Latin: TIPUANA TIPU Origin: TROPICAL SOUTH AMERICA
Tipa, otherwise known as Tipuana Tipu or "Pride of Bolivia", is native to the tropical forest of South America, more specifically Brazil and Bolivia, and is the only member of its' own genus. The Tipa tree is most sought after for planting and growing purposes, but is slightly harder to come by in lumber and is currently being sold at a higher price than Bolivian Rosewood in Bolivia. This wood can be used as a substitute for Rosewoods, specifically Honduran Rosewood, and has many similar charcteristics to them even though it is not a true Rosewood.
Tipa trees are very dense, thick, and strong when matured enough and this type of wood is very durable, which can be described by sawmill operators as working with concrete. This makes for great furniture and cabinetry, which is often highly prized when made out of Tipa. Our Tipa veneers have a slight Rosewood look to them with some red coloring, which is said to be caused by the red, runny sap that comes out of the tree when cut and can stain the wood, which eventually turns into a browner color over time.
Tropical Exotic Hardwood
Fine, even texture
Potential for allergic sensitivity for those with an allergy to Rosewoods
White/yellowish to light brown