Uses: Despite its expensive price tag in comparison to other materials, the durable qualities of purpleheart wood mean it is one of the more weather-resistant timbers available and as such it has a wide range of uses. The wood colour is at its best when sawcut, as steaming affects the soluble phonicoin content. Purpleheart flooring has grown increasingly popular, as have other home furnishings such as furniture. Other uses include decorative veneers for inlaying and marquetry work. Also known as Peltogyne wood, other common uses of Purpleheart timber include:
General Description: Purpleheart's general qualities are outlined below. From our headquarters in Leicestershire, we can supply high-quality cuts of purpleheart wood across the UK. For all enquiries and information, please contact our customer support team.
High strength in bending, stiffness and crushing categories and medium resistance to shock loads, with a moderate steam bending classification.
Dries fairly rapidly with little degrade, but care is needed to dry out the centre of thick pieces. Air drying is slow, with some end and surface checking or case hardening. There is small movement in service.
Very durable. Sapwood liable to attack by powder post beetle. Extremely resistant to preservative treatment but the sapwood is permeable.
Family Name: Leguminosae
Latin Name: Peltogyne pubescens
Distribution: Central America and tropical South America.
Also known as: Amaranth, violetwood (USA); koroboreli, saka, sakavalli (Guyana); purperhart (Surinam); pau roxo, nazareno, morado (Venezuela); tananeo (Columbia).
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