#19 Floor Lamp Ironwood with Travertine

19 Floor Lamp Ipe & Travertine compositeIronwood, also known as Ipe, well deserves its name. I have a badly burned saw blade as evidence. A local lumber specialist tested its hardness at somewhere close to aluminum. But it has so many virtues. Often used as a highly durable decking material, it has a rich, warm deep brown color. This lamp, inlaid with a white tavertine and grouted with a mocha-colored grout and included energy-saving three-way CFL, makes a statement of quiet strength and durability.


Source: Plentiful throughout tropical America, especially Brazil, and some of the Lesser Antilles.

Description: Heartwood ranges from olive-brown to reddish-black. It is very resistant to the elements, making it a popular choice for outdoor decking and construction, including bridges. It is difficult to work. IUCN designation-Not Ranked. The source of lumber, Forest Products, strives to purchase sustainably grown and harvested lumber.


Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, and cream-colored varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. In the latter, it can form stalactites, stalagmites, and other speleothems. It is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material.

Travertine is a terrestrial sedimentary rock, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from solution in ground and surface waters, and/or geothermally heated hot-springs.
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