purpleheartGeneral:  Aldo reffered to as Amaranth.  Found in Central and South America (from Mexico down to southern Brazil).

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.

SRH Stock:

Thicknesses:  4/4″

Widths:  8″ to 12″

Lengths:  Mostly 8′

Surfacing:  Skip planed

Purpleheart Links:

The Wood Database