siding and other applications. The beauty and longevity of these woods in both interior and exterior applications is unparalleled.  Contact Anthology Woods today to discuss your project or request samples!






IPE VS. DINIZIA: Battle of the tropical hardwood heavyweights in Decking & Siding

Tropical hardwoods are prized for durability in outdoor environments, and architects and designers have been seeking a sustainable, durable natural wood alternative to Ipe.  The alternative is here, and it is 100% FSC recycled: Reclaimed Dinizia for decking & siding. Here, a direct comparison between Ipe & Dinizia:


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IPE VS. DINIZIA: General Stats




Common Name: Ipe (or Ironwood)

Botanical Name: Tabebuia serratifolia

Common Uses: Bridge Joists, Flooring, Siding, Marine Construction, Docks, etc.

Region: Central & Latin America

Hardness: Janka 3684 

Weight: 62 lbs. / cu. Ft.

Color: Olive-brown with lighter or darker streaks.

Grain: Straight to very irregular

Texture: Fine to medium

Durability: Very resistant to decay & attack by termites.  Resists attack by dry-wood insects. 


Common Name: Angelim

Botanical Name: Dinizia excelsa

Common Uses: Boat building, Bridge beams, Docks, flooring, Marine construction, etc.,

Region: Central & Latin America

Hardness: Janka 3040

Weight: 65 lbs. / cu. Ft.

Color: Reddish-brown, occasionally faint streaks.

Grain: Straight to interlocked

Texture: Medium

Durability: Very durable; Very resistant to attack by decay fungi and termites.  Resists attack by dry-wood insects.


While Ipe and Reclaimed Dinizia exhibit similarities in appearance, hardness, and durability, they are wildly different in terms of sustainability:

IPE VS. DINIZA: Sustainability & Sourcing


Ipe is logged from the rainforest.  Ipe occurs just once per 300,000 to 1,000,000 square feet, and many other trees are typically cut to clear a path to the valuable Ipe.

FSC certified Ipe has become scarce, pulling into question whether any kind of sustainable management is possible for this species.

Ipe is not readily available as a recycled material.  The Ipe currently on the market is from newly-cut trees, and sustainable management/harvest cannot be guaranteed.  It is estimated that 80% of Ipe is harvested illegally 


Reclaimed Dinizia is 100% FSC post-consumer recycled.  You can see the nail holes and rich color patina from previous use, and our reclaiming process is well-documented with photographs from the original structures. 

There is absolutely no question regarding the genuine sustainable nature of reclaimed Dinizia. 


  • Available milled to order in siding, decking & more.

  • Average length is approximately seven feet -- much longer than most reclaimed inventories.

  • Custom millwork and lengths for herringbone or checkerboard decking layouts is available.

  • Price is comparable to FSC Ipe, and the cost to our planet is infinitely lower.

Please contact Anthology Woods for your reclaimed tropical hardwood project needs in decking, siding and landscape applications.  Anthology Woods also custom sources the finest reclaimed Teak flooring, siding, decking and wall paneling, too.

If you wish to better understand the concerns regarding the harvest and sustainability concerns of Ipe trees, here are a few links to explore:

Ipe rejected from the Highline project in New York

Ipe Shortage & Illegal logging

Trail of Stumps