This is one strong, tough, and resilient wood. Ipe is naturally durable and weather resistant so it’s a great choice for outdoor projects such as decking. Moderately difficult to work especially with hand tools, it has a blunting effect on cutting edges, but does finish smoothly except where grain is very roey.
The wood is available in Light to dark olive brown with a greenish caste, often with lighter or darker streaks. The rich dark color makes great accents.