Purpleheart


Formal Name: Peltogyne spp.
Color: Off-white sapwood is sharply demarcated from the heartwood. When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a  dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure 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.
Shade: Dark
Grain: Straight-grained but can be irregular or wavy. Medium texture with small pores.
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.
Physical Properties: Very heavy, high density wood. High bending and crushing strength with medium resistance to shock loads. Moderate steam bending characteristics.
Uses: Boat-building, flooring, furniture, heavy construction, and a variety of specialty wood items. Most often used in heavy construction, including bridge building, fresh water piling and dock work. Less rarely, it is used decoratively in turnery, marquetry, cabinets, fine furniture and parquet flooring.
Interior/Exterior: both interior and exterior
Origin: Central and South America
Machining
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Wood is a natural product. Some variation in color and grain pattern will occur between samples, images on this website, photographs and any specific installation.

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