Purpleheart: Exotic Wood

Purpleheart is a common exotic wood that is known for its purple color. Purpleheart is oftentimes mixed with other woods when color contrast is needed. A very popular choice to use with hard maple (for cutting boards, as an example), Purpleheart is dense and heavy. Purpleheart is a great exotic wood for beginners due to the affordable price point. 

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Characteristics

Origin of Wood Type South America
Botanical Name Peltogyne Pubescens
Specific Gravity .90
Avg. Weight Per BF 5.4 lbs
Color Range Purple, but can occasionally have lighter sapwood
Rarity / Availability Common
Typical Avg. Width 5 – 16 inches
Typical Avg. Length 8 – 16 feet
Avg. Waste Factor 20%
Wood Uses All woodworking projects, especially cutting boards and boxes
Lumber Grades FAS
Other Trade Names Purpleheart

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