Origin: Purpleheart can be found in Central and South America but is most common in the Amazon basin.
Color: True to its name, Purpleheart is a grayish-purple when freshly cut and dries to a dark eggplant purple. If exposed to UV light for a long period of time it will turn to a dark brown with a purple tint. To prevet the wood from turning brown apply a finish with a UV inhibitor.
Janka Hardness: 2,520 (very hard). Similiar in hardness to Bubinga.
Decay & Weather Resistance: This is a very durable species with great resistance to weather, decay and most insect attacks.
Workability: Since it is a very dense and hard wood Purpleheart can be difficult to work with. It must be worked slowly through machines and the wood needs to be pre-bored when nailing. To preserve its rich color some craftsmen just use a wax to finish the wood.
Uses: It is popular for accent or inlay pieces in specialty items such as jewelry boxes, art objects and picture frames. It is also used for veneer, fine furniture, turnings and flooring.
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