Amaranth, Nazareno, Peltogyne, Purple Heart, Violetwood
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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.
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.
|$2.50 – $5.00||A||21 x 1.5 x 1.5 in||TURNPURP1001|| |
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.
|$51.17||B||60 x 9.3125 x 0.875 in||PURP1012|| |
Checking one end. Planer skip one side. Surface checks one side. Opend defect one side. Slight imperfection one face.
|$62.47||B||73.25 x 9.3125 x 0.875 in||PURP1011|| |
Worm holes one side. Small know two sides. Tapers to maximum width of 10.0625
|$39.28||AAA||48 x 6.5 x 0.875 in||PURP1010|| |
Slight checking one end. Surface check one side.
|$31.97||AB||47.75 x 6.5 x 0.875 in||PURP1009|| |
Small worm holes one end. Slight one end one edge.
|$39.75||AB||73.5 x 5.25 x 0.875 in||PURP1008|| |
Slight checking one end. Open knot end edge.
|$39.58||AAA||59.875 x 5.25 x 0.875 in||PURP1007|| |
Clear two face.
|$60.65||AAA||65.875 x 7.3125 x 0.875 in||PURP1006|| |
Clear two face.
|$60.74||AAA||67 x 7.2 x 0.875 in||PURP1005|| |
Checking one end.
|$74.29||A||85.25 x 7.62 x 0.87 in||PURP1004|| |
light suface checks 1 side
|$115.46||AB||85.5 x 13.12 x 0.87 in||PURP1003|| |
Small knot both sides
|$69.09||AAA||84.5 x 6.5 x 0.87 in||PURP1002|| |
Beautiful both sides
|$66.80||AB||83.75 x 7.75 x 0.87 in||PURP1001|| |
Small knot both sides
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.