Purpleheart is 166% as hard as Red Oak (2090 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for Red Oak).
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Central America, South America
Purpleheart has a dense and fine grain and is known primarily for its uniquely intense purple shading.
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.