We source high quality, sustainable harvested hardwoods or hurricane woods like Ipe, Brazilian Cherry or Mahogany in Central and South America. After kiln drying the lumber slowly in our own solar kilns the timbers get then milled and finished to exact specifications.
IPE (Tabebuia spp.)
We use IPE for our flooring and decking products since it is the finest quality wood decking material available. From the Atlantic City Boardwalk, to Las Vegas’ Treasure Island Resort, to your own backyard, nothing keeps its integrity or lasts as long as Ipe Decking. Ipe is an exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot and decay, is 8 times harder than California Redwood, and is guaranteed for 20 years without preservatives!
General Characteristics: Heartwood olive brown to blackish, often with lighter or darker striping, often covered with a yellow powder; sharply demarcated from the whitish or yellowish sapwood. Texture fine to medium; luster low to medium; grain straight to very irregular; rather oily looking; without distinctive odor or taste. Janka side hardness 3,060 lb for green material and 3,680 lb at 12% moisture content. Heartwood is very resistant to attack by decay fungi, mod, and termites. Last 75+ years. U.S. FOREST PRODUCTS LABORATORY – Class ( Very Durable – 25 years ) This is the highest rating available from the forest laboratory.
Brazilian Cherry (Hymenaea courbaril)
We use Brazilian cherry for our hardwood frames but also for or flooring, windows and doors and our furniture. It can be glued satisfactory and finished to a high degree.
General Characteristics: Heartwood is salmon red to orange brown when fresh, becoming russet to reddish brown when seasoned; often marked with dark streaks. Sapwood is usually wide; white, gray, or pinkish. Texture is medium to rather coarse; grain mostly interlocked; golden luster; without distinctive odor or taste. Janka side hardness at 12% moisture content 2,350 to 3,290 lb. Laboratory evaluations rate the wood very resistant to brown-rot and white- rot fungi; actual field exposure trials also rate the wood as very durable. Heartwood is also rated very resistant to dry-wood termites