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Janka Hardness 2090 (what's this? )
Purpleheart is 166% as hard as Red Oak (2090 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for Red Oak).
  • Flooring Trade Name
  • Botanical Name
    Peltogyne, spp
  • Lumber Trade Name(s)
    Purpleheart, Violetwood
  • Origin
    Central America, South America
  • Description
    Purpleheart has a dense and fine grain and is known primarily for its uniquely intense purple shading.
  • Stability
    Purpleheart demonstrates a high level of stability, superior to Red Oak.
  • Safety/Allergic Reactions
    Purpleheart has been associated with contact dermatitis and respiratory allergic reactions, so care must be taken when coming into contact with Purpleheart sawdust.
  • Color Change (photo-sensitivity)
    Purpleheart undergoes an extreme degree of color change over time. When freshly milled or sanded, Purpleheart will be a brown color, which will change within a few days to a vivid purple color. Then over time ( 6 months+ ) the vivid purple will oxidize ba
  • Color Range
    Purpleheart ranges in shade from off-white and cream sapwood to deep purple or purple-brown aged heartwood.

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