Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
CharacterGrain usually straight often with a fine curly figure. Fine texture. Moderately hard to work but takes a glossy, lustrous finish. Lacquer finish will best preserve the color. Also called Amaranth or purpleheart.
Color RangeDull gray brown when freshly cut but soon oxidizing to a violet purple.
Other NamesPurpleheart, Amarante, Amaranth, Guarab, Koroboreli, Morado, Nazareno, Palo morado, Pau roxo, Pelo morado, Purperhard, Saka, Sakavalli, Tananeo, Violetwood
Some Typical UsesIndustrial construction, flooring, tool handles, accessories, furniture, cutting boards, musical instruments, picture frames, jewelry, jewelry boxes
What's the Tree Like?A tall tree 120 feet or more, producing a long, straight trunk about 36 inches in diameter. The Purple Heart tree grows in Latin America
5.02lbs /Bd. Ft.
2390Janka Rating (?)
0.79Specific Gravity (?)
Woodworking with Purple Heart:
Ease of Finishing