Purple Heart Hardwood Sample
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Purple Heart Hardwood Sample

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3 (1)
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Would recommend this product.
75%

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Ratings Snapshot
3.8
out of 5
5 (5)
4 (0)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (2)
Would recommend this product.
75%
3.8
out of 5
5 (5)
4 (0)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (2)
Would recommend this product.
75%
8 Total Reviews
Amazing if handled properly
5 out of 5
EP Savoie
Location: baton rouge, la usa
Date: April 25, 2015
Purpleheart is a rarity, absolutely beautiful wood which no other species can come close to. Ive seen many folk complain that purpleheart looks brown, but if done right it will display an almost alien looking purple. In my usage I've found that applying heat to the wood draws out the best coloration. I use a propane torch, because I work with small pieces but an oven would probably work better. I use the torch to just feather the surface a little bit at a time, as too much heat in one spot will darken/burn the wood. But if you do it slowly you'll see the color develop rather easily. I've heard many theories ask to what heating causes in the wood but I don't know, just know that it works. I prefer using cyanoacrylate as the finish on mine.
Recommended
No purple
1 out of 5
Michael S.
Location: Mundelein, IL United States
Date: January 14, 2015
I was excited to finally see some purple heart in person and to use it to make a bow handle, however when it arrived the block of wood was completely brown. Not even a tinge of color after I sanded it and finished it with tung oil. It was a disappointment.
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Woodworkers Source Responds:
Ah! Sorry about that, Michael. Here's the scoop. The purple color in purple heart comes from oxidization. Fresh cut and worked purple heart will be brown, not purple. It needs a little time and exposure to light to start turning purple. The piece you received was a recently milled sample. Give it some sunshine, in a day you'll notice a difference as the purple color comes back. Tung oil, though, darkens the wood quite a lot and even protects the color to some degree. So the tung oil finish will probably affect how soon the color will come back to purple.
Stinks
3 out of 5
RLB
Location: Batesville, IN United States
Date: January 18, 2013
While the color and substance of this wood is very nice, it has an unpleasant odor and seems to smell more the more you work with it. If your project is going to suffer from it smelling bad, this wood may not be a very good choice.
Recommended
Exactly as promised
5 out of 5
RD
Location: Watertown, Massachusetts United States
Date: September 18, 2012
Beautiful sample of wood. Great purple character. Fast shipping. Love these guys.
Recommended
8 Total Reviews
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