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    Iron wood?

    I have been ask about ironwood, and I have never sen it that I know of. I have some brazillizn but nothing domestic. Can some one help me identify?

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    Re: Iron wood?

    Better known as IPE, pronounced E-PAY. Very hard, dense wood. I have some cutoffs from a deck project at my neighbor's if you want a little.
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    Re: Iron wood?

    Ironwood is a common name for many species of trees. Here domestically Beech (Fagus grandifolia) is often referred to as Ironwood as is Hop-Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana). There is also a tree native to the Sonoran Desert (Olneya tesota).
    Here is a good list of species that are called Ironwood -


    That's the problem with common names...you can call it what you want but it doesn't always relate back to what it is.
    If you got some pics I am sure I can ID.
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    Re: Iron wood?

    If sparks fly from sawing it and nails curl over when driving them, then it is probably ipe

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    Re: Iron wood?

    Thanks Randy. Your a bit far away for me but thuis friend of mine is curoius cause of the Gunslinger books. I try to stay away from stuff that hard.

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    Dave O Thanks you are a welth of horticultrial wisdome

    Thanks Mark
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    Re: Iron wood?

    DaveO has it down as usual, though in my obscure corner of woodworking (bows, musical instruments and carving mostly) I would go with hop hornbeam (sometimes abbreviated HHB) as being the most likely wood being referenced. Ipe is used a lot in bows, but generally referred to as Ipe or Brazilian _____ (blank filled with other woods it is not actually related to like cherry or walnut).

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    I couldn't tell you the real name or the scientific name but, what we called Ironwood down home was a smooth barked tree with gray bark and if you looked at any section of the trunk it looked like the highly muscular arm of a person. Just had the muscular ripple you envision on the arm of someone who worked out all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gator View Post
    I couldn't tell you the real name or the scientific name but, what we called Ironwood down home was a smooth barked tree with gray bark and if you looked at any section of the trunk it looked like the highly muscular arm of a person. Just had the muscular ripple you envision on the arm of someone who worked out all the time.

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    That about fits the type of tree I always referred to as ironwood. Wish I knew the actual name

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    Quote Originally Posted by gator View Post
    I couldn't tell you the real name or the scientific name but, what we called Ironwood down home was a smooth barked tree with gray bark and if you looked at any section of the trunk it looked like the highly muscular arm of a person. Just had the muscular ripple you envision on the arm of someone who worked out all the time.

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    That about fits the type of tree I always referred to as ironwood. Wish I knew the actual name
    Most likely you are thinking of American Beech Fagus grandifolia.
    It has bark like you are referring to -


    Hophornbeam has furrowed bark that's not smooth.

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    Re: Iron wood?

    No - the ones I speak of have the muscular, sinewy look running lengthwise. Just as if you were looking at the forearm of a weathered outdoors athletic type. As I said, I don't know the proper name just what we used to call the tree. Most of the ones I remember had a trunk diameter of about 10"-14"

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    Re: Iron wood?

    Would this be similar -

    That's American Hornbeam Carpinus caroliniana AKA Ironwood also.

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    Honestly Honey, that will cost around $100 $150 $200, and I need a few more tools.

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    Yeppers - that's the one we call Ironwood down home. Thanks Mr Wood Guru.

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    Re: Iron wood?

    Dang Dave,
    How do you do that????

    You are GOOD

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    Re: Iron wood?

    Definatley Hornbeam - I havn't seen any of it since I moved here though... It grew like a weed back in NY - I used to grab a bit growing wild to use for chisel handles and such...
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