Analysis June 2024: Is ipê an alternative for pernambuco?

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With pernambuco in danger of being permanently off limits to bow makers, could another Brazilian hardwood – ipê – be the solution?

As illegal poaching of pernambuco in its native Atlantic Forest habitat continues, exports of pernambuco bows from Brazil have been prohibited. Under regulations from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) the country’s bow makers have switched their work to alternative woods such as ipê (a blanket term for species of the genus Handroanthus)…

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