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Using Reclaimed Tropical Wood Can Help Prevent Deforestation

A recent story by ABC News reports that as many as half of Amazon rainforest tree species may be on the verge of extinction due to deforestation.  The study, published in Science Advances, finds that depending on the degree to which deforestation comes under control in the next 35 years, between 36 and 57 percent of the 16,000 tree species in the Amazon rainforest would be considered threatened.  The study, which can be read here, goes on to state that some tree species including mahogany are already "commercially extinct."

A good alternative to commercially harvested tropical woods such as Ipe or Mahogany is Reclaimed wood from Anthology Woods. Anthology Woods specializes in tropical species like Teak and Dinizia, and we are constantly on the lookout for other rare or exotic species to help fill the need for durable, beautiful and sustainable wood products.

Reclaimed  Dinizia  Tropical Hardwood Decking

Reclaimed Dinizia Tropical Hardwood Decking



We love the natural beauty of wood, and if the perfect look doesn't exist in nature, we can help you tailor a custom look to get just the right affect - like we did for this reclaimed teak wall cladding. In this case, the designer was seeking a white-washed, refined look for the FSC reclaimed tropical wood wall.  She had considered Silvered Dinizia, but needed the look to be a bit cleaner, while still exhibiting stunning wood grain patterns and the life of natural color variation - but with a smooth, instead of weathered, texture.  

Anthology Woods sampled a few options, and this water-based white washed finish was the stunning winner!  

Anthology Woods FSC reclaimed Sakhay Teak with a custom white-washed, low-voc water based finish for interior or exterior use.

Anthology Woods FSC reclaimed Sakhay Teak with a custom white-washed, low-voc water based finish for interior or exterior use.

Reach out to our helpful people if you'd like to explore this look for your project!  The white-washed finish is suitable for vertical applications (& ceilings/soffits) both interior wall paneling and exterior siding.  We can also custom-mill profiles.  

Have something unique in mind?  Share your vision with us & we'll help you customize a look!  


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

Reclaimed Teak

Reclaimed Teak VS. Plantation Teak

Evaluating reclaimed Teak vs. Plantation Teak:  Six advantages to choosing reclaimed teak lumber for flooring, siding, wall paneling or decking.

Quality of Reclaimed

Premium old-growth quality of genuine reclaimed Teak, with tighter growth rings than plantation Teak, cannot be duplicated.  It is truly special and of the highest possible quality. 


Stability of Reclaimed

As with any reclaimed wood, the seasoned age is going to lend improved stability vs. new wood of the same species.


Legacy of storied wood

Every piece of reclaimed lumber has unique history which cannot be duplicated, and is a source of conversation and speculation.  


Color of seasoned teak  

The softly seasoned color of reclaimed teak is rich and warm, and more refined than the often mineral-streaked plantation teaks.



Distinctive appearance of aged patina (see Pela Teak) makes every board a one-of-a-kind reflection of legacy.  Smooth, re-milled Teak is more subtle in the reclaimed character of nail holes and mortise pockets.


Sustainable teak 

You are selecting a product with evidence of a recycled nature - evidence you can see for yourself.  In addition, you never have to wonder if native forests were cleared to make way for plantations.

Forget 50: The perfect shade of Gray (wood wall paneling & siding)

Reclaimed Gray Wall Paneling

In case you missed it: Our email announcement last week for FSC-Certified reclaimed gray "Silvered Dinizia" wood wall paneling and siding.  Add your email address in the form below to receive updates and new product information.

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