The bold, vivid and natural color of purple heart wood is always a favorite among woodworkers. After the wood reaches its peak bright purple tint, so long as it’s continually exposed to UV light, it will then settle-in to a dark maroon, chocolate-purple, or even black color. The wood is dull greyish when fresh cut, but brightens to extreme purple when exposed to air for 3-4 days. My actual times to complete a project expanded from 3 to 4 times the effort compared to the same project on Bass Wood or Tupelo. Variegated tones of red, yellow, orange & purple with darker to black contrasting grain lines. Purpleheart has a muddy purple color at first but if you expose it to sunlight it turns a brilliant purple. I find the wood quite brittle especially if drilling close to the end of a board.
This exotic wood is from a tree native to tropical regions of Central and South America, where they grow in tropical rainforests. In addition to its coloration, Purpleheart has excellent strength properties, and can be used in applications where strength is important—a wood for both form and function. Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
He made it out of 4-5 different tropical woods but the Purple Heart made it a very beautiful anniversary gift. It can be slowed, however, with the use of UV inhibiting finishes (common in decking finishes or other outdoor wood applicators). Greenheart is natually resistant to wood destroying organisms from the water and land. Purple heart naturally weathers to a beautiful, silver-gray with accented grain lines.
Short of an opaque pigmented coating that completely obscures the wood and blocks UV light, no finish can completely keep purpleheart, padauk, redheart and other brightly-colored woods from darkening over time. WARNING – this causes a really awful stench and you need to put a cookie sheet under the wood so that the resin doesn’t drip onto the burner and REALLY cause a stink. If it is cut using dull blades or bits, a resin is emitted from the wood that can cause damage to the machinery. Occasionally industrial truck beds in the United States will be of Purpleheart wood.
You gave me such good advice towards design and finishing techniques, it would be selfish of me not to share the finish product. It’s not exposed to direct sunlight, which might help explain why it, too, is still basically the purple color you see here. Most of what I have used (in the past 20 years) stays quite purple unless exposed to a lot of natural light, then it turns a grayish brown in time. Purple heart decking has a unique characteristic that the sap becomes exposed along the grain lines as it acclimates. Even though kiln dried, Purple Heart has a unique characteristic unlike most other hardwood decking.
Sanding removes the oxidation the purple color and the wood turns brown…depending of course on the specific piece of wood and its resin content. All of these cost saving factors enable Brazilian Wood Depot to ship hard wood lumber decking everywhere in the United States from our own stock in Georgia at the best prices. I have been trying to figure out how to make my drawer fronts and know they will have to be out of solid wood with routering detail. The quality of grade and milling is just as important to supplying the highest grade of hard wood decking lumber as careful crating and shipping.
This is important to recognize for commercial applications like boardwalks and truck decking or in exterior residential applications where the wood will be left to weather to a silver grey patina. Seal Iron Woods Purple Heart immediately after installation to reduce the potential for surface checking. The problem is if you finish this wood with oil or similar product it will change quickly to a brownish color.
You can also rejuvenate the color whenever you want by sanding past the top layer of color and refinishing the wood. When purpleheart wood is first cut, it’s actually more of a dull gray or faded brown color. Check out this page and look up Purple Heart” I would say you could get some nasty splinters from this. The one pictured here has a purpleheart framework around it. As Tim suggests, eventually the purple color of purpleheart typically turns to a brownish color, but not on this trivet.
Trees of the Peltogyne genus grow in rainforests of South America, and produce a bright purple heartwood. If the wood is allowed to gray, the grain lines remain accented because of this sap. Brazilian Wood Depot is ideally located to receive hard wood lumber shipments through the most cost effective ports when shipping from Brazil. Native to the Solomon Islands, Vitex is a large canopy tree with a grey smooth bark. In addition, our lumber crating prevents against damage to the Purple heart hard wood shipments. Even though the wood hasn’t changed much over four year’s time, my kids sure have.
My planer is only 13″ and not having the patience to flat the board by hand…I couldn’t wait to run it through the router table with the raised panel.. I didn’t think to take the back cutter off, so when I was running it, it mauled..(correction=I mauled) the whole piece up! Yes, that’s an awfully expensive proposition – that’s exactly why we work hard to get it right the first time by asking you questions about your projects, being careful with hand selection, and being mindful that you’re putting your trust in us to pick out great looking wood that you’ll be proud of.
The heartwood is a grayish purple when freshly cut, later becoming a violet purple to deep purple through an oxidation process. Purpleheart is very long grained, very much like Hickory or Pecan, and is a coarse wood. It is important to remember though that it is only temporary, as Purple Heart is an outstanding, naturally durable-performer and should be strongly considered. The colour of the wood is also heat related, so any type of heat will cause the purple to darken and likely to darken unevenly. The purple color of purple heart is a brownish color , but after exposed to UV light and air it will turn purple.
Purpleheart has a natural deep purple color with hints of brown and small white flecks are also common in the grain. And the purple heart will change a bit over time, but if this piece will live in your bedroom (I assume it will), it probably won’t have a huge amount of direct sunlight. The side on the right, which is the side that was exposed, shows clearly how this wood can be enriched by exposure to sunlight. If purple is her favorite color, then you have certainly nailed it with this one buddy!
BW Depot stocks wood balusters that match the decking and last a lifetime unlike PT or cedar balusters. Uses: Boat-building, flooring, furniture, heavy construction, and a variety of specialty wood items. The grain is usually straight and seldom interlocked, but is sufficiently irregular along with variation in luster and color to give the wood a pleasing stripe figure on the quarter-cut surface. The web pic of a small plank I bought on ebay – the actual color of the wood is purple, not the red/orange of the web pic, as you can see in the last of the 3 pics directly below. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.