There are several common terms used to describe Brazilian Walnut wood. You may have heard it called by a different name, such as Ipe, Epi, or Epay. Regardless of the actual name used, what you end up with is a very hard wood that can be used in a variety of places outdoors. You are able to use it to build decks, deck rails, stairways, gazebo bases, boat docks, park benches, and more. The wood is naturally enhanced, so it does not require any preservatives, sealers, or finishers.
Epi wood is an olive, or medium brown to black, often with variegated striping. If you wish to retain the original natural color of Ipe, all you have to do is apply a UV protectant to the wood prior to using it. Just remember, any sections you cut off also require the ends to be treated. On the other hand, if you decide to not apply a UV protectant to the wood, it will change colors to a silver gray, with age and exposure to the UV rays of the sun. Even though the wood has changed color, it still has not lost any of its other natural resistances including its resistance to rotting, decaying, and insect infestations.
Ipe decking can also be combined and used with other types of Brazilian woods, such as Camaru, Massaranduba, Garapa, and Tigerwood. By incorporating two or more woods with different finishes, you are able to complement the wood by coming up with your own unique designs. For example, you could alternate deck boards from one type of wood to another, use one wood for the border, or use one kind for the interior of railing, and another for the top and bottom supports.