So to make a long story short, I work for a guy who owns an exotic wood warehousing business and he lets me have any wood I'd like for my lutherie adventures.
I've heard ipe is being used as a pernambuco substitute, and wouldn't you know it—it's also the newest, most popular hardwood for decking. So, now I have my pick of literally tonnes of perfect ipe boards.
Any experience with ipe bows? I'm wondering if I should take some and make some sticks.
Go for it, Cotton! You're my hero anyway. If not for you, I'd never thought about making my own chin rests.
Definitely have a go. And then report back on what it is like. I have never seen an Ipe wood bow for sale, but I am now intrigued!
Shouldn't take you more than a week to crank out a Peccatte or two with your whittle knife.
I've made a handful of sticks before. Perfecting the balance is difficult and time consuming, which is why I ask if anyone's ever played an ipe stick before sinking hours into it.
The two things you need are: ways to ballpark the properties of the boards so that you can make decisions about what you select, and a clear idea of how to adjust your bow graduations and other design factors to make up for the ways your wood is not ideal.
ipe is not a uniform type of wood. what's sold for it in US may come from several different trees. In the end, you'd have a 'brazilwood' bow; lot's of them around.
It certainly does look like Brazilwood