One of the toughest woods in the world is Purpleheart, which is known for its deep, rich purple colors.It has an impressive strength-to-weight ratio.It is extremely water resistant and has been used in outdoor deck and truckbed flooring.The wood is usually straight or wavy.When fine sanded, it has a nice natural luster.The wood works well, but sharp tools and blades are needed.It glues and finishes well.
Some of the common uses include: veneer, flooring, parquee, decking, panelling, musical instruments, furniture, cabinetry, inlay, boatbuilding, carvings, turnings, decorative items and small specialty objects.
When freshly cut, Purpleheart is a dull brown with purple overtones.Within minutes, these colors change into a variety of different purple colors.), but generally return to a darker brown with purple tint with continued exposure to UV rays.The process can be slowed and minimized by using a finishing product.
The wood is very cooperative when worked, but dull tools and blades can be an issue.When resawing a board with a dull saw blade, it can cause the wood and blade to heat up and produce a black, tar-like substance which requires some very patient sanding to completely remove.
Despite its large natural range and 23 different species, recent surge in popularity in this new millennium has led to some isolated cases of tree population reduction in several Central American regions where it grows.