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Botanical Name

Peltogyne spp.

Other Names

Amaranth, Nazareno, Peltogyne, Purple Heart, Violetwood

Main Color Group

Purple

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Medium

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

56

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

905

Janka Hardness - LBF

2520

Janka Hardness - N

11190

While renowned for its often deep, rich purple hues, Purpleheart is actually one of the toughest woods in the world. It is considered one of the stiffest, hardest woods — boasting an impressive strength-to-weight ratio. It is also extremely water resistant, which, combined with its toughness, has seen it frequently used in outdoor decking and even as truckbed flooring. The wood is typically straight or wavy grained (though sometimes irregular). Its texture ranges from fine to medium, and it has a nice natural luster that emerges when fine sanded. The wood works and turns well, although sharp tools and blades are a necessity. It glues and finishes well, also.

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Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Veneer, flooring, parquee flooring, decking, paneling, musical instruments, furniture, cabinetry, inlay, boatbuilding, carvings, turnings, decorative items and small specialty objects.

Comments: When freshly cut, Purpleheart is actually more a dull brown with feint purple overtones. Within minutes, these colors quickly change into a variety of different purple hues (depending upon species, growth environment, etc.), but generally mutate back towards a darker brown with purple tint with continued exposure to UV rays. This process can be slowed and minimized by using a finishing product with UV-inhibitor additives.

While the wood is generally very cooperative when worked, given its hard, dense nature, dull tools and blades can be an issue. When resawing a board with a dull saw blade, it hardness can cause the wood and blade to overheat, producing a black, tar-like resin which requires some very patient sanding to completely remove.

Despite its large natural range and 23 different species, recent surges in popularity in this new millennium have led to some isolated cases of “near extinction” levels of tree population reduction in several Central American regions where it grows.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Purpleheart
$112.4773.125 × 13.437 × 0.937 inPURP1055

7″ crack on one end.

ab
Purpleheart
$96.0960.5 × 13.875 × 0.937 inPURP1054

7.5″ crack on one end.

ab
Purpleheart
$64.0248.375 × 11.562 × 0.937 inPURP1053

Crack one face one edge.

ab
Purpleheart
$49.1636.75 × 11.687 × 0.937 inPURP1052

Clear two face.

ab
Purpleheart
$43.8648.5 × 7.9 × 1 inPURP1051

Pitch pocket one face.

ab
Purpleheart
$34.2837.437 × 8 × 1 inPURP1050

Small checks one face.

ab
Purpleheart
$32.9548.125 × 5.437 × 1 inPURP1049

Clear two face.

a
Purpleheart
$34.6151.75 × 5.312 × 1 inPURP1048

No defects.

a
Purpleheart
$21.5732.625 × 5.25 × 1 inPURP1047

Clear two face.

a
Purpleheart
$55.7452.13 × 10.38 × 0.94 inPURP1046
Out of stock

Knot.

b
Purpleheart
$50.9148.5 × 10.19 × 0.94 inPURP1045

16” slight crack on end. Small knot.

b
Purpleheart
$37.5432 × 10.25 × 0.94 inPURP1044
Out of stock

Light defect on edge.

ab
Purpleheart
$43.9754.88 × 7 × 0.94 inPURP1043
Out of stock

Light planer skip.

ab
Purpleheart
$29.7143.5 × 6.63 × 0.94 inPURP1042
Out of stock

5” crack on end.

b
Purpleheart
$28.2935.31 × 7 × 0.94 inPURP1041
Out of stock

Small knot.

ab
Purpleheart
$40.5364.38 × 5 × 0.94 inPURP1040
Out of stock

Nice board.

a
Purpleheart
$39.3868.81 × 5 × 0.94 inPURP1039
Out of stock

Small crack on end.

ab
Purpleheart
$67.5255 × 9.75 × 0.94 inPURP1038
Out of stock

Light planer skip, beautiful board.

a
Purpleheart
$39.8358 × 6 × 0.94 inPURP1037
Out of stock

Planer skip, check on end.

ab
Purpleheart
$27.7936 × 6.13 × 0.94 inPURP1036
Out of stock

Small crack, small gauge, small knot. Planer skip.

a
Purpleheart
$32.6448 × 5.94 × 0.94 inPURP1035

Planer skip, small crack, gauge on edge.

ab
Purpleheart
$39.3650.5 × 6.19 × 0.94 inPURP1034
Out of stock

Planer skip.

a
Purpleheart
$27.7236.69 × 6 × 0.88 inPURP1033
Out of stock

Planer skip, small crack.

a
Purpleheart
$75.2559 × 10.13 × 0.88 inPURP1032
Out of stock

Planer skip.

