Description: When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposureto light the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish. The grain is usually straight, but can also be wavy or irregular. Purpleheart has a medium texture with good natural luster.
Workability: Working with Purpleheart can present some unique challenges: if the wood is heated with dull tools, or if cutter speeds are too high, Purpleheart will exude a gummy resin that can clog tools and complicate the machining process. Depending on the grain orientation, can be difficult to plane without tearout. Purpleheart also has a moderate dulling effect on cutters.
Common Uses: Inlays/accent pieces, flooring, furniture, boatbuilding, and a variety of specialty wood items.
Widths: 8″ to 12″
Lengths: Mostly 8′
Surfacing: Skip planed