Turning Archive 2006

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Question on Purple Heart Color?

Barry Irby
>I have a block of very old very dry purple heart. It was about a six inch cube and was told it was a "drop" from a ship building timber. It was rough and dirty. When I cut it open, I discovered it was sort of purple-tan, not very pretty. The block was cracked in many places so I am cutting it down for small projects such as bottle stoppers. I was disappointed in the color and turned one stopper and set it aside. Later I noticed it was nice dark purple and that the freshly cut sides of the remaining block were also much more purple.

What's happening? Does the purple color become more apparent when the wood is exposed to air? I know it turns chocolate brown when exposed to sunlight, but I thought it was going to be purple on the interior.

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