a
Purpleheart
$49.7940.56 × 9.75 × 0.94 inPURP1031
Out of stock

Planer skip, wormhole.

a
Purpleheart
$47.7537 × 10.25 × 0.94 inPURP1030
Out of stock

Light cracks, planer skip.

a
Purpleheart
$46.3638 × 9.69 × 0.94 inPURP1029
Out of stock

Planer skips, small light crack.

a
Purpleheart
$43.3437.38 × 10.13 × 0.88 inPURP1028
Out of stock

Cracks, planer skip.

ab
Purpleheart
$38.2950 × 6.69 × 0.94 inPURP1027
Out of stock

Light cracks, planer skips, gauge on edge.

ab
Purpleheart
$37.6045.94 × 6.5 × 0.94 inPURP1026
Out of stock

Planer skip.

a
Purpleheart
$31.5340.81 × 6.75 × 0.94 inPURP1025
Out of stock

Light cracks, planer skip, light gauging on edge.

ab
Purpleheart
$31.2041.94 × 6.5 × 0.94 inPURP1024
Out of stock

Light cracks, small knot, planer skip. Light gauging on edge.

ab
Purpleheart
$38.9755 × 6.19 × 0.94 inPURP1023
Out of stock

Light cracks, small knot, planer skip.

ab
Purpleheart
$45.2347.9 × 7.5 × 0.937 inPURP1022
Out of stock

Great figure.

a
Purpleheart
$45.3348 × 7.5 × 0.937 inPURP1021
Out of stock

Lovely figure.

a
Purpleheart
$35.8137 × 7.687 × 0.937 inPURP1020
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Purpleheart
$39.1259.9 × 5.187 × 0.937 inPURP1019
Out of stock

Planer skip both faces.

a
Purpleheart
$23.5040.062 × 5.125 × 0.937 inPURP1018
Out of stock

Checking one face.

ab
Purpleheart
$20.7132.9 × 5 × 0.937 inPURP1017
Out of stock

Beautiful color.

a
Purpleheart
$75.7048.187 × 11.437 × 0.875 inPURP1016
Out of stock

Clear two face.

aaa
Purpleheart
$97.9261 × 11.687 × 0.875 inPURP1015
Out of stock

No defects.

aaa
Purpleheart
$33.4263.125 × 4.625 × 1 inPURP1014
Out of stock

Knot on both faces.

ab
Purpleheart
$37.8859.625 × 4.625 × 1 inPURP1013
Out of stock

Clear two face.

aaa
Turning Squares - Purpleheart
$2.50$5.0021 × 1.5 × 1.5 inTURNPURP1001

Our Purpleheart turning squares come in two sizes and are excellent quality lumber.

The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.

If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.

You get discounts at 5, 10 and 20 pieces.

The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.  You won’t typically received surfaced blanks, but we surface a few on the photographs to give you an idea of what the lumber looks like.

 

 

a
Purpleheart
$51.1760 × 9.3125 × 0.875 inPURP1012
Out of stock

Checking one end. Planer skip one side. Surface checks one side. Opend defect one side. Slight imperfection one face.

b
Purpleheart
$62.4773.25 × 9.3125 × 0.875 inPURP1011
Out of stock

Worm holes one side. Small know two sides. Tapers to maximum width of 10.0625

b
Purpleheart
$39.2848 × 6.5 × 0.875 inPURP1010
Out of stock

Slight checking one end. Surface check one side.

aaa
Purpleheart
$31.9747.75 × 6.5 × 0.875 inPURP1009
Out of stock

Small worm holes one end. Slight one end one edge.

ab
Purpleheart
$39.7573.5 × 5.25 × 0.875 inPURP1008
Out of stock

Slight checking one end. Open knot end edge.

ab
Purpleheart
$39.5859.875 × 5.25 × 0.875 inPURP1007
Out of stock

Clear two face.

aaa
Purpleheart
$60.6565.875 × 7.3125 × 0.875 inPURP1006
Out of stock

Clear two face.

aaa
Purpleheart
$60.7467 × 7.2 × 0.875 inPURP1005
Out of stock

Checking one end.

aaa
Purpleheart
$74.2985.25 × 7.62 × 0.87 inPURP1004
Out of stock

light suface checks 1 side

a
Purpleheart
$115.4685.5 × 13.12 × 0.87 inPURP1003
Out of stock

Small knot both sides

ab
Purpleheart
$69.0984.5 × 6.5 × 0.87 inPURP1002
Out of stock

Beautiful both sides

aaa
Purpleheart
$66.8083.75 × 7.75 × 0.87 inPURP1001
Out of stock

Small knot both sides

ab

Although we don't have any listed pieces for this species available in our online store, add this species to your Quote Request and we'll get back to you with availability in our warehouse.


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