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IPE VS. DINIZIA

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

Ipe

Ipe

IPE

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. 

DINIZIA

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 SUSTAINABILITY

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 

DINIZIA SUSTAINABILITY

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. 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 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 Wood & Diamonds

Reclaimed Wood & Diamonds: Five Things they Have in Common

While you may not immediately think of reclaimed wood when you look at a brilliant diamond, they certainly share some common ground:  

1. Each is Unique

Diamonds are pulled from the earth in a range of color, and varying degrees of “flaws” to separate the real diamonds from the imposters.  In wood it’s called “natural variation.”  We add the terms “character” and “evidence of prior use” in the world of reclaimed wood.  No single piece will be identical to another.  Ever.  While perfect imposters abound, the unique "perfectly flawed" nature of diamonds and wood provides us a human and "real" connection to these naturally-occurring forms.

2. A Journey to Full Beauty 

Only the well-trained and experienced eye can predict the value of a “diamond in the rough” before the diamond embarks on the journey to realize a full potential and beauty.  The same is true for looking at a tree and knowing what it will yield – and even more true for looking at a pile of reclaimed wood and understanding the potential that awaits.  Value is added in the process of grading, cutting, etc.

This reclaimed Douglas Fir beam is old and unwieldy now, but it contains great beauty waiting to be released - by someone with the vision & skills

This reclaimed Douglas Fir beam is old and unwieldy now, but it contains great beauty waiting to be released - by someone with the vision & skills

One of a kind beauty and character abound once the wood is finessed into a stunning beam block wall. Anthology Woods provides custom sourcing of reclaimed lumber for these types of projects.

One of a kind beauty and character abound once the wood is finessed into a stunning beam block wall. Anthology Woods provides custom sourcing of reclaimed lumber for these types of projects.

 3. They can spark Social Wrongs and Environmental Destruction – so it matters where you buy

We’ve heard the ugly side of the diamond industry, and know the massive deforestation in tropical regions from illegal logging (this video estimates 30% of logging is illegal.  Both diamonds and wood are making progress -- both for our planet and our fellow man.  Look for Fair Trade diamonds from companies like Brilliant Earth, and FSC certified wood & reclaimed wood - feel free to start by looking at ours.

4. Size matters -- a lot

You can buy many many 1/10 carat diamonds for the price of one full-carat rock.  Bigger diamonds are less common, more coveted, and much more valuable.  The same goes if you are looking for a set of big, old-growth beams vs. a 1x4.  There is a premium on the large, impressive items.

These large hand hewn reclaimed oak beams are rare and have more value than similar reclaimed wood lumber in smaller dimensions. Reclaimed beams can be graded for use in structural applications, too.

These large hand hewn reclaimed oak beams are rare and have more value than similar reclaimed wood lumber in smaller dimensions. Reclaimed beams can be graded for use in structural applications, too.

5. The Older it is, the More Interesting the History

Just as jewels handed down through generations, or sold and traveled and traded, wood earns a better story the longer it lives.  The story connects us to people far away and even long gone… who drove the nail that left this oxide stain?  What storm caused this water mark?  How long did it take for the texture to appear on these Teak wall boards?   

Oxide stains, nail holes, and deep checks as well as color changes due to seasoning are only a few of the details that stand out in genuine reclaimed lumber.

Oxide stains, nail holes, and deep checks as well as color changes due to seasoning are only a few of the details that stand out in genuine reclaimed lumber.


In the realm of treasured heirlooms, the fakes don’t hold a candle to the real deal.  When something is purchased for a lifetime (or more!) something unique, precious, and special is selected.  If you seek heirloom wood to join you in your journey, please talk to us at 1-800-293-8178 or email info@anthologywoods.com